Assistant Professor, Higher Education & Quantitative Methods

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

Position Summary

The University of Denver’s Morgridge College of Education (MCE) invites applications for a colleague to join the DU Higher Education (DUHigherEd) Department. This announcement is for a tenure-track assistant professor position. We invite candidates with knowledge and understanding of higher education and its implications across the P-20 educational spectrum. We seek equity-focused candidates with critical quantitative and/or policy-focused research and teaching interests. Top candidates will focus on one or more of the following: historically marginalized identities - including Black, Indigenous, students of color, LGBTQ+ students, students with disabilities, among others; broad access institutions; community colleges; minority-serving institutions; faculty and/or students who these institutions serve. This position requires an innovative and critical thinker who values our commitments to serving the public good and can work within a dynamic, inclusive environment.

Responsibilities for all tenure-track faculty members in the DUHigherEd Department include teaching graduate-level courses, advising graduate students, directing and serving on dissertation committees, maintaining an active research agenda, supporting the administration of academic programs in higher education, and other duties as assigned by the College leadership. The ideal candidate demonstrates experience and versatility in inclusive pedagogy and has a research agenda focusing on critical policy, critical quantitative methods, or critical mixed methods. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion through their teaching, research, and service.

Essential Functions

The University, through its faculty, engages in various professional functions, such as teaching, scholarly research and/or creative activity, shared governance, and professional/public service. A successful assistant professor should be able to:

  • Work independently and collaboratively with the intent to foster a collegial environment.
  • Interact with diverse communities, including utilizing inclusive teaching methods and/or pedagogies, to effectively engage broadly diverse student populations.
  • Teach graduate-level theory and praxis-based classes.
  • Advise graduate students and mentor student research and doctoral theses.
  • Perform meaningful institutional service to the program, college, and university, as well as professional service to local, national, and international communities.
  • Engage in and sustain a scholarly agenda that values the teacher/scholar model. This includes but is not limited to publishing in peer-reviewed journals, open-accessed journals, and/or public scholarship.
  • Seek external funding.
  • Participate in department, college, and university governance.
  • Maintain and grow the College’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Service – Ability to provide service to the department, college/university, and profession.
  • Research/Creative Activity – Ability to contribute knowledge informing higher education practice, policy, and/or future research.
  • Demonstrate an expertise in critical quantitative methods or mixed methods.
  • Demonstrate a creative and enthusiastic commitment to social justice and advancing higher education’s public purposes.
  • Demonstrate a scholarly agenda grounded in equity and the study of higher education organizations and systems with the ability to inform and influence current higher education policy, practice, and research.

Required Qualifications

  • An earned doctorate in Higher Education, Educational Leadership, or a closely related field by August 2023.
  • Demonstrate an expertise in critical quantitative methods or mixed methods.
  • Teaching - Ability to teach courses in higher education administration content areas at the master’s and doctoral (EdD and PhD) level; mentor and advise doctoral students.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Evidence of (or demonstrate potential) inclusive teaching approaches (e.g., syllabi, teaching statements, teaching assistant experience, course evaluations)
  • Evidence of (or demonstrate potential) scholarly activity (e.g., published articles, book chapters, extramural funding, and/or professional conference presentations).
  • Expertise in higher education systems and critical policy.

Work Schedule

Full-time; 9-month contract with potential doctoral advising over summer months

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 5:00 p.m. (MST) on December 12, 2022.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please click Apply Now to begin the application process. Questions regarding the application or recruitment process may be directed to For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 5:00 p.m. (MST) on DATE.

Compensation & Benefits

The annual salary range for this position is $76,000-$85,000. 

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter (max 4 pages) explaining: a) how your scholarly agenda reflects values of diversity, equity, inclusivity, and social justice, b) philosophy of teaching, including prior teaching and clinical experience, and c) areas of scholarship with an indication of directions for future research.

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

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

The DUHigherEd Department engages in collective learning about the foundations of postsecondary institutions, structures, and systems across diverse educational pathways. Our scholarship is grounded in theory, praxis, and community engagement to address persistent and emergent postsecondary phenomena at the institutional, local, regional, tribal, state, and national levels.

The DUHigherEd community is committed to the following:

  • Teaching and mentoring educators and professionals who seek careers related to postsecondary contexts, such as administration, policy, teaching, and research, as well as public and private agencies of higher education.
  • Uplifting and celebrating the diverse knowledge bases held by communities historically and contemporarily excluded from higher education.
  • Centering [and generating] consequential research, scholarship, and creative activities that addresses interlocking systems of oppression that perpetuate inequities and injustices influencing the ecology of higher education [by informing policy, practice, and theory].
  • Fostering a sense of accountability to build liberatory practices needed to disrupt and dismantle oppressive higher education policies.
  • Engaging in critical self-reflexivity as part of an intergenerational, collective, and life-long (un)learning process.
  • Serving and partnering with communities to build knowledge and enact policy and practice that dismantles systems of oppression.

Our students consist of over 140 diverse scholars/practitioners enrolled full- and part-time and seeking to expand and deepen their knowledge and expertise to become agents of change in higher education. The DUHigherEd is an “Inclusive Excellence Unit” ("> and supports the concept that inclusiveness and excellence are one and the same. Students, staff, and instructors from diverse social and cultural backgrounds who become part of our community bring unique gifts, talents, and experiences that significantly contribute to the engaged teaching, learning, and climate of DUHigherEd.

The DUHigherEd Department is part of the Morgridge College of Education (MCE), which currently enrolls about 900 students in its 24 degrees (MA, MLIS, EdS, EdD, and PhD), licensure, and certificate programs. More than 9,000 MCE graduates live throughout the U.S. and the world.

About University of Denver and Denver, CO

Located on the traditional homelands of the Cheyenne and Arapaho (currently called Denver, CO), the University of Denver (DU) is the oldest and largest independent university in the Rocky Mountain Region. It enrolls approximately 12,000 students in its undergraduate, graduate, and professional preparation programs. DU is classified as a Research I institution emphasizing a teacher/scholar model. 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 Pacific Islander, 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. Visit"> to learn more about DU.

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