University of Pittsburgh — Chair / Director of the Center for Urban Education

School of Education

We seek a strong scholar with deep commitments to the improvement of urban education to occupy an endowed chair at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education and serve as the director of the Center for Urban Education. Established in honor of and named for Dr. Helen S. Faison, a pioneer for better schooling for African American students in the Pittsburgh area, the endowed chair brings with it resources for research and development devoted to the improvement of urban education.

We invite applicants from both the associate and full professor ranks with an active research agenda in the field of urban education. The candidate we seek should have a distinguished record of scholarship, teaching, and service on issues specifically related to educational equity, access, and opportunity for marginalized and minoritized individuals in urban spaces. We are open to scholars from a wide range of disciplines and theoretical traditions. In addition to conducting high-impact research, the Faison Professor will be expected to provide leadership in both the Center for Urban Education and the broader School of Education, seek external funding, and form collaborations, both locally and nationally, centered on the role of race and poverty in urban education in the United States.

The Center for Urban Education’s vision is to be a space of learning and sharing with communities to positively transform educational opportunities and experiences, particularly in and around the Pittsburgh area. CUE structures its research, service, and knowledge dissemination into three areas: community partnerships and engagement, educator development and practice, and student academic and social development. The CUE team currently includes three tenure-stream professors, six graduate student researchers, four staff members, as well as faculty and student fellows from across the School of Education. The Center’s current projects include school district partnerships in districts such as Pittsburgh Public Schools; a lecture series; visiting scholar series; a summer professional development forum for educators; the Heinz Fellows program; a tutoring and mentoring program; and an academic graduate certificate (with a proposed doctoral degree program in progress). For more information, please visit:

Although we encourage applicants to submit a letter of interest by December 15, 2017, we will consider all nominations and inquiries until we have made our final decision. Applications can be sent to . Any questions about the application process should be addressed to: Megan Brennan, or 412-648-1780.

Additionally, we actively are soliciting suggestions of potential candidates that we should contact. Suggestions can be sent to the search committee co-chairs: Dana Thompson Dorsey ( and Amanda Godley ( Candidates can arrange phone discussions with the co-chairs by contacting them via email. For more information about the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh, visit our website at

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Women and faculty of color are encouraged to apply.
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