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Open Rank, Tenure-track - College of Education, EPOL Social Foundation / Philosophy of Education

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Job Location:
Urbana, Illinois
Other Education Faculty
Open Rank:  Social Foundations in Education/Philosophy of Education

Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership

College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is one of the leading public universities in the world, with a student enrollment of more than 50,000 and nearly 3,000 faculty. The campus is renowned for creating architectural accessibility (curb cuts were born here), wheelchair athletics, and accessible higher education for individuals with disabilities. Our vibrant and diverse community of 130,000 offers the residential advantages of a medium-sized university city, excellent cultural opportunities, and a high quality of life, with a cost of living lower than the U.S. average. The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign assists faculty spouses and partners seeking employment in the Champaign-Urbana area. Please visit the dual academic career webpage for more information.

The College is comprised of faculty across four departments with active research agendas. Altogether, the College of Education has $53 million in active grant funding from federal funding agencies (e.g., NIH, OSEP, IES). The College of Education offers: a history of collaboration with schools to conduct research; technology support and infrastructure; and doctoral programs wherein students assist with research.

The Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership (EPOL) in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) invites applications for a full-time tenured/tenure-track assistant, associate, or full professor position in Social Foundations in Education with an emphasis in Philosophy of Education. The Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership (EPOL) includes concentrations in Educational Administration and Leadership, Higher Education, History of Education, Human Resource Development, Global Studies in Education, Learning Design and Leadership, and Social Science and Educational Policy.

We seek applicants who can relate philosophical insights to the study of important policy-relevant topics within the field of education, especially in relation to issues of equity, diversity and inclusion. We are especially interested in candidates who study these policy issues in relation to public schooling, though we also welcome applicants with a broader range of philosophical interests pertinent to educational issues.

The candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in philosophy of education, social foundations, research methods, and educational policy (on-campus and online) as well as advise on-campus and online graduate students. EPOL and the College of Education encourage collaborations with departmental, college and campus colleagues, particularly where the humanities can feature centrally in educational pursuits.

Applicants should have:
- An earned doctorate in educational philosophy, philosophy, social foundations , or a closely related field.
- A record of excellent scholarship or demonstrated potential for excellent scholarship.
- A record of excellence or demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, including online teaching.
- A record of excellence or demonstrated potential for excellence in mentoring and advising graduate students.
- A demonstrated capacity or potential to obtain external funding for research, alone or in collaboration with others.
- Candidates at the associate or full professor level must have an established record of research, teaching, and service to meet the University's requirements for tenure at the appropriate rank.

This is a regular, full-time, nine-month tenure-track position. Appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor, or Associate Professor or Full Professor with tenure, will be based on the qualifications and experience of the candidate. Salary will be commensurate with experience. The starting date for this position is August 16, 2023.

Applications must be submitted online at: All requested application materials must be submitted by 10/24/2022 for full consideration.

Please create a candidate profile and upload one file that contains a cover letter, curriculum vitae, personal statements of your teaching and your research philosophies (total, 3000 words maximum), unofficial copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and the contact information for three references.

For more information about this specific position, please contact the search chair, Nicholas Burbules at  For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137. 

The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing

Requisition ID: 1012331
Job Category: Faculty
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