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Professor of Practice in K-12 Educational Leadership


The Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for a Professor of Practice in K-12 Educational Leadership. The selected candidate will prepare the next generation of education, teacher, and research leaders. The Professor of Practice will work alongside and collaborate with a community of education scholars committed to connecting research to practice, and to a community of practitioner-scholars committed to generating new knowledge from within and across the field.

We seek a candidate who thinks deeply about the challenges of implementing school improvement efforts at both school and district levels, and who has experience building professional cultures that support practitioner and student learning in a diverse range of K-12 settings. We welcome candidates committed to social justice and interested in mentoring students and advising student leadership initiatives. In addition, we are interested in candidates who can contribute to PennGSE’s initiatives on educational innovation, local impact, and global influence. The candidate should be practiced and skilled at negotiating the complex policy and market environments of public school systems. We expect the successful candidate to provide intellectual leadership through teaching, mentoring, and guiding research in regular and executive format programs.

The successful candidate will hold a doctorate in Educational Leadership, Management, Organizational Behavior, or a closely related field and have substantial, decades-long employment experience as an educational leader. Desirable areas of emphasis include instructional leadership, organizational development, professional development, data-informed decision making, K-12 curriculum, and school-community dynamics. Experience with private sector schooling, educational technology, and/or international contexts is highly desirable. The ideal candidate will possess a record of publications and presentations on educational leadership, have demonstrated success in obtaining and managing grants, and be active in national professional networks.

Professor of Practice appointments are made for five years, are subject to reappointment review at five-year intervals, and may be renewed as long as academic needs persist.

To apply, please submit a letter of application addressing your qualifications for the position, your curriculum vitae, up to 3 writing samples (e.g., journal articles, book chapters, policy reports), and the names and contact information of three references using the form below. 

We will begin reviewing applications on October 22, 2018 and we will continue to consider new applications until the position is filled.

The University of Pennsylvania is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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