University of Pittsburgh — Assistant / Associate / Full Professor, Critical Ed Leadership & Director of Tri-State

University of Pittsburgh
School of Education
Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor (Appointment Stream) Position
With a Focus on Critical Educational Leadership and Director of Tri-State 

Position: Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor (appointment stream) 

Appointment: twelve-month, full-time, appointment stream appointment; starting Fall 2023 

Description: The Department of Teaching, Learning, and Leading in the University of Pittsburgh School of Education seeks a colleague in Critical Educational Leadership Education. This scholar will join a program within a transformative department, which includes a growing number of critical scholars.  We seek a colleague whose work creatively engages educational organizations, communities, collectives, and/or contexts. This position will live across the department of Teaching, Learning, and Leading department and the School-wide EdD program. Moreover, as the department re-envisions Ed Leadership moves forward, this position helps shape the emerging instructional and advising needs. Key among these is what may be our effort to build out a nationwide, hybrid/online EdD anchored in justice and freedom frameworks. The position will begin on September 1, 2023.  


  1. Directing Tri-State including overseeing and coordinating all budgeting matters, providing professional learning events and services for educators and school leaders that are responsive to educational needs in the region, and hosting networking events to connect and support the relationships among school leaders, educators, supervising the administrative assistant for Tri-state, and the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, holding Executive Committee meetings to gain guidance and leadership for Tri-State, communicating with Tri-State membership as necessary and appropriate, and recruiting districts for Tri-State membership. 
  2. Revising the three programs (K-12 Principal Certificate; Letter of Eligibility for Superintendent License; M.Ed Educational Leadership) to reflect the school mission/vision and alignment of aggressive efforts of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA)–the primary scholarly and professional organization in Educational Leadership in the US–to shift the programs toward rigorous attention to questions of “diversity,” “anti-racism,” and “intersectionality,” aligning the programs to university structure, compliance with state policies. 
  3. Advising and teaching  Ed leadership students in the EdD program. The program offers up to four specialized courses annually. This faculty member could also take an instructional role in our program-wide courses.
  4. Program coordinating in an educational leadership program.
  5. Working collaboratively with the School of Education and the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Leading faculty members, including engaging in university, school, and department committees, projects, and programs. 
  6. Providing supervision for the superintendent’s letter of eligibility, currently embedded in the EL EdD Program, requires students to shadow a superintendent for three terms. 
  7. Developing connections in urban and rural Appalachia. As such, it is directly connected to the work of our colleagues across departments and the Center for Urban Education. Importantly, this position will continue our capacity to host TriState and support the Superintendents’ Forum. 
  8. Building connections through our continuing education credits. This position will also be a critical partner to his work and potential community and other formal and informal organizations that will strengthen school and district leadership.

Required qualifications:

  1. Earned doctorate, before the appointment (degree must be posted before August 15, 2023), from an accredited university in Educational Leadership or related field.
  2. Letter of eligibility for a superintendency
  3. Evidence of substantive knowledge in educational administration, leadership, and schooling skills and pedagogy. 
  4. Evidence of partnerships and collaborations with Tri-State (or equivalent organization)
  5. Experience as a school district leader/practitioner with a minimum of five years of experience in a district or central office level leadership

Preferred qualifications: 

  • Previous superintendent experience (five or more years of experience)
  • Experience in public education settings
  • Previous teaching experience in a higher education setting
  • Evidence of partnerships and collaborations with the education community 
  • Demonstrated experience (or future promise) designing and teaching online and hybrid undergraduate and graduate courses.  

Submit your materials to: : 

  • Letter of application 
  • CV 
  • List of three to six references (will be contacted only if selected for on-campus interviews) 

Review of application materials will begin immediately and continue until October 30, 2023, when the position is filled.  

For questions about the submission process, email  and for questions about the position or the School of Education, email Dr. Tom Ralston @ 

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity. Members of historically underrepresented groups, including women and individuals with disabilities, are encouraged to apply.