Position Announcement: Postdoctoral Postions [University of Missouri – College of Education]



Two Postdoctoral Positions

Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis

The University of Missouri (MU) College of Education is dynamically growing and changing. We are searching for individuals to join our team who share our commitment to research, teaching excellence, exceptional service to students and continuous quality improvement in an environment of civility and respect. The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis seeks applicants for two postdoctoral positions for one year, with possibility for renewing the following year; one position will work with in the PK12 Leadership and Policy emphasis area and the other will work with the Higher Education Leadership and Policy emphasis area.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • An earned doctorate in Educational Leadership, Higher Education, Educational Policy, or related field at the time of appointment


  • Developing/enhancing an independent program of research relevant to current issues in PK12 or higher education leadership and/or policy
  • Contributing to the department’s mission and strategic goals
  • Teaching graduate-level courses related to educational leadership, educational policy, and/or higher education
  • Mentoring graduate students


About ELPA: The mission of ELPA is to create knowledge while preparing leaders to critically shape and transform educational issues, policies, and practices. To advance our mission, we educate leaders and lead educators in higher education, PK12 schools, and other policy settings. ELPA offers master’s, Ed.S., Ed.D., and Ph.D. degrees, and is one of the original institutional partners in the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED). More information about the department can be found at: http://elpa.missouri.edu.


About the College of Education: The College of Education is ranked among the top doctoral granting colleges of education in the country. Today, the College has a student population of approximately 1,300 undergraduates and 1,500 graduate students with 87 tenured/tenure-track and 25 full-time non-tenure track faculty members. The College recently completed a new strategic plan and is financially well positioned to invest in opportunities for innovative ideas in support of the plan. Annual expenditures for externally funded projects are approximately $12 million with funded projects in research, instruction and public service. Our research portfolio has increased significantly in recent years, and is poised for continued significant strategic growth. The College is a leader on the campus and is nationally recognized for its distance and online education programs.

About MU and the Surrounding Community: MU is the oldest state university west of the Mississippi River and the largest of the four institutions in the University of Missouri System. In 1848, MU became the first public university in the nation to open a college specific to teacher preparation. Cultural diversity is an important goal supported by the Department, College, and MU. More information is available on the web at: education.missouri.edu

MU is located in Columbia, a metropolitan community of approximately 130,000 which has been rated by Money Magazine, Men’s Journal and MSN.COM as one of the best places to live in the U.S. MU has a student body of over 34,000, and is designated as a Carnegie Research University with very high research activity. MU is one of only six universities in the U.S. that is both the flagship and land grant institution housing medicine, veterinary medicine, and law on the same campus. As an AAU member institution since 1908, MU is recognized as one of the top research and educational institutions in the nation.

This position provides an opportunity to work at a world-class research university in a beautiful and diverse setting that offers a high quality of life. There are numerous opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts and Columbia has been recognized as a bike-friendly community. Both Kansas City and St. Louis are within a 90-minute drive offering the shopping and cultural opportunities of major metropolitan areas. Columbia has a very high quality public school system and provides many opportunities for art, culture and music enthusiasts.


Salary: Competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Appointments: Non-tenure track, 12-month appointment beginning August 1, 2015


To Apply:  Applicants must apply online at http://hrs.missouri.edu/find-a-job/academic/index.php and submit the following:

  • a letter of application that addresses the candidate’s interest in the University of Missouri and the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis and overall qualifications for the fellowship, and an explanation of how this fellowship will help prepare the candidate future career interests and professional goals
  • a CV
  • a statement of research interests that describes the scholar’s short-term research agenda, and a proposed research plan for the 2015-2016 academic year
  • a teaching philosophy that addresses the applicant’s readiness to meet the learning needs of students from diverse backgrounds and career objectives, as well as the types of courses that the applicant would feel willing and able to teach

The CV must be uploaded in the Resume/CV and Cover Letter section. Questions may be directed to:

Search Committee Chair – Dr. Casandra Harper

Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis

University of Missouri

202 Hill Hall

Columbia, MO 65211-2190

Phone: 573-882-2818

Email: Harpercas@missouri.edu

Beginning Review Date:  Formal review of applications will begin April 20, 2015 and continue until the position is filled.

The University of Missouri is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer: Women, minorities and disabled individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.  To request ADA accommodations, please contact the Dean’s Office at 573-884-7717.

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