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Goodnight Distinguished Professor in Educational Innovation

North Carolina State University
North Carolina, United States
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Posted Date
Aug 1, 2018

Goodnight Distinguished Professor in Educational Innovation

The NC State College of Education invites applications and nominations for the Goodnight Distinguished Professor in Educational Innovation. The Professorship is made possible by an endowment from the James and Ann Goodnight family. (James Goodnight is the co-founder of the SAS Institute and the family has a strong commitment to bringing about change and improvements in public education.) The Goodnight Distinguished Professor must demonstrate a genuine commitment to the land-grant mission of NC State and the research, teaching, and engagement goals of the College of Education.

We seek a prominent scholar with a unique and promising approach to the persistent challenges in education in the next decade and who is collaborative in their work to increase educational impact by linking research, policy, and practice.

We welcome interest from scholars from a wide range of disciplines and theoretical traditions, with preference given to those who work across content knowledge domains such as, but not limited to, literacy education and STEM, and/or whose work ventures across areas such as creatively ameliorating the effects of poverty on learners.

The inaugural Goodnight professor will hold an appointment at the rank of professor with tenure in one of the three departments in the college and will be affiliated through scholarship and research with the College's William and Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a high impact in interdisciplinary and collaborative research, and possess an exemplary record of externally funded and sustained research. Candidates should have a commitment to digital equity and multiple forms of diversity, a sustained commitment to educational equity and opportunity for marginalized and minoritized populations, success in forming national and state collaborations that improve educational success, and an outstanding record of teaching and mentoring. He/she will demonstrate a commitment to areas of work with potential applications and/or implications for addressing critical issues in public education in North Carolina.

The Search Committee Chair is Cathy Crossland. Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited and may be submitted online at (position #00106026) or directed to Justin Lang, Director, NC State Executive Search Services, at (919) 513-1963 or

Applications should include a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references. Confidential review of materials will begin on September 1, 2018, and will continue until the appointment is made.

NC State College of Education
The NC State College of Education leads the way in North Carolina in preparing professionals, conducting research, and engaging communities to improve educational outcomes for all learners across the state and beyond. As a research-driven public college of education grounded in its land-grant mission, the college is North Carolina's largest producer of STEM educators and master's-level literacy specialists, graduates teachers who rate among the best on statewide performance measures, and has created a pipeline of leaders for schools, community colleges and higher education institutions. In addition, with two-thirds of its faculty engaged in over 120 funded research projects, the college ranks No. 1 in education research productivity in North Carolina and among the Top 8 percent of public colleges of education in the nation. Faculty address society's most pressing educational challenges and convert their research to action and innovative solutions that transform teaching and learning environments across the lifespan, with particular strengths in improving technology-enhanced learning and teaching in STEM education and literacy; increasing diversity, equity and access in education; and innovating leadership development. The college is composed of three academic departments: Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education; and Teacher Education and Learning Sciences, with approximately 100 faculty members and 75 support and professional staff. The college's 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students study across 60-plus degree programs that deliver highly-engaged and personalized academic experiences that prepare them to lead in the field of education.

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, veteran status, or disability. In addition, NC State University welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation. The University welcomes the opportunity to work with candidates to identify suitable employment opportunities for spouses or partners.


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