University of Pittsburgh — Associate Dean, Equity & Justice in Education

POSITION: Associate Dean for Equity and Justice in Education, Professor or Associate Professor.  This position is a full-time tenured position, beginning August 2018.

DESCRIPTION:  The University of Pittsburgh School of Education is seeking an Associate Dean who will advance initiatives in equity and justice in education. The Associate Dean will join the School’s senior leadership team at a time of growing optimism for engaging in transformative educational practices and fostering a positive, collective impact in education. This newly created position in the School of Education, situated in the Office of the Dean, will help to facilitate the development of programs, policies, and practices that promote critical understandings of equity and justice in education in both the School and in the larger Community. This will include, among other responsibilities, supporting the engagement of faculty, staff, and students in high-quality research, outreach, recruitment, and advocacy efforts that advance social, civil, and educational rights; cultivating equity and justice in the School with respect to teaching, research, and engagement; enhancing partnerships in equity and justice in education with various groups and organizations in Pittsburgh and across Western Pennsylvania; creating educational initiatives and designing learning spaces that link equity and justice to excellence in education through transformative policies and practices; and collaborating with the various Centers and Institutes in the School to advance equity and justice initiatives in education.

This new position of Associate Dean of Equity and Justice is at the rank of associate or full professor with tenure, starting August 2018. The person in this position will have a faculty appointment in one of the School’s academic departments (e.g., instruction and learning, administrative and policy studies, health and physical activities, and psychology in education) or centers (learning sciences and policy and urban education).

QUALIFICATIONS: Requirements include: 1) An earned doctorate from an accredited institution in one of the academic disciplines represented in the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh; 2) A demonstrated record of scholarship that merits a tenured faculty appointment as an associate or a full professor; 3) Evidence of an established record of activism, leadership, and mentorship and a strong desire to engage in important initiatives that centralize equity and justice in education; 4) Demonstrated knowledge in research and practice in equity, justice, anti-racism, engagement, and critical, decolonizing methodologies in education; 5) Experience with designing and leading new initiatives or programs that advance the equity and justice mission of an academic department, unit, or School; 6) Demonstrated commitment to proactive recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, staff, and students; and 7) A commitment to work in a team-oriented, creative, and dynamic School of Education.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES:  Review of candidates will begin December 1, 2017 and will continue until a qualified candidate is identified.  Interested applicants should submit (a) a letter of application that describes their professional interests; (b) a personal statement that addresses how candidates meet the qualifications of the position; (c) a curriculum vitae; (d) two samples of written scholarship; and (e) the names and contact information for three references to  Finalists will be required to submit three letters of recommendation in a timely manner.  For questions about the application process, contact Megan Brennan at 412-648-1780 or

For inquiries, please contact Associate Dean Michael Gunzenhauser, Search Committee Chair, at  Salary is competitive and commensurate with background and experience.

We seek to build a culturally diverse intellectual environment.

UNIVERSITY SETTING: The University of Pittsburgh is a state-related Research I institution located in the heart of the city of Pittsburgh. The university has consistently placed in the top 25 research universities in the United States. Similarly, the School of Education is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 25 schools of education. Please visit our website ( to learn more about our school, department, and programs. The city of Pittsburgh has been named by Forbes magazine as America’s most livable city and by National Geographic Traveler as one of the top 20 best destinations in the world. The city boasts numerous universities, museums, parks, and cultural offerings; extensive public transportation and bicycle lanes; affordable housing; and proximity to state parks and outdoor activities.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer.