Assistant/Associate/Full Professor, with a focus on Critical Higher Education Policy

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Oct 29, 2020
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Pittsburgh

School of Education

Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor (Tenure/Tenure-Stream) Position

with a focus on Critical Higher Education Policy

Position:               Assistant, Associate, or Full (tenure/tenure-stream)


Appointment:      Eight-month, full-time, tenure stream appointment; starting Fall 2021


Description: The Department of Educational Foundations, Organizations, and Policy in The School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh seeks a full-time, tenure-stream assistant, associate, or full professor for the Higher Education program. We seek a higher education scholar who conducts critical, rigorous, theoretically grounded empirical research on higher education policy. This person would use interdisciplinary approaches and critical methodologies and theories to examine power relations in the reproduction of racial, class, and gender inequities, to name a few, in higher education and to address topics such as, but not limited to: critical analysis of policy levers and implementation; critical policy discourse analysis; racial justice and anti-Blackness in higher education policy; and the reproduction of inequities by higher education and policy actors.

The candidate would join a vibrant community in the School of Education, at a time of great excitement, synergy, momentum, and action, particularly in relation to our explicit commitment to equity and justice in education. As a School, we are committed to determining sustainable ways to disrupt and transform long-standing patterns of inequity and injustice in education. The School of Education recently reorganized to focus on three significant areas: Health and Human Development; Teaching, Learning, and Leading; and Educational Foundations, Organizations, and Policy. We value collaborative work that is not constrained by rigid boundaries, but that is committed to the interconnections of equity and justice among departments, centers, and institutes in the School of Education and with the many partners at the university, and in various regional, national, and global communities. The School’s mission/vision can be found at the following link:

Pitt’s Higher Education offers MEd, EdD, and PhD degrees. Working collaboratively, the faculty have actively sought to advance equity and justice through teaching and learning, advising and mentoring of students, engaged collaborations, and scholarship. We seek to continue our momentum by having a scholar join the Higher Education faculty to: (1) advise master’s students in student affairs and doctoral students in higher education; (2) teach online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses; (3) contribute to curriculum design and redesign of higher education and student affairs graduate programs to ensure equity- and justice-centered approaches; and (4) contribute to the development of graduate programs across the Department of Educational Foundations, Organizations, and Policy. For more information about the Higher Education programs, please visit





  1. Earned doctorate in higher education, education, or a closely related field by July 31, 2021;
  2. Demonstrated commitment to equity and justice in higher education;
  3. Emerging or established record of publication in peer-reviewed journals;
  4. Emerging or established record of critical scholarship on higher education policy;
  5. Potential for or record of securing external funding;
  6. Potential for or demonstrated excellence in university-level teaching in higher education; and
  7. Potential for or demonstrated excellence in advising and mentoring students.



  1. Leadership experience in higher education as a professional field and/or in public policy arena; and
  2. Engagement experience with local, state, and/or national higher education leaders and organizations.  

Salary and Rank: Competitive salary will be commensurate with qualifications at rank. 


Application Process: Review of applications will begin November 30th and will continue until the position is filled. To apply for the position, submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a representation of scholarly work (e.g.,  journal article, book chapter, or policy brief report) that reflects your work in higher education policy, and the names and contact information for three academic references (references will only be contacted and asked to submit a letter if candidate is forwarded to the initial interview round). Submit materials online at:  

For questions about the submission process email [email protected] and for questions about the position or School of Education, email the search committee co-chairs, Linda DeAngelo [email protected] and Darris Means at [email protected].

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity. Members of historically underrepresented groups, including womyn, are especially encouraged to apply.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  EEO/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled

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