Senior Professorial Lecturer/Professorial Lecturer in the EdD Education Policy and Leadership program



Job description

Location: Washington, DC


The School of Education (SOE) at American University invites applications for a faculty member who will serve as a Senior Professorial Lecturer/Professorial Lecturer in the EdD Education Policy and Leadership programs at the School of Education. This is a term (non-tenure track) faculty appointment for the academic year 2022-2023, with the potential for subsequent annual reappointment. This is a 12-month position and will commence in Fall 2022. The SOE is committed to diversity, equity, and excellence in education and the SOE actively encourages applications from members of all ethnic, racial, and/or cultural identities underrepresented in higher education. As a School and faculty, we are continuing to grow our knowledge and practice around anti-racist practice and pedagogy.

American University’s School of Education (SOE) is located in Washington DC, a city with committed and innovative urban educators and access to some of the nation’s largest and most diverse school districts. The SOE, with commitments to anti-racism, systems theory, and increasing equitable educational outcomes of students in all learning environments, is a growing school with programs in teacher education, special education, international education, and educational policy and leadership. American University is a private research institution within easy reach of the many centers of government, business, research, and the arts. For more information about American University, visit Additional information about the School of Education is available at

With a focus on education leadership, policy analysis and implementation, and practical learning experiences, the EdD and MEd programs are strongly committed to the values of anti-racism, innovative partnerships, co-construction, and practitioner knowledge.

  • The online EdD in Education Policy & Leadership launched in 2019, with a focus on systems change, personal leadership, anti-racism, and policy & research. The EdD program functions with a deeply embedded cohort model and culminates with students writing and presenting their dissertation of practice, focused on taking action regarding a problem of practice.
  • The MEd in Education Policy & Leadership program, which operates both in-person and online, prepares educators and other professionals to serve as leaders in education organizations. Students gain the knowledge and skills in leadership, policy, anti-racist practices and strategies, law, economics, and research to effectively administer education programs and policies at all levels.

More information about the EdD and MEd programs can be found here:

MEd in Education Policy and Leadership, SOE | School of Education | American University, Washington, DC

Over the calendar year, this faculty member will be expected to primarily teach across the EdD online program, advise doctoral students for the EdD, and chair EdD dissertations of practice.  This new faculty member will also teach within the MEd program online and in person.

Key responsibilities include the following:

  • Teaching courses, reflective of anti-racist knowledges, literacies, and capacities, within EdD and MEd during 2022-2023 academic year
  • Doctoral advising and mentoring students around EdD competencies, program of study and dissertations of practice
  • Other responsibilities aligned with the EdD program (participating in equitable admissions processes, program evaluation, residencies, etc)

Salary is competitive. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


Applicants for this term faculty position should hold a Ph.D., Ed.D., or other terminal degree in education leadership, education policy, or other relevant field. Highly qualified applicants with all but dissertation in a field related to education will be considered.

Candidates must have demonstrated belief in and commitment to anti-racism, in their practice, research, and teaching. Candidates will have experience and knowledge across some of the following: education policy analysis and implementation, improvement science and applied methods, and education leadership theory and practice.

How to apply

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