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Assistant Professor of P -12 Leadership Preparation

Clemson University
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Assistant Professor of P -12 Leadership Preparation

Clemson University
Open Date:
Sep 28, 2022

The Clemson University College of Education seeks a highly qualified candidate to fill a full-time position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational and Organizational Leadership Development (EOLD). This 9-month appointment will begin in fall 2023 and has a special focus on P-12 educational leadership preparation. The position involves teaching courses in the Masters of Education (MEds) and Educational Specialist (EdS) building- and district-level leadership certification programs, conducting research, advising department graduate students, and providing service to the university and scholarly and practitioner communities. Clemson's educational leadership programs prepare cohorts of students to engage in substantive and sustainable educational improvement for historically marginalized students, while also navigating the intersection of place and politics in their communities. The successful candidate will have P-12 teaching and leadership experience, a scholarly research agenda, the potential for or a record of grant-funded research, a history of working collaboratively with colleagues and partner institutions, and a demonstrated commitment to improving educational opportunities and outcomes for underserved and minoritized populations.

Consistent with Clemson University’s land grant mission, the College of Education and EOLD are dedicated to promoting the growth, education, and development of all individuals, and to engaging in high quality, applied research, and professional learning. The College of Education is especially focused on serving rural schools as well as members of underrepresented, diverse, and marginalized populations. The College of Education recognizes diversity to include differences among groups of people and individuals based on ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, gender, age, exceptionalities, language, religion, sexual orientation, and geographical area. Clemson University has demonstrated a strong commitment to diversifying its faculty, student body, and staff. The successful candidate will join a highly collaborative, engaged faculty committed to fulfilling this mission through research, teaching, and service in higher education and P-12 settings.


  • Maintain scholarly activities (e.g., research, publications, grant applications) consistent with the rank of Assistant Professor at an R1 institution.
  • Teach online, hybrid, or in-person courses for MEd and EdS building- and district-level certification programs.
  • Mentor and advise P-12 MEd and EdS graduate students.
  • Mentor and advise doctoral students in K-12, Higher Education and Student Affairs, and/or Education Improvement Science programs.
  • Provide service to the Department, College, and University, as well as to scholarly and practitioner communities.
  • Participate in field-based research and service with higher education and P-12 partners.

About Clemson University:

Clemson University, founded in 1889, is a land-grant institution located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, along the shores of Lake Hartwell. Clemson has approximately 26,000 graduate and undergraduate students and is consistently ranked among the top 30 national public universities by U.S. News & World Report. For more information about Clemson University, the College of Education, and the Department of Educational and Organizational Leadership Development (EOLD), please visit


Required Qualifications

  • Earned doctorate in educational leadership or a closely related field
  • P – 12 teaching and leadership experience (e.g., school, district, partnerships)
  • Evidence of academic scholarship and a research agenda that is consistent with the rank of Assistant Professor at an R1 institution.
  • The potential for, or a record of, securing external grant funding
  • Ability to teach online, hybrid, and in-person graduate courses in P-12 educational leadership
  • A history of working collaboratively with colleagues and partner institutions

Preferred Qualifications

  • Certification or licensure for P-12 settings
  • Experience mentoring and/or advising graduate students
  • Experience with evidence- or data-based P-12 educational improvement initiatives
  • A demonstrated commitment to improving educational opportunities and outcomes for underserved or minoritized communities.

Application Instructions:

Please submit a letter of application, current curriculum vita or resume, graduate transcripts (an unofficial copy is acceptable), and the names and contact information of three references via Interfolio: Inquiries about the position should be made to the search committee chair, Daniella Hall Sutherland, at [email protected]. Search committee members include Rachel Wagner, Golnaz Arastoopour Irgens, Tomiko Smalls, and David Fallaw.

The Department of Educational and Organizational Leadership Development is currently hiring for multiple positions due to the rapid growth of several programs within the department. Candidates are welcome to apply for multiple positions. If you intend to apply for more than one position, please indicate this on your cover letter. Separate submission materials are required for each position.

To ensure full consideration, materials should be submitted by October 31, 2022. The review of applications will continue until this position is filled.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.


Working at Clemson University

Clemson is a dynamic research university located in Upstate South Carolina at the center of the booming I-85 corridor between Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta, Ga. One of the nation’s most selective public research universities according to U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Clemson University is the school of choice among top students in South Carolina and is increasingly competitive for the best students in the region and the nation. More than 17,100 students select from 70 undergraduate and 100 graduate degree programs through five academic colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life SciencesArchitecture, Arts and HumanitiesBusiness and Behavioral ScienceEngineering and Science; and Health, Education and Human Development.

Clemson’s transformation into a leading research institution — currently attracting in excess of $140 million in externally funded research and sponsored program awards per year — is based upon an academic plan that identifies eight emphasis areas in which the University has opportunities to increase education and research, to align with South Carolina’s economic development needs and to draw upon faculty strengths. Emphasis areas include automotive and transportation technology, advanced materials, biotechnology and biomedical sciences, leadership and entrepreneurship, sustainable environment, information and communication technology, family and community living, and general education.

Major economic development initiatives that have emerged from the academic plan include the Clemson International Center for Automotive Research — a 250-acre campus in Greenville, which has generated more than $225 million in public and private commitments in just four years; an advanced materials initiative at the Clemson Research Park, which includes a new LEED Silver-certified facility; and the South Carolina Health Sciences Collaborative — an initiative of the state’s three research universities and major health-care systems.

As the state’s land-grant university, Clemson reaches out to citizens, communities and businesses all over South Carolina. The Public Service Activities division includes the county-based Cooperative Extension Service, five off-campus research and education centers through the Clemson University Experiment Station and critical regulatory responsibilities for plant and animal health.

The University boasts a 1,400-acre campus on the shores of Lake Hartwell within view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Surrounding the campus are 18,000 acres of University farms and woodlands devoted to research. A warm campus environment, great weather and recreational activities offered by proximity to both the natural surroundings and large cities are part of the Clemson Experience.


Points of interest at Clemson include the following:

The Clemson Conference Center and Inn is a state-of-the-art facility for symposia, meetings, seminars and special events. The complex includes the Madren Continuing Education and Conference Center, the Walker Golf Course and the Martin Inn.

The South Carolina Botanical Garden, a 295-acre public garden, features several thousand varieties of ornamental plants and a unique collection of nature-based sculptures.

The Robert Howell Brooks Center for the Performing Arts brings an exciting array of concert, theater, dance, comedy and other live performances to the community.

The Robert Campbell Geology Museum at the Botanical Garden displays meteorites, minerals, dinosaur fossils and the largest faceted-stone collection in the Southeast.

The T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena is a showplace for livestock activities in the state and has hosted horse and livestock shows, rodeos, sales, 4-H activities, educational programs, and industrial and agricultural exhibitions.

Fort Hill, the home of John C. Calhoun and later of his son-in-law, University founder Thomas Green Clemson, is a registered National Historic Landmark located in the center of campus.

The Class of 1944 Visitors Center is the front door to Clemson — a friendly place to get tours, information, assistance and an introduction to this beautiful, historic university and community.

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