The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (ELPS) is seeking an associate or full professor to direct a new center housed in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences (CEHHS) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  The Center will be focused on research, public service, and outreach projects that address pressing issues facing educational leaders and policymakers. Its current portfolio of projects is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Tennessee Higher Education Commission, and private foundations at more than $1 million per year.

CEHHS is a multidisciplinary unit with 90+ tenured/tenure-track faculty members, housed in eight departments. ELPS is a thriving and growing department that is transforming into a national leader in its areas of focus. The director will develop and lead collaborations with educational leaders, policymakers, and researchers to assess needs, seek funding opportunities, lead research initiatives, and share and disseminate findings. Key responsibilities include overseeing all studies under the center, leading external funding efforts, managing budgets, and supervising staff and graduate assistants. The director will be expected to teach at least one class per year and mentor graduate students as a part of their job responsibilities.

This is a 9-month, tenure-track, highly-funded position beginning August 1, 2022.

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Located near the beautiful Smoky Mountains, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) was founded in 1794 and is one of the oldest public universities in the country. UTK is a vibrant and diverse urban campus, located in the heart of Knoxville. It is the flagship campus for the UT system, a participating institution of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and is officially designated as a Research (Very High Research Activity) and Community Engagement University by the Carnegie Foundation. For more information about UTK and Knoxville, please visit:


Required Qualifications:

Earned doctoral degree in education or a related field

Outstanding record of research in top peer-reviewed venues consistent with the desired faculty rank

Successful history of procuring external research funding

Experience managing/leading teams and developing partnerships with practitioners and/or policymakers

A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion 

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience as a director of a large research project or administrative experience within higher education

Expertise in qualitative or quantitative research methods

Experience disseminating research to a broad audience

Ability to communicate with external stakeholders and raise funds

Demonstrated excellence in teaching and mentoring

Application Instructions

Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2022, and continue until the position is filled. To apply, submit a letter of application, the names, mailing addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three references, a curriculum vitae, and up to three publications to

For questions, please contact:

Jennifer Morrow, Search Committee Chair