Assistant or Associate Professor of Educational Finance, Policy and Politics

THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, SEATTLE, College of Education, seeks to fill a nine-month, full-time position for a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor in the area of Educational Finance, Policy, and Politics, with a focus on educational equity in P-12 settings. This position involves active research agendas in educational finance, as well as the intersections between finance and the politics of education, or the intersections between finance and other aspects of educational policy. This position may also involve quantitative methods and collaborating with qualitative or mixed methods scholars. In this role, the successful candidate will bring an explicit equity lens to their scholarship, with a focus on examining resource distribution, management arrangements, and other policies, especially at the state-level, that hinder or foster equitable public education for historically marginalized students.

Our new colleague will have opportunities to contribute to our Ph.D., M.Ed., and undergraduate programs, as well as practitioner-focused programs (e.g., Leadership for Learning [Ed.D.] for system-level leaders, the Danforth Principals Program, and the Masters in Education Policy [MEP] Program). The College of Education is building its capacity for working with American Indian /Alaska Native youth, families, and communities. Candidates with expertise in these areas will be able to contribute to this important initiative. Moreover, the State of Washington is in the midst of significant educational reforms such as, increasing basic education funding, improving academic achievement and closing opportunity gaps, increasing pathways to graduation, and improving our statewide assessment system. This provides a window of opportunity for the successful candidate to influence a range of pressing policy issues. University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research and service.

The UW College of Education, the nation’s No. 3-ranked public school of education, dedicates its resources to making excellent education a daily reality for all students and is committed to solving real-world educational challenges and closing opportunity gaps. Members of the College maintain a set of active partnerships with more than 300 educational institutions in the region, state, and nation—schools, school districts, community-based organizations, informal educational institutions, and professional organizations. Our College’s mission leads us to invest in recruiting colleagues who demonstrate experience with, knowledge of, and a commitment to working with culturally diverse and minoritized communities to address pressing educational challenges and foster a more just and caring society. The University of Washington is committed to building a vibrant environment for American Indian and Indigenous Studies. Our growing infrastructure includes the Department of American Indian Studies; the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute; the Intellectual House, a longhouse-style facility opened in 2015; the Burke Museum’s Bill Holm Center for the Study of Northwest Indian Art; and the newly developing Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies. The University of Washington acknowledges the Coast Salish peoples of this land, the land which touches the shared waters of all tribes and bands within the Salish Sea (Puget Sound) region as well as tribes whose traditional homelands are on the Pacific Coast, east of the Cascade Mountains, along the Columbia River, and throughout the Pacific Northwest.

All candidates must have an earned doctorate or foreign equivalent by the date of appointment in a relevant field or discipline such as: educational policy, educational finance, political science, public policy, economics, or sociology.

(1) A detailed letter describing qualifications for the position, including academic preparation, experience, research agenda, evidence about teaching, and evidence of capacity to generate outside funding. The committee is also interested in evidence of partnerships with policymakers, educational leaders or community leaders/members serving historically disenfranchised P-12 students; (2) a one-page statement describing experiences with and commitment to equity in research, teaching, service, and/or outreach; (3) Curriculum vitae; (4) Names and contact information for three references. (Please do not send letters of recommendation at this time; the College of Education will request letters for all semi-finalists); (4) Two examples of scholarly writing; and (5) an email address for further communications.

Send queries about the position to Co-chairs Drs. Min Sun ( & Nancy Beadie (

Please submit applications electronically to Interfolio. The committee will begin reviewing applications on October 15, 2018. The position will remain open until filled. Appointment to commence September 16, 2019.

Search committee members include: Nancy Beadie (; Min Sun (; William Zumeta (; Soojin Oh Park (; Andrea Cobb (; and Zach LeClair (

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