Chair, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

University of Texas at Arlington in Texas

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted May 16, 2017
Type Administrative
Salary Competitive
Employment Type Full-time

The College of Education at The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) seeks applications for the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department Chair position beginning September 1, 2017. Reporting to the Dean of the College of Education, the Chair is responsible for supervising the personnel, budget, and general operations of the department; facilitating the accomplishment of university, college, and departmental goals; assisting in the development of departmental grants; maintaining close affiliations with area school districts, colleges, and universities; and working in a collegial manner with faculty, staff, students, and other stakeholders.


Candidates should possess excellent leadership and interpersonal skills and have a strong record of research and teaching commensurate with appointment as full professor. A doctoral degree from an accredited institution in Educational Leadership/Administration, Educational Policy, Higher Education, or a related field such as Educational Psychology or Special Education, is required. Preferably, the candidate will have at least three years of administrative experience in higher education as well as successful experience with accreditation, program development, and distance education/online learning.  For those with K-12 experience, it is also preferable that they have experience with program approvals at state and national levels. The chair will provide vision and leadership for the department to achieve world-class research excellence while continuing its tradition of high quality leadership programs. The chair will enable the department to increase significantly its research funding and endowments in order to address national and international challenges, including fostering collaborations within UTA and with industry, government groups, and with other postsecondary institutions. Successful candidates are expected to demonstrate a commitment to diversity and equity in education through his or her leadership, scholarship, teaching, and/or service.


The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies currently offers four graduate programs: 1) the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with emphasis options in principal certification and higher education administration, 2) principal certification, 3) superintendent certification, and 4) a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership. Both the doctoral and masters programs offer coursework with a K-16 focus for students from higher education and K-12. It also offers one undergraduate program, the Leadership Minor/Leadership Certificate, in partnership with the UTA Leadership Center and the Division of Student Affairs.


Home to 2,400 students, 40 faculty members, and 25 staff members, the College of Education prepares education professionals to lead in a dynamic and changing environment, and contribute to the national dialogue regarding education in the 21st Century. The College has two departments: Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with more than 800 graduates in 2016. The College is currently one of the state’s top producers of outstanding education professionals.  


UTA is a Carnegie Research-1 “highest research activity” institution. With a projected global enrollment of close to 57,000, UTA is one of the largest institutions in the state of Texas. Guided by its Strategic Plan 2020: Bold Solutions|Global Impact, UTA fosters interdisciplinary research and education within four broad themes: health and the human condition, sustainable urban communities, global environmental impact, and data-driven discovery. UTA was recently cited by U.S. News & World Report as having the second lowest average student debt among U.S. universities. U.S. News & World Report ranks UTA fifth in the nation for undergraduate diversity. The University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is ranked as the top four-year college in Texas for veterans on Military Times’ 2017 Best for Vets list.


To apply applicants should go to  and submit the following materials: a letter addressing how the candidate’s experiences match the position requirements, a vita, and contact information for at least five references.


For best consideration, materials should be provided by June 10, 2017.


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UTA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the University prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation. A criminal background check will be conducted on finalists. The UTA is a tobacco free campus.

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