Professor (Open Rank) and Director, Educational Leadership Studies

National Louis University (Tampa)

United States

October 31, 2022


Professor (Open Rank) and Director, Educational Leadership Studies

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Rank Administrative Faculty Term Length 12 Months Terminal one year contract No Position Status Full Time Position Title Professor (Open Rank) and Director, Educational Leadership Studies Campus Chicago, IL -18 S. Michigan Ave If other, please specify

This position will be expected to teach at multiple campuses and online, and will be based at our Wheeling or Chicago Campus.

Position Summary

The National College of Education (NCE) at National Louis University (NLU) seeks a dynamic educator with demonstrated expertise in educational leadership to join its Educational Leadership faculty as Director of Educational Leadership Studies programs. This is a full-time 12-month administrative faculty position, Professional Practice track, rank commensurate with qualifications and experience.

NLU's graduate programs in educational leadership include:

  • Programs serving PK-12 educators: M.Ed./Ed.S and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership (leading to IL principal and superintendent endorsements respectively), and Teacher Leader endorsement and M.Ed./Ed.S.
  • Programs serving postsecondary educators: Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership.
  • Educational Leadership programs are offered using a combination of modality and methods, in a weekend executive models suited for working educators who seek to advance their careers. We currently seek a leader to oversee all Educational Leadership Studies programs within the National College of Education, and to coordinate closely with other doctoral and advanced programs, as well as initial teacher preparation. The Director is the lead administrative and academic advocate for programs in Educational Leadership Studies, and works closely with the chair of each individual program to ensure the highest levels of academic excellence, fiscal integrity, student success, and faculty support. Racial justice and equity in education are a primary focus of all NCE programs. The ability to drive the University's diversity, equity and inclusion goals through its educational leadership programs will be a priority focus of the successful applicant.

    We are seeking a proven scholar and practitioner with extensive understanding of the contemporary educational leadership field. The ideal candidate will combine demonstrated experience/knowledge of PK-12 education and higher education institutions, structures and systems. This position spans development and implementation of programs and curricula for the preparation of prospective principals and superintendents and higher education officials, and other educational leaders.

    WHO WE ARE NLU's National College of Education understands that developing educators and preparing leaders to serve in PK-12,higher education and other educational settings as teachers and school leaders is a calling, a commitment, and a career. Our unique style of partnership with students at all levels—from new teacher preparation to advanced professional programs to doctoral degrees—guides all we do as we create today's teachers and tomorrow's leaders.

    Our programs are designed with the needs of our students in mind. Graduates frequently commend the National College of Education's top-quality professors, convenient locations, flexible course offerings and affordability. Most of all, the commitment to “real world” progressive education is unparalleled. NCE graduates make a difference. Our educators are found in approximately 40% of Illinois public schools and 75% of Chicago Public Schools, collectively impacting the lives of more than 60,000 students each year.

    At NCE, our commitment to learning includes ourselves. We are constantly re- examining our programs, curricula, instructional practices and student supports to best address the needs of today's educators.

    WHO YOU ARE You are:

  • Anaccomplished educator with demonstrated leadership experience in public or private learning communities, including leading roles in PK-12 and/or higher education settings.
  • An earnest advocate for diversity, equity, and Inclusion as intrinsic attributes of the student-centered learning communities you have led and influenced.
  • An experienced change leader who has successfully guided schools, districts and/or postsecondary education programs through systemic change, continuous improvements, and/or accreditation review processes.
  • A data-driven systems thinker and academic administrator with organizational competencies in planning, designing, implementing, marketing, and evaluating academic programs.
  • A thought-leader with a scholarly mindset and resourcefulness to support advancement of our faculty's research, assessment, and evaluation agendas.
  • A collaborative educational partner who connects collegiality with internal and external stakeholders in schools, districts, and postsecondary institutions to strengthen reciprocal connections among learning organizations.
  • An experienced educator attracted to university program leadership as a new career step and a new level of positive influence on American education.
  • You are deeply motivated by a desire to work in a learning community that is preparing the next generation of life-changing leaders.
  • You know:

  • How to model and support program excellence.
  • How to design and implement graduate certificates and degree programs that foster leadership knowledge, skills, and dispositions in educators.
  • How to reinforce a collaborative model of program design that is grounded in field needs and draws upon current research to inform program delivery and expansion.
  • How to use your knowledge of the educational leadership field to continue to build innovative programs to meet the needs of today's leaders..You will support our degree candidates as they become research practitioners.
  • Primary Responsibilities

    Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • Provide program leadership, management and administrative oversight to NCE educational leadership studies programs, including faculty and adjunct faculty workload management, curriculum, assessment, scheduling, and technology development.
  • Lead Educational Leadership Studies program development, management and partnership coordination, including working collaboratively with external stakeholders to ensure program design meets employer needs.
  • Contribute to curriculum development and program improvement by collaborating with faculty in program and unit level evaluation, to develop program reports, assessment protocols, and cross-disciplinary curriculum work.
  • Serve as a coach, mentor and instructional leader for a high-performing unit of experienced college faculty, leading the continuous improvement of evidence- based instructional effectiveness, curriculum development by faculty teams, the conduct of formative, growth-oriented faculty performance review processes and the supportive professional growth of our faculty as teachers and researchers.
  • Support faculty scholarship and development, and engage in active program of scholarship related to areas of expertise. Provide oversight as appropriate to faculty teaching success, advising and student supports.
  • Teach educational leadership courses at the M.Ed. and Ed.D. levels and supervise dissertation research by doctoral candidates in leadership- related programs.
  • Oversee faculty supervision of graduate internship experiences.
  • Advocate for effective use of digital learning technologies including D2L and other University supported technology platforms.
  • Support university marketing and enrollment management processes.
  • Engage in the learning-community life of National Louis University through engagement in meetings, committees, professional development, and collaborative projects with faculty and staff.
  • Fulfill other faculty duties in Research & Scholarship, Service, Professional Development & Engagement domains.
  • Application closing deadline of October 31, 2022

    Roll will be based out of the NLU Wheeling (IL) or Chicago Campus, and will require some flexibility to teach/visit all of our Chicagoland campuses depending on need.

    About NLU

    National Louis University ( NLU) is looking to honor its past while defining a bold new future as a contemporary, comprehensive university that prepares diverse students for sustained professional success with a deep commitment to Access, Excellence, Innovation and Equity. The university is focused on inspiring and empowering all learners to be leaders ready to address tomorrow's challenges in the context of increasing global urbanization. NLU is dedicated to providing a career-building, life-changing education that is accessible to all students. The University offers 80 + programs within its five colleges: National College of Education, Kendall College of Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management, Undergraduate College, College of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences and the School of Business and Information Technology. The University serves over 9,700 students per year and has experienced unprecedented growth in its undergraduate programming. Most students are from Illinois, but the University also attracts students from throughout the U.S. and from around the world who take advantage of campus based, blended and online programming.

    Founded in 1886, National Louis University is a private not-for-profit university offering programs through the doctoral level. NLU is also classified as an Engaged Institution by the Carnegie Foundation and has been named as a top ten institution by Money Magazine where its alumni believe they are making the world “a better place.” The University has had more Golden Apple Award winners among its graduates in teacher preparation than any institution across the state. The University has a deep commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and is among the top 25 most diverse national universities according to U.S. News and World Report (2019). The University has received more than $80 million in funding for applied research projects in urban development, childhood development, school improvement, and teacher preparation. NLU recognized as a national leader in closing the post-secondary completion through its innovative approach to undergraduate education.

    NLU is located in the center of Chicago's downtown loop, across the street from the Art Institute, in an area which has been recognized as America's largest campus with over 25 institutions and 50,000 students attending a college across the city. In addition, the University has several suburban locations and a Florida regional campus.

    Procedure for Candidacy

    National Louis University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Access/Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its students, faculty and staff. NLU is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive community and strongly encourages all qualified individuals to apply.

    Candidate review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


    The successful candidate will:

  • Possess an earned doctorate in Educational Leadership, or a related field, with experience in conducting applied research in classrooms/school/district settings, and higher education teaching experience commensurate with rank.
  • Have at least three-five years of leadership experience in education settings.Preference is extended for possession of a supervisory, principal and/or superintendent's endorsement.
  • Document a professional history of progressive leadership responsibilities and attainment of institutional goals.
  • Model excellence in teaching with a strong foundation in improving the climate of the school; analyzing complex social, economic, political, and other factors in contemporary problems facing schools; selecting, implementing, and evaluating initiatives.
  • Demonstrate experience and skill in both face-to-face and online teaching with adult learners.
  • Posting Number FAC271

    Number of Vacancies 1 Desired Start Date Open Until Filled No Special Instructions Summary Quick Link for Internal Postings https: //

    Supplemental Questions

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    Documents Needed to Apply

    Required Documents

  • Cover Letter
  • Transcript A
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of Recommendation 1
  • Letter of Recommendation 2
  • Letter of Recommendation 3
  • Optional Documents

  • Resume
  • Internal Posting Form (Internal Applicants Only)
  • Transcript B
  • Transcript C
  • Other (Licenses, Certifications, Etc.)