Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Educational Studies (Focus on Critical Studies)

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How to Apply

Applications will be reviewed beginning September 15, 2022.


Candidates are asked to submit a cover letter; a curriculum vitae; research, teaching, and diversity statements; two publications that demonstrate scholarly accomplishment in their area of research; and the names of four professional references. Early career scholars may consider submitting conference papers, manuscripts under review, reports, or other examples of scholarly work. Please submit materials electronically to:http://apply.interfolio.com/109552.


The School of Education at the University of Michigan seeks a colleague for a tenure-track assistant rank appointment in the Educational Studies program. We seek applications from a diverse pool of scholars with a strong focus on critical studies in education; specifically, we seek scholars whose academic research and public scholarship has focused on one or more areas: critical and social and cultural theories; race, gender, class, ability, and  social inequities; systems of dominations and forms of resistance within educational contexts; restoration and promotion of well-being for historically marginalized children and educational communities; or theories of social change and educational transformation. We seek a scholar who has demonstrated the capacity to contribute to the creation and use of scholarship in education, with strong methodological training in quantitative, qualitative, or multiple methods, who engages innovative, transformative and anti-oppressive pedagogies and has the ability to teach courses in education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and who seeks to influence practice, policy, and partner with local communities.

Who We Are

The mission of the School of Education is to generate, study, and teach strategies, practices, and tools for addressing educational problems and prepare diverse groups of education practitioners, policy-makers, and researchers to develop equitable and just educational opportunities.

In pursuing our vision and mission, members of the University of Michigan School of Education community value: promoting and embodying diversity, inclusion, justice, and equity; working in local, national, and global contexts; and engaging with and learning from communities and learners.

The University of Michigan is committed to fostering and maintaining a diverse work culture that respects the rights and dignity of each individual, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, gender expression, height, weight, marital status, disability, medical condition, age, or veteran status. The University of Michigan is supportive of the needs of dual career couples and is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer.

Why Work at Michigan?

We plan to fill the position with a start date of August 2023. Salary will be negotiated on the basis of the candidate’s experience and qualifications. The appointment will be for the regular nine-month academic years. Salaries at the University of Michigan compare favorably with those at other leading institutions of higher education. The University of Michigan offers extensive family-friendly policies for faculty and liberal benefits, including a retirement plan, and group health, dental, and life insurance plans.


Candidates will be expected to pursue an active research agenda, teach graduate and undergraduate courses, advise graduate students, direct doctoral dissertations, and serve as an active member of the School of Education, the University, and education professional communities. Experience mentoring students of diverse backgrounds, including women, students of color, LGBTQ students and first-generation college students, is desired.

Questions may be referred to the Chair of the Search Committee, Prof. Maisie Gholson at  FacSearchCriticalStudies@umich.edu.  

Other search committee members are listed below:

  • Carla O'Connor, Professor
  • Maren Oberman, Clinical Assistant Professor 
  • Charles Davis III, Assistant Professor
  • Jennifer Randall, Professor

Required Qualifications*

Candidates should have a track record of outstanding scholarship in education, including public scholarship. Candidates at the assistant professor level should have outstanding potential and a defined research agenda related to educational justice through the critical study of educational systems and their impact on children and communities. A demonstrated teaching ability, strong methodological skills, and a desire to develop sponsored research are required.

Successful candidates will have:

  • a doctorate in curriculum and instruction, educational psychology, philosophy, sociology, history, anthropology, cultural studies, gender studies, ethnic studies or other related disciplines; areas of emphasis may include: Critical Race Theory, Black Studies, Indigenous Studies, Women of Color Feminism, Queer and Transgender Studies, Disability Studies;
  • a commitment to diversity, inclusion, justice and equity, as evidenced through teaching, service and scholarship;
  • a program of research and publications commensurate with rank and professional trajectory;
  • a record of community-engaged work, mutual aid, creative contributions, or other forms of praxis (including experience/expertise with intergroup dialogue, restorative practices, or trauma-informed practices); 
  • experience teaching in higher education; capacity to contribute to the development and teaching of courses that center race and anti-racism in relation to teaching and learning, schooling, policy, and social activism and transformation.
  • a track record of developing and securing external funds to support research, or the promise of developing such a track record; and
  • a strong interest in advising and mentoring graduate students.

With all hires, Educational Studies seeks candidates who are committed to the School of Education’s imperatives to improve educational practice and diversity, equity, and inclusion for all students. We are responsive to the needs of families, including (but not limited to) dual-career couples, families with children including single parent households, and LGBTQ couples. Please see our diversity strategic plan for more information: http://www.soe.umich.edu/diversity/SOE-Diversity-Statement-And-Plan.pdf.

Additional Information


Educational Studies has an internationally recognized faculty committed to the study and advancement of equity and social justice in school and out of school settings, effective teaching in the core disciplines, the study of how technologies and other educational innovations enhance teaching and learning, the social and political contexts and the historical and philosophical foundations of schooling, and  the use of  evidence to shape education policy and public discussions on curriculum, teaching, and achievement. Graduates of our program become engaged in academic and research careers in university programs, research organizations, or public agencies; administrative positions in school systems, educational centers, or national, regional, and state agencies; and in teacher education, professional development and curriculum positions in local and state systems and educational companies as well as for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

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The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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