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Assistant Professor of Qualitative Research (Tenure Track)

University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Posted Date
Oct 23, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Department of Educational Studies at the University of Alabama invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Qualitative Research, with specific interests in qualitative methodologies that explore School Reform and School Change. The ideal scholar would have both methodological and field-based experiences with programmatic reforms that are framed within broader landscapes of whole school reform and/or school turnaround projects.

The Department of Educational Studies houses a flourishing Educational Research Program that offers a PhD in Educational Research and both Qualitative and Quantitative Research Graduate Certificates. A successful candidate will join three existing qualitative research faculty and a vibrant and active qualitative research community, which includes doctoral students and affiliate faculty from across the university.

The Department of Educational Studies, along with the College of Education, is firmly committed to creating a welcoming culture and to active and ongoing practices of equity and inclusivity in which diverse and historically marginalized identities and perspectives are recognized, valued, and promoted.

About the University of Alabama and the College of Education

The University of Alabama is experiencing tremendous growth, with enrollment reaching 38,320 students for fall 2021, compared to 27,052 in the fall of 2008. Approximately one fourth of UA’s freshman class scored 31 or higher on the ACT and the entering class in 2021 includes 281 National Merit Scholars. The University of Alabama is a leader among public universities nationwide in the enrollment of National Merit Scholars with more than 940 currently enrolled and has R1: Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity status in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. In addition, The University of Alabama made Forbes’ list of the Best Employers for New Graduates in 2021. Finally, the University of Alabama has a total statewide economic impact of UA: $2.777 billion; 13,606 jobs; and $137.1 million in income and sales taxes (UA Center for Business and Economic Research). Please visit our University webpage ( for more details on University activities and faculty supports.

Our mission at the College of Education (COE) is to be a leader in Alabama and across the nation in teaching, scholarship, advocacy, and service by developing professionals with pedagogic and disciplinary expertise who advance the intellectual and social conditions of all learners in a globalized society. To that end, the COE welcomes candidates whose experience in teaching, research, and/or community service has prepared them to UNITE with the larger community to collaboratively nurture cultural competence, empathy, and a vision of equity and justice for all learners; ACT to develop the full potential of all learners to be excellent professionals in their fields; and LEAD through continuous research-based critical inquiry of policy and reflective practice to enable transformative change in our diverse local and global communities. The COE consists of six Departments and is impactful in the lives of the individuals and entities we serve spanning populations, ages, settings, and contexts. Our faculty’s research, teaching, and service are widely recognized through securement of external funding, national awards, professional organization leadership, established centers and offices, and outreach to the local, state, and national communities. Faculty in the college are free to pursue their passions, partner with the local communities, and excel in their many pursuits of academia. Please visit our COE website ( for more details of our impactful community and faculty supports.

The University of Alabama is located in West Alabama and is 45 minutes southwest of Birmingham, AL. Tuscaloosa, a quintessential college town with a population of 101,113, has excellent recreational, educational, and cultural opportunities available. The Tuscaloosa area provides hiking, biking, and running trails, as well as playgrounds, parks, and dog parks to enjoy the outdoors. Lake Tuscaloosa, Lake Nicol, and Lake Lurleen offer sporting and leisure activities. Tuscaloosa is within driving distance of Atlanta, Nashville, New Orleans, Memphis, and the Gulf Shores beaches. Tuscaloosa is also home to the Alabama Museum of Natural History, The Bryant Museum, Children’s Hands-On Museum, Moundville Archaeological Park, multiple sporting events, concerts hosted at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, and several festivals (e.g., West Alabama Food & Wine Festival, Druid City Arts Festival, Kentuck Arts Festival). Tuscaloosa continues to grow in population, cultural events, and shopping alongside the University. Please visit the Tuscaloosa Chamber of Commerce ( to learn more about our wonderful city and all that it affords you and your family.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate in educational research or a related field, with a specialization in qualitative methods;
  • A minimum of 18 earned doctoral hours in qualitative methods;
  • Demonstrated experience in leading, researching, and/or evaluating school reform and improvement initiatives;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of qualitative research methods and educational research designs;
  • Evidence of ability to conduct research leading to publication;
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness;
  • Ability to work with students and faculty in a variety of disciplines;
  • Excellent writing and communication skills;
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and social justice-focused research and teaching practices.

Preferred Qualifications:
● Graduate Teaching experience;
● Participation in national professional organizations;
● A successful record of publication.

● Teach graduate courses in qualitative research;
● Participate in program and departmental initiatives;
● Advise and mentor graduate students;
● Establish an active research program leading to publication;
● Serve on dissertation committees;
● Seek significant external funding.

Further information about the program and college is accessible at

Questions regarding this position can be directed to search committee co-chairs: Dr. Stephanie Anne Shelton ( and Dr. Michael Lawson (

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Starting Date: August 16, 2023

• Health, dental, vision and life Insurance
• TIAA-CREF available
• Teachers’ Retirement System of Alabama
• Summer employment available on an as needed basis

Application Deadline: The review of credentials will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The priority deadline for applications is October 15, 2022.

Application Process: Please apply online at The following materials are required to complete the online application process:

  • Letter of application,
  • Curriculum vita,
  • List of three references, including names, addresses, and telephone numbers,
  • Unofficial transcript(s) of all graduate-level coursework.

Prior to hiring, the final candidate must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation and submit “official” transcript(s) of all graduate level coursework.

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