Assistant/Associate Professor-Tenure System

Working/Functional Title

Ast/Assoc Professor

Position Summary

The K-12 Educational Administration program in the Educational Administration Department at Michigan State University invites candidates for an assistant/associate tenure system position. Appointment may begin as early as August 2018. The Department is part of a top ranked college with research centers and initiatives addressing issues in educational leadership, school improvement, district and state level reform, urban education, educational policy, international education studies, measurement and assessment and the scholarship of teaching. It houses a dynamic outreach center that links faculty with practitioners and policy makers across the state.  We seek scholars committed to core issues in K-12 leadership and the improvement of school organizations and educational systems, particularly schools that have been historically underserved.

Candidates are expected to contribute to the field through active research, publishing, and securing external funding. Collaborate with faculty and professional colleagues to shape high quality degree and outreach programs, teach master’s and doctoral level courses (both face-to-face and online), advise students and supervise doctoral research. Engage in institutional and professional service.  Candidates are expected to have clear research and scholarship interests and to secure external funding. Candidates with experience working with initiatives, projects and centers that focus on improving the preparation of leaders in traditionally underserved schools and systems and school improvement are highly desirable. We seek individuals disposed to collaborate in delivering innovative master’s and doctoral programs and to engage with communities serving high need schools in Michigan.

Required Degree


Minimum Requirements

An earned doctoral degree in education in educational administration, leadership or provide evidence that the doctoral degree will be completed prior to the start of the appointment. The candidates must have demonstrated an active interest in the field through research and scholarship in one or more of the following areas: educational leadership, urban education, and organizational theory/management.

Desired Qualifications

Desirable areas of specialization include: the influence of leadership on school organizations and policy implementation; culturally responsive leadership; school finance; evaluating educators and schools; the achievement of under performing and under-resourced schools. Candidates with experience bridging policy and practice are highly desirable.  Senior scholars should have a record of leadership in externally-funded research projects and/or professional organizations.

Required Application Materials

Cover letter; Resume/CV; Reference list; Writing Sample

Special Instructions

Qualified and interested candidates should send a letter of application highlighting qualifications, names of three professional references, current curriculum vita and a writing sample. Applicants should provide information on the contributions they could make to priority areas of scholarship and specialization noted above. Additional materials may be requested of candidates who advance after the initial review. Questions should be directed to search chair: Dr. Kristy Cooper Stein (kcoope[email protected]). See the college website for more information about the college. Review of applicants will begin September 15, 2017, and will continue until candidates are selected.