Associate/Assistant Professor - Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (003515)

University of Denver in Colorado

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted August 18, 2014
Type Tenured, tenure track
Salary Competitive
Employment Type Full-time

The University of Denver's Morgridge College of Education (MCE) invites applications for a full-time tenure track position in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Program at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. We seek a candidate with knowledge and understanding of educational leadership across the P-20 educational spectrum. We desire a candidate with specific background and interest in policy and developing leaders who will ensure equitable access to learning for all students specifically students from historically under-served populations. This position requires an innovative and critical thinker, capable of working within a dynamic environment. The responsibilities of this position include: maintaining an active research agenda, teaching graduate level courses, advising masters and doctoral students, directing and serving on doctoral research and dissertation committees, supporting the administration of academic programs in educational leadership, and other duties as assigned by the program coordinator.

The Educational Leadership and Policy Studies programs mission is to prepare transformative leaders in education. All programs and degrees are supported by our deeply reflective signature pedagogy with an alignment of knowledge and skills, theory and practice, values and dispositions in key domains with a modeling of practice by faculty including the practice of recognizing and valuing diverse experiences and world views of individuals and groups. Our students consist of over 170 diverse scholar/practitioners who are enrolled in Certificate, Masters and Doctoral (PhD and EdD) programs that seek to expand and deepen their knowledge and expertise. As a member of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) consortium, our EdD program prepares educational leaders to lead change in educational systems, using applied research methods to address complex problems of practice. Students in our research-oriented PhD program examine theoretical foundations, and conduct research to develop theory.

The Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program is one of several academic offerings in the Morgridge College of Education (MCE) at the University of Denver. The MCE has a robust history of support within the University, reflected by the fact that the College recently moved into a new state-of-the-art building in 2010. College-wide there are over 800 students across 22 degree granting (i.e., MA, MLIS, EdS, EdD, PhD), licensure, and certificate programs.

The University of Denver, the oldest and largest independent university in the Rocky Mountain Region, is located in the city of Denver, which is quickly becoming one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the U.S. Census data show that Denver's population includes 11.1% Black or African American, 31.7% Hispanic or Latino, 2.8% Asian American, and approximately 1% Native American residents. Situated in this vibrant metropolitan community, the University is committed to building and sustaining a culturally diverse faculty, staff, and student body. DU is a research university with a high level of research activity and enrolls approximately 11,500 students in its undergraduate, graduate, and professional preparation programs (please visit

The MCE is located in the new Katherine A. Ruffatto Hall, a 65,000 square foot complex providing a flexible, innovative, and multidisciplinary learning environment. The facility allows for ongoing dialogue with community, national, and global partners as we enter a transformational era in education. The facility features state-of-the-art technology including interactive white boards and flat-panel displays throughout, two TelePresence videoconferencing systems, and a Voice-over Internet Protocol (VOIP) integrated communications system.

-  Candidates should have an earned doctoral degree in Educational Leadership, Educational Policy or a related field
-  Experience and background commensurate with the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor; if the rank of Associate Professor is offered, tenure will be considered during the first year of employment to take effect the following fall
-  The candidate should have an established record of scholarship, teaching, and community engagement

Preferred Experience:

-  An established research agenda grounded in educational leadership and/or policy with a demonstrated commitment to equity
-  Demonstrated desire to inform and influence current education policy, practice, and research
-  A strong background in one or more of the following areas is desired: educational policy, law, finance, and/or governance, educational leadership, systems and organizational change, and/or applied methods of inquiry.
-  A strong interest in working with programs that connect education across P-20 settings and with community stakeholders
-  Although we are interested in diverse methodological traditions, expertise in applied and/or policy research is preferred
-  Expertise in program evaluation, survey design, policy research and community engagement
-  Experience as an executive level educational leader at the campus and/or district level (such as principal, assistant/associate superintendent, superintendent)
-  Experience working with diverse student populations and/or communities
-  Demonstrated cultural competence
-  Ability to articulate a platform in education and educational leadership
-  Ability to teach a variety of courses in educational leadership
-  Ability to work collaboratively with other faculty members
-  A record of scholarship in the area of school and community leadership.

Instructions for candidates:

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The appointment will commence on September 1, 2015. Interested candidates must submit an application online at, and should attach a cover letter outlining research and teaching interests, curriculum vitae, a list of three professional references, and two representative writing samples. Once within the job description online, please click "New Resume/CV" at the bottom of the page to begin application. Letters of recommendation will be requested upon review of materials. We recommend combining documents to a total of 5 to avoid document upload limits.

Screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries about this position can be made to the search chair Kristina Hesbol (

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, people of color, members of the LBGTQIA community, people with disabilities, and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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