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Assistant/Associate Tenure-Track/Tenured Professor - Race and Education

Job Details

Category:: Faculty
Department:: EDUC- Education 4121
Locations:: Worcester, MA
Posted:: Sep 28, 2023
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full-time - Exempt
Position ID:: 168117

About Clark University:

Founded in 1887, Clark was one of the first all-graduate institutions in the United States. Today the University is a highly-ranked, student-centered institution educating approximately 2,350 undergraduate and 1,150 graduate students to be imaginative and contributing citizens of the world and to advance the frontiers of knowledge and understanding through rigorous scholarship and creative effort. This commitment to scholarship and inquiry reflects the University's commitment to "challenge convention and change our world" and to address issues of critical importance to society. It is also reflected by Clark's many national and international distinctions, including recognition for its diversity and inclusion efforts, innovation, community engagement and impact, as a top green campus, and for having a distinguished geography and international development program. Clark has also been included in the groundbreaking Colleges that Change Lives guide since it was first published in 1996.

Clark is located in Worcester, Massachusetts, a dynamic, diverse city "on the rise." The second largest city in New England, Worcester is home to 11 institutions of higher learning and is increasingly recognized for its growing healthcare and biotechnology communities, its thriving cultural scene, and as a vibrant food hub.

Job Description:

The Education Department at Clark University invites applications for a full- time tenure-track Assistant Professor or a tenure-eligible Associate Professor with experience and expertise in community-engaged participatory research and who utilizes an antiracist framework in their scholarship. We seek a scholar who links their analysis of race and racism to structural/institutional frameworks combined with a deep commitment to liberatory praxis. While the approach could take many forms and address many areas of race/racism, we seek a scholar who examines structural challenges/solutions related to for example, racial diversity in the teaching force, the overrepresentation of Black/Latine youth in disciplinary practices, or racial inequities in funding, to name but a few examples.

In terms of teaching, tenure-line faculty at Clark University are expected to teach two courses each semester (only one in their first semester). This position will primarily contribute to the recently developed and fast-growing major/minor of Community, Youth, and Education Studies. This is an interdisciplinary undergraduate major housed in the Education Department and featuring courses from the departments of Education, Geography, International Development Community and Environment, Psychology and Sociology. The ideal candidate will be able to teach courses that support the core coursework in the program along with courses that serve as electives in the major/minor.

This successful candidate will join an Education Department that has just completed a strategic review resulting in the university approved plan to convert the department into a School of Education that will develop new graduate programs in educational leadership, school psychology, comparative education and more. We seek a scholar at the associate or advanced assistant level with a proven track-record of research success in community engaged scholarship focused on race and/or racism who can be successful in securing research funding and can build the scholarly reputation of the Department (and eventually School) of Education, particularly as it relates to racial justice and equity. Further, this scholarly approach will support the department's strategic vision to become a space of antiracist leadership and scholarship at Clark and in partnering schools and communities.

Ideally, the successful candidate will have alignments in an area of synergy with the Center for Gender, Race, and Area Studies which houses Africana Studies, Latin American & Latinx Studies, Asian Studies, Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies, and more.


Requirements for candidates:

  • A Ph.D./Ed.D. completed in Education or a related field
  • A body of scholarship on race/racism and evidencing some form of community engaged scholarship
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in university teaching
  • Experience teaching/facilitating/working in communities (K12 teaching, youth work, restorative justice, etc.)
  • Demonstrated experience of grant writing and/or securing grant funding

Preferred qualities of candidates:

  • Experience obtaining grant funding and/or being a principal investigator (PI) on grants
  • The exhibited capacity to weave experiential knowledge with academic knowledge on race/racism
  • Experience teaching courses similar to the core courses offered in the Community, Youth, and Education Studies major
  • Evidence of experience collaborating with multiple stakeholders to develop new organizational programing
  • Evidence of Racial Equity Contributions

We are hopeful that candidates may possess one or more of the following qualities:

  • Experience in Interdisciplinary teaching, research, and programming
  • Demonstrated ability to develop trusting relationships with colleagues, youth, and community members
  • Experience working with doctoral programs
  • Is multilingual

Additional Information:

As of June 1, 2023 Clark University no longer requires employees or students to be vaccinated against COVID-19. However, Clark urges all community members to follow CDC guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination, which recommend that everyone stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines including booster doses. This is important for your own personal health as well as the health of our community.

Clark University embraces equal opportunity as a core value: we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. This commitment applies to every aspect of education, services, and employment policies and practices at Clark. Our commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. All positions at Clark share in the responsibility for building a community that values diversity and the uniqueness of others by exhibiting integrity and respect in interacting with all members of the Clark community to create an atmosphere of fairness and belonging. We strongly encourage members from historically underrepresented communities, inclusive of all women, to apply.

Clark University offers a generous benefit package for full and, if applicable, part-time employees that include; paid time off, generous retirement plan, group health and dental insurance, life insurance, and tuition, along with use of many campus amenities. For a complete list of benefits for eligible employees visit here.

Application Instructions:

To be considered for this position, you must submit your credentials online. Create a Clark University Careers Account by clicking on the APPLY NOW button below. You will be able to upload the following documents, which are required for consideration:

  • CV
  • Cover letter
  • A list of three references and their contact information (name, phone number, email, and mailing address). Within this list, please ensure the inclusion of the following three people who can speak to different aspects of your work: 1) an academic colleague or mentor who can speak to your scholarship, 2) a current/former student who can speak to your teaching, and 3) a community member with whom you have collaborated who can speak to your community engagement.
  • A diversity, equity, and inclusion statement. Please submit a 1 page statement (12-point font) describing how you address issues of diversity, equity and inclusion, and challenges faced by historically underrepresented groups, based on race/ethnicity, women, veterans, people with disabilities or other groups that have been historically excluded from higher education. Please offer your thoughts on how you would address these issues in your future role as a faculty member at Clark. This may include research, teaching/pedagogy, mentoring, service to the profession and community outreach. Please include details of past experiences and efforts you have already taken to remove barriers faced by these populations, impacts to the university or broader community, in addition to your future plans at Clark.
  • One publication representative of the candidate's scholarship.

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Review of applications will begin November 27, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. Salary will be commensurate with skills and experience.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer.

A successful background check is required upon acceptance.


Working at Clark University

A relentless force for positive change

Founded in 1887, Clark University is a liberal arts-based research university committed to scholarship and inquiry that addresses social and human imperatives on a global basis. It is the place where Robert Goddard invented the modern rocket, where Sigmund Freud delivered his only lectures in the United States, and where current students stake their claim to the Clark motto, “Challenge Convention. Change Our World,” which is the rallying cry that inspires our community every day.

Located in the heart of New England — Worcester, Massachusetts — Clark University educates its approximately 2,200 undergraduate and 1,100 graduate students to be imaginative and contributing citizens of the world, and to advance the frontiers of knowledge and understanding through rigorous scholarship and creative effort.

A university on the cutting edge of higher education

Clark is a world-class research university that is small by design, giving students the rare opportunity to contribute to pioneering research projects and to benefit from hands-on experience, close collaboration with peers, and the individual mentorship of faculty.

LEEP (Liberal Education and Effective Practice) is Clark’s pioneering model of higher education,  compelling students to thrive in authentic world and workplace settings, and preparing them for lives and careers of consequence. Clark is the only university to make the development of “capacities of effective practice” an explicit learning requirement for its undergraduates. Critical to success in today’s world, these capacities include imagination, self-directedness, resilience, and the ability to manage diversity and uncertainty. A Clark education reflects a belief in the enduring value of liberal education, as well as the University’s efforts to more deeply attune students’ learning experiences to the profound changes underway in our economy, our society, and our democracy.

The Clark graduate experience reflects the importance of “engaged scholarship” — an innovative educational approach that connects students to the people and organizations intimately familiar with (and working to address) the issues they are passionate about, and that places a premium on effecting measurable outcomes.

Committed to research that advance knowledge and impacts society

The Clark University faculty is composed of world-renowned researchers who foster a culture of excellence in the next generation. At Clark, faculty and students are given the freedom and flexibility to pursue projects that transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries.

The University’s focused areas of research excellence are backed by strong Ph.D. and master’s degree programs that engage graduate students from around the world in such areas as biology, chemistry, economics, geography, psychology, urban education, management, environmental science and policy, Holocaust and genocide studies, and international development and social change. Clark faculty, students, and staff continually develop new ways of thinking and acting that have a positive impact on the lives — and livelihoods — of people throughout the world.

Clark's research profile is enhanced by the presence of a variety of research institutes and centers that build on a foundation of interdisciplinary scholarship: the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise, the George Perkins Marsh Institute, the Higgins School of Humanities, the Jacob Hiatt Center for Urban Education and the Strassler Family Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

Redefining our place in the world by immersing our community in it

Clark has redefined what it means to be a university in today’s interconnected world, forging robust partnerships with universities, educators, researchers, and business and community leaders at home and abroad, enabling its faculty and students to conduct in-depth research, work collaboratively to take on global concerns, and make a tangible difference. This diverse community of educators, researchers, and scholars challenge and inspire each other with their perspectives, insights, and determination. They are creative thinkers eager to defy conventional wisdom, devise inventive solutions to complex problems, and roll up their sleeves to get things done.

Clark itself plays a critical role in the health and well-being of its urban community, known as Main South, through the University Park Partnership — a national model for neighborhood revitalization. Working in tandem with the city of Worcester, Clark has been a change agent in the areas of housing and physical rehabilitation, education, economic development and social and recreational opportunities for residents. The University Park Campus School, which Clark operates in collaboration with the Worcester Public Schools, boasts an estimable record of high achievement and was recognized by President Barack Obama for its record of academic success.

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