Assistant Professor

Application Deadline: 12/20/2019
Full-Time Regular


Assistant Professor

Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Instructional Technology

The Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Instructional Technology at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) seeks a tenure-track faculty member to join our leadership programs beginning Fall 2020. Graduate programs include Master (M.S.) degrees in Teacher Leadership and in Educational Technology, post-Master licensure programs for intermediate school leaders (Sixth Year Certificate) and for superintendents, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership with PK-12 and Higher Education Administration strands. The department also delivers undergraduate teacher preparation courses in multicultural and secondary education. The department is proud of a vibrant network of formal and informal partnerships with local schools, districts, and educational agencies. In 2018, CCSU became a member of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED), a national consortium focused on innovation within Ed.D. program designs.

Recognizing the need for systemic change and systems thinking in educational organizations to meet the dynamic challenges of the modern world, the department seeks a faculty member prepared to develop leadership and analytical skills in students seeking to facilitate such a shift across the PK-20 spectrum. We seek a new colleague ready to participate in a collaborative department that strongly values diversity and equity and is dedicated to preparing our graduates to be transformative leaders of educational organizations. This colleague will have a strong background in systems thinking, organizational change, and diffusion of innovations. We seek a professional with both theoretical and practice-based insights into applied strategies for leading deep change in organizational systems and cultures.

The successful candidate will be willing to undertake the challenges and opportunities involved with teaching courses, curriculum and program development, supervising graduate student candidates for diverse leadership roles, supervision of Ed.D. dissertations, and collaborating with a variety of stakeholders to develop and maintain partnerships that support systemic change in education. The individual selected is expected to pursue a productive research agenda consistent with the mission of the department, and to engage in research with strong connections to practice.

Required Qualifications

  • Doctorate with emphasis in educational leadership, organizational studies, systems theory, implementation, or a closely related field of study;
  • A record of excellence or potential excellence in teaching, research, service, and professional participation that merits appointment as an assistant professor;
  • Major specialization in one or more of the following areas:

    1) school and district improvement;

    2) higher education leadership;

    3) systems theory and change;

    4) organizational analysis;

    5) educational technology; and/or,

    6) implementation.

  • Professional experience in education;
  • A commitment to preparing educators to support justice, equity, and an inclusive culture for all learners.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Background appropriate for advising doctoral student research in topics related to leadership and school improvement; skills in quantitative methods.
  • Successful experience teaching graduate level educational leadership courses;
  • Professional or research experience focused on rural education;
  • Research agenda that focuses on leadership, systems analysis, and change; and,
  • Leadership experience in higher education.

The University: The largest of Connecticut’s regional comprehensive universities, Central currently enrolls 11,880 students. This includes 7,605 full-time undergraduates, 1,949 part-time undergraduates, 648 full-time graduate students, and 1,678 part-time graduate students. A third of its undergraduates are students of color, the largest group being Hispanic. Ninety-three percent of the students are from Connecticut. An increasingly residential campus, 64 percent of Central’s first-year students live on campus; 24 percent of all undergraduates live on campus. For more information about Central Connecticut State University, please visit

The Community: Located nine miles southwest of Hartford, New Britain is a city of some 70,000. Part of the Greater Hartford area of 1.2 million residents, New Britain is centrally located in the state and is within easy reach of much of Connecticut and several metropolitan areas in the region. New Britain’s population is characterized by a high degree of racial and ethnic diversity. Known as “Little Poland,” 17 percent of its population are of Polish background. It is the home of three Polish language newspapers and one television station, and annually hosts the Little Poland Festival. Significant portions of its population come from Puerto Rican, Italian, and Irish backgrounds. Currently, 37 percent of its population are Hispanic; 11 percent are African American; 25 percent live below the poverty line.

In addition to all that Hartford provides, New Britain is 40 minutes from Springfield, Mass., two hours from Boston, and two hours from New York City. It is also part of the Hartford-Springfield “Knowledge Corridor” and, therefore, within easy driving distance of a host of private and public institutions of higher education and many cultural opportunities.

Application and Appointment: For full consideration, applications must be received by December 20,2019.

To begin the application process, click on the Apply Now button and submit the following :

  • Letter of interest addressing all the qualifications for the position
  • Current detailed curriculum vitae
  • Names of three current professional references with addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers
  • As one attachment under upload for additional documents ,include unofficial transcripts as well as examples of three recent research-based publications or alternative scholarly work (such as funded grants, manuscripts in progress, or scholarly conference papers);

Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Fringe benefits include personal and sick leave, paid holidays, medical, dental, vision and prescription plans, a multi- plan retirement, retirement health care , deferred compensation, Dependent Care Assistant and Med Flex spending accounts, supplemental benefits such as long term, short term disability, tuition waiver for employee and eligible dependents at any of the Connecticut State Universities (Central, Eastern, Southern or Western).

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Mailed applications will not be accepted.

Please redact any personally identifiable information (i.e., Social Security number, date of birth, marital status, country of origin) from any documents submitted. Please ensure your Social Security Number is not listed on any documents submitted.

For more information, contact Dr. Sheldon Watson at 860-832-2576 or

As an affirmative action employer, Central Connecticut State University actively seeks and encourages applications from women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and individuals with protected veteran status. The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.