Tenure-Track Professor of Urban Education Leadership (Open Rank)

The School of Education in the College of Arts and Sciences at American University invites applications for a nine-month, tenure-track faculty position specializing in urban education and educational leadership. The position is open rank, so candidates will be considered for positions at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor levels. The appointment will commence in August 2018.

The successful candidate will join a faculty committed to socially responsive research, educational opportunity, and teaching in graduate and undergraduate education programs.  The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to promoting equity and excellence in preK-12 education contexts and promoting high-quality learning opportunities in under-resourced or high poverty schools, particularly in urban, metropolitan centers. Specific areas of research may include topics such as (1) equity, diversity, and inclusion; (2) closing opportunity and achievement gaps in terms of race/ethnicity, migrant status, native language, disability status, gender identity, and economic disadvantage; (3) organizational leadership and change; (4) instructional leadership and coaching; or (5) urban education contexts and systems.

Teaching and learning responsibilities will be mainly concentrated in the current Education Policy and Leadership M.Ed. program, but opportunities exist to teach in other graduate and undergraduate programs within the School of Education. Responsibilities may also include development of new master’s or doctoral-level program tracks.

American University’s School of Education (SOE) is located in Washington DC, a city with committed and innovative urban educators and access to some of the nation’s largest and most diverse school districts. Guided by a commitment to increasing educational outcomes for students in urban districts, the SOE is growing; it currently maintains programs in teacher education, special education, international education, and educational policy and leadership.  American University is a private research institution within easy reach of many centers of government, business, research, and the arts.  For more information about American University, visit www.american.edu.


Required Qualifications: Applicants should hold a doctorate in education leadership or a related field. They are expected to demonstrate a strong research agenda, as well as evidence of excellence in teaching and student mentoring. Applicants should have a track record of scholarly productivity with publication of original research in peer-reviewed journals or scholarly peer-reviewed books. Successful candidates at the Associate or Full Professor levels will have experience serving as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on externally funded research in the area(s) of specialization, with highest priority given to externally funded collaborative research. In addition, applicants should demonstrate potential for working collaboratively with other core programs in the School of Education, including International Training and Education, Teacher Education, and Special Education.

Desired Qualifications:  Experience in education leadership roles, whether at the school, district, state, or federal level, or in education-related foundations or nonprofits, is desirable. Experience or interest in establishing local educational partnerships is also valuable. Competitive candidates will have a strong research and publication record in education leadership. The search committee is especially interested in candidates who, through their research, teaching, and/or service will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

Application Instructions

Salary is competitive.  Review of applications will begin October 16, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled.  Include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation, recent teaching evaluations (when possible), and copies of representative publications or working papers (preferably lead-authored or sole-authored). Please submit applications via: http://apply.interfolio.com/45300.

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