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Assistant Professor (tenure track) of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Wayne State University

Date Posted Oct. 6, 2022
Title Assistant Professor (tenure track) of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
University Wayne State University
Detroit, MI, United States
Department College of Education, Division of Academic and Organizational Studies
Application Deadline Mar. 1, 2023
Position Start Date Aug. 17, 2023
  • Assistant Professor
  • Organization and Leadership
    Higher Education Administration
    Education Policy

Position: The College of Education at Wayne State University is pleased to invite applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Start Date: August 17, 2023.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Research Focus: We seek a scholar whose research focuses on educational leadership and/or policy, broadly defined (e.g., K-12 administrative or teacher leadership, accountability policy, school finance, special education, higher education, etc).
  • Intersectional Justice: Applicants must demonstrate commitment to intersectional justice through their research, teaching, and/or service.
  • Scholarly Productivity: We seek a developing scholar who has demonstrated scholarly productivity through conference papers/presentation; publications in educational leadership and/or policy academic journals or book chapters; and has a clear, compelling research agenda.
  • Doctoral Advising: Applicants must have an interest in and capacity to begin advising doctoral students within the first two years of appointment.
  • Embody Program Values: Important review criteria include evidence of a commitment to working with individuals from diverse backgrounds; commitment to excellence in teaching and advising; and eagerness to embody the program theme: To prepare educational leaders who are reflective, innovative professionals who will affirm and demonstrate their commitment to equitable and just education. 
  • Applicants must have earned a doctorate in educational leadership, educational policy, or a related field by the start date.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bridge K-12 and Higher Education: We are especially interested in applicants whose work and interest extends and strengthens the expertise of current faculty to address issues in both K-12 and higher education leadership and/or policy.
  • Experience in Education: We are especially interested in applicants who have experience working in an educational setting, preferably in an urban setting (e.g., K-12 teaching/leadership, out-of-school youth serving program, higher education, etc.).
  • Research Focus: We are especially interested in candidates who apply equity-focused theoretical lenses (e.g., Critical Race Theory, Intersectionality, Critical Policy/Leadership Analysis etc.) and/or quantitative critical methodologies to their work.

The Program: Educational Leadership and Policy Studies is a program within the Division of Administrative and Organizational Studies in the College of Education. We serve graduate students in our Master’s of Education in Administration, Education Specialist, Ed.D., and Ph.D. programs. Our doctoral programs serve students interested in K-12 or higher education leadership/policy. We serve a diverse student body, and nearly half of our students identify as Black. Most of our students work full-time in local K-12 schools or the university community while earning their degrees. Program faculty lead the Detroit Partnership for Education, Equity, & Research (PEER), a growing research-practice partnership with local schools and community organizations.

The Wayne State University Community: Wayne State University is classified as a "doctoral university: very high research activity" by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. We are located in Midtown Detroit, the city center and one of the country's fastest-growing neighborhoods, which welcomes more than 2.5 million visitors annually. Here, you'll find 200 acres of green space, walking paths and state-of-the-art facilities surrounded by renowned cultural institutions and industry-leading employers. WSU has a COVID-19 and flu vaccine mandate and has been a leader in preventing community spread of the coronavirus. Find out more here. Wayne State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We strongly encourage applications from all qualified candidates, without regard to race/color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

Application Process: All applicants must use the WSU Online Hiring System at, referring to Position #046778. Electronic applications must include a cover letter; curriculum vita (CV); names and contact information for at least three references; and two to three representative publications/papers for review. The search committee will begin reviewing applications on October 12, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.

Inquiries about the position may be directed to the chair of the search committee:

Dr. Ben Pogodzinski,

Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Inquiries about the application portal or logistics may be directed to:

Katharine Johnson,

  • Wayne State University is an equal opportunity employer.  No person will be discriminated against or harassed in employment because of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, familial status, marital status, arrest record, height, weight, sexual orientation, qualified Vietnam era veterans, qualified special disabled veterans, recently separated veterans and other protected veterans, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal or state law.

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Contact Information

  • Ben Pogodzinski, Ph.D.
    College of Education, Division of Academic and Organizational Studies
    Wayne State University
    5425 Gullen Mall
    Third Floor
    Detroit, MI 48202


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