Assistant/Associate Professor Educational Leadership



Job description

Shippensburg, PA

Department: Educational Leadership & Special Education

Track: Tenure

Rank: Assistant or Associate Professor

Percentage of Time: Full-Time

Term: Fall 2021

Posting Number: FP00202

Position Start Date: 08/16/2021

General Description/Position Purpose

The Educational Leadership Program, within the Department of Educational Leadership & Special Education at Shippensburg University, invites applications for an Assistant/Associate Professor to begin fall semester of 2021. We seek an experienced practitioner-scholar to promote equity and excellence in our region’s schools and districts.

The successful candidate will teach on-campus and off-campus classes in both face-to-face and online formats, will be available and willing to teach evenings and weekends, will be expected to work closely with public school districts within Shippensburg University’s service region, and will be expected to participate actively with the Shippensburg University Superintendent Study Council. The standard teaching load is nine credit hours per semester for graduate positions. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to teach summer classes. In addition, faculty members are expected to perform other duties as assigned in compliance with the collective bargaining agreement.

Minimum Qualifications

1. A minimum of five years of successful administrative service, including superintendent or assistant superintendent, and building-level, or building-level supervisory leadership experiences in public schools;

2. Earned doctorate (Ph.D. or Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership or a closely-related field of study from an accredited university;

3. Evidence of commitment to meeting the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse populations;

4. Evidence of application of research principles in Pre K-12 educational leadership with emphasis in one or more of the following areas: leadership, supervision of instruction, curriculum and technology leadership, assessment of learning, human resource management, educational finance, school law, professional development, special education, or a related area of educational leadership;

5. A Pennsylvania Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility and Principal/Supervisory Certificate, or comparable out-of-state credentials;

6. Demonstrated commitment to teaching effectiveness, scholarly research, and social justice issues;

7. Capacity to lead and support scholarly research regarding the issues of digital learning, poverty, and equity for our region’s schools;

8. Experience working with marginalized, diverse and underrepresented populations;

9. Willingness and ability to travel to schools and sites throughout the region.

10. Successful performance in an on-campus interview is required.

Preferred Qualifications

Preference will be given to individuals with leadership experience in high-poverty schools and districts, to those who have taught graduate level leadership courses, and to those who have participated on doctoral dissertation committees.

Additional Information

University: Shippensburg University is located in rural south-central Pennsylvania, and is easily accessible from Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, and New York City via air, rail, or automobile. We are in close proximity to multiple urban and suburban areas like Carlisle, Chambersburg, Harrisburg, Hagerstown (MD), and Hershey and attract students from approximately 60 surrounding school districts, and beyond. Shippensburg University is one of fourteen campuses in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). A Master’s level comprehensive university, Shippensburg enrolls nearly 7100 graduate and undergraduate students across 51 undergraduate and 24 graduate programs.

College: The College of Education and Human Services, one of three within the University, includes 60 full-time faculty members distributed across seven departments: Teacher Education; Educational Leadership & Special Education; Counseling and College Student Personnel; Criminal Justice; Exercise Science; Social Work and Gerontology; and Military Science. Our programs are accredited or certified by CAEP, Middle States, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, CACREP, and the Council on Social Work Education.

Program: In partnership with Pre K-12 schools, the Educational Leadership Program prepares knowledgeable educational professionals who are committed to helping all students reach their full potential and who strive to make schools places where children, families, and teachers thrive. Our program offers a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, including preparation for eligibility as a Pennsylvania K-12 Principal; post-Master’s programs leading to certification as a supervisor, principal and superintendent; and a doctoral program (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership. The doctoral program is a joint partnership with Millersville University and classes meet in the Harrisburg area. The ninth cohort of doctoral students will begin classes in August 2021. To date, nearly 100% of our certification program completers have passed the School Leadership Licensure Assessment on the first try, with mean scores higher than state and national averages. Our department is highly regarded within our institution, the larger community, and the region and our faculty members have wide-ranging expertise in school and district leadership

How to apply

Applicants must provide a letter of application, current curriculum vitae, undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial for application and official prior to interview), three letters of recommendation, and any required supporting materials. Applications will not be reviewed until all supporting material has been submitted. Upon appointment, candidates must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the United States. The successful candidate must complete thorough background checks, and the offer of employment can be rescinded if the background checks reveal disqualifying or falsified information. For full consideration, all candidates must apply online at by May 28, 2021 with acceptance of materials continuing until the posting is closed.

A demonstration of teaching effectiveness will be required as part of the on-campus interview. Candidates should provide a portfolio or other evidence of scholarly ability, teaching, research, service, and a commitment to understanding diverse populations. Inquiries regarding the position can be forwarded to Rhonda A. Brunner, Ed.D., Search Committee Chair at [email protected].

Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity employer and, in compliance with federal and state laws and university policy, is committed to providing equal educational and employment opportunities for all persons without regard to age, color, national origin, race, religion, disability, veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Individuals from traditionally underrepresented populations are encouraged to apply.