Professor (Open Rank), Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

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Work type: Faculty Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Faculty

The Morgridge College of Education (MCE) at the University of Denver (DU) seeks to fill a nine-month, full-time tenure-track Open Rank position (Advanced Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor preferred) in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (ELPS) beginning September 1, 2020. As one of the top 30 leadership programs in the nation, the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (ELPS) community of staff and faculty are deeply committed to the comprehensive preparation of professionals who do not just lead their schools, but also work in partnership with students, families, and communities to transform them into inclusive, non-oppressive school contexts. By infusing transformative leadership, equity-focused practices, and innovative processes into the curriculum, ELPS has created one of the most successful private college-public school partnerships in the nation.

Located in the city of Denver, DU is the oldest and largest independent university in the Rocky Mountain Region and enrolls approximately 11,500 students in its undergraduate, graduate, and professional preparation programs. Denver is quickly becoming one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the U.S. Census data show that Denver's population includes 11.1% Black or African American, 31.7% Hispanic or Latino, 2.8% Asian American, and approximately 1% Native American residents. Situated in this vibrant metropolitan community, the University is committed to building and sustaining a culturally diverse faculty, staff, and student body. DU encourages and supports high research activity with emphasis on interprofessional research, cross-departmental collaboration and impactful research aligned with community needs. MCE is located in Katherine A. Ruffatto Hall, a 65,000 square foot complex providing a flexible, innovative, and multidisciplinary learning environment.

Position Summary

Strong candidates will have an active research agenda that demonstrates a commitment to examining and contributing to educational policy and/or equitable educational leadership opportunities, developing bold leaders capable of ensuring equitable access to learning for each student, specifically students marginalized by educational systems, supporting our mission of serving the public good and promoting inclusive excellence. We have a strong interest in candidates whose work illustrates issues of equity, access, and opportunity with keen historical awareness and cultural competencies to engage with the communities served. The candidate's specific research focus on educational leadership and policy is open. However, we seek candidates who bring critical theoretical and methodological approaches to their scholarship and have expertise and experience in any of the following areas: instructional leadership; special education; urban education; comparative international education and leadership; school finance; or educational law. A successful candidate will exhibit critical and innovative thinking, provide evidence of contributions to a dynamic, inclusive environment, and have knowledge, understanding, and experience leading in the P-20 educational context.

Essential Functions

  • Teaching graduate-level in-person and hybrid courses, occasionally in a team-teaching format.
  • Maintaining an active research agenda.
  • Academic advising of certificate, Masters and/or doctoral students.
  • Directing and serving on dissertation committees.
  • Supporting the coordination of partnership programs with school districts.
  • Providing service at the departmental, college, university, and professional contexts.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Department Chair and/or Dean.

Required Qualifications

  • Earned doctorate in Educational Leadership, Educational Policy or a closely related field, by the start of the appointment.
  • Demonstrated commitment to inclusive excellence, anti-racist pedagogy, equity, and access in education in teaching, mentoring, and research.
  • Strong evidence of effective communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience working with diverse populations.
  • Evidence of collaborative contributions to a team.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Successful experience teaching and advising adult learners.
  • Established record of mentoring and providing guidance and leadership for junior faculty.
  • Interest in working with programs that collaborate with schools and districts to prepare leaders.
  • Successful and varied school or district leadership experience, including school principal experience.
  • Potential to acquire external funding to support research.

Application Deadline
Applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled. The search committee will begin to review applications on December 16, 2019.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Inquiries about this position can be made to the search chair, Dr. Bruce Uhrmacher ( General questions regarding the application or recruitment process may be directed to

Salary Range
Salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected candidate balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  • Cover letter briefly describing research, teaching, and service interests
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Names and contact information of 3 individuals who can serve as professional references (please do not send recommendations at this time). The College of Education will request letters of recommendations for finalists
  • Two examples of scholarly writing that demonstrate your critical approach to educational policy or leadership
  • A separate one-page statement on how your research, teaching, and service specifically address issues of race, social justice, inequity; and inclusive excellence in P-20 education.

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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