The College of Education at Wayne State University is pleased to invite applications for a tenure-track/tenured Assistant/Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Preference is to hire at the Associate Professor level, with tenure, but we will consider candidates at the advanced tenure-track Assistant Professor level. Salary and rank for position are commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

Start Date: August 18, 2022. 

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Leadership Focus: We seek a scholar whose research addresses leadership and/or administration, broadly defined (e.g., the principalship; administrative responsibilities such as teacher and staff recruitment and retention; school improvement; leadership and organizational theories, higher ed leadership, etc.). 
  • Intersectional Justice: Applicants must demonstrate commitment to intersectional justice through their research, teaching, and/or service. We are especially interested in candidates who apply equity-focused theoretical lenses and methodologies to their work (e.g., Critical Race Theory, Intersectionality, Critical Policy/Leadership Analysis, Transformative Leadership, Anti-racist leadership, Social Justice Leadership, etc.). 
  • Scholarly Productivity: We seek a seasoned scholar who has published extensively in educational administration and/or policy academic journals and has a clear, compelling research agenda that has attracted some notoriety in the field (e.g., publication in influential journals and/or media outlets, state- or national-level speaking engagements, community-based programming with notable individual/group impact, etc.). 
  • Doctoral Advising: Applicants must have an interest in and capacity to begin advising doctoral students in the first year of appointment. 
  • Embody Program Values: Important review criteria include evidence of a commitment to working with individuals from diverse backgrounds; commitment to excellence in teaching and advising; and eagerness to embody the program theme: To prepare educational leaders who are reflective, innovative professionals who will affirm and demonstrate their commitment to equitable and just education. 
  • Applicants must have an earned doctorate in educational leadership, educational policy, or a related field. 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Bridge K-12 and Higher Education: We are especially interested in applicants whose work extends and strengthens the expertise of current faculty to address issues in both K-12 and higher education administration. 
  • Leadership Experience: We are especially interested in applicants who have served as K-12 school leaders or higher education administrators, particularly in diverse settings. 
  • Externally Funded Research: We are excited about applicants who have demonstrated the ability to raise external funds to support their research. 
  • Partnered Research: Our program faculty are involved in active research partnerships with local school districts and community-based organizations. We would prefer applicants who have experience or interest in conducting partnered, community-based, or policy or practice-relevant research. 

The Program: Educational Leadership and Policy Studies is a program within the Division of Administrative & Organizational Studies in the College of Education. We serve graduate students in our Master’s of Education in Administration, Education Specialist, Ed.D., and Ph.D. programs. We alternate annual admission of Ed.D. cohorts between K-12 leadership and higher education administration. We serve a diverse student body, and nearly half of our students identify as Black. Most of our students work full-time in local K-12 schools or the university community while earning their degrees. Program faculty lead the Detroit Education Research Partnership, a growing research-practice partnership with local schools and community organizations. 

The Wayne State University Community: Wayne State University is classified as a “doctoral university: very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. We are located in Midtown Detroit, the city center and one of the country’s fastest-growing neighborhoods, which welcomes more than 2.5 million visitors annually. Here, you’ll find 200 acres of green space, walking paths and state-of-the-art facilities surrounded by renowned cultural institutions and industry-leading employers. WSU has a COVID-19 and flu vaccine mandate and has been a leader in preventing community spread of the coronavirus. Find out more here. Wayne State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We strongly encourage applications from all qualified candidates, without regard to race/color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. 

Application Process: All applicants must use the WSU Online Hiring System at, referring to Position # 045964. Electronic applications must include a cover letter; curriculum vita (CV); names and contact information for at least three references; and 2 to 3 representative publications/papers for review. The search committee will begin reviewing applications on November 29, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. 

Inquiries about the position may be directed to the chair of the search committee: 

Dr. Sarah Winchell Lenhoff, 

Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies 

Inquires about the application portal or logistics may be directed to: 

Katharine Johnson,