Assistant Professor of Educational Politics, Governance, and Finance - University of Washington

THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON SEATTLE, College of Education, seeks to fill a nine-month, full-time position for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the areas of Educational Politics, Governance, and Finance with a focus on educational equity and learning across P-12 settings. Strong candidates would have active research agendas in policy, organizations, and/or leadership, addressing such topics as the politics of education/governance and state and federal policy, especially regarding education finance. A successful candidate will bring an explicit equity lens to such matters and a demonstrated commitment to examining and contributing to new political, organizational, or resource arrangements that foster equitable educational opportunities and outcomes especially for students traditionally underserved by public school systems. Preference will also be given to candidates who have demonstrated expertise in quantitative and/or mixed methods. All candidates must have an earned doctorate by the date of appointment in a relevant field or discipline such as: educational policy, educational finance, leadership and organizations, political science, public policy, economics, or sociology.

The faculty member will teach courses on such topics for Ph.D. and M.Ed. students across the College and be a main contributor to one or more practitioner-focused programs (e.g., Leadership for Learning [Ed.D.], the Danforth Principals Program and the Masters in Education Policy [MEP] Program). The faculty member will also have opportunities to contribute to undergraduate programs. We are especially interested in candidates who have a strong interest in and capacity to collaborate with other researchers, practitioners, and historically underserved communities across multiple levels of educational systems. The faculty member will join a team of highly collaborative colleagues on research projects, courses, and partnerships with school systems, education nonprofits/advocacy organizations, and governmental agencies that address essential gaps in knowledge and practice.

The UW College of Education, the nation’s No. 3-ranked public school of education, is a vibrant working environment characterized by an atmosphere of supportive and interdisciplinary collaboration, both within the College and across the entire University. The College dedicates its resources to make excellent education a daily reality for all students and is committed to solving real-world educational challenges and closing opportunity gaps. The 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. University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research and service.

The College of Education is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment.

Applications should include:
(1) A detailed letter describing qualifications for the position, including academic preparation, experience, research agenda, evidence of teaching, and evidence of partnerships with policymakers, educational leaders or community leaders/members serving historically disenfranchised youth. Please explicitly address how you see your past, present and near-future research, teaching and service addressing specific elements of this job description, including its emphasis on addressing educational inequities. (2) Curriculum vitae; (3) Names and contact information for three references. Please do not send letters at this time. The College of Education will request letters for all semi-finalists; and (4) Two examples of scholarly writing, preferably ones that demonstrate your approach to politics, policy, education finance, and governance as well as how your work will further the College of Education’s commitment to equity and social justice; (5) an email address for further communications.

Send queries about the position to Dr. Meredith Honig, search chair, at Please submit your application packet electronically to the search chair, Dr. Meredith Honig, via Ms. Lynda Jensen at, 222 Miller Hall, College of Education, Seattle, WA 98195-3600. The committee will begin reviewing applications on November 15th, 2017. The position will remain open until filled. Appointment to commence September 16, 2018.

Search committee members include: Andrea Cobb (; Dr. Kristen Missall (; Dr. Min Sun (; and Dr. William Zumeta (

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University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.