Assistant Professor (Multiple Positions)

Tucson, Arizona, United States

Job description

Note: This is a reposting with new open and close/review dates. If you previously applied for this position and you are still interested, please submit your updated application materials through this posting. The Center for the Study of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Policy Studies and Practice in the College of Education at the University of Arizona invites applications for a tenure track assistant professor. We are looking for someone who meets any of the following areas of scholarly expertise: finance, organizations, or educational policy broadly conceived. Applicants with methodological expertise in advanced quantitative methods, and with an interest in teaching a stats sequence are strongly preferred. The successful candidate will be someone with strong social science sensitivities about the workings of organizations and systems in higher education as well as an awareness of and interest in utilizing quantitative methods to pursue critical questions regarding social justice, race, and other mechanisms of power and inequity on an institutional, multi-institutional, policy, or a similarly broad level. The research agendas of the Center’s faculty are distinctive and continually push the boundaries of prominent areas of higher education research. Research foci in the Center include the study of whiteness and the production of privilege; socio-academic integration in community colleges; social media; transitions and transfer experiences of populations of color and new traditional students; the political economy of internationalization, neo-racism, and regional hubs; academic capitalism in organizational practices; and the restructuring and unionizing of the academic workforce.

We are a supportive intellectual community that seeks a colleague who will enhance and stretch us in the following ways:

  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to calling the academy to more fully live up to its ideals in regards to access and success
  • Support the broad public, social justice functions of the academy, and
  • Participate the Center’s commitment to public engagement and activism that better serves underserved communities of students and employees locally, statewide, and (inter)nationally.

The successful candidate will extend the collaborative and distinctive work of our faculty and students, and be committed to working with our master’s and doctoral students. Ultimately, our search will be guided more by quality and fit of the candidate than by the particular area of specialization.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

Accepting a new position is a big life step. We want potential candidates and their families to be able to make informed decisions. Candidates who are considering relocation to the Tucson or Phoenix area, and have been offered an on-site interview, are encouraged to use the free services offered by Above & Beyond Relocation Services (ABRS).Ask your department contact to be introduced to ABRS prior to your visit.

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The candidate is expected to support and advance Inclusive Excellence, the UA diversity and inclusiveness strategic initiative designed to create an inclusive environment for all faculty, staff, and students. The (Educational Leadership Program in the Department of Educational Policy Studies and Practice) supports Inclusive Excellence, the UA’s diversity and inclusiveness strategic initiative designed to create an inclusive environment for all faculty, staff, and students. The appointee is expected to support diversity and inclusiveness efforts in the department or college. Demonstrated track record of engagement in and support of campus diversity and in particular, marginalized students. Demonstrated track record of mentoring and supporting students from different backgrounds and in particular, underrepresented students. Appointee is expected to support diversity initiatives in the department and college.

Duties & Responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities: The Center seeks an individual who will thrive in working with diverse students and colleagues – we have one of the most diverse departments in the university. We seek someone who is deeply engaged in the full range of academic roles, intersecting research, instruction and advising, and outreach and service.


  • Conduct and publish research in an area of expertise and through interdisciplinary collaborations
  • Teach primarily graduate level, and some undergraduate courses in the Center for the Study of Higher Education
  • Participate in advising and mentoring students, including directing and supervising master’s thesis and dissertation projects
  • Provide professional service to the department, college, university and community
  • Demonstrate a strong interest in collaboration and engagement with diverse communities

Minimum Qualifications
Qualifications: Doctoral degree in a field relevant to the study of higher education (all but dissertation accepted); evidence of a strong intellectual agenda and of scholarly promise, quality teaching, and the potential to obtain grant funding or leverage institutional resources to support research activities.

Assistant Professor

Tenure Information
Tenure Track (T/TE)


Full Time/Part Time
Full Time

Benefits Eligible
Yes – Full Benefits

Posted Rate of Pay

Type of criminal background check required
Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

How to apply

Apply online

Please submit:

Letter of interest
Complete curriculum vitae
Two scholarly writing samples
Name and contact information for three references.

Please note: You will be required to provide contact information for a minimum of three professional references within your application. Should you be selected as a finalist for this position, your references may receive an automatic email. This email will ask your references to complete a brief questionnaire in regard to your suitability for the position as well as request the attachment of a letter of recommendation.

Diversity Statement
At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff, and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

As a public research university serving the diverse citizens of Arizona and beyond, the mission of the University of Arizona is to provide a comprehensive, high-quality education that engages our students in discovery through research and broad-based scholarship. We aim to empower our graduates to be leaders in solving complex societal problems. Whether in teaching, research, outreach or student engagement, access and quality are the defining attributes of the University of Arizona’s mission.