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Assistant Professor, Higher Education - Morgridge College of Education

at University of Denver

Posted: 11/19/2018
Job Reference #: 3599

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The University of Denver’s Morgridge College of Education (MCE) invites applications for a tenure track position in the Higher Education Department at the rank of Assistant Professor.

Our students consist of over 140 diverse scholar/practitioners who are enrolled full- and part-time and are seeking to expand and deepen their knowledge and expertise with the goal of becoming agents of change in higher education. The Higher Education Department is an "Inclusive Excellence Unit" ( and supports the concept that inclusiveness and excellence are one and the same. Students and instructors from diverse social and cultural backgrounds who become part of the Department bring unique gifts, talents, and experiences that make tremendous contributions to the engaged teaching, learning, and climate of the Higher Education Department. Our mission is three-fold:

  1. Conduct equity-based research about persistent and/or timely problems facing postsecondary education;
  2. Prepare social justice professionals for careers in postsecondary education related to administration, policy, teaching, and research, as well as careers in public and private agencies of higher education, for-profit and not-for-profit settings, and in a diverse and changing world; and
  3. Provide meaningful service to the University of Denver and broader Colorado community in matters pertaining to postsecondary education, especially related to equity, diversity, and social justice.

We seek equity-minded candidates with research and teaching interests that focus on one or more of the following: broad access institutions, community colleges, minority serving institutions, or faculty who serve in these institutions. This position requires an innovative and critical thinker who values our mission of serving the public good and is capable of working within a dynamic, inclusive environment. The responsibilities of this position include: maintaining an active research agenda, securing external funding, teaching graduate level courses, advising master’s and doctoral students, directing and serving on dissertations, supporting the administration of academic programs in higher education, and other duties as assigned by the department chair and/or dean.

Required Qualifications

  • An earned doctorate in Higher Education or a related field (ABD will be considered, but degree must be conferred prior to September 1, 2019).
  • A strong commitment to social justice and experience working with diverse populations.
  • A strong commitment to advancing higher education’s public purposes.
  • Prior experience in teaching, research, and leadership.
  • An emerging research agenda grounded in equity and the study of broad access institutions, community colleges, minority serving institutions, or faculty who serve in these institutions.
  • Demonstrated ability or desire to inform and influence current higher education policy, practice, and research.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A strong interest in working with community stakeholders and partners that connect higher education across P-20 settings.
  • Although we are interested in diverse methodological traditions, candidates with expertise using large-scale quantitative data sets are especially desirable.
  • Prior professional and administrative experiences within a higher education related setting.
  • Value of praxis-oriented pedagogical practices.

Application Deadline

Application review will begin on Monday, October 29, 2018, early submissions are advised. Applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please scroll to the bottom of the page to apply. Inquiries about this position can be made to the search chair, Dr. Judy Marquez Kiyama at General questions regarding the application or recruitment process may be directed to

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Cover letter outlining research and teaching interests
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Two representative writing samples
  4. A separate one-page statement on how the applicant’s research and teaching specifically address issues of race, social justice, and inclusive excellence in higher education.
  5. At least three recommenders should email letters of reference on behalf of the candidates to with “HED 3111” as the email subject; letters of reference should only be submitted for completed applications.

NOTE: The online system is limited to uploading 10 files. Please combine content if necessary to get all content uploaded.

The University of Denver is an affirmative action employer and that age 40 and over, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, military or veteran status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or any other applicable status protected by state or local law are not taken into account in any employment decision.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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