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Open-Rank Faculty Position in Education Policy

Job Description

Position Number:



Open Rank

Functional Title:

Open-Rank Faculty Position in Education Policy

Category Status:

02-Faculty Non-Tenured, On Track

Applicant Search Category:


University Authorized FTE:



EDUC-Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership

Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Background Checks

Offers of employment are contingent on completion of a background check. Information reported by the background check will not automatically disqualify you from employment.

Vaccine Protocol

The University of Maryland has made the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University System of Maryland (USM) recently announced that students, faculty, and staff on USM campuses this fall, including UMD, are required to be vaccinated against COVID. As a prospective and/or a new employee at UMD, you will be required to comply with the University’s vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required before the start of employment in order to work at any University of Maryland location. Prospective or new employees may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement at return.umd.edu and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment. Failure to provide proof of vaccination or to obtain approval for a medical or religious exemption will result in the offer of employment being rescinded.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy, and Leadership is searching for a tenure-track, open-rank faculty position in Education Policy. Located in the Washington, DC-Baltimore corridor, the University of Maryland, College Park, is the flagship research university and a land grant institution committed to rigorous research, quality teaching, and informed public service. The Department is deeply committed to equity and excellence, embraces a broad range of theoretical and methodological orientations, values collaborative research, and encourages faculty to work across divisions and specializations. The Department also supports the development and dissemination of policy-relevant research and school improvement initiatives through the Maryland Equity Project.
The Department seeks candidates who study the politics of education reform and racial/ethnic equity, and bring understanding of political science or a related field. We also seek candidates who can support students in conducting research with direct applications to education policy and practice, with a preference for scholars who engage in mixed-methods work.

Minimum Qualifications:

Earned doctorate in education or related field (completion of all requirements for a doctorate except the submission of an approved dissertation is acceptable for application).


Applicants must have a doctorate in education or a related field. Additionally, candidates must have: (a) a strong interest in educational opportunity for historically marginalized and minoritized students in preK-12 school settings, particularly with regard to race and ethnicity; (b) the substantive grounding required to examine education reforms that center on racial/ethnic equity and are advanced by local communities or local, state or national governments; © expertise in research methods to support graduate students in multiple types of research designs; (d) evidence of impactful research and a record of publications in leading refereed journals and respected professional outlets; (e) evidence of existing collaborative relationships with colleagues in university, school systems, government agencies, research institutes, and education reform networks (for advanced junior or senior scholars), or the potential to develop these relationships (for junior scholars); (f) the ability to teach/advise students with diverse backgrounds in programs that prepare scholars, policy analysts and educational leaders; (g) a track record of success in securing external funding (senior scholars), or the capacity to secure funding (for junior scholars); (h) a record of professional service commensurate with rank; and (i) the potential to contribute to the diversity mission of the department and the university.

Additional Information:

All applications will be processed through the University of Maryland eTerp2 system. Screening will begin on September 16, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, applicants should submit their applications by that date. Candidates should upload the following to https://ejobs.umd.edu/postings/97407: (a) a letter of application describing research and teaching interests and experience, (b) a curriculum vitae, © two samples of scholarship, (d) a brief statement of teaching experience/effectiveness, and (e) names and contact information for three professional references to be entered in the online application. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity and diversity are encouraged to identify their experiences in these areas. For questions about the position, please contact the Search Committee Co-chairs, Claudia Galindo (galindo@umd.edu) and David Blazar (dblazar@umd.edu). For questions about the online application process, please contact Maria Somarriba (msomarri@umd.edu).

Posting Date:


Open Until Filled


Best Consideration Date


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Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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