Open Rank Professor of Education Policy

University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

United States

Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership

College of Education

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign





POSITION: Open rank position in Educational Administration and Leadership. This is a full-time nine-month tenure-track faculty position in the College of Education.


The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit


The Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership (EPOL) includes concentrations in Educational Administration and Leadership, Diversity and Equity, Higher Education, Human Resource Development, Learning Design and Leadership, Global Studies, and Social Science and Educational Policy. The individual sought for this position would work within the Educational Administration and Leadership (EAL) concentration, which focuses on the preparation of K-12 school leaders. The EAL concentration offers state licensures in teacher leadership, the principalship, and superintendency, as well as a master of education (Ed.M), Ed.D., and Ph.D. degree offerings. The EAL division is also a member of the University Council of Educational Administration (UCEA).


Social justice, diversity, and equity are foundational to our educational leadership preparation programs. Therefore, we are in search of a candidate who has a commitment and a desire to prepare strong educational leaders, and who understands the diverse social, economic, and political context of PK-12 education. EAL is undergoing a program redesign and requires a candidate with related leadership experiences and a vision for expansive growth.




  • An earned doctorate in educational administration/leadership or a closely related field.
  • A record of excellent scholarship, or demonstrated potential, in the field of PK-12 educational administration/leadership.
  • A record of excellence in teaching graduate courses in educational administration/leadership, urban education, educational policy, and diversity and equity.
  • A record of excellence in mentoring and advising graduate students who use educational administration/leadership as the framework for master thesis and doctoral dissertation research.
  • A record of leadership in an educational administration/leadership program
  • A commitment to teach online and off-campus graduate courses.
  • A demonstrated capacity/and or potential to successfully pursue external funding for research.
  • A strong, documented record of successfully working with diverse groups of graduate students.





  • Previous PK-12 leadership experience is highly desirable.



RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate will be expected to make the following contributions to the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership and other graduate programs within the College of Education:

  • Collaborate in ongoing leadership preparation program improvement with the goal of developing programs that are considered groundbreaking at the state and national levels.
  • Teach courses on-campus, off-campus (in Chicago and Chicago suburbs), and online.
  • Sustain a program of excellent scholarship.
  • Pursue external funding opportunities, particularly in areas related to PK-12 educational leadership.
  • Provide service and outreach to local, state, and national educational organizations.
  • Advise and mentor graduate students in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership.
  • Collaborate with other faculty and students to foster strategic initiatives of the College of Education and the university.
  • Serve on College, Department, and Campus committees and fulfill various other assignments.



RANK: This is a full-time tenure-track position, open rank. Faculty appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor with tenure will be based on the qualifications and experience of the candidate.


Salary and Starting Date: Salary will be commensurate with experience. The starting date is August 16, 2020.


To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by November 29, 2019. Please create a candidate profile at and upload one file that contains a cover letter, curriculum vitae, personal statement of teaching and research philosophies, and the contact information for three references by the close date. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date.


For more information please contact: Dr. Anjalé Welton, Search Committee Chair.


The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.



College of Education
College of Education: Open Rank Professor - Education Policy, Organization and Leadership (120143)

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