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Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Higher Education Policy

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Work type: Faculty
Location: Newark
Categories: School of Education, Full Time

University of Delaware

College of Education and Human Development

School of Education

Assistant Professor in Higher Education Policy


Position. The School of Education in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Delaware invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Higher Education Policy. This is part of a CEHD cluster policy hire; see for details on our K-12 Education Policy and Early Education Policy positions.

The candidate should be an outstanding scholar whose work explores the longitudinal impact of policy on equity, access and persistence in post-secondary education. The primary appointment for this position will be in the School of Education, but may include a joint appointment in one of our collaborating schools/departments: Biden School of Public Policy and Administration, Department of Economics in the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics, or the Sociology or Political Science Departments in the College of Arts and Sciences. The anticipated start date of this position is August 16, 2020.

Qualifications and Responsibilities. A doctoral degree in education, education policy, higher education, special education, economics, or a related social science field is required. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated record of rigorous and innovative scholarship. Specific areas of focus may include but are not limited to the K-12 to college pipeline; issues of student access and persistence; the trajectories of historically underrepresented students, including first-generation students; and/or community, technical and for-profit colleges as well as four-year institutions. The candidate will have secured or demonstrated the potential to secure external funding for their research. In addition to research, responsibilities will include supervising and teaching students in our EdD program in Educational Leadership. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated record of or potential for excellence in teaching. In teaching, research and all of their work, the ideal candidate will show a commitment to and capacity for creating and sustaining diversity and equity.

The University of Delaware, College of Education and Human Development, and the School of Education. CEHD is a vibrant, dynamic college, home to the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences and the School of Education. CEHD employs approximately 60 tenure track faculty who educate over 1500 undergraduates and 350 graduate students, and has more than $21.5M in external research funds from major funding organizations such as the Institute for Education Sciences, the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. CEHD has twelve research and public service centers working at the intersection of research and practice in areas such as teacher professional development, curriculum, school leadership and special education. College faculty conduct cutting-edge research designed to improve children, adult and family outcomes in health, social services, early care, and education, where our work spans mathematics education, language and literacy, the learning sciences, sociocultural approaches, developing statistical and analytic methods, and educational policy.

Cross-disciplinary efforts are strong across the college and university. Three organizations in particular add to the strengths of UD’s cross-disciplinary work: the Data Science Institute, a cross-campus initiative from all seven colleges at UD, which aims to accelerate interdisciplinary research in data science by offering interdisciplinary training in cutting-edge exploratory techniques such as video image analysis; UD’s Partnership for Public Education, which embodies UD’s commitment to applying research to practice and policy;  the Center for Research in Education and Social Policy, whose mission is to conduct rigorous research, program evaluation, and policy analysis to inform decisions at the local, state, and federal levels. Also contributing to our work is UD’s Center for the Study of Diversity, which promotes academic research and scholarship that facilitates dialogues about and understanding of the social and academic impact of diversity.

The SOE offers an undergraduate major in elementary teacher education and undergraduate minors in educational studies, educational technology, and urban education. The School supports several robust graduate programs at both the master’s and doctoral level, including Ph.D. programs in education, economic education, and educational statistics and research methods; an Ed.D. in educational leadership; and an Ed.S. program in school psychology.

In the last several years, faculty have garnered external funding in excess of $21 million and the college ranks among the top universities nationally in obtaining federal support for education research. Additionally, faculty in the School of Education are deeply engaged with K-12 schools and organizations that serve students and educational professionals in Delaware and other states. They are recognized for their contributions to local, state and national conversations about critical educational issues, lead organizations working to address those issues, and provide a range of supports to the agencies at the front lines of improving educational opportunities and outcomes. The faculty are a methodologically diverse and collegial group of nationally and internationally known scholars.

It is an exciting, dynamic time at CEHD. This is an opportunity to be a part of CEHD’s efforts, under the direction of Dean Gary Henry and in collaboration with the Biden School of Public Policy and Administration, to deepen our education and social policy presence in the state and around the country. Read here for details about our multiple open rank policy searches.

About the University of Delaware. Founded in 1743, the University of Delaware combines tradition and innovation, offering students a rich heritage along with the latest in instructional and research technology. Located in Newark, Delaware, within two hours of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., the University is a Land Grant, Sea Grant, Space Grant, and Carnegie Research University (a research designation accorded to fewer than three percent of the degree-granting institutions in the U.S.), and with external funding exceeding $240 million annually. A state-assisted, privately governed institution, the University enrolls approximately 17,000 undergraduates and 4,000 graduate students. The University of Delaware has been recognized for the past five years by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of America’s best university employers.


The University of Delaware strongly believes that our future success is firmly predicated on our steadfast commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Diversity is a core value and guiding principle for our School's educational mission to prepare future scholars, educators, and leaders to educate and lead in increasingly diverse schools and communities. The University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a diverse environment, and strongly encourages applications from women, people who identify with minoritized groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

The School of Education is responsive to the needs of dual career families, welcomes applicants who may have had nontraditional career paths, or who may have taken time off for family reasons (e.g. children, caring for disabled or elderly family), and is committed to supporting the work-life balance of its faculty.

Applications. Applications received by November 1st will receive first consideration. Applicants should include (1) a 2-3 page letter describing their qualifications for the position, including academic preparation, scholarship, research accomplishments (including external funding), and teaching and mentoring experience, (2) a brief (no more than one page) diversity/equity/inclusion statement discussing how the candidate’s scholarship, teaching and/or service addresses issues of diversity, equity and inclusion; (3) curriculum vitae, and (4) names of three references.

For inquiries, contact: Dr. Danielle Ford, Search Committee Chair, 302-831-6254, Applicants should apply through Talent Link at the following link 

The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from all groups, especially minority group members and women. 

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