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Urban Education - Open-Rank Tenure/Track Faculty

Temple University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Commensurate with experience

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Tenured & Tenure-Track
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Full Time
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Four-Year Institution

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The department of Policy, Organizational, and Leadership Studies at Temple University invites applications for the open-rank, tenure-track/tenured full-time position in Urban Education to begin in August 2024. Responsibilities will include conducting and disseminating scholarly research; teaching classes focused on urban education, education policy, and research methods; working closely with graduate students; and providing service to the program, department, college and broader professional community.


Include an earned doctorate in education or the social sciences, exemplary research skills, a record of scholarly publications in urban education, a demonstrated record of working effectively with diverse and urban communities, and a proven ability to generate external funding for research. We value diversity and seek individuals committed to inclusion, collaboration, and interdisciplinary research.

We seek a scholar with expertise in urban education policy research and critical race theory. This person should have a solid social science background and a sophisticated understanding of the urban context, particularly the role of race in shaping social and educational processes. We are especially interested in scholars with quantitative research skills and experience working with large national and school district datasets. This person would have expertise in urban teaching and learning, school discipline, or other issues and would be able to collaborate with the Educational Leadership program. As well as teaching courses and working with students in the master’s program, this person would help us rebuild the doctoral program by teaching doctoral-level courses, working with doctoral students, and securing grants that can help support doctoral education. Strong commitments to social justice and to the pursuit of equity are essential.

Application Procedures:

Applicants should send (1) a letter of application explicating your qualifications including experiences with diversity, equity and inclusion; (2) a current curriculum vitae; (3) a summary document or portfolio summarizing research, teaching and service experience and expertise; and (4) a list of 3-5 references containing the names, addresses, emails and phone numbers of individuals who may be contacted to obtain letters of recommendation to  with the subject line "Urban Education” by 15 January 2024. Screening of completed applications will begin immediately after 15 January 2024 and may continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position should be directed via email to Dr. Maia Cucchiara at

The Department of Policy, Organizational & Leadership Studies (POLS) prepares graduates for leadership roles in academic, organizational and community settings. We strive to create a caring, committed community of scholars and practitioners who work collaboratively and link scholarship to practice. We believe that learning and education can be enhanced through the application of organizational knowledge to teaching, curriculum development, and learning in the service of educational institutions, organizations and communities. We are strongly committed to principles of access, equity and excellence in education. We support and encourage interdisciplinary approaches to scholarship, teaching and service. Information about the department is available at 

The College of Education and Human Development at Temple University was founded in 1919. Our prominent location in the heart of North Philadelphia provides students and faculty with the resources and opportunities of a large, diverse and lively urban center. As one of the largest schools of education in the metropolitan area and among the largest in the country, the college has a strong influence on the field, especially in the Greater Philadelphia region. We are among the largest educators of teachers for Philadelphia, and we acknowledge a special responsibility to the public, schools and districts across the state. We seek to promote education as a primary mechanism for social mobility and social justice for all learners. We aim to prepare students to serve as educational leaders and agents of change. Our students come from backgrounds that are economically and culturally diverse, but have in common the desire to acquire the skills to improve the lives of others through education. We are strongly committed to principles of access, equity and excellence in education. Information about the college is available at

Temple University is a public, four-year doctoral institution with very high research activity and a national leader in education, research and healthcare. With 30,000 students, Temple is a vital institution in the Philadelphia region and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, contributing significantly toward Pennsylvania’s economy each year. The university also has a strong global reach, with long-standing and vibrant campuses in Japan and Rome.

Temple University is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion and excellence that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. Temple University is an equal opportunity, equal access, affirmative action employer (AA, EOE, m/f/d/v).All prospective candidates must prove eligibility to work in the United States.




One of the nation’s top urban public research universities, Temple University is a dynamic workplace in the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant cities. Founded in 1884 as a night school for the working-class men and women of North Philadelphia, for 130 years Temple has retained its core mission of being a beacon of educational opportunity to students of every background, while adding a national and global reputation as a leader in education, research and real-world oriented instruction.

With nearly 39,000 students and 290,000 living alumni, Temple has a major impact on its region and on Philadelphia, the nation’s 5th largest city. One in seven college graduates in the Philadelphia area holds a Temple degree, and the university is the 4th largest provider of professional education in the nation (law, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and podiatry). Temple offers 17 schools and colleges, 399 academic degree programs, 17 Division 1 intercollegiate men’s and women’s athletic teams, as well as nine campuses including international campuses in Italy and Rome.  

Like the students the university serves, Temple’s approximately 8,000 employees are hardworking, diverse and energized by the vibrant and supportive work environments across the university, all aligned towards advancing the teaching, research and service missions of Temple University.

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