Job Description:

DU is a research university with high research activity that enrolls approximately 12,000 students in its graduate, undergraduate, and professional programs and is committed to the value of Inclusive Excellence. Our TLS Department aligns with the philosophy and mission of DU and MCE to train global leaders who employ innovative and effective approaches to advance learning, development, health and wellness throughout the lifespan, and who promote educational and social equity. Our Department emphasizes the highest standards of ethics, professionalism, multicultural sensitivity, and competence.

Position Summary:

The Morgridge College of Education (MCE) at the University of Denver (DU) invites applications for a tenure- track James C. Kennedy Endowed Chair in Urban Education (Chair) position in the Teaching and Learning Sciences (TLS) Department at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor:

  • The Chair position is dedicated to applied research and dissemination of knowledge in the area of K-12 reform in the urban environment.
  • As part of the Kennedy Endowment, the Chair, in partnership with the two other Kennedy Chairs, steers the James C. Kennedy Institute for Educational Success.
  • The Chair will provide leadership to the MCE faculty, students, and community in curriculum development and research initiatives with an emphasis on finding solutions to 21st century challenges in teaching and learning in urban environments.
  • The Chair will promote positive change in the schools by developing, promoting, or scaling up innovative and cost-effective solutions to the challenge of keeping vulnerable learners on the path to educational success.
  • The Chair will inform and influence current educational policies, practices, and controversies related to equity and inclusive excellence in urban education and community contexts.

This is a 9-month appointment. It is expected that the Chair will conduct and publish research in his or her discipline and pursue external funding. Tenure-track faculty are expected to teach courses, supervise graduate students and doctoral dissertations, and provide institutional and community service. DU’s vision is to be a great private university dedicated to the public good and MCEs mission is to be a force for positive change. It is expected that the person who fills this position will promote the University’s vision and the Colleges mission through meaningful scholarship, teaching, and service activities. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The appointment will commence on September 1, 2018.

Required Qualifications

  • Earned doctorate in an area related to urban education.
  • Earned tenure at a prior institution and shows promise for meeting the MCE tenure criteria.
  • Experience working with a P-12 institution, school, community, or informal educational setting.
  • Active research agenda focused on applied research and dissemination of knowledge in the area of K-12 reform and supporting vulnerable populations in the urban environment.
  • Established record of procuring external funding to support research in urban education.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Established record of mentoring and providing funding for graduate students in urban education research.
  • Recognized as a leader in serving vulnerable populations and addressing vexing urban education challenges by peers and public leaders.

Application Deadline

Applications will be reviewed beginning November 1, 2017 until the position has been filled. Early application is advised.

Special Instructions

Interested candidates will submit an application online by going to Only applications submitted online will be considered. Inquiries about this position can be made to the search chair, Dr. Cynthia Hazel at; questions about the application process should be directed to Completed applications will be reviewed on submission and will continue until the position is filled.

Please include the following items with your application:

  1. Cover letter outlining research and teaching interests
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Example of scholarly writing

In addition, at least three recommenders should email letters of references on behalf of the candidates to with “TLS Search Position #5153” as the email subject; letters of reference should only be submitted for completed applications.

PLEASE NOTE: The online application system is limited to uploading 5 files total. Please combine content (clearly labeled) if necessary to upload all required content.

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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

About DU’s Morgridge College of Education (MCE): MCE is a graduate college of education dedicated to creating positive change by unleashing the power of learning. The college infuses social justice, diversity and inclusion across its 23 advanced degrees in higher ed, teacher prep, public policy, special ed, counseling psychology, research methods, and information science.