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Open Rank - iCubed/Urban Education

Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Dec 21, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Curriculum & Instruction, Teacher Education, Professional Fields, Social Work & Human Services, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Other Social & Behavioral Sciences, Sociology
Employment Type
Full Time
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Mission or Goal of Unit:

The Urban Education and Family core is one of eight iCubed cores that serve as a hub and catalyst for a transdisciplinary community of scholars dedicated to equity and excellence for Black and LatinX learners. Scholars design and develop culturally informed, transformational curriculum with a focus on the science of learning and culturally-sustaining pedagogy. They formulate strategies that foster educational attainment, such as creating a Center for Urban Education and Families and a Cradle to College Pipeline. They engage in action oriented research to influence policy and inform strategies with the greatest potential to dismantle educational inequities that lead to income inequalities that exist in Richmond Public Schools and surrounding counties.

The Institute for Inclusion, Inquiry & Innovation (iCubed) builds human capital across the university and surrounding communities. It connects multiple disciplines and lived experiences through the creation of transdisciplinary cores, which are university-community partnerships that endeavor to solve problems that disproportionately affect populations in urban areas.
This search is open to a candidate for the School of Social Work or the Department of Sociology in the College of Humanities and Sciences. At VCU, we believe different perspectives and expertise enhance possibilities and solutions. This philosophy drives our recruitment process, so we welcome applications with diverse experiences and backgrounds who will contribute to an already diverse community of faculty, staff and students.

Chief Purpose of this position: Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and the Institute for Inclusion, Inquiry, & Innovation (iCubed), and the School of Social and the College of Humanities and Sciences Department of Sociology seek a 9-month, tenure-eligible faculty member. This is a unique Assistant Professor position with a partial assignment in the iCubed Urban Education and Families Core (50% of duties). Research should align with the Core; one course/year will be released for satisfactory participation in Core activities. Teaching and other service will be assigned in the candidate's home department (50% of duties) within the School of Social Work or Department of Sociology in the College of Humanities and Sciences. This search is part of a three-scholar cluster hire. The scholar will join a growing transdisciplinary research community and enhance core activities.

The successful candidate must have a well-developed line of research with evidence of multi-disciplinary applications and external funding as appropriate. The faculty member may teach graduate or undergraduate courses, and may work in interdisciplinary partnerships with students and faculty from other departments, academic units, public schools, and community agencies on research efforts.

Candidates need to have demonstrated research and practice in advancing access, equity, and quality education for underrepresented learners, historically marginalized and underrepresented minority populations living in poverty and/or the educators that serve them. This includes a commitment to addressing diversity, inclusion, social justice and equity in education through research, teaching, service and mentoring. This faculty member will join a productive and collegial group of faculty members committed to cultivating a culturally diverse student body, faculty, and strengthening diversity within the community.

Position Responsibilities: Core Participation
The faculty will regularly collaborate, both in person and virtually, with core members and community partners. They will contribute to the definition and achievement of core related goals, conduct core-related research, present research at conferences, symposia or similar events, and regularly engage with core members and with the Institute, broadly.
The faculty member shares a deep commitment to effective instruction, creation of innovative courses, and mentoring of students. They demonstrate leadership in developing techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests, especially in the context of multidisciplinary or experiential teaching. The faculty may engage in core-related teaching assignments within their department. Teaching assignments may include instruction at the graduate or undergraduate levels, doctoral advising, mentoring, and service as dissertation committee member or chair. The faculty will broaden participation among members of under-represented groups.
The Faculty engages in research and develops interdisciplinary collaborations in support of the core mission. The faculty contributes high-quality research and scholarship, to include peer-reviewed publications, externally funded research, and active involvement in appropriate national or international organizations and bodies.
Service and Leadership
Service work may consist of core-related activities, participation in departmental, school, and/or university committees, community engaged service, and or professional service related to the field.

Required Qualifications:
  • An earned doctorate in their discipline, i.e. Social Work or Sociology or related field;
  • Evidence of promise for getting external funding to support research;
  • The ability to assume leadership responsibilities in initiating and collaborating on research projects:
  • Commitment to mentoring undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students including serving on dissertation
  • Teaching experience at the university level;
  • An innovative and impactful research agenda that has strong potential for external funding;
  • Experience conducting research related to or within urban settings with individuals in our communities who have
    been historically marginalized and done from a culturally responsive lens;
  • Demonstrated research, scholarship, and practice in advancing access, equity, and quality education for learners
    from historically marginalized and underrepresented minority populations living in poverty and/or the educators
    that serve them; and
  • Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse and inclusive faculty, staff, and student environment
    and commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.

  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • Evidence of external funding to support their research agenda;
  • Lived experience and/or service that informs worldviews and/or perspectives about minority group status, to
    include race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, and disability.

Position Type: Teaching & Research Faculty
Full time equivalent: 100
Tenure: Tenure Track
Rank: Open
Months: 9
Department: Dept. of Counseling & Spec. Educ.


Contact Information:
Contact Name: Naomi Wheeler
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 828-1332

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