Assistant Professor Educational Leadership

Saint Louis, Missouri
Oct 09, 2020

Saint Louis University School of Education Non-tenure Track Assistant Professor Educational Leadership

The School of Education at Saint Louis University invites applications for a non-tenure track, Assistant Professor in Educational Leadership. Faculty in the Educational Leadership program seek to develop outstanding, highly trained district leaders with experience in educational research and evidence-based practice. The successful candidate will have a track record of effective leadership with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. This is a full-time, 9-month, non-tenure-line appointment, which will begin mid-August 2021.

Position Summary. The Assistant Professor in Educational Leadership will join a vibrant group of faculty members who currently work with and train school leaders and educators – in public and Catholic schools – across the state of Missouri and beyond. While the position is primarily focused on teaching, the new Assistant Professor will engage in service to the University and community and will be provided the opportunity to conduct educational research.

Responsibilities. The successful candidate will:

  • Deliver graduate courses in the EdD/PhD, and coursework in the MA in Educational Leadership programs. Courses are provided in numerous formats (evening, Saturday, some online) and in multiple locations.
  • Serve on doctoral committees for EdD projects and PhD dissertations, provide guidance to students completing doctoral projects, and advise graduate students.
  • Engage in research and development initiatives and provide support to research activities in Educational Leadership.
  • Have the opportunity to teach courses in other areas across the School of Education occasionally and to advise students in other programs as needed.
  • Actively contribute to the success of the School of Education by recruiting a diverse population of students, supporting strategic initiatives, and providing leadership and service at the local, state, and national levels.

Qualifications and Experience. The successful candidate will:

  • Hold an earned doctorate in Educational Leadership or a related field.
  • Have an established record (or evidence of potential) of excellent teaching in higher education and/or the ability to successfully mentor graduate students.
  • Have knowledge of current research and evidence-based practice in the field of Educational Leadership with a focus on educating all students.
  • Show evidence of a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Preference will be given to candidates who:

  • Hold a superintendent certificate and/or have significant upper level central office experience within a district or school (5+ years).
  • Have experience in multiple, diverse districts or schools.
  • Have an in-depth knowledge of Professional Standards for Educational Leaders as well as Missouri Leader Standards.

Context. Saint Louis University (SLU), established 1818, is the oldest institution of higher education west of the Mississippi River and is a world-class Catholic, Jesuit institution educating nearly 13,000 students. SLU’s 230-acre urban campus, located in midtown Saint Louis, provides students, faculty, and staff a close-knit community in the middle of a lively city. The Saint Louis metro region is home to nearly 3 million people and provides a mix of Midwestern friendliness and large-city amenities.

The School of Education (SOE) shares in the 470-year-old Jesuit tradition of excellence in education, focusing on the growth of the whole person. The purpose of Jesuit education is to develop men and women for and with others. Saint Louis University, and the School of Education, is committed to intellectual rigor and the use of knowledge for the betterment of our local, national, and international communities. The School is recognized as a leader in the state and region. More than 30 percent of the public school superintendents in Missouri and approximately 40 percent of all Catholic school leaders in the Archdiocese of Saint Louis hold degrees from SLU. The vast majority of all Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Saint Louis have leaders who hold a SLU degree.

As a Jesuit institution, SLU is committed to inclusivity and anti-racism. In a letter to SLU Alumni in June 2020, President Fred Pestello wrote, “We are all called to do better — to be better.

Racism has no place at Saint Louis University. Our Jesuit mission calls us to be people for and with others, and as I have said before, solidarity and community mean that we never have to face such evil alone.” The School of Education at SLU has a unique opportunity carry out our Jesuit mission every day. The faculty in the SOE are training and educating the next generation of leaders to recognize a need for systemic change and providing strategies to overcome inequities and injustice.

Salary and Starting Date. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with rank and experience. The proposed starting date is mid-August 2021.

Application Process. Applicants should submit a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, and names of three references with full contact information. All applications should be submitted online. Click here to be connected to the SLU job posting and to apply. For full consideration, full applications should be submitted by October 31, 2020, at which time the search committee will begin reviewing applications. This search will remain open until filled.

For questions, email the Chair of the Search Committee, Molly Schaller, Ph.D.,

Saint Louis University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for the position applied for without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military/veteran status, gender identity, or other non-merit factors. We welcome and encourage applications from minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities (including disabled veterans). If accommodations are needed for completing the application and/or with the interviewing process, please contact Human Resources at 314-977-5847.