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Assistant Professor in Educational Leadership


Univesity, MS, US, 38677

Department:  Leadership & Counselor Education (10000911)
Employee Designation:  Regular Full-time (Benefits Eligible)
Position Description

The University of Mississippi, Department of Leadership and Counselor Education, seeks applicants to fill a tenure-track faculty position in the Educational Leadership Program at the rank of Assistant Professor.

The Educational Leadership program provides a M.Ed. degree program, an Ed.S. degree program, an Ed.D. program, and a Ph.D. program. The Educational Leadership Program currently serves over 150 students. These degree programs focus on building and district PK-12 Leadership. Programs are offered on the Oxford campus, regional campuses and in an online format designed for Mississippi educators with limited access to face-to-face graduate programs. The Ph.D. degree is focused on research and scholarship; and, a new Ed.D. degree focused on practitioner preparation is based on the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) framework directed toward social justice in professional practice.

This is a tenure-track 9-month appointment involving teaching, research, and service to the university and profession. The applicant should be able draw on a background in educational research, and school and/or district level leadership to teach a variety courses in the preparation of K-12 school leaders.

Job Responsibilities:

• Teach a variety of graduate-level educational leadership courses in PK-12 leadership or related areas.

• Serve as a member of doctoral comprehensive examination and dissertation committees.

• Advise Educational Leadership master's and doctoral students.

• Participate collegially in program governance, administration, curriculum development, and collaborative initiatives with local schools and districts.

• Provide service to the University of Mississippi and community.

• Demonstrate a robust research agenda and engage in professional activities and associations.

Position Details

Appointment: 9 Month

Assignment Type: Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications

• Earned doctorate in educational leadership or related field, or ABD with strong evidence of completion of earned doctorate prior to date of employment.

• Active participation and potential for leadership in professional organizations related to PK-12 leadership.

• Demonstrated potential to build and maintain an active research agenda associated with PK-12 leadership.

• A background that demonstrates success in PK-12 administrative or teacher leadership practice, or an established research record related to PK-12 leadership.

• A commitment to diversity, multiculturalism, equity, and inclusiveness in practice.

Application Procedures

Qualified applicants should submit a letter of application detailing qualification for the position, curriculum vitae, names and contact information of five professional references.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled or until an adequate applicant pool is established. Questions pertaining to the position or required qualifications may be directed to Dr. Mark Deschaine, search committee chair, at 662-915-2198 or

About the University of MS & Oxford, MS

Founded in 1848, the University of Mississippi (UM), affectionately known to alumni, students and friends as Ole Miss, is Mississippi's flagship university. Included in the elite group of R-1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification, it has a long history of producing leaders in public service, academics and business. The University of Mississippi, consistently named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For,” is located in Oxford, MS, which is ranked one of the “Top 10 Best College Towns.” With more than 24,000 students, UM is the state's largest university and is ranked among the nation's fastest-growing institutions. The University of Mississippi, which has aggressively implemented many health and wellness initiatives for its more than 2,900 employees, has consistently been named one of Mississippi’s Healthiest Workplaces.


Touted as the “Cultural Mecca of the South”, creativity abounds in Oxford as musicians, artists and writers alike find inspiration in Oxford’s rich history, small town charm and creative community. Oxford is a one-hour drive south of Memphis, TN and is known as the home of Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner. Over the years Oxford has also been known for offering exceptional culinary experiences and as the home of the University of Mississippi and the Ole Miss Rebels, there is always something here to immerse yourself in. Oxford has also been featured as a literary and arts destination in such publications as The New York Times, Southern Living, Condé Nast Traveler, and GQ. Among other cultural activities, annual events include the Oxford Film Festival, a thriving local music scene, and the Ford Center Performing Arts Series. Oxford is a vibrant university town, filled with unique shops and galleries, eclectic restaurants and clubs, historic landmarks, and comfortable inns.

Background Check Statement

The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

Nearest Major Market: Oxford Mississippi