American University School of Education — Assistant Professor of Urban Education

The School of Education (SOE) at American University invites applications for the tenure line position of Assistant Professor of Urban Education. The appointment is a tenure track, full-time faculty position, based in Washington DC, commencing in the end of August 2023. 

The School of Education is committed to diversity, equity, and excellence in education and actively encourages applications from members of all racial, ethnic, LGBTQIA+, disability, and/or cultural identities underrepresented in higher education. As a School and faculty, we continue to grow our knowledge and practice around antiracist practice and pedagogy. Competitive candidates will demonstrate knowledge of and commitment to antiracism within their practice, research, and teaching.

Applicants with experience and expertise in urban education from varying perspectives, such as teacher preparation, anti-racist pedagogy, practice, and/or policy, policies impacting teachers, and educational issues affecting marginalized communities of students, are encouraged to apply. Applicants who demonstrate evidence of, and/or a high level of interest in the pursuit of external funding will be given strong consideration. 

American University’s School of Education is in Washington DC, a city with committed and innovative urban educators and access to some of the nation’s largest and most diverse school districts. The School of Education is committed to increasing equitable educational outcomes of students in all learning environments. It is a growing school with programs in teacher education (including general and special education), international training and education, and educational policy and leadership. The School of Education has a growing focus on urban education and is home to Urban Teachers, an organization that prepares urban educators in Baltimore, DC, Dallas, and Philadelphia. American University is a private research institution within reach of many centers of government, business, research, and the arts. For more information about American University, visit Additional information about the School of Education is available at 

Position responsibilities include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in teacher education and/or education policy and leadership programs as relevant to the selected candidate’s  teaching and research interests.  The selected candidate will produce high quality scholarship, and will work in collaborative partnerships with local school professionals. We seek faculty members who have demonstrated a commitment to social justice, equity, and inclusion. Commitment to such issues is integral to this position.

Responsibilities include:

  • Maintaining an active research agenda.
  • Chairing and serving on EdD dissertation committees.
  • Teaching courses, reflective of antiracist knowledges, literacies, and capacities. (2-2 load).
  • Advising and mentoring students.
  • Seeking external funding.
  • Providing service and leadership to the program, SOE, and American University community.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Doctorate in urban education, teacher education, educational policy and/or leadership, or a related discipline. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to antiracism, within practice, research, and teaching.
  • Strong potential in scholarly activity (e.g. publications in scholarly journals, and including collaborative, evaluation, and community-based research).
  • Demonstrated evidence of, or potential for excellent and equity-based teaching at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels.
  • Experience with, and/or commitment to advising/mentoring undergraduate and/or graduate students.

Application Instructions
Applications may be submitted until the position is filled. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2022. Applications should include:

  • a letter of interest
  • curriculum vitae
  • Diversity, Equity, and Antiracism (DEA) statement (2-page statement that demonstrates your knowledge of DEA, the actions you have taken in the past to support DEA change, and your plans for implementing DEA if you are given the position in AU SOE)
  • list of references (including names, contact information, and addresses)
  • recent teaching evaluations (when possible)
  • 1 recent publication (within the last 5 years)

Submit all application materials through Interfolio at: Questions should be directed to Scott Gilbert Faculty Affairs Coordinator at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates incompliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively “Protected Bases”) in its programs and activities. American University is a tobacco and smoke free campus. To ensure the health and safety of our community, American University requires that all faculty and staff are vaccinated for Covid-19. To learn more about American University’s health and safety directives please click here.

Hiring offers for this position are contingent on the successful completion of a background check.