University of Connecticut, Educational Leadership (Neag School of Education)

Position ID:UConn-Educational Leadership (Neag School of Education)-2020181 [#14958, 493543]
Position Title: Assistant Professor in Residence in Higher Education and Student Affairs
Position Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Storrs, Connecticut 06269, United States [map]
Subject Area: Educational Leadership
Appl Deadline: finished (2019/10/04, finished 2020/01/23, listed until 2020/04/04)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer being accepted. ***

The Department of Educational Leadership is seeking a candidate for an Assistant Professor-in-Residence for the Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) Master’s Program beginning August 2020. The HESA program is a nationally recognized master’s (MA) program that cultivates the intellectual and professional development of reflective and inclusive practitioners seeking careers in higher education or student affairs administration. Through a cohort model, the program emphasizes a theory-to-practice approach by exposing students to contemporary issues impacting higher education and student affairs practice, current research, and experiential learning.

As part of the HESA program’s commitment to excellence in teaching, advising/mentoring, scholarship, and service, the program aspires to have its faculty reflect the rich diversity of its student body. Central to this goal is a strong belief that we collectively benefit from a diversity of perspectives in our learning community, recognizing that we are a stronger program when our faculty and students are diverse in terms of life experiences, identities, perspectives, and approaches.

The University of Connecticut is a national leader among public research universities, with more than 32,000 students seeking answers to critical questions in classrooms, labs, and the community. A culture of innovation drives this pursuit of knowledge throughout the University’s network of campuses. Connecticut’s commitment to higher education helps UConn attract students who thrive in the most competitive environments, as well as globally renowned faculty members. Our school pride is fueled by a history of success that has made us a standout in Division I athletics. UConn fosters a diverse and vibrant culture that meets the needs and seizes the opportunities of a dynamic global society.

The Neag School of Education stands out as a major contributor to instructional and research excellence at the University of Connecticut. With academic departments dedicated to educational leadership, educational psychology, and curriculum and instruction, the Neag School also offers a five-year integrated bachelor’s/master’s program in teacher education and a one-year, post-baccalaureate teacher education program. According to the 2020 U.S. News & World Report rankings of Best Graduate Schools, the Neag School ranks among the top 20 public graduate schools of education in the nation and has five specialty programs ranked in the top 25 nationally: Special Education; Elementary Education; Educational Psychology; Educational Administration; and Secondary Education.

The Department of Educational Leadership (EDLR) has 21 full-time faculty members and offers degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. The department offers certificates and/or degrees in adult learning; administrator preparation programs, educational leadership; education policy; executive leadership; higher education and student affairs; and sport management. EDLR values diversity, equity and inclusion and is dedicated to hiring individuals who support our vision of inspiring and cultivating innovative leaders for positive change, individuals who empower others by building a nurturing educational environment, individuals who establish effective systems of support, and strive to enhance equity and quality of life for all. Our faculty are committed to engaging in high-quality teaching, advising/mentoring, scholarship and developing leaders who connect theory, practice, policy, and assessment within all of our academic programs.


The successful candidate will contribute to the program’s deep commitment to effective teaching to master-level graduate students enrolled in HESA courses, attentive advising and mentoring of HESA students, service to the HESA program, and foster strong collegial relationships with program faculty and campus partners. Successful candidates will be expected to support students’ development through programming, advising, mentoring, and practicum experiences. In the area of research and scholarship, the successful candidate will be encouraged to maintain an active scholarly agenda through publications in the area of higher education and student affairs. Successful candidates should demonstrate a commitment to issues of social justice and equity in higher education.

In addition to being a full-time faculty within the HESA, the position will also be a valuable member of the Department of Educational Leadership with potential opportunities to recruit, advise, and teach Ph.D. students as part of the Learning, Leadership, and Education Policy program. The position will also have opportunities to work with and serve on capstone committees for the Ed.D. program within the department.


  • An earned doctorate in higher education, student affairs, or a closely related field by the time of appointment;
  • Experience teaching in higher education;
  • Experience engaging in student advising/mentoring;
  • Full-time professional work experience in student affairs, specifically, or higher education, generally.


  • Evidence of teaching at the graduate level in higher education and student affairs;
  • Demonstrated evidence of scholarship in higher education or student affairs with a focus on social justice and equity in higher education and student development theories;
  • Minimum 5 years of full-time professional work experience in student affairs, specifically, or higher education, generally;
  • A professional identity as evidenced by membership in professional organizations (e.g., ACPA, AERA, ASHE, NASPA);
  • Ability to develop collegial relationships and work with diverse populations; and
  • Strong interpersonal skills.


This is a full-time, 9-month non tenure-track position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2020. The successful candidate’s academic appointment will be at the Storrs campus. Faculty may also be asked to teach at one of UConn’s regional campuses as part of their ordinary workload. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Select “Apply Now” to be redirected to Academic Jobs Online to complete your application. Please submit a curriculum vitae, a letter of application of no more than three single-spaced pages (approximately 1,500 words) that addresses: (a) applicant’s interest in position and qualifications; (b) experiences teaching courses in higher education/student affairs; (c) experiences and importance of developing reflective practitioners in higher education/student affairs; (d) experiences and possible contributions in a program that embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion, while advocating for social justice. Please submit a separate document with the contact information (i.e., name, institution, email, phone number) for at least three references.

Questions may be addressed to the search committee chair, Dr. H. Kenny Nienhusser, at

Evaluation of applicants will begin on October 28, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search #2020181)

For more information regarding the Department of Educational Leadership, please visit the department website at

This position will be filled subject to budgetary approval.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics, which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

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Further Info:
Neag School of Education
249 Glenbrook Road, Unit 2064C
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-3064
Phone: (860) 486-3813
Fax: (860) 486-0210

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