Endowed Chair & Director of Center for Educational Transformation

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The College of Education at the University of Northern Iowa seeks a 12-month Richard O. Jacobson Endowed Chair in Education to promote and expand the College’s long-standing commitment to working with faculty within the College and across campus, preK-12 schools, and community partners, and contribute to building and maintaining the intellectual capacity to support the University’s vision of campus vitality. As the Director of the Center for Educational Transformation (CET), this individual will facilitate educational innovation, research and dissemination, and elevate the national reputation of the University through the Center’s goals of research, practice, and policy. CET will be well-positioned to attract significant external funds and build a reputation for the University as an engaged and desirable partner both locally and nationally. The faculty member is also expected to teach, conduct research, and perform service activities within their field of study.

UNI has a bold vision that we will be a diverse and inclusive campus community that provides an engaged education empowering students to lead locally and globally. We seek faculty across disciplines, departments, and colleges to work together to build our national prominence in any of four distinct but interrelated areas of our vision and strategic plan: engaged learning, diversity and inclusion, sustainability, and community engagement. Successful candidates with background and interest in these areas will form clusters to advance our work, joining current faculty conducting teaching, scholarship, and service in these areas.

Ph.D. or Ed.D. in the area of curriculum and instruction, special education, educational psychology, educational policy, evaluation/assessment, physical or health education, or other advanced degree grounded in a related field required.   Candidates must demonstrate a sustained record of research, teaching, and service to substantiate the rank of Associate or Full Professor. Additional qualifications include successful school and/or community partnership, significant scholarly productivity including publications on issues in education and educational partnerships; successful history of grant-funded research and other initiatives; and, strong record of interdisciplinary leadership in higher education.  

Preference will be given to candidates with administrative experience including successful management, staff oversight, and funding of a research center; ability to mentor junior faculty, work with doctoral students, and collaborate with faculty engaged in university and community partnership work; evidence of excellence in teaching in higher education; innovation in expanding partnership endeavors and identifying new and interdisciplinary ways of addressing educational challenges; established national professional reputation in an academic field; and, expertise on national issues in PreK-12 educational reform.

Applications received by March 19, 2018, will receive full consideration. To apply, visit http://jobs.uni.edu/. Inquiries may be sent to search chairs Lawrence Escalada, [email protected], 319-273-2431, or Deb Tidwell, [email protected], (319) 273-2983. Pre-employment background checks required.

UNI actively seeks to enhance diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  The University encourages applications from persons of color, women, individuals living with disabilities, and protected veterans.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal and/or state law.

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Job No: 51530
Posted: 2/15/2018
Application Due: 4/16/2018
Work Type:
Salary: $140,000 - $145,000