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Senior Professorial Lecturer/Professorial Lecturer in the MEd Education Policy and Leadership

American University
District of Columbia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Jun 28, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Education, Curriculum & Instruction, Education Administration & Leadership, Other Education, Special Education, Teacher Education
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Full Time
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To further expand and deepen our school community's core values of excellence, antiracism, equity and social justice, the School of Education at American University seeks to add four (4) full-time faculty (non-tenure track) with expertise and experience in antiracist education across multiple programs. We seek to appoint 3 new faculty with expertise in antiracist practice related to education policy and leadership (1 faculty search in the EdD program; 2 faculty searches in the MEd program) and one faculty member with expertise in antiracist teaching and teacher preparation to serve as the Director of Undergraduate Teacher Education in SOE. All four of the new faculty must hold deep commitments and "practice-oriented" expertise in antiracist education in their respective fields. The SOE sees these four new antiracist faculty hires as a continued and growing commitment to furthering antiracist education across AU, in the local DC community, the nation, and decolonizing across the globe.

AU SOE has become a strong voice for antiracist education in the Washington DC area (for example, see ; ).

The below job description is specifically for the two faculty positions in EPL MEd, who will serve as Senior Professorial Lecturer/Professorial Lecturer in the MEd Education Policy and Leadership program at the School of Education. These are term (non-tenure track) faculty appointments for the academic year 2021-2022, with potential for subsequent annual reappointment. These are 12-month positions and will commence in Fall 2021. The SOE is committed to diversity, equity and excellence in education and the SOE actively encourages applications from members of all ethnic, racial, and/or cultural identities underrepresented in higher education. As a School and faculty, we are continuing to grow our knowledge and practice around anti-racist practice and pedagogy.

American University’s School of Education (SOE) is located in Washington DC, a city with committed and innovative urban educators and access to some of the nation’s largest and most diverse school districts. The SOE, with commitments to anti-racism, historical and socio-political understandings of race and racism, systems theory, increasing equitable educational outcomes of students in all learning environments, is a growing school with programs in teacher education, special education, international education, and educational policy and leadership. American University is a private research institution within easy reach of the many centers of government, business, research, and the arts. For more information about American University, visit . Additional information about the School of Education is available at .

With a focus on education leadership, policy analysis and implementation, and practical learning experiences, the MEd program is strongly committed to the values of anti-racism, innovative partnerships, and practitioner knowledge.

The MEd in Education Policy & Leadership (EPL) program, which operates both in-person and online, prepares educators and other professionals to serve as leaders in education organizations. Students gain the knowledge and skills in leadership, policy, anti-racist approaches, law, economics, and research to effectively administer education programs and policies at all levels.

More information about the EPL program can be found here:

Over the calendar year, these faculty members will be expected to teach across MEd program (online and/or on campus).

Key responsibilities include the following:

  • Teaching courses, reflective of anti-racist knowledges, literacies, and capacities, during 2021-2022 academic year.
  • Other responsibilities aligned with the MEd program (participating in equitable admissions processes, program evaluation, etc).
  • Service to EPL, SOE, American University, the local DC community, and/or the field of Education Policy and Leadership.

Salary is competitive. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Applicants for these term faculty positions should hold a Ph.D., Ed.D., or other terminal degree in education leadership, education policy, or another relevant field. Highly qualified applicants with all but dissertation in a field related to education will be considered.

Candidates must have a belief in and commitment to anti-racism, within their practice, research, and/or teaching. Candidates will have experience and knowledge across some of the following: education leadership theory and practice, education policy analysis and implementation, applied methods, or organizational change. Candidates with school, district, or state leadership experience, or policy implementation experience, are preferred.

Include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, two references (name and contact information), and recent teaching evaluations or a statement of teaching effectiveness or philosophy. It is highly recommended that applicants reflect on their experience, vision, and commitment to anti-racist practice. Applicants should highlight evidence of contributions to anti-racism, equity, and justice, which could include teaching, research, practice, policy, mentorship of students from diverse backgrounds, service, or other areas. Questions should be directed to Scott Gilbert at .

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