Two Faculty Positions: Critical Studies in Education

University of Oklahoma
Oklahoma, United States
Salary Not specified
Dec 23, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The University of Oklahoma, Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department

Two Faculty Positions: Critical Studies in Education


The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education at the University of Oklahoma invites applications for two full-time tenure/tenure-track positions (Assistant or Associate Professor) in the area of Critical Studies in Education. We seek candidates who study education, formal and/or informal, through inter/trans-disciplinary critical sociological, philosophical, historical, political, and/or cultural perspectives. We are particularly interested in hiring colleagues whose scholarship engages the transformational capacities of education for the least-advantaged youth and communities, and help our department grow our focus and reach in preparing future educational leaders to transform educational systems and larger social orders.


Required Qualifications: The successful candidates will possess an earned doctorate in Educational Foundations, Educational Leadership, Educational Policy, Higher Education, or other applicable disciplines and fields. They should have a commitment to teaching, research, and public service activities appropriate to an assistant, advanced assistant, or associate professor at a research-intensive institution; a willingness and ability to work with graduate students, faculty colleagues, and local school communities; able to teach across departmental programs (Educational Studies, Adult & Higher Education, and Education Administration & Curriculum Supervision); advise and mentor graduate students; as well as a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.  


Preferred Qualifications: We seek candidates who bring a critical understanding of structural oppression in educational and social institutions and who engage in teaching, research, professional and/or public service that promotes diversity, equity, and justice. We are particularly interested in scholars whose intellectual traditions are grounded in the following areas:

  1. Queer, Trans, and/or Sexualities Studies in Education as intersecting with anti-racism/oppression in education, critical race theory, ethnic studies, queer studies, diaspora/migration/immigration studies, disability studies, or decolonial studies in education.
  2. Critical Policy Studies in Education as intersecting with anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, and justice in education.


The Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies (ELPS) consists of three programs: Educational Studies (EDS), Adult and Higher Education (EDAH), and Educational Administration, Curriculum and Supervision (EACS). Each of the three programs offers the M.Ed. and Ph.D. degrees. In addition, the Ed.D. is offered by the EACS program. From training future school administrators, student life leaders, or educational theorists, ELPS offers graduate students in the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education an option for academically rigorous interdisciplinary learning, pragmatically designed to suit their own individual gifts, backgrounds, and goals as educators.


The University of Oklahoma (OU) is a Carnegie-R1 comprehensive public research university known for excellence in teaching, research, and community engagement, serving the educational, cultural, economic and health-care needs of the state, region, and nation from three campuses: Norman, Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and the Schusterman Center in Tulsa. OU enrolls over 30,000 students and has more than 2,700 full-time faculty members offering nearly 500 different graduate and undergraduate degree programs on three campuses (Norman, Oklahoma City, and Tulsa).


The University of Oklahoma is located in the heart of Norman, OK. OU resides on the traditional homelands of the Wichita & Affiliated Tribes and Caddo Nation. This land also served as a site of gathering and exchange for the Apache, Comanche, Kiowa, and Osage nations. Today, 39 Tribal Nations reside in the State of Oklahoma. Norman is a close-knit and vibrant community and is consistently a contender on “best place to live” rankings with outstanding schools, amenities, a low cost of living, small town charm, and a variety of recreational opportunities. Within an easy commute, Oklahoma City features a dynamic economy and outstanding cultural venues adding to the region’s growing appeal.


Application review will begin January 15, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. The position is a 9-month position and is expected to begin August of 2021. Applicants must submit a letter of application, a current CV, a research statement summarizing previous and future scholarly engagement, and names and contact information for three references. Letters of application should address interest in this position and describe how the candidate’s qualifications and experiences match the specified responsibilities, required, and preferred qualifications. OU is using Interfolio to conduct this search. All application materials should be submitted electronically through Interfolio using the following link:


Questions may be directed to:

Dr. Curt Adams or Dr. Mirelsie Velázquez, Search Committee Co-Chairs

Email: or


The University of Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to: admissions, employment, financial aid, housing, services in educational programs or activities, or health care services that the University operates or provides.

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