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Assistant Professor

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Position Type: Faculty Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: Leadership in Education
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Job Description:

The Department of Leadership in Education in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) at the University of Massachusetts Boston seeks applicants for a tenure-track assistant professor, to begin September 1, 2020. Of particular interest are candidates with a domain of scholarly expertise in equity in higher education and an established program of quantitative research. Candidates’ research agendas should focus on one of the following three areas: 1) educational experiences, identity development, and outcomes for students from underrepresented populations, especially Black or underrepresented students of color, 2) sociology of higher education with an emphasis on racial inequality and social/educational stratification, or 3) finance and financial aid in relationship to inequality in higher education. We are especially interested in candidates who use critical quantitative research methods in their work and/or have experience with community-based participatory action research.

Faculty are responsible for teaching, research, and service that enhances CEHD’s community-engaged mission. Responsibilities include: 1) teaching graduate courses in the Higher Education Program, including research methods courses; 2) conducting research that is relevant to the field of higher education; 3) advising doctoral students and serving on dissertation committees; and 4) contributing service to the university, college, departmental, and program committees, to professional associations, and to local, national, and/or international communities. The College recognizes that the scholarly work of faculty often includes the integration of teaching, research, and service.

Candidates must have an earned doctorate in higher education or a related field (awarded prior to 9/1/2020); an established publication record or indication of significant promise in the area of research; a demonstrated capacity for conducting research using advanced quantitative methods; the ability to attract external funding; and teaching experience or demonstrated potential to teach at the graduate level.

The department and CEHD are especially interested in candidates with sustained engagement with communities that are underrepresented in higher education. Candidates from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Higher Education Program provides a dynamic environment for faculty to conduct nationally recognized research, particularly in areas related to access, equity, organizational change, international/comparative education, public policy, and community engagement. The program enrolls many full-time professionals with diverse backgrounds and work experiences. The curriculum focuses on preparing higher education leaders, researchers, and policy analysts who are committed to fostering and facilitating change in a social justice framework. For details, visit:

UMass Boston (, the only public university in Boston, is nationally recognized as a model of excellence for urban public universities. The scenic waterfront campus is located next to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, with easy access to downtown Boston. Across more than 200 undergraduate and graduate programs, the university enrolls more than 16,000 students who make up the most diverse student population in New England, with 54% of students identifying as Students of Color. UMass Boston is home to more than 50 research centers and institutes, which contribute substantially to public policy formulation in areas such as health care, education, environmental affairs, economic development, and social well-being.

Application instructions:

  • a letter of interest that: 1) describes the applicant’s research agenda; 2) explains how the applicant’s research and scholarship contribute to policy, theory, and practice in the field of higher education; and 3) indicates how the applicant’s teaching philosophy fits with a practitioner-focused doctoral program  and the mission of the College and University.   
  • a current curriculum vitae;
  • three samples of scholarship published in academic venues such as peer-reviewed journals, academic books, and conference proceedings, or scholarly artifacts in the form of reports, digital publications, blog post, policy briefs, among other products;
  • names and contact information for three academic references.


Inquiries about the position can be directed to Dr. John Saltmarsh (


Application review will begin on November 25, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.




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