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Assistant Professor of Education Policy (Qualitative or Mixed Methods)
The Education Policy program within the Department of Educational Administration seeks one 9-month, tenure-track assistant professor who specializes in policy implementation. We are looking for a new colleague who shares our program’s commitment to contributing rigorous empirical research to local, state, national, and international policy conversations. In particular, we seek a colleague who will diversify our current faculty’s strengths and areas of research.

We seek applicants who utilize qualitative or mixed methodological approaches to address policy implementation questions. Applicants must have a strong record of scholarship and teaching that focuses on the policy process, policy implementation, and educational equity and who specialize in K-12 or higher education policy. Priority will be placed on applicants whose scholarship (1) address issues of equity and adequacy in implementation, (2) engages a range of policy stakeholders including policy makers, district/school/institutional leaders, and local, state, and national organizations focused on improving education, and (3) examines policies and practices that are critical to current and ongoing policy conversations.

This position will support our program’s goal to increase our focus on implementation. Beginning in the 2021-2022 school year we will be offering a new concentration in education science with a key component rooted in policy implementation. The new faculty member will participate in the development of a new IES-funded interdisciplinary doctoral training program in education policy implementation and efficacy and will mentor students from across the university who participate in the program.

The department is particularly interested in candidates who have experience working with diversity, equity, and inclusion in education and demonstrated commitment to improving educational outcomes for all students.

Our nationally ranked program is home to 7 faculty members and approximately 30 doctoral students pursuing a wide range of questions related to education policy. The Education Policy faculty includes a number of prominent national and international leaders who are excited to support an early career colleague to be a highly successful policy scholar and teacher. The Education Policy program is housed in MSU’s acclaimed Department of Educational Administration, alongside programs in in K12 Educational Administration and Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education. Situated in an institution committed to access and outreach, Education Policy faculty and students are deeply committed to addressing local, state, national, and international educational policy. Building on our collective strengths, we seek to add a new and unique voice to our program.

Application review begins November, 2, 2020.

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Position: Assistant Professor of Education Policy (Qualitative or Mixed Methods)
Organization: Michigan State University
Location: East Lansing,  MI 
United States
Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Posting Start Date: 9/22/2020
Date Posted: 9/22/2020
Requirements Minimum Requirements:
  • Earned doctoral degree prior to start date and a record of accomplishments consistent with appointment as an assistant professor at a research-intensive institution.
  • Doctorate in education policy, public policy, public administration, political science, sociology, implementation sciences, or other related field.
  • Record of or potential for an outstanding scholarly publication record.
  • Ability to mentor doctoral students in the area of implementation research, specifically in collaboration with external stakeholders.
  • Strong methodological training in and ability to teach graduate level qualitative methods including at least one or more of: case studies, interviewing, or process tracing.
  • Ability to teach graduate level courses in education policy, policy implementation, and policy evaluation.
  • A research agenda that promotes equitable educational opportunities for all students, especially those historically marginalized by institutions of education and by policy.
  • Collaboration skills and willingness to work on a new IES grant-funded doctoral training program in education science.
Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience working with a range of education stakeholders on policy related issues. Strong methodological training in and ability to teach mixed methods including, but not limited to, survey development and analysis and mediation analyses.
  • Record of or potential for grant supported research. Experience working with research-policy or research-practice partnerships.
Status: This listing expires on: 11/21/2020
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Michigan State University
620 Farm Lane
Room 425
East Lansing,  MI 49964
United States
(517) 353-5979
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