Assistant Professor in Educational Leadership

This position will be based out of our Wheeling campus but will require some flexibility to teac
Feb 26, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The National College of Education (NCE) at National Louis University (NLU) seeks a dynamic, high-quality educator for a full-time Clinical Educational Leadership faculty (10-month contract) at the Assistant Professor rank (or rank commensurate with qualifications and experience). NLU’s recently updated graduate program offers the Illinois Principal (M.Ed./Ed.S) and Superintendent Endorsements (Ed.S./Ed.D) in a weekend blended model. We are currently seeking a colleague with extensive leadership experience at the school and/or district level. This position includes teaching prospective principals and superintendents, preparing candidates to develop a strong foundation in classroom assessment and evidence-based decision-making, research project design and using data analysis for PK-16 improvement. Experience in program evaluation and policy advocacy at the P-12 or higher education levels would be welcomed.


NLU’s National College of Education understands that serving PreK-12 students as teachers and school leaders is a calling, a commitment, and a career. Our unique style of partnership with students at all levels—from new teacher preparation to advanced professional programs to doctoral degrees—guides all we do as we create today’s teachers and tomorrow’s leaders.
Our programs are designed with the needs of our students in mind. Graduates frequently cite the National College of Education’s top quality professors, convenient locations, flexible course offerings and affordability. Most of all, the commitment to “real world” progressive education is unparalleled. NCE graduates make a difference. Our educators are found in 40% of Illinois public schools and 75% of Chicago Public Schools, collectively impacting the lives of 60,000 students each year.

At NCE, our commitment to learning includes ourselves. We have recently created four new programs and evolved an additional 21 programs to more appropriately address the needs of today’s educators.


You are: A Change Leader.
You are an accomplished PreK-12 educator with a passion for developing students and teachers to their fullest potential. You are an experienced leader who has successfully guided schools and/or district through change. You are a constructive partner who leads the work that needs to be done and advocates for high quality education. You are a veteran educator attracted to university teaching as a new career step and a new level of positive influence on American education. You are deeply motivated by a desire to work in a learning community that is preparing the next generation of life-changing leaders.

You will: Model and Support Research.
You believe in the power of practitioner researchers. You will draw upon current research to inform your instruction. You will use your research agenda to model research methodologies for our candidates. You will support our candidates as they become research practitioners.

You are ready to: Make an Impact.
Each and every day, this program changes lives. You want to be a part of NCE’s societally impactful leadership as an educator preparation institution. You are someone who will always look for creative ways for students to earn success. We know this work is challenging, but we are in it together and you are inspired by the opportunity to work collaboratively with other educational leaders to optimize our impact together.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

• Teach/coordinate educational leadership courses related to PreK-16 teaching and learning
-Apply learning technologies such as Desire2Learn and LiveText
• Support educational leadership research by program candidates at the masters and doctoral levels
• Qualify for educational leadership internship supervision by state standards.
• Support principal and superintendent endorsement internships
• Contribute to curriculum development and program improvement by collaborating with faculty in program and unit level evaluation, to develop program reports, assessment protocols, and cross disciplinary curriculum work
• Advise Educational Leadership graduate students, including service on dissertation committees
• Engage in an active program of scholarship related to these areas of expertise
• Contribute to the Educational Leadership program development, management and partnership coordination
• Engage in the learning-community life of National Louis University through engagement in meetings, committees, professional development, and collaborative projects with faculty and staff
• Fulfill other faculty duties in Research & Scholarship, Service, Professional Development & Engagement domains.

This position could begin work either in the Summer or Fall 2018 term and will be based out of our Wheeling campus but will require some flexibility to teach/visit all of our Chicagoland campuses depending on need.


The successful candidate will model excellence in teaching with a strong foundation in improving the climate of the school; analyzing complex social, economic, political, and other factors in contemporary problems facing schools; selecting, implementing, and evaluating initiatives; and a demonstrated research agenda.

Successful position candidates will demonstrate experience and skill in both face-to-face and online teaching with adult learners. Classes typically meet once a month on a Friday night and Saturday with online work, through the university’s learning management system, D2L, in between class meetings. Instructors will need to be able to respond to student and collegial communications within 48 hours.
Qualified applicants for the Educational Leadership position must possess an earned doctorate in Educational Leadership, or a related field, with experience in conducting applied research in classrooms/school/district settings, and higher education teaching experience commensurate with rank. Candidate should have at least three-five years of leadership experience. Preference is extended for possession of a principal and/or superintendent’s endorsement.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate experience and fluency teaching in online and blended settings using a learning management system.

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