Associate Professor in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies [Position Announcement]

The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, provides graduate programs in Educational Administration (Ph.D; licensure, MS, Ed.S., online and face to face) and Higher Education Administration (MS and Ph.D.). See our department website ( for more information about these programs. We are seeking to fill a full-time, tenure track position at the associate professor rank to serve primarily the educational administration programs. Prospective applicants should be able to present evidence of scholarly productivity, excellence in teaching at the graduate level, including experience directing doctoral dissertations, and commitment to seeking external funding, providing outreach and service, working collaboratively with colleagues, and mentoring students and junior faculty.

To guide prospective candidates, and our consideration of applicants, the faculty has identified required qualifications for the position and desired qualifications, both of which are listed below. We expect applicants to speak to these in their cover letter. In addition, the application materials should include a current curriculum vitae and the names and contact information for three (3) references who are able to speak specifically to your qualifications for the position. Applications materials as well as questions about the positions should be directed to:

Dr. Mary Lynne Derrington, Chair, Faculty Search Committee

Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

University of Tennessee, 325 Bailey Education Complex

Knoxville, TN 37996-3400

The position will remain open until filled.

Required Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate in educational leadership or a related field
  • An established research agenda and record of scholarly publications
  • Scholarly expertise in one or more of the following areas: law, finance, policy, educational foundations
  • Experience chairing doctoral dissertations
  • Experience teaching at the graduate level

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience teaching using online delivery methods
  • Experience in securing external funding
  • K-12 building level and/or central office leadership experience

EEO/AA Statement / Non-Discrimination Statement

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations.

In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University.

Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN  37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498.  Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

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