Sherman Family Foundation Endowed Chair and Director of the Urban Education Research Center

University of Missouri-Kansas City
Kansas City, Missouri
Oct 13, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution



The University of Missouri-Kansas City’s (UMKC) School of Education (SOE) invites nominations and applications for the position of Sherman Family Foundation Endowed Chair and Director of the Urban Education Research Center (UERC). The SOE seeks an outstanding scholar with expertise in an area of urban education, an established record of external research funding, and a commitment towards the goal of promoting excellent schooling and improving the lives, opportunities and communities of urban residents throughout the United States, with a focus on the Greater Kansas City community.

One of the campuses of the University of Missouri System, UMKC has a Carnegie Classification of Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity with a student enrollment of 16,944 (fall 2016).  Its educational mission emphasizes four areas: leading in life and health sciences, deepening and expanding strength in the visual and performing arts; developing a professional workforce and collaborating in urban issues and education; and creating a vibrant learning and campus life experience. UMKC offers a dynamic mix of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in areas such as Business, Biological Sciences, Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Honors, Pharmacy, Computing and Engineering, Education, Law and the Conservatory. 

Founded in 1954, the same year as the historic Brown v. Topeka Board of Education decision, the UMKC School of Education is committed to social justice, urban education, and to fulfilling the unfulfilled promises of Brown. The School of Education’s mission is to recruit, prepare, and support outstanding teachers, mental health professionals, and administrators who will create lifelong opportunities through education for America’s diverse urban communities. The undergraduate, post-bachelors, masters, educational specialists, and doctoral programs prepare a diverse population of learners across a wide range of professions ranging from teachers to principals and administrators, to counseling psychologists and other mental health professionals in order that they may transform the world.

The School of Education faculty at UMKC are actively engaged with Kansas City-area school districts to create educational reform with a vision to be a leading urban-serving school of education in the nation. The School is engaged in the study of issues that affect urban communities and its urban and diverse community engagement initiatives have garnered wide community support and funding.

The Urban Education Research Center is designed to work collaboratively within the SOE, across the university and in conjunction with local partners and communities. The mission of the UERC is to create reliable, usable knowledge, provide technical assistance, conduct cutting edge research and analysis, develop data rich approaches, and disseminate information that addresses local issues, problems and questions in urban schools and communities with national applicability.

The successful candidate will report to the Dean of the SOE, and must have an earned doctoral degree and the credentials required to hold a faculty appointment at the rank of associate or full professor in any of the three divisions within the School of Education. The SOE seeks a dynamic individual to join a dedicated and collaborative group of faculty and staff who will serve as a key part of the School’s strategic cluster hiring plan that aims to promote both applied and basic interdisciplinary research across the university.

Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. The search will be conducted with a commitment of confidentiality for candidates until finalists are selected. Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc. is assisting the University of Missouri-Kansas City in this search. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made. Submission of materials as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged.  For best consideration, applications and nominations should be submitted by January 5, 2018. A complete application will include a letter describing relevant experiences and interest in the position; current curriculum vitae; sample publications; and the name of five references with titles, mailing addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses. Applications materials should be submitted to UMKC’s job site:

Inquiries and letters of nominations should be submitted to:

Betty Turner Asher, Partner

Patricia J. Gibbs, Executive Search Consultant

Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.

42 Business Centre Drive, Suite 206

Miramar Beach, Florida 32550

Phone: 850-650-2277 / Fax: 850-650-2272




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