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Center Director for the Education Policy Innovation Collaborative (EPIC)

The College of Education at Michigan State University is seeking a Center Director, to lead the Education Policy Innovation Collaborative (EPIC).  The director of the EPIC, a well-established and respected research-policymaker partnership (RPP) serves as the strategic education research partner to the state of Michigan. Candidates with deep experience using large-scale data sets to inform education policy and practice and who also have experience with multi- or mixed-methods research are especially encouraged to apply. The position is open with respect to disciplinary background, although the position is best-suited for a scholar from the fields of economics, sociology, political science, policy, or education measurement. This is a college-wide search, meaning that the selected candidate may sit in any of the College’s departments and units, and affiliations with more than one department in the college and university are possible depending on the candidate’s qualifications and requirements.

It is expected that the successful candidate will enter the position at the rank of professor, although associate professors with established records of accomplishment in research and teaching, as well as obtaining external financial support for their work and evidence of collaboration with local, state, or national education agencies, with particular attention to issues of educational equity, are encouraged to apply.


Lead and direct EPIC, the incumbent will establish and maintain strong partnerships and relationships within State government and across the state along with research, teaching, and service responsibilities. The associated duties include (but are not limited to) working with EPIC’s managing director, EPIC’s research and administrative staff, and affiliated faculty to:

  • Produce high-quality, timely, relevant “research with consequence” in support of education policymakers and practitioners.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with state, local school district, agency, and stakeholder partners.
  • Attract financial support from a diverse array of government and philanthropic entities in support of EPIC’s mission to provide “research with consequence” to improve the educations and lives of Michigan’s students and educators.
Position: Center Director for the Education Policy Innovation Collaborative (EPIC)
Organization: Michigan State University
Location: East Lansing,  MI 
United States
Posting Start Date: 10/3/2023
Date Posted: 10/3/2023

Required Degree

Doctorate -field related to education policy and practice

Minimum Requirements

  • Earned doctorate and a record of national stature in scholarly achievement in a field related to education policy and practice.
  • Current academic position at the rank of full professor, or as a current associate professor on a strong trajectory or extensive experience leading and influencing education policy within state government or national education agencies.
  • Record of research and publication in peer-reviewed journals and other forms of communication.
  • Evidence of leadership in funded, large-scale research projects with policy relevance
  • Evidence of deep engagement or collaboration in partnerships with local, state, or national education agencies.
  • Evidence of obtaining large external funding.
  • Experience with communicating research in ways that reach partners, stakeholders, and the public, including through policy briefs, reports, and a presence in the media.
  • Record of success in grant writing/proposal development and the acquisition of extramural funding.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, presentation, and public speaking skills.
  • Record of high-quality leadership/mentoring experiences with students, faculty and staff.
  • Evidence of a capacity to contribute to the intellectual, research and instructional life of the College and the University.

Desired Qualifications

  • A record of service and leadership in national or international professional associations

Required Application Materials

  1. A cover letter detailing qualifications for this position;
  2. A statement of research and teaching interests;
  3. A statement of leadership philosophy that highlights your experience working with partner organizations and leading large project teams or centers;
  4. A current curriculum vitae;
  5. Name and contact information for three professional references.

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin October 1, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources website http://careers.msu.edu.

Status: This listing expires on: 1/1/2024
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Michigan State University
238A Erickson Hall
620 Farm Lane
East Lansing,  MI 48824
United States
(517) 353-3618
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