Assistant Professor

  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Richmond, VA
  • Apr 08, 2021
Full time Education: (i.e. Schools/Colleges of Education)

Job Description

Position Number: FA7570

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School/Unit: School of Education

Number of Months: 12

Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Eligible

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Mission or Goal of Unit

The Department of Educational Leadership in the School of Education is committed to preparing leaders able to influence equity, excellence, innovation, and impact in urban and other settings serving students with unmet needs. By combining innovative research, teaching and critical reflection with authentic community engaged learning experiences, the department prepares leaders who can address crucial needs in culturally rich and diverse environments.

At VCU, we believe different perspectives and areas of expertise enhance possibilities and solutions. This philosophy drives our recruitment process. We welcome applicants with diverse experiences and backgrounds who will contribute to an already diverse community of faculty, staff, and students. Candidates need to have demonstrated experiences advancing access, equity, and quality education for underrepresented learners, particularly within low-resource communities. This includes a commitment to addressing diversity, inclusion, social justice, equity, and antiracist practices in education/educational leadership through teaching, service, and mentoring.

Chief purpose of this position in support of above mission or goal

The Term Assistant Professor will demonstrate through teaching, service, and public engagement the richness of diversity in learning experiences and integrate multicultural approaches and perspectives into instructional methods and research. They will coordinate the Master of Education in Educational Leadership and the Post-Master's Certificate in Educational Leadership programs, teach graduate courses in educational leadership, work with doctoral students on capstones and dissertations, and advise/supervise/mentor students. The professor will also engage in service to the department, school, university, surrounding community, and national/international professional organizations.

Position Responsibilities


Teach graduate courses in educational leadership, work with doctoral students on capstones and dissertations, and advise/supervise/mentor students


Engage in service to the department, school, university, surrounding community, and national/international professional organizations

Other (for instance administrative duties, etc.) Coordinate the Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Post-Master's Certificate in Educational Leadership programs

Required Qualifications
  • Earned doctorate in educational leadership or related field
  • School, District, or Central Office Leadership experience in the K12 setting
  • Experiences facilitating and/or leading adult learning
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively in a team environment
  • Strong facilitation and problem solving skills
  • Strong and applied commitment to diversity, equity, and access as they relate to educational leadership, policy, and systems improvement
  • Ability to build and leverage meaningful cross-sector partnerships with local school divisions for purpose of educating and preparing leaders who advocate for social justice and lead communities of learning and continual improvement
  • Experience with innovative programming around leadership for social justice
  • Leadership experience related to or within urban settings with individuals in our communities who have been historically marginalized, and done from a culturally responsive and antiracist lens
  • Demonstrated leadership experience in advancing access, equity, and quality education for learners from historically marginalized and underrepresented minority populations living in poverty and/or the educators that serve them
  • Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU and community member at large
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience with master and doctoral students including advising and/or chairing dissertations/capstones and serving on committees
  • Evidence of successful teaching at the graduate level
  • Potential for developing programs for interdisciplinary settings
  • Experience with online delivery of instruction
  • Expertise in one or more of the following areas: K12 leadership; leadership development; school law; fiscal and human resource management; educational equity; and/or education policy
  • Experiences that inform worldviews and/or perspectives about minority group status, to include race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, and disability
  • Evidence of collaborations with research centers and institutes and/or with community agencies
Application Deadline Date

Application Process/Additional Information

As a preeminent national, urban, public research university and academic health center, Virginia Commonwealth University is committed to organizational diversity, equity and inclusion - an environment where all can thrive in their pursuit of excellence.

Applicants are requested to submit a Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (typically between 150-300 words) providing your career aspirations and contributions toward promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Through this statement, you can share how your lived experiences, and academic and professional activities will impact your contribute to VCU's mission of promoting equity and inclusion.

Note: Examples include working with others to further the goals of equity and inclusion; leading in any capacity that tangibly promotes an environment where diversity is welcomed, fostered, and celebrated; creative activity, research and scholarship that promotes equity and parity; teaching and mentoring students, and/or engaging with faculty and/or staff from traditionally underrepresented groups to create a positive and successful organizational experience. In addition, please submit application materials via VCU eJobs at

Application materials must be submitted online through VCU eJobs by the application deadline, and must include all of the following: 1) A letter of application that addresses the applicant's qualifications based on position announcement and consideration of the goals and mission of Virginia Commonwealth University and the School of Education; 2)

A curriculum vitae; 3) List of three professional references with contact information; 4) Diversity Statement. Please upload documents 1-3 as one PDF under 'Other Document' at for review by the Search Committee. Only electronic applications submitted via eJobs will be accepted. Questions may be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Kimberly Bridges at If selected as a finalist for the position, candidates must agree to current and prior employers being contacted.

Posted Salary: $65,500 - $81,900

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