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Assistant Professor - Educational Leadership

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School / Campus / College: University of Washington, Tacoma

Organization: School of Education

Title: Assistant Professor - Educational Leadership

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Position Description

2019-2020: Educational Leadership; Higher Education or PK-12 Leadership/Superintendent

The University of Washington Tacoma’s School of Education (SOE) announces an opening for a full-time tenure-track assistant professor position to start in autumn 2019. We are seeking candidates with expertise in: (1) higher education, or (2) P-12 educational leadership at the superintendent level. This position will have primary teaching responsibilities in UW Tacoma’s multidisciplinary Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.). This position has a nine-month faculty contract starting on September 16, 2019. Summer teaching opportunities may be available for interested candidates. 

Position Summaries: 

A.  Higher Education:

The faculty member with higher education expertise will be expected to teach in one or more of the following areas: underrepresented college student success; systems-level transformation; leadership; and/or higher education law and policy. This person will work with a range of higher education leaders across the Puget Sound, and should be committed to transforming higher education policies and practices to support diverse populations. Applicants may have expertise at the community/technical college and/or four-year university levels.

B.  P-12 Educational Leadership:

The faculty member with P-12 educational leadership expertise will be expected to teach in one or more of the following areas: school, district, and central-office leadership; the superintendency and systems-level leadership; systems transformation; and educator preparation. This person will work within a range of school and district leaders across the Puget Sound, and should be committed to actively transforming institutional and systems-level practices to support equity and excellence in education. The successful candidate’s core responsibilities will be teaching within the Ed.D.’s Superintendent Certificate Program and potentially in the Educational Administration (Principal Preparation) Program.

Faculty Duties:

Below is a general summary of key duties of tenure-track faculty:

  1. Teach 6 courses per academic year including face-to-face, hybrid, and online. This position may include teaching across SOE’s programs at the undergraduate and master's levels based on the candidate's expertise/interests and the overall needs of the school.
  2. Develop and maintain a rigorous scholarly agenda in the candidate’s area of expertise that directly contributes to SOE’s mission and values.
  3. Actively participate in accreditation, assessment, curriculum development, program review, and related activities to assist SOE with its ongoing continuous-improvement efforts.
  4. Service expectations to the school, campus, and relevant external bodies include:
    1. Advise and mentor SOE undergraduate, master and doctoral students.
    2. Serve on school-wide and campus committees.
    3. Maintain external relationships with communities, school partners, and state-level organizations to ensure our SOE remains well-connected to current issues of professional practice.

About Us:

UW Tacoma is a growing urban-serving university that is deeply invested in its local communities. As one of three campuses of a world-class university, UW Tacoma is dedicated to interdisciplinary and innovative teaching and scholarship and to engaging the community in mutually beneficial partnerships. UW Tacoma’s commitment to access and diversity is central to an environment where students, staff, faculty, and South Sound residents find abundant opportunities for intellectual, personal, and professional growth. More information about UW Tacoma and its strategic plan can be found here:

The School of Education (SOE) at UW Tacoma is one of seven academic units on campus. The mission of our school is: “to prepare ethical and reflective educators who transform learning, contribute to the community, exemplify professionalism and promote diversity.” Central to our values are a commitment to promoting equity and social justice in our schools and society. More information about our conceptual framework, mission, and values is located on our website:


Minimum Qualifications:

  1. An earned a doctorate (or foreign equivalent) from an accredited college or university by the first day of employment.
    1. A candidate who is ABD and advances to the finalist stage will be required to have the doctoral chair submit an official letter that verifies the candidate’s anticipated completion and deposit date. 
  2. A minimum of 3 years of related professional experience. Candidates applying for the P-12 educational leadership position will be expected to have working familiarity with executive leadership including successful experience as a district superintendent.
  3. A commitment to working collaboratively and respectfully with faculty, staff, students, and other communities and individuals who are from historically underrepresented and underserved backgrounds in education.
  4. An emerging or sustained record of scholarly excellence that will contribute to the SOE’s dynamic mission.


Priority review of applications will begin on December 03, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled. To apply, please submit electronically the following documents using the Interfolio platform; any additional materials submitted outside of the platform will not be processed or reviewed:

  1. A cover letter, no longer than 3 pages, that includes the following information:
    1. Your interest in this position including how you meet all of the minimum qualifications.
    2. A brief description of your scholarly interests and teaching philosophy, and how your work will contribute to the mission and values of the SOE.
    3. A brief statement detailing how your teaching, service, and/or scholarship has supported the success of learners from diverse ethnic, racial, gender, and other groups historically underrepresented and underserved in PK-12 and higher education. Applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experiences with diverse learners should note how their work will further UW Tacoma’s commitment to diversity and its mission as an urban-serving campus.
  2. A current curriculum vitae. The last page should include a list of three professional references including each person’s name, title, institution, your relationship to the person, and full contact information.
    1. Note: three professional letters of recommendations will be required for all finalists who are invited to campus. More information will be provided to invited finalists.
  3. Include one (1) sample peer-reviewed paper or publication such as an article, book chapter, or a full conference paper.

Persons who are offered employment at UW Tacoma must successfully complete a pre-employment background check. They also will be required to provide official transcripts for degree-verification purposes.

Questions regarding the position can be directed to the faculty search committee chair(s).  Please see our School of Education, Hiring now page for chair contact information:

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University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed,
religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information,
gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

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