Assistant Professor of Philosophy of Education, Justice, and Equity

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Assistant Professor of Philosophy of Education, Justice, and Equity

Seattle, WA
Open Date:
Jul 18, 2019

Philosophy of Education, Justice, and Equity

The University of Washington, Seattle, College of Education seeks to fill a nine-month, full-time position for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the area of Philosophy of Education. This position involves active research agendas grounded in philosophical argumentation and analysis as applied to educational purposes, policies, and/or practices in learning and teaching contexts. Such philosophical inquiry could intersect with the intellectual traditions of moral or political philosophy, feminist philosophy, critical race theory, post-structural theory, postcolonial theory, or decolonization theory as each is applied to power and value tensions in education. Research foci might include (but are not limited to) philosophical analyses of the nexus between ethics, educational policy/practice, and commitments to equity; questions surrounding notions of justice, education, and the public good; how moral and ethical issues play out in classrooms, curricula, teacher education programs, and other learning and teaching settings; and epistemological or ontological issues in educational research. A record of or capacity for collaborating with empirical researchers to conduct grant-supported inquiry is desired but not required.

The faculty member will join and have an opportunity to collaborate with a diverse group of scholars who are deeply invested in educational equity in research, practice, and partnerships through our graduate certificate in Education, Equity and Society, the Center for Educational Justice, and in our own work. With regard to teaching, the faculty member will be expected to teach courses in philosophy of education as well as other topics listed above in our PhD, MEd, and undergraduate programs, including classes that address philosophical issues in methods of educational research. In addition, the faculty member will have an opportunity to teach in our professional programs (e.g. teacher education, district leadership preparation, and/or school leadership preparation). Lastly, the faculty member would be encouraged to connect with colleagues in the Department of Philosophy where appropriate.

The UW College of Education, the nation’s No. 5-ranked public school of education, dedicates its resources to making excellent education a daily reality for all students and is committed to solving real-world educational challenges and closing opportunity gaps. Members of the College maintain a set of active partnerships with more than 300 educational institutions in the region, state, and nation—schools, school districts, community-based organizations, informal educational institutions, and professional organizations. Our College’s mission leads us to invest in recruiting colleagues who demonstrate experience with, knowledge of, and a commitment to working with culturally diverse and minoritized communities to address pressing educational challenges and foster a more just and caring society. University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research and service. The University of Washington is committed to building a vibrant environment for American Indian and Indigenous Studies. Our growing infrastructure includes the Department of American Indian Studies; the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute; the Intellectual House, a longhouse-style facility opened in 2015; the Burke Museum’s Bill Holm Center for the Study of Northwest Indian Art; and the newly developing Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies. The University of Washington acknowledges the Coast Salish peoples of this land, the land which touches the shared waters of all tribes and bands within the Salish Sea (Puget Sound) region as well as tribes whose traditional homelands are on the Pacific Coast, east of the Cascade Mountains, along the Columbia River, and throughout the Pacific Northwest.


All candidates must have an earned doctorate or foreign equivalent by the date of appointment in a relevant field or discipline such as philosophy of education or philosophy, or foundations of education with an emphasis on philosophical inquiry and critical theory.

Application Instructions:

(1) A detailed letter describing qualifications for the position, including academic preparation, experience, research agenda, evidence about teaching, and evidence of capacity to generate outside funding; (2) An educational equity and social justice statement detailing how the candidate’s teaching, service, and/or scholarship has supported the success of students from diverse racial, ethnic, class, and gender backgrounds; (3) Curriculum vitae; (4) Names and contact information for three references. (Please do not send letters of recommendation at this time; the College of Education will request letters for all semi-finalists); (5) Two examples of scholarly writing; and (6) an email address for further communications.

Send queries about the position to Search Co-Chairs Dr. Nancy Beadie at [email protected] and Dr. Kara Jackson at [email protected].

Please submit applications electronically to Interfolio at ( The committee will begin reviewing applications on October 15, 2019. The position will remain open until filled. Appointment to commence September 16, 2020.

Search committee members include: Nancy Beadie, co-chair ([email protected]), Kara Jackson, co-chair ([email protected]), Jondou Chase Chen ([email protected]), Katie Headrick Taylor ([email protected]), and Jordan Sherry-Wagner ([email protected]).




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Posted: 9/9/2019
Application Due: 10/20/2019
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