Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies - 15615BR

Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Ed Leadership & Policy Studies
University of Kansas - Lawrence
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Position Overview

The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Kansas seeks to hire a fulltime faculty member at the Assistant Professor level. The primary area of specialization for this position is in the pre-K-12 administrative preparation programs, addressing policy, law, and governance. The successful candidate will also be expected to teach one or more courses in the following areas within the department: diversity, equity, inclusion; postsecondary law; history or philosophy of education; sociology of education; or qualitative or quantitative research methods. This is a tenure-track, 9-month appointment with the possibility of supplementary summer appointments in research and/or teaching. Full university benefits apply.

The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies offers doctoral (Ph.D., Ed.D.) and Master’s (M.S.E.) degree training. Teaching load is two courses per semester. The successful applicant is expected to be a productive researcher, publishing articles in refereed journals and submitting grant applications leading to external funding. Additionally, the successful applicant is expected to mentor students to develop their research skills and scholarly production, and to integrate individual and cultural diversity, equity, and inclusion into teaching, research, and service. We are seeking candidates who are committed to excellence in teaching and advising, including a willingness to teach in online settings. Evidence of, or potential for, significant involvement in schools and districts are also highly preferred.

The University of Kansas is a major educational and research institution with 29,000 students on five campuses, 2,600 faculty members, and service centers throughout the state. The main campus is in Lawrence, a vibrant, thriving community of more than 90,000 that is just 40 miles west of Greater Kansas City and 20 miles from the state capital. KU, a member of the Association of American Universities, consistently earns excellent ratings for its academic programs from U.S. News and World Report. It has also committed itself to expanding its innovative research and commercialization programs. The School of Education was ranked 18th in the nation in the 2019 US News and World Reports and the special education program consistently ranks number one among public institutions.

In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education. The successful candidate is expected to participate in the School’s commitment to public engagement and activism that better serves underserved communities of students and employees locally, statewide, and (inter)nationally.

All qualified (including international) candidates are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate must receive valid U.S. work authorization prior to the specified start date.

Job Description

Teaching (.40 FTE)
The successful applicants will teach a mix of intermediate and advanced courses of policy, law, governance and additional areas of expertise identified above.

A teaching load of two courses per semester is normally expected. Duties and responsibilities include:
  • Teach face-to-face and online courses in graduate-level programs on Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.
  • Advise and mentor graduate degree-seeking students.
  • Direct M.S.E., Ed.D., and Ph.D. research projects, theses and dissertations.
  • Serve on doctoral comprehensive examination committees, doctoral dissertation committees, and master’s thesis committees.
  • Provide vision and leadership to program revisions and new program initiatives.
Research (.40 FTE)
Direct an ongoing program of research in educational leadership and policy studies. Duties and responsibilities include:
  • Regularly publish research in refereed journals or other scholarly outlets pertinent to educational leadership and policy studies.
  • Present research at scholarly national or international conferences.
  • Seek external funding to support research agenda and fund advisees as graduate research assistants.
  • Serve as a mentor to students to develop their research skills and scholarly production.
Service (.20 FTE)
Provide service to the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, School of Education, University of Kansas community, and the field of educational administration, policy, and governance.
  • Serve on committees within the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, School of Education, and University of Kansas.
  • Engage with pre-K12 schools or related educational organizations at regional, national, or international levels as appropriate.
COLLEGIALITY: The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies values collegiality. All faculty members are expected to act in a manner that promotes collegial relationships and shows respect toward students, staff, and colleagues.

Required Qualifications

  1. Earned doctorate by start of appointment in educational leadership, educational policy or a related field.
  2. Evidence of, or potential for, an accomplished and robust program of research demonstrating leadership in the field.
  3. Potential to generate external funding.
  4. Commitment to excellence in teaching and advising including a willingness to teach in online settings.
  5. Evidence of, or potential for, significant involvement in schools and districts.
  6. Strong interest and/or effectiveness in collaborating with and mentoring graduate students in research and/or evaluation efforts.
  7. Commitment to working collegially and with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Additional Candidate Instructions

Applicants must submit a letter of application documenting qualifications for the position and addressing how the candidate has or is prepared to engage with pre-K-12 schools or related educational organizations, a current curriculum vitae, an unofficial copy of graduate degree transcript, up to three representative reprints or preprints of scholarly manuscripts (these can be publications as well as papers currently under review or papers prepared to be submitted for review), and names, mail and email addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three academic references. Attachments that exceed 5mb in size should be emailed to

Only complete application packages submitted online will be considered. In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant’s contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU’s mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following questions at the time of application. Each response must be within 4,000 characters or less.
  • Please describe your experience, approach or methodologies to create and implement inclusive teaching and advising practices, pedagogical techniques and course materials to create an inclusive classroom environment.
  • In your current and/or previous role, please provide an example outlining how you demonstrate your ongoing commitment in working with diverse groups/populations.
Applications received by November 1, 2019 are assured full consideration; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Contact Information to Applicants

Dr. Argun Saatcioglu, Educational Leadership Faculty Search Chair.

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