Mary Louise Petersen Chair in Higher Education

Iowa City, Iowa
Highly competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Excellent start-up package,
Sep 16, 2019
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The University of Iowa
College of Education
Department of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies

The Department of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies at the University of Iowa invites applications for an academic year tenure-track faculty position as the Mary Louise Chair in Higher Education at the rank of Professor in Higher Education and Student Affairs.  The position will start August 19, 2020, or negotiable start date.

The University of Iowa invites applications and nominations from distinguished researchers and scholars, regardless of their discipline, whose scholarship and teaching will focus on the study of higher education. The Mary Louise Petersen Chair is an endowed professorship which honors the contributions of
Mary Louise Petersen to higher education and public policy at both state and national levels. The incumbent will be appointed to a long-established and highly ranked graduate program in Higher Education and Student Affairs in the Department of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies of the College of Education.

This endowed Professorship will be fully supported with resources appropriate to the appointee's needs to sustain his or her program of professional scholarship and leadership.  The University seeks an individual who understands the complexity of processes and problems integral to the field of higher education and who is committed to teaching, research, and active participation in the graduate program in higher education. 

Education Requirement
Ph.D. or equivalent

Required Qualifications

  1. Ph.D. or equivalent with credentials to be appointed at the rank of professor with tenure
  2. Exemplary record of scholarship in higher education including peer reviewed publications
  3. Unmistakable evidence of national and international prominence as a leader in the field of higher education

Desirable Qualifications

  1. Success obtaining competitive funding to support scholarship and/or training
  2. Demonstrated record of successfully teaching and mentoring students
  3. Evidence of the ability to collaborate effectively with others

Major responsibilities include: conduct an active, funded program of research and scholarship; teach graduate-level courses consistent with program and departmental needs; advise and mentor graduate students; and provide program, department, college, and professional service. The successful candidate will work in full collaboration with other faculty members to consider new initiatives within the college and university.

Highly competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Excellent start-up package, benefits, and research support.

Academic year (9 month) tenure-track appointment beginning August 19, 2020 or negotiated start date.

We welcome both applications and nominations of outstanding individuals. Applications should include a letter of interest, a resume and a list of references who may be contacted later in the process.  To apply for this position, go to our website at and choose requisition number 73773.

Nominations should provide information detailing the nominee's accomplishments and qualifications in terms of the position as described. The committee will contact all nominees to discuss this opportunity and to provide appropriate information.

Please direct questions or nominations to Jonathan Templin, PhD, EF Lindquist Chair in Measurement and Testing, who is serving as search committee chair at [email protected] .

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

About the Program
The Higher Education and Student Affairs program is committed to advancing knowledge and cultivating transformation in the practice and study of postsecondary education. The Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) program coalesces around a shared sense of responsibility to produce research and spark innovative thinking that addresses the contemporary challenges and persistent inequities permeating higher education. HESA offers educational leaders, scholars, and practitioners comprehensive expertise built from a range of intellectual traditions. Faculty have diverse philosophies, methods, disciplinary training, and personal backgrounds, ensuring students gain a deep understanding and interconnected view of the field..

About the College
The College of Education offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including licensure, endorsement, and certificate programs, many of which are regularly ranked among the best in the nation.  Students study with our world-renowned faculty who are the leaders, scholars, and innovators in their fields.  Our college is comprised of four departments: Educational Policy and Leadership Studies, Psychological and Quantitative Foundations, Rehabilitation and Counselor Education, and Teaching and Learning

About the University and Surrounding Community
The University of Iowa (UI) is world-renowned for its commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities.  UI has been a member of the Big Ten conference since 1899 and the Association of American Universities since 1909.  UI ranks #38 among the nation’s 629 public universities (U.  S.   News & World Report).  More than 33,000 students earn bachelor’s, graduate, and professional degrees from UI’s 12 colleges.  

UI is located in Iowa City, a UNESCO City of Literature that is widely recognized as one of the country’s most livable communities.  With 70,000 residents, Iowa City is an attractive haven for scholars, scientists, artists, writers, and professionals of all kinds.  Highlights of living in Iowa City include outstanding affordable health care, excellent libraries and schools, historic neighborhoods, and a lively downtown.  Chicago, St. Louis, and Minneapolis/St. Paul are a short car or bus trip away, and nearby Eastern Iowa Airport (CID) connects travelers to the world.  The relationship between Iowa City and the UI is very cooperative and supportive. 

The University of Iowa is a founding member of the Central Midwest Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) and is committed to recruiting and retaining the most talented and diverse faculty and staff and assisting dual-career couples. 

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, associational preferences, or any other classification that deprives the person of consideration as an individual.