George Mason University — Term Assistant Professor, Higher Education Program

The George Mason University Higher Education Program (HEP) invites applications for a term assistant professor (non-tenure track, teaching focused) position. This is a full-time, nine-month faculty appointment to ideally begin in January 2021. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

HEP and George Mason University:
The Higher Education Program (HEP), located within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS), prepares students for positions of leadership in teaching, research, and administration at two-year and four-year colleges and universities around the world, as well as for positions in associations, government agencies, and industries whose activities relate to or impact higher education. The interdisciplinary, graduate-level curriculum focuses on leadership, the scholarship of teaching and learning, student affairs, administration, technology, and assessment. The program offers a master’s degree in higher education and student development and a PhD degree in education. Term faculty in HEP are eligible for promotion including multi-year contractual commitments.

George Mason University, located in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, is an innovative, entrepreneurial, Research I institution with national distinction in academics and research. Recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education, Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report “Up and Coming” position for national universities. Mason is the largest and most diverse research university in Virginia offering more than 200 degree programs with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries. Mason’s diversity offers a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to collaborate and create.

HEP is seeking a collaborative, dedicated, and student-centered colleague who will:

  • Teach graduate-level coursework in the Higher Education Program at a 4/4 load with course reductions for administrative responsibilities typically resulting in a 3/3 or 3/2 teaching load;
  • Assist with other administrative and program duties such as, but not limited to, advising students, program development, internship/practicum supervision, or committee work;
  • Teach, support, and advise graduate students in preparation for careers in higher education and student affairs; serve on departmental, college, and university committees;
  • Actively engage in regional and national professional associations.

Required Qualifications:

  • The candidate must hold a doctorate degree in higher education or a related field to be completed by the start of employment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in graduate-level teaching;
  • Experience as a higher education or student affairs professional;
  • Demonstrated commitment to justice and equity, including experience working with adult and returning students, historically underrepresented student population, first-generation college students, and international graduate students;
  • Commitment to mentoring students through teaching, advising, and additional supports;
  • Active involvement in relevant higher education professional associations;
  • Collaborative nature and willing to work across disciplines and ideologies.

Special Instructions to Applicants:
For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number F9559z at by completing and submitting the online application. In addition, candidates must upload the following via the online application portal:

  • Cover letter indicating applicant’s interest and experience;
  • Resume and/or Curriculum Vitae;
  • Teaching philosophy statement (500 words max);
  • Diversity statement (500 words max); and
  • Contact information for three professional references.

For questions, contact Dr. Creston Lynch, Search Committee Chair, at Visit for more information on the Higher Education Program. Review of applications will begin on August 15, 2020, and continue until the position is filled.

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.