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Open-rank in K-12 Education Policy

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

Open-Ranked Tenure/Tenure-Track Position in K-12 Education Policy

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

We welcome candidates with doctorates in any relevant social science field—including but not limited to education, public policy, economics, political science, psychology, and sociology. We are especially interested in candidates who have a demonstrated record and/or a strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in their scholarship, teaching, and/or service.

Qualifications and Responsibilities. We seek applicants who are thought leaders with demonstrated excellence in scholarship, who conduct rigorous theoretically grounded empirical research on K-12 education policy issues, and who demonstrate a commitment to examining and contributing to policy or leadership for equitable educational opportunities and outcomes. Strong applicants will use longitudinal education data in their research and will focus on critical issues in K-12 education policy, such as (but not limited to) systemic inequities, school reform, school finance, accountability, school-to-prison pipeline, continuous improvement efforts, STEM access and persistence, improving educational opportunities for students with disabilities, etc.

We seek a candidate at the assistant, associate or full level who will provide leadership around establishing a research alliance with the state and institutionalizing an integrated, comprehensive data system for Delaware. The primary appointment will be in the School of Education, but we expect competitive candidates will have a joint appointment in one of our collaborating schools/departments: Biden School of Public Policy and Administration, the Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition in the College of Health Sciences, 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. Teaching opportunities will be in the EdD program, the PhD program in research methods and statistics, and the collaborating department, if applicable. The start date of the position is August 2020.

A PhD in social science—education, public policy, economics, political science, psychology, sociology, or related field—is required by start date.

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 science of learning, 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: (1) the Data Science Institute (DSI), 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, (2) UD’s Partnership for Public Education (PPE) which embodies UD’s commitment to applying research to practice and policy, and (3) the Center for Research in Education and Social Policy (CRESP), 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 a Ph.D. program in education, an Ed.D. program 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 privately governed, state-assisted 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 of Delaware is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. 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 October 14, 2019 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), applied policy/practice work, and evidence of effective teaching and mentoring, (2) a brief (no more than 1 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 3 references. Please do not send recommendation letters at this time; we will request letters from semi-finalists. Submit applications at For inquiries, contact: Professor and Director of Research Laura M. Desimone, Search Committee Chair,

The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from minority group members and women. The University's Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at

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