Assistant Professor of Secondary Education


The Department of Education at Nebraska Wesleyan University (NWU) seeks applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Secondary Education to begin August 2022. The successful candidate should be a culturally proficient educator who is dynamic, team-oriented, and possesses a passion for teaching, facilitating student learning, and collaboration within the department and the university at-large. This is a full-time, 9-month position with teaching responsibilities in both the undergraduate program.  

Nebraska Wesleyan University Education Department Vision Statement

To be the premier educational institution for training successful, culturally proficient educators

Nebraska Wesleyan University Education Department Mission Statement

Providing exemplary undergraduate and graduate programs, comprised of classes taught by talented and caring faculty, for students committed to becoming effective educators, serving their communities, and persisting in lifelong learning 

NWU offers a competitive wage and comprehensive benefits plan including Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance, Life Insurance, Disability benefits, Retirement, and 100% tuition discount for dependents after one year of service among other benefits.

  • Teach undergraduate courses in the Department of Education, to include math and/or science elementary methods and other methods courses;
  • Supervise student practicum experiences associated with methods courses.
  • Teach graduate courses in the M.Ed. program;
  • Supervise student teachers and graduate students;
  • Advise undergraduate and graduate students;
  • Collaborate with department colleagues to implement department programs and initiatives in service of students and in support of the NWU strategic priorities;
  • Serve on department, university, and statewide committees as necessary in support of department goals;
  • Engage in scholarship and professional development;
  • Demonstrate proficiency with and support students with the implementation of relevant technology applications in support of instruction;
  • Encourage responsibility and creativity in the student teaching experience.
  • PhD or Ed.D. focusing on the field of education is required. Exceptional ABD candidates with a dissertation defense date may be considered;
  • Evidence of at least three years of successful teaching experience at the 6-12 level within the United States is required;
  • An understanding of culturally proficient processes and practices is essential;
  • Ability and flexibility to accept instructional assignments in both Lincoln and Omaha that may include days and evenings, as well as a valid driver’s license and access to transportation are required;
  • Preference will be given to candidates with successful experience teaching or the ability to develop and offer courses in one or more of the following areas: Social Sciences, Humanities, Human/Child Development, Educational Equity and Social Change;
  • Familiarity with Canvas course technology or similar LMS software is a plus;
  • Other desirable qualities include:
    • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication, and problem-solving skills, along with ability to work both independently and collaboratively;
    • Work ethic that promotes teamwork, enhances creativity and motivation, and builds consensus in a high-energy and high-task environment;
    • Strong commitment to student-centered active learning and student engagement activities;
    • Demonstrated engagement in scholarly and/ or professional development activities including appropriate research, presentations, and publications;
    • Ability to maintain academic qualifications and to meet the NDE requirements for teaching in the undergraduate program;
    • Qualification to supervise student teachers and practicum students for a range of grade levels;
    • Appreciation for a liberal arts tradition.
    • Demonstrated record of academic excellence with professional and personal integrity;
    • Knowledge of higher education and 6-12 education goals and state standards;
    • Experience instructing and supporting English Language Learners;
    • Experience instructing and supporting students with disabilities and exceptionalities.

Final rank upon hire will be determined by the Provost commensurate with experience and education.

Commitment to Diversity

Diversity is a core value of Nebraska Wesleyan University’s mission, and we embrace it as a source of strength. The education department’s applicants are encouraged to demonstrate how they can enhance and embrace this NWU core value through a diversity statement submitted as part of their application materials. 

Nebraska Wesleyan University provides equal educational and employment opportunities to qualified persons in all areas of university operation without regard to religion or creed, age, genetic information, gender identity and expression, sexual identity and orientation, veteran status, disability, marital status, race, or national or ethnic origin, in compliance with state and federal laws, including but not limited to Title XII, Title IX, and the ADA. E-Verify, EOE.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit a letter of application addressing qualifications, current curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness (such as a teaching philosophy statement, syllabi, and/or teaching evaluations), a statement of your commitment to diversity and inclusion, particularly addressing how this influences your teaching, the names of three professional references, and unofficial transcripts to the following URL:  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.