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Assistant or Associate Professor in Educational Leadership, LEDE

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School / Campus / College: University of Washington, Bothell

Organization: Educational Studies

Title: Assistant or Associate Professor in Educational Leadership, LEDE

Position Details

Position Description

The University of Washington Bothell School of Educational Studies announces an opening for an Assistant or Associate Professor in Educational Leadership and is commensurate with experience and qualifications. This position is tenure eligible, full-time (100% FTE), with a 9 month service period.  Anticipated start date is September 16, 2019. All University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research, and service.

The position involves program coordination and teaching in Leadership Development for Educators (LEDE), the school principal preparation program.  The position works with a part-time senior instructor, who is responsible for many administrative aspects of the LEDE program, and also works with part-time faculty members who teach core topics and work with interns. The LEDE faculty members:  (a) coordinate instruction across the entire LEDE program to ensure implementation of program standards; b) supervise principal internships and support internship mentors; c) recruit and advise students; and d) maintain relationships with schools, school districts, and external groups. The senior instructor will ensure the program is closely connected to the priorities of surrounding school districts and reflects current issues in professional practice.

The LEDE program prepares candidates for principal certification through a structured pathway from learning-focused teacher leadership into the principalship. The first year of the program focuses on helping teacher leaders build knowledge and skills for helping other teachers improve instruction, while the second year emphasizes school-wide responsibilities that create organizational contexts for effective teaching and learning. 

LEDE emphasizes job-embedded internships and competency-based learning, and operates as a fully integrated program with all faculty sharing responsibility for the entire program’s curriculum, assessment, school partnerships, and candidate coaching.  LEDE’s year-long seminars (two in year 1 and three in year 2) are taught concurrently in a blended model with approximately one third in-class instruction during Saturday sessions, one-third through electronic support for performance tasks, and one-third internship. Faculty members responsible for seminar instruction and internship supervision attend all Saturday sessions and interact regularly with candidates through LEDE’s learning support system. 

Diversity is a core value of University of WA Bothell.  We believe the power of diversity enriches all of us by exposing us to a range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design and deliver solutions. To learn more, read our Diversity Statement.

The LEDE program seeks to actualize this commitment to diversity by preparing candidates for the principalship who can lead ambitious and meaningful learning for every student and who can ensure equity of educational opportunity in the schools that they lead.

Key Responsibilities

  • Teach weekend seminars for both learning-focused teacher leaders and prospective principals using a combination of face-to-face instruction, e-learning, and applied performance tasks
  • Teach annually at least one Core course for the school
  • Establish and sustain a research agenda that contributes to professional knowledge of the principalship and principal effectiveness and informs policy audiences
  • Develop and use an extensive network of regional school administrators to support the LEDE program’s partnerships with school districts
  • Lead regular program review and annual program improvement retreats with faculty and assist part-time faculty in updating program syllabi, online course learning resources, performance tasks, and other program materials
  • Participate in program governance involving the LEDE Professional Education Advisory Board with the School of Educational Studies Dean
  • Participate in the Washington Council for Educational Administration Program (WCEAP) and maintain links with the state Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB)
  • Ensure connections between the LEDE program and related programs in the School of Educational Studies and the UW Bothell.
  • Participate in teaching, research, and service, as do all University of Washington faculty, and in accordance with university requirements for all tenure-track faculty members

As a collaborative, scholarly and professional community, the UW Bothell School of Educational Studies exists to develop and support educators who have the commitments and capabilities to promote the learning of all students in diverse contexts. We support interdisciplinary scholarship that explores the multifaceted dimensions of learning and schooling. We give particular focus to (a) the purposes of education in a social and political democracy, (b) the responsibility of universities to collaborate with community partners, and (c) the critical role of professional educators in supporting equity in learning.

The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

The University of Washington Bothell is one of the most dynamic public universities in the state of Washington. We offer a participatory student experience grounded in hands-on learning, close relationships with faculty members as teachers and mentors, and the personalized support of staff who are dedicated to student success. The academic work of the campus focuses on cross-disciplinary research and creative practice, connected learning, and community engagement. UW Bothell’s current enrollment is approximately 5,500 students. More than 90 percent of undergraduates are from Washington State, and almost half are first-generation college attendees or come from underrepresented groups. Located along wetlands and a river just north of Seattle, UW Bothell builds vibrant regional partnerships, creates and disseminates new knowledge, and prepares students for leadership throughout Washington and beyond. 


  • An earned doctorate (or foreign equivalent) in educational leadership or closely related field, or equivalent education and experience that documents in-depth conceptual and strategic knowledge of educational leadership theory and practice. Emphasis in P‐12 education is required.
  • Demonstrated capacity to develop and lead a research agenda that advances the field of educational leadership and its capacity to address emerging challenges in public education
  • Experience working in diverse communities and supporting an equity-focused learning agenda for a school.
  • Documented success in supporting adult professional learning in university teaching or equivalent professional development responsibilities for teacher leaders or school administrators
  • Experience leading hybrid (e-learning and face to face) and performance based learning, co-teaching, and coaching for improvements in professional practice.
  • Successful experience as a principal or school district administrator with well-developed strategies and documented success in extending opportunities and learning to typically under-served students
  • Experience in cultivating and supporting instructional improvements through (a) developing opportunities for teacher leadership and teacher collaboration, (b) using frequent instructional observation, analysis and feedback to improve practice, and (c) creating rich environments for professional learning among teachers
  • Knowledge and experience that could contribute to UW Bothell’s preparation program for local administrators of special education
  • Experience in developing and leading school-university partnerships that professional learning and research
  • Preference given to candidates who have broad knowledge and experience related to P‐12 leadership and demonstrated success in improving educational outcomes for a diverse community of students and educators.


This position is open until filled.  Applications received by Monday, November 19, 2018 will have priority consideration.

Submit the following materials: 1) letter of application that speaks to the responsibilities and qualifications of the position as described above; 2) statement about your demonstrated commitment to diversity in research, teaching, mentoring, and/or service. 3) statement of your research interests and research sample; 4) evidence of teaching success or teaching dossier, 5) curriculum vita; 6) contact references: names and contact information for three individuals who can provide, upon request, written recommendations addressing professional accomplishments related to the position responsibilities and requirements.

For questions about LEDE and this position, please reach out to our faculty contacts at SES Employment Opportunities.

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Commitment to Diversity

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian,
staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint
( Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code
recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal
opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and
responsibilities (