Founding Director of the Ed.D. in Urban Education Program (working title)

Start Date:

August 2021


Associate/Full Professor with Tenure


Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience


Northeastern Illinois University’s Department of Literacy, Leadership and Development is seeking a Founding Director of the Ed. D. in Urban Education Program. The candidate will be responsible for the development of the University’s new doctoral program in Urban Education (working title). The ideal candidate will share the University’s commitment to educating a racially, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse student population. Further, the candidate will be reflective, collaborative, and transformative.

University Background:

Founded in 1867, Northeastern Illinois University enrolls about 7,200 students through the College of Arts and Sciences, the Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education, the College of Business and Management and the College of Graduate Studies and Research. Northeastern is regarded as the most diverse public comprehensive university in the Midwest and is designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution. Northeastern offers more than 40 undergraduate degree and certificate programs and more than 50 graduate degree, certificate, licensure and endorsement programs.

Northeastern’s Main Campus is located on 67 acres in a residential area on the Northwest Side of Chicago. The University has two additional locations in the metropolitan area: the Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies and El Centro. Northeastern also is a founding member of the University Center of Lake County consortium campus in suburban Lake County, north of Chicago. 

Department Background:

The Department of Literacy, Leadership and Development is a critical learning community that inspires innovation inside and outside the classroom in school leadership PK-21, Literacy and Human Resource Development. We strive to create a culture where faculty use data and inquiry to reflect on classroom practices and improve learning outcomes for students. We also strive to be a department that is committed to racial equity and diversity throughout our scholarship, service, mentorship, and teaching. Thus, we look for faculty who are literate in culturally relevant and critical scientific scholarship, teaching, and service. We strongly believe that this commitment allows us to prepare our students to pursue their careers in education circles PK-21 and Human Resource Development and to quality for further educational opportunities.


  • Lead a collaborative group tasked with designing and drafting a new doctoral program proposal and accompanying curriculum in Educational Leadership: Urban Education (working title), that is culturally relevant and steering it through the approval process
  • Lead, coordinate, teach and advise in the program
  • Secure external grant funding for the program, where appropriate
  • Contribute to the assessment, evaluation, and accreditation of the program
  • Conduct on-going scholarly research in area of expertise and disseminate findings and participate in the scholarly community
  • Participate in academic activities at the Department, College, and University levels
  • Participate in professional and community activities
  • Market and recruit new students for the program

Required Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate in Education or a related field from an accredited institution
  • Eligible for the rank of Associate or Full Professor
  • Experience teaching and/or directing a doctoral program
  • Experience in program development
  • Strong scholarship/research productivity in Education or related discipline
  • Experience working with racially/ethnically, socio-economically mixed and minority populations
  • Experience serving on doctoral-level dissertation and/or thesis committees

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated success in securing grants
  • Experience teaching online
  • Demonstrated commitment to service
  • Demonstrated knowledge of culturally-responsive pedagogy
  • Works harmoniously with colleagues, students, and the community


Screening will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


Please email letter of application, CV, graduate transcripts and three reference letters (including telephone numbers and email) to:

Northeastern Illinois University
c/o Jennifer Grzelak
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625

Your cover letter should include your vision in creating an Urban Education (working title) doctoral program in leadership.

Northeastern Illinois University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and invites applications from Women, Minorities, Veterans and Persons with Disabilities, as well as Other Qualified Individuals. Northeastern Illinois University's positions are contingent upon the University's receipt of its State of Illinois appropriation.