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Assistant Professor, Educational Studies in Urban Education

Montclair State University
New Jersey, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Nov 7, 2023

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Job Description


The Department of Educational Foundations at Montclair State University is pleased to invite applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Educational Studies in Urban Education, to begin in September 2024. Educational Studies in Urban Education is a rapidly growing field of study dedicated to serving diverse communities.

We are seeking a dynamic collaborative colleague who will play a crucial role in ensuring the ongoing growth and success of our Educational Foundations programs while upholding program rigor and fostering student success. Responsibilities include: teaching courses at the undergraduate level in our Educational Foundations for Elementary Teachers program and quantitative masters and doctoral courses offered by our department; conducting an active research agenda and publishing scholarly work; serving on dissertation committees; and providing service to the University and professional community.

The successful candidate will play a key role in developing and administering innovative graduate programs that can draw from our large pool of undergraduate students. Additionally, this individual will spearhead new department initiatives that directly address market demand for non-traditional education programs grounded in educational studies.


Applicants must have a PhD in Educational Foundations/Studies or closely related field – e.g., Urban Education, Policy Studies, Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Foundations (Philosophy, History, Psychology, or Sociology of Education) completed prior to June 2024. A well-defined research agenda, evidence of scholarly activities, and success in or potential for high quality peer-reviewed publications and grant-funded projects; demonstrated aptitude for or evidence of excellence in teaching; demonstrated ability to work with individuals from culturally diverse backgrounds. The department and the College of Education and Engaged Learning are committed to student and faculty diversity and value the educational benefits that derive from such diversity. We are seeking candidates who demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively in and with socially, culturally, and economically diverse communities; have a commitment to education for social justice, democratic practice, and critical thinking; and are interested in addressing issues of diversity in research, teaching, and curriculum development.


The College for Education and Engaged Learning at Montclair State University is dedicated to preparing aspiring teachers, administrators, counselors, and other education professionals for success. Grounded in a commitment to promoting equity and embracing innovation, the College has a rich history of delivering exceptional programs in the field. Our graduates are prepared to drive positive change throughout their careers, adapting to evolving educational issues and practices along the way.

The College has a long and proud history of excellence, continuous renewal, and improvement, as ranked 10th in the nation and No. 1 in New Jersey for Master’s in Educational Leadership and 22nd nationally for elementary education, and 83rd for graduate school of education in the country by US News and World Report’s Best Graduate Schools. It offers a broad selection of outstanding undergraduate and graduate programs in three academic departments: Teaching and Learning, Educational Foundations, Educational Leadership. The College is also home to numerous acclaimed centers and institutes, recognized for their excellence and achievements.

The Department of Educational Foundations focuses on: (a) the analysis and critique of educational forms, practices and theories from philosophical, historical, social, political, psychological and economic perspectives; (b) education as a mean to realizing a more just and democratic society; (c) the promotion and development of critical, creative and independent thinking in educational contexts.

The department offers courses designed to prepare public and private school educators, administrators, community educators, and policymakers to meet the educational demands of our increasingly diverse society. Along with the charge to serve professional and pre-professional educators, the department seeks to develop in students from all disciplines a sophisticated understanding of the relationship between education and culture, as well as tools of inquiry that are valuable in community contexts.

The department offers a BA in Educational Foundations for Elementary Teachers, a robust degree program serving over 525 undergraduate students. Educational Foundations offers graduate certificates in Gifted and Talented Education, Educational Assessment, and Inquiry-Based Teaching and Learning. In addition, the department offers masters’ and doctoral courses in research methods for programs in the College for Education and Engaged Learning.

The department also houses the Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children (since 1974), the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Project (since 2012), and the Creativity and Aesthetic Lab, and has recently become the home of the Nel Noddings Collection.


Montclair State University is a nationally recognized R2 research doctoral institution that empowers students, faculty, and researchers to rise above their own expectations. Building on a distinguished history dating back to 1908, the University today has 13 colleges and schools that serve more than 22,000 undergraduate and graduate students with more than 300 doctoral, master’s and baccalaureate programs. Situated on a beautiful, 252-acre suburban campus just 12 miles from New York City, Montclair State welcomes a diverse population of students, many of whom are first generation, and delivers the instructional and research resources of a large public university in a supportive and sophisticated academic environment.


Montclair State University is committed to establishing and maintaining a diverse campus community that is representative of the State of New Jersey through inclusive excellence and equal opportunity. Montclair State University's commitment to access and equity is designed to prepare each graduate to thrive as a global citizen. As an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution we are working to support a campus-wide agenda to foster a community that both values and promotes the varied voices of our students, faculty, and staff. The University encourages candidates to apply who will contribute to the cultural tapestry of MSU and who value teaching a diverse student population, many of whom are first generation students.

SALARY RANGE Commensurate with experience

STARTING DATE September 1, 2024


Cover letter, curriculum vitae, research and teaching statements to be uploaded during the application process. Three letters of recommendation will be requested from candidates who are selected for first-round interviews.

APPLY BY: Full consideration will be given to applications received first, we will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. Early applications are encouraged.


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Montclair State University

Montclair State University defines what it means to be a university with a public purpose — one that not only creates transformational opportunities for students, but also partners with communities to make a difference in the lives of others. 

Montclair invites students to imagine the world they want to live in and empowers them to develop the skills and knowledge to create it. As a solutions engine, we ask: How can we harness the power of 21,000 students and 1,800 professors to be a force for good in the world?

This distinctive approach continues to attract students, propelling Montclair to become New Jersey’s second largest institution of higher learning, and one of its most diverse. Under President Jonathan Koppell, the University enrolled the largest entering class in the University’s history two years in a row.

Founded in 1908, Montclair has grown big enough to offer more than 300 programs across 13 colleges and schools at all degree levels – and yet, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1, is still small enough for students to receive personalized attention from professors and staff who truly care. Students have numerous opportunities to conduct research with professors who are respected leaders in their fields.

More than 50% of Montclair’s students identify as underrepresented minorities. It is New Jersey’s largest Hispanic-Serving Institution, serving more Latinx students than any other university in the state.

Montclair’s highly diverse students thrive in the University’s supportive, welcoming environment. Their graduation rates outperform state and national benchmarks and predictions with U.S. News & World Report ranking Montclair as seventh among national universities in graduation rate performance in 2022. It is consistently recognized as one of the most inclusive and best value universities and ranked No. 21 in the country in social mobility.

Many of Montclair’s students are working and raising families, and the University offers flexible programs that give them the opportunity to learn in ways that work best for them, on campus or online, in real time or asynchronously.

Faculty include winners of a MacArthur fellowship, Fulbright grants and Emmy awards, and NSF, NEH and NIH grants, among many other distinctions. These highly respected researchers, scholars and creators are dedicated to student success, and they are always innovating to meet the needs of learners and of the state. Montclair has launched dozens of new degree and certificate programs, and offers more combined bachelor’s and master’s degree programs than any other university in New Jersey – empowering students to enter the workforce faster, with stronger skills and for less cost. 

Montclair’s mission is to elevate its students and partners, and in so doing, help make the world a better place. 

At Montclair State, our employees are among our most valuable assets.

When you work at Montclair State, you join a talented, diverse and inclusive community of employees who work together to support the educational mission of the University.

You are part of a leading institution of higher education in New Jersey. Our 11 colleges and schools serve 21,000 students on a beautiful 252-acrea, vibrant suburban campus just 12 miles from New York City.

Dedicated to providing employees with opportunities for professional achievement and development, we take pride in a dynamic workplace environment that respects all employees and encourages excellence.

As a Montclair State University employee, you enjoy access to:

  • Comprehensive health, dental and retirement benefits to discounted membership to the campus recreation center and tuition reimbursement
  • Policies, programs and services that support our commitment to affirmative action, equal opportunity employment, multicultural diversity and inclusion
  • A dynamic, sophisticated and diverse environment

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