University Teaching Positions

Univsersity of Denver: Clinical Assistant Professor - Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department

The Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (ELPS) Department is strongly committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment, which is in full accord with the value that DU places on its commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Candidates must demonstrate ability to integrate content and issues relating to, and working effectively with, racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse populations.

Major areas of study represented in the ELPS Department include educational and organizational leadership and policy studies. We offer Certificate, Masters, and Doctor of Education and Philosophy degrees, and our department emphasizes the highest standards of ethics, professionalism, cultural humility, critical self-reflection, scholarly competence, and transformative leadership. Faculty are active in cutting edge research, pedagogy, and practice; hold leadership positions in professional organizations; regularly contribute scholarly work in their respective fields; and have a strong commitment to teaching, mentoring, and working in partnership with graduate students. We are looking for an anti-racist colleague who is interested in liberatory pedagogy and scholarship and is committed to support our mission of serving the public good and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Position Summary

The Morgridge College of Education (MCE) at the University of Denver (DU) invites applications for a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department (ELPS) beginning June 1, 2022. This is a benefited, non-tenure track, full-time, 12-month clinical faculty position. As a full-time ELPS faculty member, the Clinical Assistant Professor will participate in all faculty activities, including teaching courses, advising students, participating in the recruitment and admissions process, and attending department meetings.

The successful applicant will have primary responsibilities in the principal certification program. The ELPS Principal Certificate Program is approved by the Colorado Department of Education. It was ranked 25th in the US News and World Report in 2021.

Essential Functions

The roles and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Teach graduate level courses, with an emphasis on principal preparation.
  • Advise ELPS graduate students and supervise principal internships.
  • Work collaboratively with ELPS faculty and staff to accomplish program goals.
  • Collaborate with partner schools, community partners, and state agencies.
  • Participate in recruitment, admissions events, retention, and orientation of ELPS graduate students. with the ELPS Department Chair and other colleagues.
  • Perform teaching, research, and service activities as described in the Clinical Faculty Appointment and Promotion Guidelines.
  • Maintain and grow the departments commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The ideal candidate demonstrates experience and versatility in inclusive pedagogy. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion through their teaching, service, and research.

Required Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree in education (PhD or EdD) with an emphasis in Educational Leadership or Policy Studies.
  • Background and teaching experience in educational leadership and policy studies
  • Prior teaching and leadership experience in preK-12 schools/districts with diverse student populations.
  • Leadership experience in K-12, academic, community, non-profit, or professional organizations.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior teaching experience in higher education.
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion and a track record of demonstrable outcomes leading to a more inclusive environment; supports internships/clinical experiences
  • Expertise in equity and social justice leadership.
  • Active research agenda commensurate with a clinical line.
  • Expertise in scholarly areas such as the principal pipeline, equity leadership, principal preparation, professional development, or school improvement.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on January 7, 2022.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is UC.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $72,000 - $76,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. CV
  2. Cover letter
  3. One page philosophy of teaching statement
  4. One page diversity statement describing how your teaching and scholarly work activities contribute to our DEI mission; include your existing activities that contribute to DEI.
  5. Names and contact information for three professional references, at least two of which are written by previous supervisors. 

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non-discrimination-statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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