Associate/Full Professor in Postsecondary Access & Success University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas at Austin, College of Education is seeking a faculty member in the area of Postsecondary Access & Success at the Associate or Full Professor level. This unique collegewide faculty search is designed to attract a scholar who will add to the college’s strong academic and research programs in postsecondary access & student success with a strong equity lens across diverse populations.

The College of Education has a robust set of undergraduate and graduate programs across five departments, and is regularly ranked among the top five public colleges of education in the country. We promote the shared values of equity, excellence, innovation, empowerment, community-focus, and endeavors to bridge research and practice. We view inclusiveness and excellence as interconnected in the work of our faculty. The College of Education is particularly interested in and values candidates who have experience working with diverse and underserved populations, and who show a demonstrated commitment to improving access and positive outcomes in educational and health settings for children, adults, families, schools, and communities.

As a leading college of education in Texas and beyond, we are agents of change committed to transforming education and health research, practice, and policy to ensure the thriving of children, families, schools, and communities. In our efforts to align our college to address the most pressing challenges in the fields of education and health, we have launched a new strategic vision known as Reimagine Education (see reimagine-education). In advancing this effort, we have organized our academic and research aspirations around three Signature Impact Areas: Advancing Equity and Eliminating Disparities in Health and Education, Attending to Place and Context, and Thriving through Transitions.

The successful candidate may bring research expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • Promoting postsecondary access and success among diverse student populations;
  • Programmatic efforts in K-12 to build the pipeline to postsecondary participation and college readiness;
  • College pathways for first-generation students or students with learning disabilities;
  • Role of dual-enrollment in supporting college success;
  • Pathways to and through STEM-related postsecondary education;
  • Higher education policy, including aligning state/local policies for college access and success;
  • Links between military service and postsecondary education;
  • Career and technical education policy;
  • Reforming developmental education in community colleges;

Because of the uniqueness of this college-wide search, which emphasizes interdisciplinarity, the successful candidate may be appointed or jointly appointed in any of the college’s departments, with the most likely homes including Educational Leadership and Policy (ELP), Curriculum & Instruction (C&I), or Educational Psychology (EDP).

Candidates must have an established record of excellence in university teaching, service, and scholarship in applied and diverse educational settings. Candidates must have a record of securing extramural funding at levels necessary to support their scholarly research. Candidates must have a strong commitment to equity and inclusion in their teaching, mentorship, and academic leadership.

The position is supported by a competitive start-up package, compensation appropriate to rank and experience, and access to research resources. Hiring is contingent upon funding.

Required Qualifications:

  • Earned doctoral degree in Education, Educational Policy, Higher Education Administration, or related fields
  • Active record of scholarly productivity and excellence including publication in high impact refereed journals
  • Demonstrated capacity to conduct, administer, and sustain a significant program of research with diverse methodologies that is scientifically rigorous and connected to ensuring effective education systems and student success
  • Demonstrated ability to teach and mentor undergraduate and graduate students, especially those from diverse backgrounds
  • Commitment to advancing the college’s commitment to equity and inclusive excellence

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong background in preparation of postsecondary education researchers and/or postsecondary leaders
  • Demonstrated commitment to research-practice partnerships that include external partners, schools, institutions of higher education, and/or community organizations to improve systems of support for students
  • Experience with K-12 local educational agencies (LEAs), institutions of higher education (IHEs), state educational agencies (SEAs), national educational agencies, and/or nongovernment or community organizations involved in educational leadership, promotion of student learning, and school improvement
  • Ability to communicate in a language other than English, preferably Spanish

More about the University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas at Austin is the flagship state university of Texas. It values and supports interdisciplinary research and provides outstanding access to opportunities for collaboration with world-renowned faculty. As a venue for research, Texas is one of the most diverse states in the country with an increasingly culturally pluralistic population, with students in the P-16 system and in general. Austin, Texas is an exciting, welcoming, and inclusive city with the reputation for being the Live Music Capital of the World.


Review of applications will begin November 15, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, please provide all requested materials by this date.

Applicants should upload the following items to Interfolio:

  • Cover Letter with contact information
  • Full C.V.
  • Research Statement that includes research accomplishments and future research direction
  • Teaching Statement
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) statement detailing how your teaching, service, and/or scholarship has or will help to address education and/or health disparities
  • Up to 3 representative publications
  • A list of 3 references with contact information

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions. To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit

For additional information about the College of Education, see

For questions regarding the application process, please contact: Gina Smuts,

Questions about the position can be directed to the co-chairs of the search committee:
Victor Saenz,
Cinthia Salinas,