Position Announcement: Postdoctoral Scholar in Language Education at the University of Iowa

The University of Iowa
College of Education
Department of Teaching and Learning
Postdoctoral Scholar in Language Education


A position for a Postdoctoral Scholar in Education is open in the Department of Teaching and Learning for the area of English Language Learner education. This scholar will conduct research and provide instruction in the areas of (a) language support in content area instruction, (b) dual language education/home language support, and/or (c) parental, family, and community engagement. The candidate will be engaged in a professional development grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Education Requirement 

Candidates must have a PhD in ELL/ESL/TESOL education, Applied Linguistics, Educational Linguistics, or a closely related field.

Required Qualification

  • Three years of relevant experience with English Language Learners in K-12 settings
  • Relevant experience and scholarship in one or more the three key grant areas: (a) language support in content area instruction, (b) dual language education/home language support, and/or (c) parental, family, and community engagement.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Willingness to take on leadership roles
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Desirable qualification

  • Experience in facilitating professional development for teachers
  • Prior teaching in ESL Endorsement or U.S. licensure programs
  • Management of professional development or research projects

Salary and Benefits 

$48,192/year.  Excellent benefits package https://www.grad.uiowa.edu/postdoc/university-benefits-for-postdoctoral-scholars


Twelve-month appointment beginning August 17, 2017. Position may be funded through May 2019.


To apply for this position, go to our website at https://jobs.uiowa.edu/postdoc/view/2715. Applicants must create a login for the jobs.uiowa.edu system. Candidates will submit:

1.     letter of interest
2.     current curriculum vitae
3.     writing sample (journal publication or thesis with methods chapter/section)
4.     names of 3 professional references.


Review of applications will begin February 21 and continue until the position is filled.

About the College
The College of Education is composed of more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including licensure, endorsement, and certificate programs, many of which are regularly ranked among the best in the nation.  Students study with our world-renowned faculty who are the leaders, scholars, and innovators in their fields.  Our College is comprised of four departments: Educational Policy and Leadership Studies (academic home of the HESA program), Psychological and Quantitative Foundations, Rehabilitation and Counselor Education, and Teaching and Learning. The College’s Strategic Plan centers our faculty, staff, and students around four priorities: student success, building knowledge and practice, innovating new frontiers, and creating better futures for Iowans.

About the University and Surrounding Community 

The University of Iowa (UI) is world-renowned for its commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities.  UI has been a member of the Big Ten conference since 1899 and the Association of American Universities since 1909.  UI ranks #33 among the nation’s 629 public universities (U.S. News & World Report).  More than 33,000 students earn bachelor’s, graduate, and professional degrees from UI’s 12 colleges.

UI is located in Iowa City, a UNESCO City of Literature that is widely recognized as one of the country’s most livable communities.  With 70,000 residents, Iowa City is an attractive haven for scholars, scientists, artists, writers, and professionals of all kinds.  Highlights of living in Iowa City include outstanding affordable health care, excellent libraries and schools, historic neighborhoods, and a lively downtown.  Chicago, St. Louis, and Minneapolis/St. Paul are a short car or bus trip away, and nearby Eastern Iowa Airport (CID) connects travelers to the world.  The relationship between Iowa City and the UI is very cooperative and supportive.

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, associational preferences, or any other classification that deprives the person of consideration as an individual.  Full domestic partner benefits are available.

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