Assistant/Associate Professor in Education Policy and Leadership

University of Minnesota
Minnesota, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted date
Oct 15, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Education Administration & Leadership
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Title: Assistant/Associate Professor in Education Policy and Leadership

Job ID: 343760

Location: Twin Cities

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular


About the Job
The Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD) in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) is a leader in advancing knowledge about educational and organizational change in local, national, and international contexts. Our research, teaching, and outreach reflect a commitment to interdisciplinary and intercultural engagement with educators, scholars, and policy makers seeking to enhance leadership, policy, and development around the globe. We seek nominations and applications for an open rank tenured professor or associate professor or tenure-track assistant professor in education policy and leadership.  The Educational Policy and Leadership (EPL) Program is one of five graduate level programs in OLPD with a focus on the production of impactful research and development of scholars and scholarly educational leaders that advance ethical and effective policies and practices to foster equity and excellent leadership throughout educational systems and the communities they serve.

The position is open rank at the Assistant Professor (tenure-track) or Associate Professor with tenure or Professor with tenure depending on previous experience. This is a full-time, nine-month appointment with preferred start date in fall 2022.  Additional information about the College or Department can be found at and

Job Responsibilities

The individual in this position will conduct research and provide instruction related to the theory and practice of system-level or local-level educational improvement, and organizational leadership for equity. We seek expertise in use of quantitative methods / survey analysis or qualitative methods. We welcome use of diverse disciplinary, and critical interdisciplinary, or transdisciplinary frameworks and approaches. More specifically, responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

Research (40%)

  • Develop and maintain a record of excellence in scholarship pertinent to education policy and leadership, including funded research. Likely research areas may include:
    • system-level or local-level educational improvement,
    • organizational leadership for equity;
    • quantitative methods / survey analysis,
    • qualitative methods

Teaching and Advising (40%)

  • Teach two classes per semester in the Educational Policy and Leadership program;
  • Advise doctoral and masters students in EPL and/or other program areas in Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development;
  • Supervise masters and doctoral research;
  • Serve on committees of students in other programs in Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, the College of Education and Human Development, and other units of the University;

Service and Outreach (20%)

  • Participate in the activities of relevant professional organizations.
  • Participate in department, college, University, and community service or other outreach activities.
  • Engage in service and outreach, especially in relation to collaborations with area schools, districts, and educational agencies, relevant professional organizations, and department, college, University, and community service or other outreach activities


Required Qualifications

  • An earned doctorate, Ph.D. preferred, in education or allied field. Applications from ABD candidates will be considered provided the applicant can document that he or she is on track to complete the doctorate no later than the start date of this position.
  • Evidence of a commitment to equity through research, teaching, and/or service/outreach.
  • Active and well-defined research agenda in Pre K-12 education with experience of working in or with K-12 schools
  • Evidence of or potential for a national and international scholarly reputation in educational leadership and school improvement

Preferred Qualifications

  • PreK-12 teaching or leadership experience
  • Experience of collaborative partnerships with minoritized communities
  • Experience securing external research funding
  • Experience writing for practitioner and/or general audiences
  • Evidence of excellence in teaching and advising at the graduate level
  • Membership in appropriate professional organizations (e.g., AERA Division A; UCEA)
  • Experience with research and leadership with research initiatives on PreK-12 school improvement.
  • Evidence of technology literacy and online teaching experience.

About the Department

Our world is full of systems and policies that affect how individuals learn, grow, and relate to one another. Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD) studies how those systems and policies are shaped by culture and power. We prepare leaders and researchers to transform our education and organizations for the better.

We teach our students how to design, test, implement, and revise our institutional strategies in both the public and private sectors, from the international to the local level. Our students gain practical experiences in creating approaches to increase social and economic development, foster human flourishing, disrupt power structures, and promote a more just society.

About Education Policy and Leadership

Education can be a hot-button issue. How do we provide fair and equal educational opportunities to all learners? How do we understand the legacies of the policies and choices we’ve made in the past? How do we ensure young people are afforded dignity and inclusion into our learning communities?

The Education Policy and Leadership (EPL) track offers coursework and research experiences designed to prepare you to make a difference in educational systems and settings for PK-12 children and youth. We provide you with a foundational understanding of the histories and variables that affect how a school or district is run, and we give you the scholarship and tools to make positive changes. We are committed to supporting leaders and scholars who work to continuously improve educational quality and effectiveness so that young people graduate from secondary education well-prepared to continue their learning and contribute to their communities.

About the College

The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) is a world leader in discovering, creating, sharing, and applying principles and practices of multiculturalism and multidisciplinary scholarship to advance teaching and learning and to enhance the psychological, physical, and social development of children, youth, and adults across the lifespan in families, organizations, and communities. CEHD is the third largest college at the University of Minnesota, houses seven departments with ten undergraduate majors, over 30 graduate degree programs, and 25 centers and institutes. We are committed to diversity in our students, faculty and staff; 38.4% of our new first year students are students of color and more than 265 of our international students represent over 51 different countries. For further information:

At CEHD, diversity is necessary to doing our best work and fostering our humanity. That’s why the CEHD community is collectively dedicated to cultivating an inclusive and equitable environment. We strive to weave these core values into the work of each department and all of programs. We are deeply engaged with our surrounding community, and our students, staff, and faculty are encouraged and empowered to enhance equity, inspire change, learn and grow personally, and prepare professionally to encounter and engage in systemic transformation. For more information, visit

CEHD and the University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

How to Apply

The position will remain open until filled.  The search committee will begin reviewing applications on November 5th, 2021. Applicants must apply on-line at and should submit:
1) a letter addressing qualifications
2) a full curriculum vita
3) contact information for three references.

Nominations for applicants are welcome and should be sent to Professor Peter Demerath at

For additional information, contact, Search Committee Support Staff, Rachel Brovold at


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.  To learn more about diversity at the U:

Background Check Information

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

About the U of MN

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research.  Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

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