Position Description
In 2015, University of the Pacific’s Gladys L. Benerd School of Education launched its new presence in Sacramento, California to fill a specific niche in fostering true innovation and systems thinking. Today, we are well on our way to building a curious, inquiring, and courageous community of practitioners who are committed to revolutionizing learning systems, structures, and cultures. We seek a team member with an entrepreneurial spirit to serve a vital role as we fulfill our vision to be a center of innovation, learning, and creativity in the Sacramento Valley.

We are searching for a colleague with a deep commitment to engaging students in real-world practice through teaching that challenges dominant norms. As one example of that commitment, our faculty members facilitate all courses through an action-oriented project-based curriculum. Our courses are centered on culminating projects where students work with community partners in real-world settings. Another example is that we are transitioning to an action-oriented, project-based dissertation model in our doctoral program. In particular, we are teaching students to use various innovation tools and frameworks as methods for their dissertation inquiry. We hope to find a colleague who will help us move even further in creating the most transformational and impactful program possible.

The Sacramento faculty plays an important role in working with the Assistant Dean for Sacramento Programs and other colleagues to build our presence in the region. This new colleague will serve as a key faculty member in the Educational and Organizational Leadership Doctoral Program, launched in Fall 2015. The program, which we call “A Doctorate for Innovators and Creators,” is designed to develop innovators and systems thinkers for learning, leadership, and change.

The successful candidate will demonstrate evidence of teaching, research, leadership, service and the ability to work collaboratively with students, colleagues, and stakeholders. The position will be based at the Sacramento Campus the incoming candidate will take an active role in our community engagement efforts

The basic teaching workload is three courses each semester with an option to teach up to two courses in the summer (preferred, but not required). This faculty appointment will also include assisting the Assistant Dean with programmatic responsibilities, program coordination, recruitment and dissemination of program information. The position will teach across our programs, but has a particular emphasis on the in the Educational and Organizational Leadership Doctoral Program. This includes involvement in dissertations, master’s thesis, student recruitment, community engagement, curriculum development, internal service, and scholarship (which can include contributions to research outlets or practitioner settings). Our program requires continual innovation and pushing of traditional boundaries, which results in a heavily collaborative teaching culture.

In collaboration with the Assistant Dean, this position will play a key role in working to build and sustain the Doctoral Program by:

  • Facilitating the iteration and assessment of the program and curriculum
  • Reviewing curriculum, advising students, and other activities
  • Building community and regional relationships to advance the program
  • Serving as the primary faculty contact for prospective students
  • Presenting and engaging with prospective students at various recruitment events, both in person and online
  • Developing faculty and providing opportunities for professional development/collaboration to transform the teaching/learning experience

This colleague will hold the rank of assistant or associate professor, depending on experience level. This is a non-tenure eligible position with eligibility for promotion to associate and/or full professor. The position is affiliated with the Department of Educational Administration and Leadership and will be assigned primarily to our school in Sacramento.

Basic Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree in a field related to learning, leadership, and/or change
  • Demonstrated prior University teaching experience, including serving on or chairing dissertation committees
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering a caring and rigorous educational environment
  • Demonstrated commitment to continual innovation and change
  • Demonstrated ability to collaboratively engage with colleagues in program development and teaching
  • Demonstrated commitment to personal development and growth in one’s own teaching and practice
  • Demonstrated excellence in applied scholarly research or evidence-based practice
  • Demonstrated interest and experience in working in partnership with community groups, businesses, government agencies, and other organizations, as appropriate to the position
  • Demonstrated successful teaching experience with adult learners
  • Demonstrated commitment to and teaching in diverse settings, as well as working with students from culturally and linguistically diverse communities

We are searching for a colleague who meets two or more of the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated skill and expertise in design thinking and innovation methods
  • Demonstrated leadership experience in education-related start-ups (e.g., founding new schools, starting a new venture)
  • Demonstrated success in transforming a school, college, university, or district setting
  • Demonstrated experience in facilitating change through innovation methods (e.g., design thinking, lean startup, participatory engagement, appreciative inquiry)
  • Demonstrated expertise in analyzing/developing educational policy for innovation and change
  • Skill to teach applied research design courses

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated successful hybrid or online teaching experience
  • Practitioner experience in P/K-20 education
  • Research and or grant writing experience

Application Instructions
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applications can be submitted online at https://pacific.peopleadmin.com

Please upload the following:

  • A letter of interest explaining
    • How minimum and preferred qualifications are met
    • Relevant experiences that have prepared you to teach in this type of program
    • Description of teaching approach
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • List of Professional References

Questions about the position can be directed to Dr. Rod Githens at rgithens@pacific.edu. Questions about the online application process can be directed to jobs@pacific.edu.