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Asst/Assoc Professor of the Practice & Program Coordinator

The University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS

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Position OverviewThe Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Kansas (KU) invites applicants for a full-time, Assistant/Associate Professor of the Practice and Program Coordinator position in the Higher Education Administration program. The successful candidate will teach master’s and Ed.D. higher education assessment and evaluation courses as well as other courses in the higher education program. Additional course options may include courses such as diversity and equity in higher education, student development theory, introduction to higher education, introduction to student affairs, or higher education law. Candidate will serve as the primary program coordinator for the masters program. We also seek a colleague who can help to develop undergraduate courses for a potential undergraduate minor in higher education. Specific courses taught will be tailored to the skills and interests of the applicant.

The successful candidate should have teaching experience in higher education, with a preference for experience with graduate education and the ability to develop in-person, hybrid, and/or online courses. This is an academic year (9-month) appointment. Reappointment is subject to the successful outcome of a comprehensive review, budget availability, and the best interest of the Department, School, and University. This position will teach courses on the main campus in Lawrence, Kansas, with the possibility of some courses being taught at KU Edwards campus in Overland Park (metro Kansas City), as well as hybrid and potentially online courses. This position must be able to be physically present on KU’s Lawrence campus with scheduled office hours, on-campus instruction, committee meetings, etc. The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. by the effective start date of the appointment. An initial determination of rank will be based upon the review of the candidate’s credentials and experience in alignment with expectations for non-tenure/tenure-track positions.

In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the University of Kansas actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education. The University of Kansas values candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and who possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented minorities. ELPS and the Higher Education Administration program supports the university’s diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) vision and mission. Candidates with equity-minded and inclusive approaches to teaching, scholarship, and service are encouraged to apply and provide examples of their experience related to DEIB. Applications from members of underrepresented groups are encouraged, noting the value that differences bring to our organization, students, staff, faculty, and community. Please visit

The University of Kansas is located in the city of Lawrence, a thriving community 40 minutes from the Kansas City metropolitan area and 30 minutes from the state capital, Topeka. Lawrence, a progressive college town of 95,000, boasts a lively downtown with many music venues, award-winning restaurants, and a nationally celebrated independent bookstore among its many independently owned small businesses. Founded in 1865, KU is a designated Carnegie comprehensive doctoral and research university and is one of only 34 public members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). The University enrolls more than 28,000 students and offers students and faculty opportunities to collaborate in its graduate and professional programs, which include education, public health, medicine, law, and a number of allied social science and humanities disciplines.

Job Description
60% Teaching and Advising:
  • Teach online, hybrid, or in-person courses each Fall/Spring semester. The teaching load is five courses divided between the fall and spring semesters. The availability of summer teaching varies annually based on enrollment and curricular needs.
  • Assist in developing and teaching undergraduate courses and/or undergraduate minor.
  • Serve as the instructor of record for all assigned courses as designated by the Departmental Chair.
  • Develop assignments, evaluate student work, provide feedback to students, and assign grades.
  • Hold regular office hours for students involved in classes taught. Be available for office hours each week, including reasonable appointments if a student cannot meet during scheduled office hours.
  • Serve as a member of student Ed.D. dissertation committees.
  • Adhere to the Department, School, and University policies.
30% Program Coordination
  • Serve as the primary coordinator for the Higher Education Administration master's (M.S.E) program.
  • Develop and implement marketing and recruitment strategies and serve as the primary contact person for prospective students.
  • Assist with curriculum development and assessment.
  • Advise Higher Education Student Association.
  • Act as the point of contact for admissions including graduate assistantship selection and placement process, and liaison with assistantship supervisors.
  • Coordinate program events including orientation and hooding.
10% Service
  • Provide general service to the program, department, school, university, and discipline.
  • Regularly participate in program related activities.
  • Serve as a full voting members of the department faculty except on personnel matters involving tenure-track faculty.
  • Participate in appropriate professional activities, such as attending faculty meetings, carrying out departmental committee assignments, and attending national and international meetings or conferences.
Required Qualifications
  1. Ph.D. or Ed.D. in higher education or related field (or earned by start date).
  2. Experience in or potential to be successful teaching in higher education.
  3. Administrative experience in higher education applicable to rank:
    • Assistant Professor of Practice: 3-5 years administrative experience in higher education.
    • Associate Professor of Practice: 6-15 years administrative experience in higher education.
  4. Experience working with diverse populations, as evidenced by application materials and interviews.
Additional Candidate InstructionsApplication process:
Only complete applications will be considered. A complete application will include: (1) a cover letter with sections describing your professional experience and why this position is of interest to you, (2) a CV that lists your record of accomplishments and productivity; (3) a diversity statement (see below); and (4) a list of three professional references who will be called if the candidate becomes a finalist for the position. These documents should be submitted through KU’s online application website.
Application review begins April 15, 2023, and will continue until a pool of qualified applicants is identified.

Diversity Statement:
In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant’s contribution and engagement in areas of diversity and inclusion is an important part of KU’s mission. As a result, applicants will be presented with the following question within the university’s application portal at the time of applying. The response must be within 1,000 characters or less.
  • Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
Applicants are also encouraged to include or expand upon how they have contributed to building a culture of belonging through DEIB initiatives within the required application materials provided.
Contact Information to ApplicantsEugene T. Parker, Ph.D.
[email protected] Advertised Salary RangeCommensurate with demonstrated experience Application Review Begins15-Apr-2023 Anticipated Start Date18-Aug-2023


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The University of Kansas is committed to a learning and workplace environment that is representative of our nation and global society, accepts and values everyone, appreciates our common humanity and understands that our multiple differences are the cornerstone of academic preparation, professional excellence and distinction. KU must be a place where all people feel they belong and have access to resources and support that help them attain their educational and professional goals.

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KU offers more than 100 programs of international study and cooperative research for KU students and faculty at sites around the world. The university offers teaching and research that draw upon and contribute to the most advanced developments throughout the United States and abroad. At the same time, KU's extensive international ties support economic development in Kansas.


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Lawrence’s historic and thriving downtown features restaurants, nightlife and local shops offering unique finds that you won’t find anywhere else. The town has more than 50 parks, an encompassing mixed-use trail, and quick access to biking/hiking trails along the Kansas River and around Clinton Lake. A five-minute drive from Lawrence, Clinton Lake offers fishing, boating, beaches, camping and other outdoor activities.

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Something about Lawrence is magnetic. Long-time residents are never surprised when a KU student or employee from out of state decides to make Lawrence their permanent home. And, even those who do leave often find themselves returning to “the nest” at some point in the future. In fact, Lawrence has been named by several publications as one of the best places to retire.

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