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Assistant Professor - Higher Education (ELPS) - (FAC003118)

University of Houston
Houston, Texas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Oct 12, 2023

Job Details

The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Houston seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Higher Education to serve our higher education master and doctoral programs. Our department houses three programs: K-12 Leadership, Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies, and Special Populations. We seek a scholar who shares our Department’s philosophical aim to strengthen educational opportunities and outcomes for all students, particularly those individuals historically underserved by current local, state, national, and international educational and social systems. Our Higher Education program prepares those who aspire to leadership and faculty positions within a college or university and is grounded in a philosophical belief in the transformational nature of higher education as an institution of social change.

As part of an ambitious Carnegie-designated Tier One research institution, the University of Houston College of Education works to improve educational and health outcomes for all people and communities through inspired teaching, innovative scholarship, and strong partnerships. Housed in the nation’s fourth-largest city, UH is a public research university, with more than 46,000 students and 6,200 faculty and staff.

Together, at the University of Houston, we dare to dream big dreams and we collaborate to achieve them. Building on a trajectory of accelerated research activity and rising graduation rates, UH is pursuing a bold initiative to become a top 50 public university. New faculty will join a Big 12 institution with a growing number of nationally funded research centers and an aggressive agenda to leverage science to make a transformative impact locally, nationally, and across the globe. With a relentless focus on student success, we are committed to delivering a high-quality educational experience that empowers students to lead.

The Houston metropolitan area offers scholars rich urban and suburban environments in which to work and live – as well as opportunities for international research and study. The region is home to world-class museums, cultural events, and restaurants, as well as the renowned Texas Medical Center, nearly 50 public school districts, and more than a dozen colleges and universities.

In the College of Education, our faculty and staff are united around five key beliefs: Our responsibility is to improve lives; achieving success for everyone requires inspiring collective action; greater understanding depends on rigorous scientific inquiry; various perspectives and talents fuel excellence; and transformation requires challenging and valuing ourselves and others. These tenets drive us as we prepare future teachers, administrators, counselors, psychologists, health specialists, researchers, and other leaders in their fields. In support of our pursuits, we seek experienced and ambitious colleagues whose research and teaching are strategically aligned with our ongoing work to address educational and health disparities.

Responsibilities: Primary research responsibilities include an active research program in higher education, seeking and acquiring external funding, publishing scholarly work in high-impact venues, and disseminating work to national and international audiences. Primary teaching responsibilities include expert teaching through face-to-face, online, or hybrid delivery of courses in the master’s and doctoral programs. A successful candidate will also participate in course and program development, supervision of graduate student research and teaching assistants, community outreach activities, and service to the Department, College, University, and profession.

Appointment: This is a nine-month appointment. Review of candidates will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is Fall 2024. Salary will be commensurate with the applicant’s qualifications and experience and will include benefits. Please contact Dr. Dave Louis ( ; 713-743-6580), Search Committee Chair, should you have any follow-up questions.

To apply, the following materials should be uploaded online:
  • A cover letter describing your (a) qualifications and interest in the position, (b) evidence of scholarly impact, and (c) history of or capacity to secure external peer-reviewed funding
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching Philosophy
  • Research Statement
  • Contact information of at least 3 references
The University of Houston is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution and recognizes protected classes of race, color, sex (including pregnancy), genetic information, religion, age (40 and above), national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or status, and gender expression as required by federal law. Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Qualifications :

Applicants must have a doctorate in higher education or a related field, as well as demonstrate an active record of scholarship and external funding commensurate with experience. Priority will be placed on applicants whose scholarship: (a) addresses issues of adequacy related to student access, retention, and success; (b) evaluates and contributes to educational policy development and implementation; (c) investigates issues salient to the experiences and educational outcomes of historically underserved students; and (d) compliments other areas of strength in the College. Applicants with experience in quantitative research or who possess interest in teaching statistics courses are encouraged to apply. A preferred applicant will also demonstrate knowledge of, or experience in, global perspectives in higher education.

Notes to Applicant: Official transcripts are required for a faculty appointment and will be requested upon selection of the final candidates. All positions at the University of Houston are security sensitive and will require a criminal background check.


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