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Assistant Professor Specializing in Social Foundations of Education

University of Dayton
Ohio, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Nov 10, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Teacher Education
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Position Summary

The University of Dayton, Department of Teacher Education is seeking a dynamic faculty member with a specialization in Social Foundations of Education at the rank of assistant professor to begin August 16, 2022.

The successful candidate will teach three undergraduate and/or graduate courses in Foundations of Education per semester, including philosophy of education and contemporary perspectives on schools and schooling. The candidate will teach both face-to-face and online; advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate education majors; maintain an ongoing program of research; and provide service to the department, university and broader community. Presence on campus for face-to-face teaching and mentoring of students is an essential function of the position.

At the University of Dayton, we recognize that diversity, equity and inclusion are fundamental to academic and institutional excellence. Inclusive excellence requires alignment of infrastructure, resources and actions. We strive to sustain engagement with and celebration of diversity in every dimension of institutional life. Because we seek a community with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage all interested candidates to apply.

The mission of the School of Education and Health Sciences, whose work is grounded in Marianist values of community-building, service to others, and the common good, is to educate leaders in education and health care who transform society through faith, community building, service, wellness and scholarship. The School’s vision is advancing social justice, equity and community through learning and health worldwide.

In pursuit of the mission and vision of the School, the Department of Teacher Education offers eight undergraduate degree programs, seven graduate degree programs, and a variety of certificates and endorsements. The Department is also engaged in initiatives in social and emotional learning; diversity, equity, and inclusion in education; and scientifically-based reading instruction. We have established partnerships with area schools and faculty regularly collaborate for program and research initiatives. We look forward to welcoming a collaborative and forward-thinking colleague who shares our values for community, leadership, service, and continual learning in pursuit of the common good.

The University’s 382-acre campus is located at the southern edge of Dayton, Ohio, which has a metropolitan area population of approximately one million. It is the location of the largest Air Force R&D Center in the country, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park. The Dayton area boasts the nation's largest paved bike trail network and an excellent metroparks system. It is home to various arts and cultural attractions. In addition, Dayton offers great schools, manageable traffic, and a low cost of living. Go to for more information about the area.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • ABD nearing completion in Social Foundations of Education, Philosophy of Education, or in Philosophy with specialization related to education;
  • Commitment to using your expertise in the field to help students understand contemporary educational policies and practices and develop practical wisdom for action that seeks equity, justice, and peace;
  • Expressed willingness to engage with Marianist educational values that build community across diversity, promote inclusive excellence, and contribute to the common good;
  • Promise of excellence in (1) research in the field of Foundations of Education or Philosophy of Education and (2) teaching and developing courses and programming in Foundations of Education at the college level; and
  • Excellent written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Ph.D. in Social Foundations of Education, Philosophy of Education, or Philosophy with specialization related to education;
  • Multiple perspectives on foundations of education, such as sociological, political, and/or historical;
  • Successful experience integrating resources from the Catholic intellectual tradition into course development and instruction;
  • Record of peer-reviewed scholarly activity relevant to your field of study;
  • Effective oral communication skills;
  • Effective interpersonal communication skills; and
  • Successful experience in any or all of the following within the US system of higher education:
    • teaching culturally and linguistically diverse communities;
    • employing active and inclusive learning strategies to foster and maintain student engagement; or
    • using instructional technology within both -face-to-face and online teaching.

Special Instructions for Applicants: 

Interested persons should submit:

  • A letter of application addressing your interest in the position, your accomplishments, and how you meet all minimum qualifications and any preferred qualifications;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Teaching philosophy statement and/or sample foundations of education syllabus that illustrates how your teaching addresses the required and preferred qualifications for this position;
  • A description of your scholarly agenda;
  • If ABD, a letter from the adviser attesting to anticipated date of completion;
  • Contact information for three current professional references; and
  • Informal/unofficial transcripts of all coursework

For more information about this position, email

To comply with federal rules, UD will require all employees including student employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The University will accept valid religious or medical exemptions and seek to reasonably accommodate them. Links to the most up-to-date COVID-19 health information, an easy-to-navigate index of the University's COVID-19 guidelines, and resources can be found at

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

Posting closes at 11:55 PM EST on December 10, 2021.

Closing Statement: 

The University of Dayton is a top tier, Catholic research university with offerings from the undergraduate to the doctoral levels. Founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary, the University is a diverse community committed to advancing the common good through intellectual curiosity, academic rigor, community engagement and local, national and global partnerships. Guided by the Marianist educational philosophy, we educate the whole person and link learning and scholarship with leadership and service.

Informed by its Catholic and Marianist mission, the University is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Informed by this commitment, we seek to increase diversity, achieve equitable outcomes, and model inclusion across our campus community. As an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, we will not discriminate against minorities, women, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, or on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.

The University is also pleased to provide support for spouses of prospective and newly hired faculty through its dual career program. While we cannot guarantee placement, we serve as an effective resource and support system for your spouse. Information can be found at

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