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Assistant/Associate Professor Learning, Leadership and Change

University of the Pacific
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jul 31, 2023

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Assistant/Associate Professor Learning, Leadership and Change

Primary Purpose and Essential Functions:
University of the Pacific's Benerd College seeks a tenure-track colleague for our Learning, Leadership and Change graduate programs. We are searching for someone deeply committed to engaging students and supporting their research through teaching that challenges dominant norms.

In addition to serving as a teaching faculty member, this colleague will serve as program lead for our Transformative Action in Education doctoral program. The program is centered on the tenets of transformative leadership, asking us to engage in critical reflective practices to understand how to guide sustainable change. We hope to find a colleague who will help us move even further in creating the most transformative and impactful program possible.

The successful candidate will demonstrate evidence of teaching, research, leadership, service, and the ability to work collaboratively with students, colleagues, and stakeholders. The position will be based at the Stockton Campus, with teaching responsibilities primarily focused on research classes, including those focused on action research, critical qualitative methods, narrative inquiry, as well as dissertation development and support.

The faculty position is an eleven-month appointment with an additional 12 month stipend for program lead responsibilities. Please note that faculty rank and title are contingent upon the successful candidate's experience and qualifications. This faculty appointment will also include assisting the Associate Dean/Dean with programmatic responsibilities, program coordination, recruitment, and dissemination of program information. The position will teach across our programs. The position includes involvement as dissertation chair/committee, student recruitment, community engagement, curriculum development, internal service, and scholarship (which can include contributions to research outlets or practitioner settings). Our program requires continual innovation and pushing of traditional boundaries, which results in a heavily collaborative teaching culture.

The basic teaching workload for an 11-month position is three courses each semester and two courses in the summer. Program leadership responsibilities will result in a one-course teaching release in the fall, spring, and summer. The position also includes involvement in EdD dissertations, student recruitment, community engagement, curriculum development, internal service, and scholarship (which can include contributions to research outlets or practitioner settings).

As Program Lead, this position will play a key role in working to build and sustain the Transformative Action in Education program by:

  1. Providing overall vision and direction for the program
  2. Leading the iteration and assessment of the program purpose, scope, and outcomes
  3. Recruiting and partnership building
  4. Building community and regional relationships to advance the program
  5. Enhancing and executing our marketing plan for the program
  6. Serving as the primary faculty contact for prospective students
  7. Presenting and engaging with prospective students at various recruitment events, both in person and online
  8. Developing faculty and providing opportunities for professional development/collaboration to transform the teaching/learning experience

This colleague will hold the rank of assistant or associate professor, depending on experience level. This is a tenure eligible position with eligibility for promotion to associate and/or full professor. The position will work at both the Sacramento and Stockton Campuses, with primary campus assignment in Stockton.

University of the Pacific recognizes that diversity, equity, and inclusion is foundational to the success of our valued students and employees. We prioritize policy and decision-making that demonstrates awareness of, and responsiveness to, the ways socio-cultural forces related to race, gender, ability, sexuality, socio-economic status, etc. impede or propel students, faculty, and staff.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Doctoral degree in a field related to learning, leadership, and/or change.
  • Demonstrated prior higher education teaching experience.
  • Demonstrated successful hybrid or online teaching experience.
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering a caring and rigorous educational environment.
  • Demonstrated commitment to transformative leadership and critical pedagogy.
  • Demonstrated commitment to personal development and growth in one’s own teaching and practice.
  • Demonstrated excellence in applied scholarly research or evidence-based practice.
  • Demonstrated successful teaching experience with adult learners.
  • Demonstrated commitment to and teaching in diverse settings, as well as working with students with diverse experiences and perspectives.
  • Demonstrated experience in advancing social justice, equity, and inclusion in a university setting.
  • Ability to engage and integrate culturally responsive practices and knowledge in their work.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated skill and expertise in critical research methods and action-oriented research.
  • Demonstrated experience supporting students with dissertation development, including serving as dissertation chair.
  • Skills to teach research courses.
  • Practitioner experience in P/K-20 education, nonprofit, and/or community organizations.

Physical Requirements:
Physical Requirements Duties require constant sitting and repetitive motion while using computer keyboard and phone. Frequent walking, standing and simple grasping. Occasional climbing stairs, walking across campus, stooping and reaching. Constant communication using both spoken and written means. May be required to lift/carry up to 25 lbs.

The physical demands described here are representative but not definitive of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Work Environment/Work Week/Travel
Work is primarily performed in a standard office environment. Work performed during standard business hours. May require additional work hours outside standard business hours due to business needs. May require travel to other campus sites and school sites.

Special Instructions:
Application Instructions
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, we will begin reviewing applications after July 25, 2023.

Please upload the following:

  • A letter of interest explaining
    • How minimum qualifications are met
    • Relevant experiences that have prepared you to lead this type of program

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • List of Professional References

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University of the Pacific is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer dedicated to workforce diversity. In compliance with applicable law and its own policy, Pacific is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff and does not discriminate in its hiring of faculty and staff, or in the provision of its employment benefits to its faculty and staff on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, sex/gender, marital status, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, medical condition, pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression, or mental or physical disability.

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