Associate Professor of the Practice Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations - Vanderbilt University

The Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations at Peabody College of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University invites applications for the position of Associate Professor of the Practice in education policy and school reform. Candidates must have an earned doctorate in education or the social sciences, with experience and expertise in designing practice-relevant research studies and developing research-practice partnerships. A deep knowledge of the opportunities and challenges specific to research conducted in university-based practice partnerships is essential.

The successful candidate will have prior research-practice experience with schools, districts, state agencies or related organizations, a distinguished record of teaching, engagement in the scholarship of practice, and an interest in working collaboratively to build strategic partnerships that bridge research, policy, and practice. The successful candidate will teach courses in school reform, teacher evaluation and policy, and applied inquiry in the department's undergraduate, master’s, and executive and online doctoral programs. The successful candidate will also advise doctoral capstone projects and support students in working with partner organizations to design and execute quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research projects that aim to solve problems of practice and drive organizational improvement. Practice faculty members also serve as advisers to undergraduate and professional students and participate actively in program development.

Candidates are expected to have a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion, experience in working with diverse student populations, and a demonstrated capacity to work collaboratively with colleagues commensurate with the rank of associate professor of the practice.

This non-tenure track position is for an initial 3-year contract with the possibility of renewal following a review process.

The mission of the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations is to understand and improve the political, economic, organizational, and social contexts in which human learning takes place. The department embraces a range of disciplinary traditions and encourages multiple methodological approaches in the study and instruction of education policy and practice.

The department operates highly regarded programs at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral level, including five professional master’s degree programs; an on-campus Ed.D. program in K–12 and higher education leadership and policy; an online Ed.D. in leadership and learning in organizations; a Ph.D. program in K–12 and in higher education leadership and policy; and an undergraduate degree in Human and Organizational Development. For more information on the department, visit our website:

Application Instructions
Review of formal applications will begin October 15, 2019, and continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is August 2020. Applicants should submit a letter addressing their qualifications and interests, a full curriculum vitae, the names and contact information of three references, and representative research publications or other scholarly products such as training or research partnership materials. Please apply at the following link:
For questions about the position, please contact:

Catherine Gavin Loss
Associate Professor of the Practice
Associate Chair, Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations
Peabody #414, 230 Appleton Place
Nashville, TN 37203

Vanderbilt University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The department is committed to building a diverse faculty. We strongly encourage applications from all qualified candidates without regard to race/color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.