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

Position ID:UConn-Educational Leadership (Neag School of Education)-495176 [#18455, 495176]
Position Title: Assistant Professor
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Storrs, Connecticut 06269, United States [map]
Subject Area: Educational Leadership
Appl Deadline: finished (2021/04/12, finished 2021/10/07, listed until 2021/05/12)
Position Description:    

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


The University of Connecticut (UConn) is pleased to invite applications for a full-time, tenure track faculty position in the Department of Educational Leadership at the rank of Assistant Professor with an anticipated start date of August 2021.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to research and scholarship through extramural funding, high quality publications, impact as measured through citations, performances and exhibits, and national recognition such as honorific awards. The successful candidate will share a deep commitment to effective instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels, innovative courses and instruction methods, and mentoring of students in research, outreach, and professional development. Successful candidates will also be expected to broaden participation among members of under-represented groups; demonstrate through research, teaching, and/or public engagement the commitment to, and support of, diversity in the learning experience; integrate multicultural experiences into instructional methods and research tools; and provide leadership in developing pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests.

The Department of Educational Leadership (EDLR) has 16 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; 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; empower others by building a nurturing educational environment; 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 development of leaders who connect theory, practice, policy, and assessment within all of our academic programs.

The Department of Educational Leadership is also home to the nationally recognized University of Connecticut Administrator Preparation Program (UCAPP), the Executive Leadership Program for superintendents, and the practitioner-based Ed.D. program. UConn was one of seven institutions across the nation selected by the Wallace Foundation to participate in its $48.5 million University Principal Preparation Initiative. In addition, the Neag School of Education houses the UConn Center for Education Policy Analysis, Research, and Evaluation, which is supported by Neag School faculty and advanced doctoral students in the Learning, Leadership, and Education Policy Ph.D. program, as well as other departments within the School.

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 2022 U.S. News & World Report rankings of Best Graduate Schools, the Neag School ranks 27 overall and among the top 20 public graduate schools of education in the nation.

Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.


  • Produce rigorous scholarship in educational leadership and/or education policy.
  • Apply understandings of issues of diversity, equity, and multiculturalism to prepare educational leaders and in scholarship.
  • Pursue and secure external funding to advance the study of issues related to educational equity, educational leadership, and/or education policy and practice.
  • Teach courses in administrator preparation, Ed.D., and Ph.D. programs.
  • Advise sixth-year and doctoral students.
  • Serve on Department, School, and University committees.
  • Provide service to professional organizations.


  • An earned doctorate in educational leadership, education policy, or a related field by time of appointment.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop strong professional relationships with K-12 educational administrators and faculty, and to interact effectively in culturally, ethnically, and linguistically diverse communities.
  • Demonstrated success, or strong potential for success, in conducting high-quality scholarship, collaborating with University faculty members on research projects, securing external funding, and delivering high-quality instruction.
  • Evidence of potential to contribute to various service activities within the University and across the profession.


  • A research focus on educational leadership and reform, particularly in the context of underserved and under-resourced communities.
  • Knowledge of public educational systems and the contexts in which they operate.
  • A theoretically and empirically grounded understanding of the education of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) students and students living in poverty.
  • Successful experiences working to support change in under-resourced education settings (e.g., as an educational leader, community organizer, consultant, engaged scholar, etc.).
  • A demonstrated commitment to educational equity and social justice with respect to teaching, service, and scholarship.


This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2021. 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 is competitive based on qualifications and commensurate with experience.


Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online and submit the following application materials:

  • A letter of application describing how you meet minimum and preferred qualifications
  • A current curriculum vitae
  • Two samples of scholarly writing
  • Contact information (i.e., name, institution, email) for at least three references.

Evaluation of applicants will begin immediately. Applicants should contact Dr. Casey Cobb, Search Committee Chair, with further questions at

For further information about the Department of Educational Leadership please see

At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community.

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. 

This job 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.

Application Materials Required:
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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