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Assistant Professor

University of Massachusetts Boston
UMass Boston

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Job no: 516628
Position Type: Faculty Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: Curriculum & Instruction
Pay Grade: 03
Date opened: 10 Nov 2022 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close:

General Summary of Position:

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the University of Massachusetts Boston’s College of Education and Human Development seeks applicants for a tenure-track assistant professor in educator preparation who will serve as the Director of Educator Preparation, to begin September 1, 2023. We are seeking a collaborative, creative, and equity-minded colleague who shares UMass Boston’s commitment to urban education, anti-racism, and social justice and who possesses culturally sustaining perspectives on education from birth through 12th grade.

Strong research skills and qualitative and/or quantitative methodological expertise is expected. In particular, we are seeking scholars working on the leading edge of teacher education in teaching and research, especially those who work with critical frameworks related to learning in urban contexts that are linguistically, racially, and culturally diverse.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the development, growth, and enhancement of educator preparation in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. As the faculty director of educator preparation, the successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing several urban education-oriented education programs spanning early childhood, elementary, middle/secondary, and special education. They will also be tasked with developing a stronger infrastructure for teacher preparation programs with a commitment to supporting all students in general and Black and Latinx students in particular. The person hired for this position will work closely with the Chair, Graduate Program Directors, program faculty, field placement manager, and the Office of Student Success.

Sample of Duties:

  • Serve as the Department’s coordinator of school/program partnerships. This involves training and supporting supervisors of student teachers, overseeing supervisors’ monthly meetings, selecting and training supervising practitioners (cooperating teachers), conducting school and center site visits including early childhood programs (early intervention, center based and family childcare), and maintaining and initiating partnerships.
  • Help improve field experiences around issues of racial justice and equity, including better preparing teacher candidates for racially diverse and urban school and center contexts and ensuring that teacher preparation programs align with the College of Education and Human Development’s mission to be an anti-racist college:
  • Teach courses in the Curriculum and Instruction Department.
  • Work with faculty to write and apply for grants.
  • Engage in high-impact research and scholarship related to teacher education/teaching, urban education, and social justice.
  • Collaborate with Director of Faculty Support Services around teacher preparation data and accreditation.
  • Assist Program Directors and Department Chair in aligning teacher education programs with accreditation requirements.
  • Attend national and state-wide meetings and participate in state-wide conversations pertaining to current teacher preparation policies and regulations.
  • Maintain and review the educational assessment plans, as required for the department’s accreditation reviews, in conjunction with the Director of Faculty Support Services for the College of Education and Human Development, the Chair and the department faculty.


UMass Boston is the third most racially diverse research university in the United States. We are a federally funded Minority Serving Institution (MSI) and an Asian-American and Native American Pacific-Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) committed to anti-racism; we are looking for someone who will engage in this work with us. UMass Boston’s student body is majority students of color and we are engaged in efforts to ensure that the faculty better represents the student population. Our scenic oceanfront campus is minutes from downtown Boston, and we are a nationally recognized student-centered urban public research university.

Minimum Qualifications:

Candidates must have: a terminal degree (Ph.D., Ed.D.) in curriculum and instruction, or a related field; experience teaching at the PreK-12 level, preferably in multicultural, linguistic, and socioeconomically diverse settings; evidence of scholarly productivity; and experience teaching at the university-level in teacher preparation and/or field supervision courses is desirable. Candidates from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups are strongly encouraged to apply; Knowledge of and experience in basic qualitative and quantitative analysis is required. Experience with program accreditation and program assessment is preferred.

Application instructions:

To Apply, submit the following materials online: a cover letter describing teaching, research and service experience; a current curriculum vitae; links to at least two examples of published scholarship; names and contact information for three academic references.

Application review will begin on December 15 and continue until the position is filled.

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.

Applications close:


Working at University of Massachusetts Boston

The University of Massachusetts Boston is nationally recognized as a model of excellence for urban public universities. The scenic waterfront campus is located next to the John F. Kennedy Library, with easy access to downtown Boston. 

The second-largest campus in the UMass system, UMass Boston combines a small-college experience with the vast resources of a major research university. With a 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio, students easily interact with professors because most teaching occurs in small class sizes. Ninety-three percent of full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their fields.

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.

UMass Boston’s diverse student body provides a global context for student learning, and its location in a major U.S. city provides connections to employers in industries such as finance, health care, technology, service, and education, offering students opportunities to gain valuable in-school experience via internships, clinicals, and other career-related placements.

More than 100 student organizations — including clubs, literary magazines, newspaperradio stationart gallery, and 16 NCAA Division III sports teams — offer a rich campus life. Students live throughout Greater Boston and in apartment communities just steps from the campus, and enjoy the rich amenities, cultural attractions, and educational opportunities that make the city the biggest and best college town in the nation.

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