Open-Rank Non-Tenure Professor of the Practice and Director, Independent School Leadership Program

Vanderbilt University
Tennessee, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
May 03, 2021
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations (LPO) at Peabody College of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University invites applications for the position of an open-rank, non-tenure Professor of the Practice and Director of the Independent School Leadership (ISL) Program. 

The ISL program fosters leaders who understand the complex educational, political, social, fiscal, and moral dimensions of independent schools, and who are able to propel their schools to high levels of achievement. The primary responsibility of this appointment is to redesign and administer the master’s level ISL program by developing a hybrid version of the program that will expand access to and enrollment in the ISL program. The vision for the new M.Ed. program is to blend in-person instruction on campus that could take place throughout the academic year and summer session with online instruction (synchronous and/or asynchronous). The new ISL program director will also work with the Peabody College Dean’s Office and LPO to develop an ISL track in the online Leadership and Learning in Organizations (LLO) Ed.D. program. The ISL program director will also teach core courses in the ISL program and potentially teach in other undergraduate and graduate programs in the department. 

At Peabody, the role of Practice Faculty is centered at the nexus of research and practice; practice line faculty work across the boundaries of research, policy, and practice to advance the field through applied scholarship. As such, we seek a faculty member who is an accomplished teacher, thinker, and collaborator. The concomitant responsibilities of the practice faculty appointment include department service activities such as leading the review of applications for program admissions, serving on search committees, and participating in faculty reviews. Practice faculty are also expected to contribute scholarly work in the faculty member’s given field that is accessible to the larger educational community of practice.

 Candidates must have a doctorate in a relevant field, experience in independent school administration, experience in teaching (both in-person and online is preferred), and scholarly contributions to relevant fields in the theory and practice of independent school leadership. Candidates should submit: a cover letter detailing their relevant education and experience, a CV, a syllabus of a course the candidate has taught, three names of references, and a video example of the candidate’s instruction. 

Review of applications will begin July 1, 2021 with a position start date of September 15, 2021. The position is for an initial 3-year contract with the possibility of renewal following a formal review process. 

Please submit applications to: . Please direct questions to the search chair Xiu Cravens ( 

Vanderbilt University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Peabody College is committed to building a diverse faculty. We strongly encourage applications from all qualified candidates without regard to race/color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.