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Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy

Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy

Job No: 528707
Work Type: Tenure-Track Faculty
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Education/Training/Instructional Design
Department: 18070000 - ED-SHDOSE-SCHL OF HUM DEV&ORG

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The University of Florida College of Education invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy in the School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education. The Educational Leadership and Policy program is committed to furthering research that improves educational outcomes through innovative policy and dynamic leadership. The Educational Leadership and Policy program includes PhD, EdD, EdS, and MEd degree programs as well as a graduate concentration in education policy.

Through this search, we seek a colleague who will contribute to the goals of the program area through exemplary research, teaching, mentoring, and service. The successful candidate will demonstrate an emerging research agenda related to education policy and leadership that demonstrates the potential to successfully compete for external funding. The ideal candidate will have evidence of excellent research skills, a focused research agenda, and a demonstrated commitment to meeting the needs of all learners and communities. We are open to scholarship in a broad range of topics in educational policy and leadership, especially candidates whose research utilizes or focuses on emerging technologies in schools, education for social advancement, school choice, or comparative education. Relevant experience in P-12 schools is also desirable.

The University of Florida's Educational Leadership and Policy program is nationally ranked and includes one of the top ranked online master's in educational leadership degrees. The successful candidate will join a dynamic faculty whose research and teaching are nationally renowned. The candidate will have opportunities to contribute to teaching and advising in our PhD program, online EdD program, and both on-campus and online master's programs and will have opportunities to affiliate with campus partners including UF's Education Policy Research Center ( and the Early Childhood Policy Centers Collaborative. More information on UF's Educational Leadership and Policy program can be found at:

This 9-month tenure-accruing faculty appointment will begin August 2024.

  • Conduct substantive research and publish in leading education, educational policy, and leadership journals
  • Apply for and successfully acquire external funding for research and scholarship
  • Teach (face-to-face, blended, and/or online) courses at the master's and doctoral levels
  • Advise, engage, and mentor graduate students in teaching, research, and outreach activities
  • Provide service to the program, school, college, university, and the profession

  • ABOUT THE COLLEGE: Founded in 1906, the College of Education at the University of Florida has consistently earned national recognition for its excellence. The college has secured rankings of either #1 or #2 for Online Graduate Education over the past eight years. The college is ranked 10th for graduate education among public colleges of education in the U.S. News & World Report. Impressively, the college boasts four academic programs within the top 20 of the U.S. News rankings: Counselor Education (4th), Special Education (4th), Elementary Education (17th) and Secondary Education (20th). Notably, the Teachers, Schools & Society (TSS) program received the 2020 Program of the Year accolade from the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED).

    The college has a global reach with more than 35,000 UF “EduGator” alumni spread across the world. Stay connected through social media, search “UF College of Education” on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, X and YouTube.

    ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY: The University of Florida, founded in 1853, is a public land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant research university and one of the most academically diverse universities in the nation.

    U.S. News & World Report ranks UF 5th among public universities. Furthermore, UF is #1 nationally for online undergraduate education. National recognition such as being named a Fulbright Top Producing Institution for U.S. Student from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and ranking 20th in Forbes in their respective lists of “Best Values in Public Colleges” are a result of UF's commitment to provide the highest quality education at the best value. Most recently, UF was named a “5-star college” by Money magazine's “Best Colleges in America 2023” list.

    ABOUT THE AREA: UF is situated in Gainesville in North Central Florida, a vibrant college town that blends big-city cultural and athletic offerings with small-town friendliness and charm, along with excellent schools and other amenities. Gainesville, located about halfway between the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, is often recognized as one of America's best college towns and is easily accessible to three major metropolitan areas (Jacksonville, Orlando and Tampa). The National Arbor Day Foundation has recognized Gainesville as a “Tree City USA” every year since 1982. Add the allure of Florida's famous sunshine, tropical breezes, and abundant wilderness, springs, rivers and seashores nearby, and it is little wonder that top-caliber faculty and students find our college and university to be the perfect balance of premier academics and a fulfilling lifestyle.

    The University of Florida is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. We welcome nominations of and applications from anyone who would bring additional dimensions to the university's research, teaching and clinical mission, including women, members of minoritized groups, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

    Expected Salary:

    Salary is negotiable, competitive, and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

    Minimum Requirements:
    • An earned doctorate in education, public policy, economics, sociology, or a closely related field awarded by the time of hire
    • A record of publication or evidence of potential for successful publication in leading education, educational policy, and leadership journals
    • Demonstration of promise to successfully acquire external funding for research

    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience in P-12 school settings (or equivalent)
  • Record of teaching experience in higher education in the areas of educational policy or educational leadership, or closely related subject area.
  • Evidence of commitment to collaboration with faculty, students, and school-based personnel
  • Teaching, research, and/or service experiences with students from a wide range of backgrounds
  • Ability to contribute to the national visibility of the Educational Leadership and Policy program

  • Special Instructions to Applicants:

    Applicant should upload all materials to the University of Florida's employment website If technical assistance is needed, please contact Human resources at (352) 392-2477. Complete applications include: (1) a letter of application that addresses required and desired qualifications, including research agenda and teaching philosophy, (2) curriculum vitae or resume, (3) contact information for three references, who after further review will be asked to send a letter of recommendation through the online application system.

    Applicants should reference requisition 528707, position number 00040275. Inquiries about the position can be addressed to Dr. Chris Redding, Search Committee Chair ( Review of candidates will begin in October 27, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, application materials should be submitted by this date. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the committee and hiring authority.

    The selection process will be conducted in accordance with the provisions of Florida's “Government in the Sunshine” and Public Records laws. Search Committee meetings and interviews are open to the public and all applications, resumes, and other documents related to the search will be available for public inspection. Final candidates will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credentialing Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

    Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.

    Health Assessment Required:

    Applications Close: Open until filled

    To apply, visit

    The University is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information and veteran status in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training.

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