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Assistant Professor

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Job no: 516515
Position Type: Faculty Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: Leadership in Education
Pay Grade: 03
Date opened: 31 Oct 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
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Assistant Professor, Leadership in Education

The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) at the University of Massachusetts Boston invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in Urban Education, Leadership, and Policy Studies in the Leadership in Education Department to begin September 1, 2023. We are seeking candidates with experience in supporting the success of racially minoritized students specifically in social justice and equity in education. We are also interested in an equity-minded, Pre-K to 12 urban education leadership scholar with expertise in one or more of the following areas: anti-racist leadership, educational policy (e.g., policymaking, education law, finance, policy implementation), and who uses mixed methodologies.

Faculty are responsible for teaching, research, and service that enhances CEHD’s community engagement and anti-racism mission. Responsibilities include: 1) carrying out an active research agenda that makes significant contributions to the field of urban education leadership; 2) teaching graduate level courses in the Urban Education, Leadership, and Policy studies program; 3) advising doctoral students and serving on dissertation committees; 4) and contributing to service related to the university’s urban mission.

Candidates must possess an earned doctorate awarded prior to September 1, 2023, in education or a related field; a record of or potential for effective graduate teaching; and a demonstrated commitment to working in and fostering racial equity among our students, faculty, and staff. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate capacity for conducting research using critical methodologies. Candidates should also demonstrate a potential for external grant funding for research. Scholars who reflect the existing student population of UMass Boston, hold high expectations for minoritized students, connect with multiple identities, and support and further the campus’ equity efforts are strongly encouraged to apply.

UMass Boston is a recognized model of excellence for urban public research universities. Located on Boston Harbor, we are a research university with a teaching soul. The only public research university in metro Boston and the most diverse university in New England, we combine rigorous focus on the generation of knowledge with a dedication to teaching that places its top scholars in undergraduate and graduate classrooms. CEHD is dedicated to social justice, inclusion, equity, and eradicating all forms of discrimination, oppression, and racism. Its Department of Leadership in Education is home to cohort-based M.Ed., CAGS, PhD and EdD programs that are highly regarded in the region and nation. We provide a dynamic environment for faculty and graduate students to engage in nationally recognized research, especially in areas related to equity issues, school reform, organizational change in Pre-K to 12 and higher education, education policy, leadership, and the social contexts of urban and higher education from local, state, national and global perspectives. For more information, please visit and

Application instructions:

To apply, upload the following: 1) a letter of interest that describes the applicant’s: research agenda; teaching in schools or educational settings, and service experiences that contribute to anti-racist and social justice leadership in the field of urban education; 2) current curriculum vitae; 3) teaching statement indicating how the applicant’s teaching philosophy fits with a practitioner-scholar focused doctoral program and with our mission; 4) at least two samples of published scholarship; and 5) names and contact information for three academic references.

Inquiries may be directed to [email protected]. Application review will begin on December 1st and continue until filled.

The University maintains a strong commitment to all aspects of diversity and inclusion, including anti-racist and health promoting initiatives. UMass Boston is proud to be a federally designated Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI). The University of Massachusetts Boston provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information. In addition to federal law requirements, the University of Massachusetts Boston complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the university operates. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment.

UMass Boston requires all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and to confirm proof of their vaccination status. Exemptions from the vaccine requirement will be permitted only for qualifying religious or medical reasons.

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UMass Boston’s academic excellence is reflected by a growing student body of nearly 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university’s eight colleges offer more than 100 undergraduate programs and 50 graduate programs. The University Honors Program serves 300 students who thrive on intellectual challenge. Enriched courses probe more deeply into theory or venture further into application.

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