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Assistant Professor of Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education

Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan
Not specified
Posted Date
Oct 25, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Other Education
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Assistant Professor of Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education

Michigan State University College of Education

East Lansing, MI, USA

The Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education program in the Department of Educational Administration in the Michigan State University College of Education invites applications for two (2) tenure-track assistant professors to begin in fall semester 2023. The HALE program ( currently offers three graduate programs: Ph.D. in HALE (in person), MA in HALE (fully online), and an MA in Student Affairs Administration (in person). We have proposed to launch an in-person EdD program in Equity Minded Leadership in Postsecondary Education. New colleagues can expect to teach in person and online across the program.

Based on our commitment to preparing scholars and practitioners to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice in higher, adult, and lifelong education settings in the US and global contexts, we seek candidates who will join us as educators and engaged scholars using research and theory to address enduring and emerging challenges in education. Specifically, we seek to fill two positions, one generally in the “teaching, learning, and/or curriculum” category and one in the “policy, finance, and/or governance” category from among the topical areas and institutional contexts listed here. In all areas, we seek equity-minded, critical scholars who use innovative approaches to asking and answering questions that will make a difference in the world.

We also invite candidates with global/comparative expertise in any of these topics.

  • Higher education policy (institutional, state, national, or global)
  • Higher education finance
  • Postsecondary governance (US, global/comparative)
  • Adult education and lifelong learning
  • Postsecondary teaching and learning
  • Discipline-based postsecondary education research (e.g., STEM or humanities education)
  • Inclusive postsecondary curriculum and pedagogies
  • Technologies of teaching and learning
  • Community colleges, regional comprehensive universities, and/or urban institutions
  • Minority-serving institutions (e.g., HBCUs, TCUs, AANAPISIs, HSIs, PBIs)

HALE faculty typically teach two courses per semester, advise master’s and doctoral students, and participate in the intellectual and organizational life of HALE, the department, college, university, and the field.

Our new colleagues will be expected to establish and maintain a research agenda that advances diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice in higher, adult, and lifelong education settings in the US and/or global contexts. They will further be expected to pursue external funding to support research or outreach/engaged scholarship.

NOTE: The university is requiring all students, faculty, and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more:

This is an annual position with a desired start date of August 15, 2023. Review of applications will begin on October 31, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled.

Required qualifications

  • Earned doctorate in higher education or another field with direct application in postsecondary education (degree conferred by August 15, 2023).
  • Evidence of commitment to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice in higher, adult, and lifelong education settings.
  • Evidence of potential for scholarly publication.

Desired qualifications

  • Experience teaching in a postsecondary setting, in in-person and/or a/synchronous online formats.
  • Experience in working full time in a higher, adult, or lifelong education setting or related field (e.g., policy agency, education non-profit, workforce development, college access).
  • Evidence of potential to receive external funding.

About the MSU College of Education

In the highly ranked College of Education, our community of scholars is committed to improving practice through the land-grant mission of Michigan State University. We conduct research that makes an impact on education, health, and well-being around the world. We welcome colleagues who demonstrate excellence and innovation in teaching, collaborate across fields of study, and strive to enact equity and inclusion in their work. Please see our website,, for more information about working in the college and a full list of open positions.

Instructions to applicants

Online application via is required, see posting #818753. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter that includes a) relevant qualifications for the position, responding especially to the list of required and desired qualifications and b) research and teaching experience and interests; statement of instructional philosophy; and contact information for at least three (3) references. If you have any questions, please contact Search Committee Chair Kristen Renn (

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About Michigan State University

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 165 years. One of the world's leading research universities, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery to make a better, safer, healthier world for all while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Land acknowledgement

Michigan State University occupies the ancestral, traditional, and contemporary Lands of the Anishinaabeg—Three Fires Confederacy of Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi peoples. The university resides on Land ceded in the 1819 Treaty of Saginaw.

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