Assoc Professor/Professor & Dept Chair, Higher Ed

Job description

The University of Denver's Morgridge College of Education (MCE) invites applications for a senior colleague in the Higher Education Department to serve as Department Chair with the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. This is a tenure-line position. We seek a candidate with knowledge and understanding of higher education and its implications across the P-20 educational spectrum. Located in the city of Denver, the University of Denver (DU) is the oldest and largest independent university in the Rocky Mountain Region, and enrolls approximately 12,000 students in its undergraduate, graduate, and professional preparation programs. DU is classified as a Doctoral/Research University with high research activity, that emphases a teacher/scholar model. Based on the previous U.S. Census, Denver is quickly becoming one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the U.S. Census data show that Denvers population includes 11.1% Black or African American, 31.7% Hispanic or Latino, 2.8% Asian American and Pacific Islander, and approximately 1% Native American residents. Situated in this vibrant metropolitan community, the University is committed to building and sustaining a culturally diverse faculty, staff, and student body. Visit to learn more about DU.

The Higher Education Department is in the Morgridge College of Education (MCE), which currently enrolls about 900 students in its 24 degree (MA, MLIS, EdS, EdD, and PhD), licensure, and certificate programs. Higher Education offers masters and doctoral degrees. More than 9,000 MCE graduates live throughout the U.S. and the world (please visit

Position Summary
We seek equity-minded candidates with research and teaching interests that focus on one or more of the following: historically marginalized identities - including Black, Indigenous, students of color, LGBTQ+ students, students with disabilities, among others; broad access institutions; community colleges; minority serving institutions; or faculty and/or students who serve in these institutions. This position requires an innovative and critical thinker who values our mission of serving the public good and is capable of working within a dynamic, inclusive environment. Responsibilities for all tenure-line faculty members in the Higher Education Department include: maintaining an active research agenda, securing external funding, teaching graduate level courses, advising graduate students, directing and serving on dissertations, supporting the administration of academic programs in higher education, and other duties as assigned by the College leadership.

Responsibilities for department chair include communicating the departments views to the college community and the college community concerns to the department. The chair represents the department and serves as a leader in the college. As such the incumbent must advocate for their department while also keeping the best interests of the college in mind. The department chair is provided with course releases as the following responsibilities require additional time. They are also given an administrative stipend as recognition of their additional responsibilities as well as partial compensation for work that must be conducted during the summer months.

Required Qualifications

  • An earned doctorate in Higher Education or a related field.
  • A strong commitment to social justice and experience working with diverse populations.
  • A strong commitment to advancing higher educations public purposes.
  • Prior experience in teaching, research, service, leadership, and administration equivalent to the role of a senior faculty member and department chair.
  • An established research agenda grounded in equity and the study of higher education organizations and systems with the demonstrated ability to inform and influence current higher education policy, practice, and research.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A strong interest in working with community stakeholders and partners that connect higher education across P-20 settings.
  • Although we are interested in diverse methodological traditions, candidates with expertise in critical quantitative methods are especially desirable.
  • Previous experience securing external funding.
  • Prior professional and administrative experiences within a higher education related setting.
  • Value of praxis-oriented pedagogical practices.

Application Deadline
Application review will begin immediately. Applicants are encouraged to submit materials by November 16, 2020 for best consideration. Early submissions are advised. Applications will continue to be reviewed until position is filled.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.




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Job No: 493283
Posted: 10/27/2020
Application Due: 12/26/2020
Work Type:
Salary: Negotiable