Virginia Tech — Open-Rank Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

The Virginia Tech School of Education is seeking applications for an open-rank professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor) to join a vibrant, highly committed group of program faculty. This nine-month, tenure-track/tenured faculty position is available August 2022 at the main campus in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Responsibilities: Conducting an active research agenda; pursuing external grant funding; teaching courses (virtual, hybrid, and/or face-to-face) in master’s and doctoral programs that prepare students for a broad range of administrative and leadership roles in PreK-12 school systems, government agencies, and non-profit organizations; and providing impactful service to the School, College, University, and profession. The expected/standard teaching load is four courses per academic year.

Required qualifications:*

  • A Ph.D. or Ed.D. in educational leadership or a terminal degree in a related field by appointment start date
  • Outstanding record of scholarship, teaching, outreach, and service commensurate with rank
  • Evidence of tangible outcomes related to the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Position requires occasional travel to attend conferences and meetings

Preferred qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to teach graduate courses online, hybrid, and/or face-to-face
  • Expertise in areas such as public school administration, personnel, public school law, public school finance, curriculum  and other forms of leadership, and qualitative and quantitative research
  • Demonstrated ability to work with and commitment to working with diverse, rural, and/or international populations
  • Extensive record of externally-funded, impactful research
  • Demonstrated ability to mentor master’s and doctoral students, including chairing/serving on dissertation committees
  • Demonstrated ability to design and teach online courses using the Quality Matters Standards (or some equivalent)
  • Public Pre-K-12 school/central office leadership experience

Virginia Tech has a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Applicants from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university serving the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the global community. The discovery and dissemination of new knowledge are central to its mission. Through its focus on research and discovery, teaching and learning, and outreach and engagement, the university creates, conveys, and applies knowledge to expand personal growth and opportunity, advance social and community development, foster economic competitiveness, and improve the quality of life.

As the Commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers over 280 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 34,000 students and manages a research portfolio of more than $521 million. Virginia Tech is located in the beautiful mountains of Southwest Virginia, offering a wide variety of cultural and outdoor recreational activities.

How to Apply: All applications must be submitted online at; refer to posting #519445. Please submit a cover letter detailing your qualifications for the position, a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three references. After an initial review, applicants may be asked for additional materials, including research statement, writing sample, statement of teaching philosophy, diversity statement, and recommendation letters. Review of applications will begin March 28th and continue until position is filled.

Employment is contingent upon submission of official university transcripts and a criminal background check.

Questions may be directed to Dr. Vinodh Venkatesh, Search Committee Chair, at

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law. For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the Office of Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061 or