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Associate/Full Professor in Family and Community Influences

University of Texas at Austin
Texas, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Oct 13, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Other Education
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Associate/Full Professor in Family and Community Influences

College/School/Unit: College of Education
Department: Special Education
Posted: Oct 9, 2021
Apply By: Open until filled


The University of Texas at Austin, College of Education is seeking a faculty member in the area of Family and Community Influences at the Associate or Full Professor level. This unique college-wide faculty search is designed to attract a scholar who will add to the college's strong academic and research programs in postsecondary access & student success with a strong equity lens across diverse populations.

The College of Education has a robust set of undergraduate and graduate programs across five departments and is regularly ranked among the top five public colleges of education in the country. We promote the shared values of equity, excellence, innovation, empowerment, community-focus, and endeavors to bridge research and practice. We view inclusiveness and excellence as interconnected in the work of our faculty. The College of Education is particularly interested in and values candidates who have experience working with diverse and underserved populations, and who show a demonstrated commitment to improving access and positive outcomes in educational and health settings for children, adults, families, schools, and communities.

As a leading college of education in Texas and beyond, we are agents of change committed to transforming education and health research, practice, and policy to ensure the thriving of children, families, schools, and communities. In our efforts to align our college to address the most pressing challenges in the fields of education and health, we have launched a new strategic vision known as Reimagine Education (see In advancing this effort, we have organized our academic and research aspirations around three Signature Impact Areas: Advancing Equity and Eliminating Disparities in Health and Education, Attending to Place and Context, and Thriving through Transitions.

We seek a talented scholar to join a faculty committed to deepening an understanding of the sociocultural dynamics of the linguistically and culturally diverse communities we serve. This position may reach across any combination of our five departments in furthering research, teaching and service/outreach that recognizes the relationship between families, communities and education. The successful candidate will join an active faculty that is intentionally focused on innovative educational and methodological approaches attentive to supporting growing and thriving communities and families.

The successful candidate may bring research expertise in one or more of the following areas:



  • School, family and community partnerships
  • Promoting family and/or community literacy/education
  • Empowering parent engagement in the education process
  • Early intervention building upon funds of knowledge of families to promote learning/literacy/health
  • Engagement of communities social services nonprofit partners (e.g. Child welfare system, head start, community parenting programs, faith based services, mentoring programs) in ensuring including families in the educational enterprise
  • Policies/practices to engage families in improving learning/social/health outcomes through a broader networks of support beyond K-12 schools resources
  • Efforts that seek to improve learning/social/health outcomes for families through the integration of services
  • Early intervention for families with children with disabilities (e.g., family/school partnerships, sibling support/empowerment; supporting racially minoritized families of students with disabilities)
  • Focus on transition from K-12 to adulthood
  • Experience addressing/challenging education and/or health disparities among Latinx and/or Native American and Indigenous populations.
  • Parent engagement and family/caregiver practices to support bilingual learners and strong family-school partnerships

Because of the uniqueness of this college-wide search, which emphasizes interdisciplinarity, the successful candidate may be appointed or jointly appointed in any of the college's departments, with the most likely homes including Curriculum & Instruction, Special Education, Educational Leadership and Policy, Educational Psychology, and/or Kinesiology and Health Education.

More about the University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas at Austin is the flagship state university of Texas. It values and supports interdisciplinary research and provides outstanding access to opportunities for collaboration with world-renowned faculty. As a venue for research, Texas is one of the most diverse states in the country with an increasingly culturally pluralistic population, with students in the P-16 system and in general. Austin, Texas is an exciting, welcoming, and inclusive city with the reputation for being the Live Music Capital of the World.


Candidates must have an established record of excellence in university teaching, service, and scholarship in applied and diverse educational settings. Candidates must have a record of securing extramural funding at levels necessary to support their scholarly research. Candidates must have a strong commitment to equity and inclusion in their teaching, mentorship, and academic leadership.

The position is supported by a competitive start-up package, compensation appropriate to rank and experience, and access to research resources. Hiring is contingent upon funding.

Required Qualifications:



  • Demonstrated experiences and capacity to teach/research diverse populations including linguistically and culturally diverse children, adolescents, and families
  • Earned doctoral degree in Education, Special Education, Psychology, Health and Behavior, or a related field
  • Active record of scholarly productivity and excellence including publication in high-impact refereed journals
  • Achieved national (Associate Professor) or field-leading (Professor) prominence in area of scholarship.
  • Demonstrated capacity to conduct, administer, and sustain a significant program of research with diverse methodologies that is scientifically rigorous and connected to ensuring effective education systems and student success
  • Demonstrated ability to teach and mentor undergraduate and graduate students, especially those from diverse backgrounds
  • Commitment to advancing the college's commitment to equity and inclusive excellence

Preferred Qualifications:



  • Demonstrated commitment to research-practice partnerships that include external partners, schools, institutions of higher education, and/or community organizations to improve systems of support for linguistically and culturally diverse families and students
  • Experience with K-12 local educational agencies (LEAs), state educational agencies (SEAs), national educational agencies, and/or nongovernment or community organizations involved in educational leadership, promotion of linguistically and culturally diverse student and family learning, and school and community improvement
  • Ability to communicate in a language other than English

Application Instructions

Review of applications will begin January 12, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, please provide all requested materials by this date.

Applicants should upload the following items to the Interfolio system:



  • Cover Letter with contact information
  • Full C.V.
  • Research Statement that includes research accomplishments and future research direction
  • Teaching Statement
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) statement detailing how your teaching, service, and/or scholarship has or will help to address education and/or health disparities
  • Up to 3 representative publications
  • A list of 3 references with contact information

To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit

For additional information about the College of Education, see

For questions regarding the application process, please contact: Gina Smuts,

Questions about the positions can be directed to the co-chairs of the search committee:

Cinthia Salinas,
Mark O'Reilly,

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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