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Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley, Educational Inequality

by Jennifer Boles | Sep 08, 2017

The Graduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley, seeks applicants for an assistant professor (tenure track) in educational inequality. The expected start date is July 1, 2018. We are particularly interested in candidates with strong quantitative methodological skills and a focus on educational policy. The individual in this position would be concerned with underlying social, political, and school processes, maintaining a commitment to studying issues of equity and improvement in education.

Some relevant areas of research focus might include the following: structural inequality and its impact on student achievement or attainment; education finance and the effects of resources on student outcomes; the effects of schooling on economic and non- economic outcomes; the effects of class stratification and racism on educational outcomes; teacher labor markets and effects of incentives and assessments; the effects and effectiveness of school reforms, including students and teachers' responses to incentives and disincentives; and the politics and economics of market-based school reforms or school choice.

The successful candidate should be prepared to teach and advise doctoral students specializing educational policy and practice, and contribute as appropriate to either the GSE’s innovative MA or Ed.D. programs in educational leadership or to its teacher education programs. Faculty in the GSE also have the opportunity to teach in the School’s popular Undergraduate Minor in Education.

An applicant’s minimum basic qualification for consideration of this position is the completion of all degree requirements except the dissertation at time of application. A Ph.D. or equivalent degree in education, economics, sociology, political science, public policy, or a related field of the social sciences is required by the date of hire. We seek a candidate with demonstrated ability to teach about educational inequality with a focus on public policy, to develop new material for courses, and experience working with diverse students, at the undergraduate and graduate level.

An applicant’s evidence of excellence can be demonstrated in the forms of published or in press manuscripts in leading peer reviewed journals; exemplary chapters in edited books; outstanding letters from experts in the field; an exemplary research program to be accomplished in the next 5 years; and conference presentations or other forms of professional contributions indicative of strong participation in the research community.

We are interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their teaching, research, and service. UC Berkeley is committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual-career couples and single parents. For more information about potential relocation to Berkeley, or career needs of accompanying partners and spouses, please visit

Applicants for this tenure-track assistant professor position should submit the following materials for a complete application:

• A curriculum vitae
• A cover letter
• A research statement
• A teaching statement
• A diversity statement
• 3 letters of reference (to be submitted by recommenders – see more below)

Candidates should request letters of recommendation directly through our online application system. Please refer potential recommenders (even when recommenders use a third party for sending letters –i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality: prior to submitting their letters.

All letters of reference will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law.

How to apply. Visit to apply. The committee will begin reviewing applications on October 1, 2017. The position will close on October 31, 2017.
Please contact Lani Hunt at (510) 664-9984 or with questions.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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