The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington invites applications for the position of Professor andDepartment Chair. Reporting to the Dean of the College of Education, the Chair is responsible for providing innovative and entrepreneurial leadership supervising personnel, budget, and general operations of the department; facilitating the development and accomplishment of department goals; supporting faculty scholarship; assisting in the development of grants; maintaining close affiliations with area school districts/partners; and working in a collegial manner with faculty, staff, and students.
The Chair will work with the Dean to provide an innovative and entrepreneurial vision for the department to achieve world-class research excellence while continuing its tradition of high-quality programs. The Chair will enable the department to significantly increase its research funding and endowments to address national and international challenges, including fostering collaborations with industry, government groups, and with other postsecondary institutions. To ensure adequate time to engage in research, an Associate Department Chair may be identified to support many of the administrative aspects of the position.
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Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Is a servant-leader and inspirational colleague.
Demonstrates candor and authenticity.
Nurtures the successes of colleagues and students.
Possesses an energetic, well-grounded, success-oriented personality.
Shows initiative and self-discipline, with confidence and charisma to lead, encourage, and empower.
Is creative, innovative, market-minded, and entrepreneurial.
Builds consensus and is a team leader who seeks collective wisdom and input.
Is an effective change agent.
Possesses leadership skills and courage to make tough decisions.
Is politically astute, yet not political.
Possesses effective social skills.
Possesses excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to communicate technical information clearly to a range of audiences.
Values diversity and actively looks for opportunities to engage with and elevate marginalized voices.
Department and College/School Information
Home to approximately 1,300 students, 40 faculty, and 25 staff members, the College of Education prepares education professionals to lead North Texas in a dynamic and changing environment and contributes to the national dialogue surrounding education in the 21st Century. The College has two departments, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (https://www.uta.edu/academics/schools-colleges/education/current-students/departments/elps) and Curriculum and Instruction with more than 600 graduates in 2022-2023. The College is currently one of the state’s top producers of outstanding education professionals and is committed to meeting the goals of the UTA Strategic Plan/2025 (https://www.uta.edu/strategicplan/).
The University of Texas at Arlington is located in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metroplex, a vibrant and diverse metropolitan area that is home to over 7 million people, one of the fastest-growing tech economies in the United States, and a wide array of arts, entertainment, and cultural activities. UTA is a comprehensive teaching, research, and public service institution dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through scholarship and creative work. The University is committed to providing access and ensuring student success, and to a culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, and commercialization of discoveries by our community of scholars. With an enrollment of more than 40,000 students, UTA is the second largest in the University of Texas System. As a result of its combination of rigorous academics and innovative research, UTA is designated as a Carnegie R-1 “Very High Research Activity” institution. UTA ranks No. 4 nationally in Military Times’ annual “Best for Vets: Colleges” list and is among the top 30 performers nationwide for promoting social mobility of its graduates (U.S. News & World Report, 2023). UTA is designated by the U.S. Department of Education as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI), and it has one of the top 30 most ethnically diverse undergraduate student body in the United States (U.S. News & World Report, 2023). Its approximately 270,000 alumni, including some who occupy leadership positions at many of the 24 Fortune 500 companies headquartered in North Texas, contribute to UTA’s $22.2 billion annual economic impact on Texas.
Furthermore, UTA is poised to experience widespread growth in the near future. The university recently launched the first phase of its RISE 100 initiative aimed at recruiting 100 new tenure-system faculty to amplify research standing and position UTA as a leader in key scholarly areas; more details are available at
It is the policy of The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA or The University) to provide an educational and working environment that provides equal opportunity to all members of the University community. In accordance with federal and state law, the University prohibits unlawful discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, and/or veteran status. The University also prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity, and gender expression. Retaliation against persons who oppose a discriminatory practice, file a charge of discrimination, or testify for, assist in, or participate in an investigative proceeding relating to discrimination is prohibited. Constitutionally-protected expression will not be considered discrimination or harassment under this policy. It is the responsibility of all departments, employees, and students to ensure the University's compliance with this policy.
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Required qualifications for this position include:
excellent leadership and interpersonal skills
an established record of refereed high-impact publications, grant funding, and strong teaching commensurate with appointment as Professor with tenure
an earned doctorate from an accredited institution in Educational Leadership/Administration, Educational Policy/Innovation, Higher Education, or a relevant academic discipline aligned with the College of Education
demonstrated commitment to diversity and equity in education through leadership, scholarship, teaching, and/or service
Preferred qualifications include:
at least three years of administrative experience including program coordination as well as successful experience with program development and program approvals
understanding of program assessment and accreditation processes/procedures
experience with the development and implementation of online programs