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Assistant/Associate Professor of Education (Educational Finance in Educational Leadership)

The Pennsylvania State University

College of Education

Department of Education Policy Studies



Assistant/Associate Professor of Education, Educational Finance in Educational Leadership


Position Available:  We are seeking a scholar with a background in educational leadership at the assistant or associate professor level who has a strong research emphasis on understanding educational equity and/or productivity through an examination of educational finance-related issues and resource allocation. Additional background in the economics of education, organizational climate and behavior, education law, or educator retention/recruitment and evaluation is also desirable.

 Beginning:  Fall Semester, 2018

 Appointment conditions:

This is a tenure-track, 36-week appointment with the possibility of supplementary summer appointments in research and/or teaching. Full University benefits apply. Penn State has a strong commitment to the diversity of its workforce and encourages applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds.


  • Conduct nationally and internationally recognized research and scholarship related to educational finance, particularly as it relates to educational leadership;
  • Advise doctoral and master’s students in the Educational Leadership graduate program;
  • Seek and secure external support for research;
  • Provide vision and leadership to program revisions and new program initiatives;
  • Teach courses on campus and online to graduate students with interests in educational finance and resource allocation in educational settings; and
  • Make strong linkages in the field and to the profession by engaging in service and outreach activities with appropriate audiences, including practitioners.

Required qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate in Educational Leadership, Educational Policy or a relevant discipline including but not limited to: economics, political science, demography, public policy, educational law, or sociology;
  • Evidence of, or potential for, an accomplished and robust program of research demonstrating leadership in the field;
  • Interest in obtaining external funding to support research;
  • Evidence of a commitment to excellence in teaching and advising including a willingness to teach in online environments along with an interest in the use of modern technology;
  • Evidence of strong collaboration with and mentorship of graduate students in research and/or evaluation efforts; and
  • Evidence of a commitment to working collegially and with individuals from diverse backgrounds.


Desirable qualifications:

  • Expertise in school finance and/or resource allocation, as well as any of the following: the economics of educational finance; organizational theory, organizational change, organizational accountability; educational law; tradeoffs between equity, efficiency, and adequacy in educational settings; relationships between social context and leadership; rural and/or urban education; and the evaluation of educational organizations;
  • Strong background in quantitative methodologies;
  • Interest in K-12 educational systems;
  • Evidence of a strong commitment to public service;
  • Evidence of collaboration across academic disciplines and academic units;
  • Commitment to networking with relevant University, state, and/or national centers; and
  • Experience teaching online or hybrid/blended courses.


Application procedures

Applicants must submit a letter of application documenting qualifications for the position, a current curriculum vitae, up to three representative reprints or preprints of scholarly publications, and at least three names, mail and e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of academic references.  Applications received by October 20, 2017 are assured full consideration; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  All application materials must be submitted electronically to

For questions/clarification, please contact:

Dr. Kai A. Schafft

Educational Leadership Faculty Search Chair