University of Houston — Four Open-Rank Faculty Positions, College of Education

Seeking Ambitious Faculty Committed to Ending Educational Inequities
University of Houston College of Education: Hiring Four Open-Rank Faculty Positions

As part of an ambitious Carnegie-designated Tier One research institution, the University of Houston College of Education works to improve health and educational outcomes for all children and families through inspired teaching, innovative scholarship, and strong partnerships. Housed in the nation’s most diverse and fourth-largest city, the College is committed to our mission to end the inequities that afflict traditionally underserved populations in Houston and beyond.

At the University of Houston, we not only dare to dream big dreams, but we collaborate to achieve them. Building on a trajectory of accelerated research activity, the University is pursuing a bold initiative to increase research and scholarly output by 50 percent in five years. New faculty will join a University with a growing number of nationally-funded research centers and an aggressive agenda to leverage science to make a transformative impact locally, nationally, and across the globe.

The Houston metropolitan area offers scholars rich urban and suburban environments in which to work and live – as well as opportunities for international research and study. Our College prides itself on the multiple forms of diversity embraced and valued as strengths by our students, staff, faculty, and community. UH serves more than 47,000 students and is one of the most ethnically diverse public research universities in the United States.

In the College of Education, our faculty and staff are united around five key beliefs: Our responsibility is to improve lives; achieving equity requires inspiring collective action; greater understanding depends on rigorous scientific inquiry; diverse perspectives and talents fuel excellence; and transformation requires challenging and valuing ourselves and others. These tenets drive us as we prepare future teachers, administrators, counselors, psychologists, health specialists, researchers and other leaders in their fields.

In support of our pursuits, the College is searching for four open-rank faculty positions. With one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation, we seek to recruit and retain a diverse community of scholars. We seek experienced and ambitious colleagues whose research and teaching are strategically aligned with our ongoing work to address educational disparities. Descriptions for each position are presented below. Successful applicants for the tenure-track positions will have a sustained record of securing external funding and a strong record of mentoring and publishing with students; priority will be placed on tenured candidate applications. Substantive teaching experience in the case of the clinical posting is preferred.

Positions in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

Our Department houses three programs: K-12 Leadership, Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies, and Special Populations. We seek two tenured or tenure-track colleagues, one in K-12 Leadership and one in Higher Education, who share our Department’s philosophical aim to strengthen educational opportunities and outcomes for all students, particularly those historically underserved by current local, state, national, and international educational and social systems.

We welcome applicants who utilize a full range of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methodological approaches. While a broad set of research areas will be considered, priority will be placed on applicants whose scholarship (a) addresses issues of equity and adequacy related to student access, retention, and success; (b) evaluates and contributes to educational policy development and implementation; and/or (c) investigates issues salient to the experiences and educational outcomes of historically underserved students. For the K-12 Leadership search, we seek candidates with rich experience in preparing educational leaders to champion that same commitment. Additional priority for that position will be placed on applicants whose teaching and scholarship (a) informs school and district improvement; and (b) considers issues of K-12 budgeting and finance, law, education policy, and/or related areas.

Positions in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction

The CUIN Department houses our award-winning undergraduate teacher education program in addition to graduate programs in Curriculum and Instruction. We seek one tenured or tenure-track colleague in the area of science education. For this position, the Department welcomes applicants who utilize a full range of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methodological approaches. We also seek to hire one clinical colleague in the area of ESL/bilingual education. In both searches, priority will be placed on applicants who value the reciprocal relationship between teaching and research and leverage that relationship to improve educational outcomes and end educational inequities.

The application deadline is December 1, 2020 and review of applications will begin immediately. To apply, please refer to the links below. Complete a Candidate Profile online. Attach a letter of interest and a curriculum vitae. Candidates selected for interviews will be asked to provide contact information for five professional references. If you have questions about this position, please contact Dr. Lyle McKinney or Dr. Sissy Wong, Search Committee Co-Chairs, at lmckinney@Central.UH.EDU or sswong3@Central.UH.EDU, respectively. If you have questions about the clinical position, please contact Dr. Susie Gronseth or Dr. Ellie Tyson, Search Committee Co-Chairs at or, respectively.

Open Rank – K-12 Leadership (FAC001539)

Open Rank – Tenure/Tenure-Track Higher Education (FAC001540)

Open Rank – Tenure/Tenure-Track Professor in Science Education (FAC 001553)

Clinical Assistant Professor in ESL/Bilingual Education (FAC001555)

The University of Houston is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Additionally, the University prohibits discrimination.