Department Head & Endowed Chair in Education Policy
The University of Arkansas seeks applications for the position of the Department Head of Education Reform and 21st
Century Endowed Chair in Education Policy. Reporting to the Dean of the College of Education and Health Professions, the Department Head and Endowed Chair in Education Policy leads one of the most productive and best-resourced departments of Education Reform in the country. The Department Head holds a 21st
Century Endowed Chair in Education Policy during their term(s).
The Department of Education Reform (EDRE) in the College of Education and Health Professions (COEHP) at the University of Arkansas was established in 2005 through a $10 million gift from the Windgate Foundation that was then matched with $10 million from the University’s Matching Gift Program established by a bequest from the Walton Charitable Trust. EDRE’s mission “is to advance education and economic development by focusing on the improvement of academic achievement in elementary and secondary schools. EDRE produces unbiased research findings leading to direct intervention programs in public schools and is committed to providing research that will directly inform policymakers, scholars, parents, teachers, administrators, and the public to positively influence the future of schooling in Arkansas and the nation.”
EDRE currently comprises eight faculty members, six of whom are in tenure-line positions and five of whom, appointed between 2006 and 2018, hold thematic Endowed Chairs. Two research faculty members lead the work of the Department’s Office of Educational Policy (OEP). In the 2021-22 academic year, EDRE had 12 doctoral students in residence.
Since EDRE’s founding, its faculty and researchers have produced 1,937 work products related to the Department’s mission, consisting of 17 books, 254 peer-reviewed journal articles, 230 book chapters or invited journal articles, 135 working papers, 203 policy reports, 100 policy briefs, 85 appearances before Congressional or legislative bodies, 14 appearances as expert witnesses in court cases, 546 conference presentations, and 305 policy talks or briefings. Collectively, they have also received 48 honorific awards. This record of scholarly productivity has landed EDRE among the top five academic departments in the country in its area of Educational Evaluation and Research, according to the national database Academic Analytics. The Department ranks first in the nation in honorific awards and second in the generation of journal articles.
Among other programs and projects, the Department has since 2013 been responsible for managing the Arkansas Teacher Corps, which recruits, trains, licenses, and supports Arkansans as empowered teachers facilitating excellent, inclusive education. EDRE is also home to the Office for Education Policy (OEP). OEP bridges the gap between research and practice by helping to produce and translate research findings into actional insights to improve Arkansas PK-12 education.
The Department Head is responsible for providing intellectual and administrative leadership of the faculty, staff, and students in teaching, research, and service; managing and coordinating the department’s human and fiscal resources; advancing the department’s mission and founding goals; maintaining an active research agenda in the area of education policy with an overarching goal of improving K-12 education/schools; communicating evidence-based best practices with education leaders and policymakers; representing the department to state and federal agencies, private organizations, partners, and collaborators; and 7) serving as a liaison for the department to the college and university.
The Head serves at the pleasure of the COEHP Dean in a renewable five-year term. The Head’s underlying faculty appointment as a full, tenured professor in EDRE is a 9-month faculty position. The Head may use funds from their endowed chair for salary to pursue research and provide service to the department over the summer. The Head holds the 21st
-Century Endowed Chair in Education Policy during their tenure as Head.