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NC A&T - Spangler Distinguished Professor of Early Literacy
Title:NC A&T - Spangler Distinguished Professor of Early Literacy
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T)
Spangler Distinguished Professor of Early Literacy

Academic Career & Executive Search is pleased to assist North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in its search for the Spangler Distinguished Professor of Early Literacy.

This is an exciting opportunity to serve as the Spangler Distinguished Professor of Early Literacy at a strong and growing R2 high research activity institution moving towards becoming an R1 very high research activity institution. The successful candidate will be an experienced academic leader ready to join a growing academic enterprise on the cutting edge of discovery, learning, and engagement. This is a well-supported position offering a very generous start up package.

The Spangler Distinguished Professor of Literacy’s primary responsibility is supporting the College’s vision of culturally responsive literacy to support the achievement of reading proficiency by North Carolina’s children. The Distinguished Professor will work in the College of Education, Department of Educator Preparation to advance evidence-based practices in reading instruction aligned with the University of North Carolina System Literacy Framework, and to expand continuing support for teachers of reading. The Distinguished Professor will have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty across the College, engage in Practice-Based Teacher Education with the N.C. A&T Laboratory School, Aggie Academy, and contribute to the forthcoming Center of Excellence for Educational Equity Research. 

The Spangler Distinguished Professor of Literacy will join three other distinguished professors in the UNC System to serve as a network of early literacy experts with the purpose of advancing the state of North Carolina’s literacy initiatives through engaging in outreach and dissemination of best practice. The Spangler Distinguished Professors may serve on statewide literacy committees in an advisory capacity to elevate how UNC System institutions are ensuring the development of well-prepared teachers of reading. In addition, the cadre of professors will enhance partnerships with school districts across North Carolina to foster collaboration between teacher education programs and current teachers in the field.

Lastly, the Distinguished Professor will maintain scholarly productivity in research; seek external funds to support research activities; teach undergraduate and graduate students; mentor faculty; provide service to the field and profession; and participate in programmatic development of the college and literacy initiatives at the institution, local, state, national, and international levels.

This tenure track position is open to Associate or full Professor level.


The Spangler Distinguished Professor of Literacy will: 
  • Maintain scholarly productivity in research; 
  • Seek external funds to support research activities; 
  • Teach undergraduate and graduate students; 
  • Mentor faculty; 
  • Provide service to the field and profession; 
  • And participate in programmatic development of the college and literacy initiatives at the institution, local, state, national, and international levels.

The Primary Function of Organizational Unit:
As a premier Historically Black University, the College of Education’s vision is to be a recognized national leader in equity, access, and advocacy through the advancement of culturally sustaining research, teaching, and engagement locally and globally. The mission of the College of Education is to prepare highly skilled, culturally responsive, and sustainable educators, leaders, and counselors who create, use, and share knowledge on equity, access, and advocacy in local, state, national, and global communities. Building on the N.C. A&T legacy as a historically Black university (HBCU) dedicated to exemplary teaching, scholarship and effective public service, the College of Education offer degrees at the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels. This mission is reflected in the College of Education conceptual framework.

The College of Education comprises three departments: the Department of Counseling, the Department of Leadership Studies and Adult Education, and the Department of Educator Preparation. The Department of Educator Preparation’s programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The Department of Counseling’s programs are accredited by the Council Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

The Primary Function of the Department of Educator Preparation:

The Department of Educator Preparation in the College of Education offers undergraduate and graduate programs designed to prepare teacher candidates for initial or advanced licensure.
The Department of Educator Preparation at North Carolina A&T is comprised of professional educators committed to teaching and learning in a pluralistic global society by creating responsive learning environments that challenge students to think critically, collaborate, communicate, and serve mankind. Our faculty provides high quality programs through research, effective teaching, field experiences, internships, and ongoing formative assessments.


The Department of Educator Preparation programs strive to accomplish the following goals:
  1. To provide candidates with a quality educational program at the bachelor’s and master’s degree level that satisfies requirements for licensure and accreditation.
  2. To prepare candidates to think critically, to express themselves effectively, to collect data and draw appropriate conclusions, and to utilize their proficiencies to become a catalyst for learning.
  3. To recruit quality candidates from diverse backgrounds, to retain them through quality programming and supportive resources, and to graduate them with the proficiencies required to function successfully in 21st Century learning environments.


We seek a candidate who is committed to advancing equity, access, and advocacy work in education with the following qualifications:
  1. Candidates must have an earned doctorate in Elementary Education, Reading/Literacy, Curriculum and Instruction, Special Education, or a closely related field from an accredited university.
  2. Candidate must currently hold a faculty rank of Associate Professor or Full Professor.
  3. Candidates must have an established record of securing external funding, and an extensive record of research productivity in literacy.

  1. Candidate holds or has the ability to obtain a North Carolina Teaching license
  2. Reading Certification, K-12

About the Institution 

Located in Greensboro, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NCA&T) is one of 17 institutions of The University of North Carolina (UNC) System and is an 1890 Land-grant doctoral research institution with a distinction in STEM education. The university is committed to fulfilling its fundamental purposes through exemplary undergraduate and graduate education, scholarly and creative research, and effective community engagement.     
NCA&T is ranked third in research funding in the UNC System, behind UNC-Chapel Hill and NC State University since 2005.    
As the University moves forward with plans to achieve R1 status, a new strategic plan for 2030 is being developed. The University recently released its new mission statement centering on advancing the human condition.     
Dr. Harold L. Martin Sr., an NCA&T alumnus has served as Chancellor since 2009.  The Aggies compete in Division I of the NCAA and have been a member of the Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference since 1969 and as of 2022 the Aggies joined the CAA athletic conference:  
The university is comprised of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences; College of Business and Economics, College of Education; College of Engineering; Honors College; College of Health and Human Sciences; College of Science and Technology; and the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, which is in collaboration with The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  The University offers 59 undergraduate degrees, 35 master’s degrees, 11 PhD programs, 43 online programs, and 45 certificate programs. NC A&T provides a dynamic learning experience to all students that is responsive to current critical needs in higher education and in the disciplines.  
Living in the Area 
Offering a 16.1% lower cost of living than the national average, Greensboro a city of 284,000, is a thriving, civic-minded city with something for everyone: shopping, restaurants, Symphony Orchestra, Community Theater, Opera Company, Civic Ballet, galleries, golf courses and many outstanding public and private recreation areas and facilities including more than 90 miles of trails for hiking, biking, and walking.  It was voted a Top 10 Green City by     
Greensboro is situated in the Piedmont Triad, an area of great natural beauty, diverse industry, cultural arts, and mild temperatures. North Carolina’s mountain resorts are an easy two-hour drive from Greensboro and the beaches of North and South Carolina are three to four hours away. The Research Triangle is about an hour and a half away. More information is available at:

To Apply 

Please apply through the application link and do not email applications. 

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and should include a cover letter and curriculum vitae. Ideally cover letters should not exceed two pages. All applications are treated confidentially.

Inquiries, referrals, and nominations are also treated confidentially.

Inquiries and questions: Please send to 
Nominations and referrals: Please send the nominees name, title, and contact information if available to 

Institution’s EEO Statement   
North Carolina A&T State University is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. No one who applies or seeks employment will be denied admission to or employment at North Carolina A&T State University on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, disabling condition, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or sexual orientation and sexual identity.

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