Samford University’s Orlean Beeson School of Education invites individuals interested in serving in a Christian university environment to submit applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Educational Leadership at the rank of assistant or associate professor.

Orlean Beeson School of Education includes four departments, including educational leadership. The Department of Educational Leadership offers three masters’, educational specialist, and doctoral degree programs. The selected faculty member joins a department of colleagues having diverse PreK-12 educational experiences. In addition to traditional on-campus courses, across the department courses are offered in the evening or weekend either in a blended or on-line format and may be taught at a satellite campus.

Faculty member will be responsible for teaching courses related to research design and quantitative methods in the doctorate program in Educational Leadership, but may also teach in any of the three other programs within this department. In addition, to teaching, individual will serve as dissertation chair, be a member of dissertation committees, and will be actively involved offering breakout workshops at Samford University’s Educational Leadership Doctoral Candidate Institute. Furthermore, the individual is expected to participate fully in scholarship and service to the profession, school, university and community; work as a colleague with all faculty and staff; display a commitment to academic excellence; participate in course and/or program modifications which may include assistance with the development of a new proposal, and then teach in a Ph.D. program developed for the department.

Candidates must demonstrate that they possess excellent interpersonal relationship skills, organizational skills with the ability for multi-tasking, and the ability to support the design and implementation of educational research studies.

A qualified candidate will meet the following specifications:

  • Graduate of an accredited school with an earned doctoral degree in educational leadership, educational psychology, school psychology, special education, educational research or a related field
  • Successful teaching experience at the graduate level (doctoral teaching experience preferred)
  • A demonstrated research agenda with peer-reviewed publications
  • Knowledge of research-based statistical methods
  • Educated in research design, including mixed methods and survey research
  • Skilled at implementing educational research that is experience-based
  • Proficient in technology, including MS Office, Excel, SPSS and other software applications

Preferred qualifications include a candidate having a research agenda focused on increasing student achievement, English language learners/multi-lingual learners, social justice, school district reform, or advanced technologies for learning. Strong candidates will possess prior experiences mentoring doctoral candidate and others in the design of education research and/or assistance with methods, especially in the field of educational leadership. Online teaching, high proficiency with APA style, and knowledge of on-line learning platforms (e.g., Canvas) and assessment (e.g., Taskstream) platforms, is strongly preferred. Experience as an educational leader in a PreK-12 setting, in either a building and/or district leadership position requiring administrative certification is also preferred.

Academic rank and salary are dependent upon qualifications and experience.

To apply, please send one PDF file comprising each of the following:

  1. Letter of application
  2. CV
  3. Names and contact information of three professional references
  4. one research study (under 20 pages)
  5. Application for faculty position (see link below)
  6. Faculty applicant Christian mission statement (see link below).

Please submit all materials listed above in PDF format to:

Application for Faculty Position:

Faculty Applicant Christian Mission Statement:

Samford University (www.samford.edu) is the largest privately supported and fully accredited institution for higher learning in Alabama. Located in suburban Birmingham, the university was founded in 1841 and has 366 full time faculty and more than 5,500 students. Samford is ranked 3rd in the South among regional universities by U.S. News & World Report and has been nationally recognized for academics, affordability and value by a number of prestigious publications and rankings. The university is dedicated to the promotion of rigorous academic inquiry in a Christian setting. The university offers competitive salaries with a generous benefits package.

Samford University is an Equal Opportunity Institution that complies with applicable law prohibiting discrimination in its educational and employment policies and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or national or ethnic origin.