Associate Professor of Professional Practice in PK-12 Educational Administration, 78465

University of Missouri - Kansas City
Missouri, United States
Salary Not specified
Apr 20, 2021
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Hiring Department University of Missouri-Kansas City, School of Education, Division of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Foundations

Job Description The School of Education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) announces a search for an Associate Professor of Professional Practice in PK-12 Educational Administration in the Division of Educational Leadership, Policy and Foundations (ELPF), beginning Summer 2021. ELPF offers courses and degrees at the masters, specialist and doctoral levels. This is a non-tenure track, 12-month, benefits-eligible faculty appointment. The primary responsibilities for this position are designed to support KC PLUS (Pathway to Leadership in Urban Schools), an innovative principal leadership program.

KC PLUS prepares future principals who want to make a difference in the urban core of Kansas City. The program builds deep expertise through job-embedded training in the school environments where leaders are needed the most, offering the following components: (a) a focused Residency model, (b) personalized goals- based coaching, (c) a cohort model, and (d) a graduate degree (master’s or educational specialist) and certification. By earning a degree in Educational Administration (PK-12 Emphasis), KC PLUS Residents meet all requirements for state certification as school building principals.

The individual selected for this position will join a collaborative and dedicated group of faculty and staff. The primary responsibilities are field-based, which will include the following: (a) provide professional development for aspiring school leaders; (b) coach aspiring school leaders enrolled in the KC PLUS program; (c) collaborate with schools and districts in the Kansas City metropolitan area, (d) maintain communication with faculty and staff in ELPF; and (e) teach two graduate-level courses in the PK-12 Educational Administration program per academic year.

During the summer months (June through August), the successful candidate will coordinate and deliver an intensive Summer Institute for the KC PLUS program, as well as other duties associated with the program. This position requires a commitment to building positive working relationships with PK-12 schools and The New Teacher Project (TNTP), including extensive experience as a school principal.

Now is an exciting time to join the School of Education as we engage in strategic planning and strengthen key entities designed to serve the community, including the Urban Education Research Center, Regional Professional Development Center, and the Institute for Urban Education. The School is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) at the initial licensure level. It serves as a major institutional partner to school districts and community agencies across Kansas City.


As a public urban-serving research institution, UMKC is located in the heart of Kansas City. The greater metropolitan area has a population of over 2.3 million people from a wide range of diverse backgrounds. Kansas City is home to a vibrant culture and arts scene, with world famous barbecue, jazz music, and an abundance of sports, recreational, and entertainment activities. As the Paris of the Plains, UMKC resides in the center of the “New Midwest.”


Major Responsibilities included but are not limited to:

    Facilitate weekly goals-based coaching aligned to program priorities and differentiated for individual leader needs and context Teach graduate-level courses in PK-12 Educational Administration Advise and mentor graduate students in the KC PLUS program Coordinate and deliver the intensive Summer Institute for the KC PLUS program Contribute to the design of a professional development scope and sequence for new school leaders Design and facilitate professional development for new school leaders. Collaborate with network and district leadership to observe and deliver concrete, actionable feedback to new school leaders Collaborate with Educational Administration faculty on programmatic issues Provide service to the division, school, and university

Minimum Qualifications
    Doctorate in Educational Administration or closely related field, or an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Administration and tested experience in educational administration, or a closely related field Certified as a school administrator Previous experience as a building principal Previous experience teaching at the college/university level Demonstrated understanding of effective teaching and a deep commitment to effective and rigorous instruction Demonstrated understanding of the Missouri Learning Standards and/or Common Core State Standards Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to social justice and urban issues Demonstrated ability to work effectively with students from culturally diverse backgrounds Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively with others Excellent oral and written communication skills
Preferred Qualifications
    Experience teaching in both face-to-face and online formats Proven track record of raising student achievement in a high-need school or with high-need populations
Full Time/Part Time

Full time, benefit-eligible

Application Instructions Application materials should include the following: (a) a cover letter expressing interest in the position, (b) curriculum vita, (c) transcripts, and (e) full contact information of five professional references. Combine all materials into one PDF document and upload at the link below. References will not be contacted until advanced stages of screening, and candidates will receive prior notification.


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