Professor & Chair

University of Maryland   College Park, MD   Full-time     Education
Posted on November 5, 2021
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The College of Education at the University of Maryland invites applications for the position of Chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership (TLPL), which is a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Professor. The College of Education seeks an innovative leader with vision and skill in supporting collaborative research, teacher education, and engaging with a wide range of stakeholders. The Chair will also engage in developing and supporting ongoing collaborative equity and anti-racism initiatives within the department and across the College of Education.

The UMD College of Education recently celebrated its centennial and is proud of its diverse community of students, staff, and faculty. Our mission is to enhance the lives of individuals, families, schools, and communities through our research, teaching, and engagement. We create knowledge about critical facets of education and human development and share that knowledge to improve lives in Maryland and throughout the broader national and international community. We prepare students to be the next generation of scholars, educators, and transformative leaders. Our values of impact, excellence, diversity and inclusion, innovation, social justice, collaboration, and community are at the core of the work we do. The College of Education at the University of Maryland is among the best in the nation, ranked 28th by US News & World Report nationally, and 18th among public institutions. Highly ranked programs in TLPL include Curriculum and Instruction (18th), Secondary Teacher Education (18th), Education Policy (22nd), and Elementary Teacher Education (23rd).

TLPL is one of three departments within the College of Education. It takes an integrative approach to curriculum, instruction, education policy, and teacher education. The department has three divisions: Science, Technology, and Mathematics Education; Language, Literacy, and Social Inquiry; and Education Policy and Leadership. The department is home to 28 tenured and tenure-track faculty and 31 professional track faculty, serving about 400 undergraduate majors, nearly 175 master’s students, and over 150 doctoral students. Faculty and students engage in collaborative research within four robust centers, including the Center for Math Education, the Center for Science and Technology in Education, the Maryland Equity Project, and the Multilingual Research Center.

TLPL is committed to the creation of educational opportunities that enable all individuals to realize their full potential as citizens in a pluralistic society and an interdependent world. To advance that ideal, the department supports cutting-edge research and offers graduate and undergraduate programs that apply a range of theoretical orientations, discipline-based perspectives and research methodologies to the study of educational problems, policies, learning processes, and learning environments, especially those housed in schools and school districts. The department’s graduate programs prepare students to assume a variety of roles, including scholars, researchers, policy analysts, teacher educators, instructional specialists, curriculum developers, teachers, education leaders, and advocates. The department’s certification programs prepare students to assume positions as education leaders and teachers in various content areas and specializations. Through research, teaching, and service, the department seeks to create and sustain a diverse, deliberative and responsive academic community dedicated to informing education policy and practice at the local, state, national, and international levels.


  • Earned Doctorate in Education or field closely related to teaching, learning, policy, or leadership
  • Record of scholarly productivity appropriate for appointment at the level of Full Professor at a research- intensive university
  • Record of effective leadership and capacity to promote a strong collegial culture
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Capacity for fiscal and human resource management
  • Commitment and ability to advance department, college, and university goals related to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Ability to develop and support collaborative relationships across the university and community, including school systems, state agencies, research institutes, and policy


  • A record of engaging and collaborating with stakeholders in PreK-12 educational settings
  • Relevant administrative experience (e.g., prior department chair role, director of a center or lab)
  • Experience in supporting and managing research centers
  • Evidence of creative innovations in teaching and program development
  • Experience with developing a vision and strategic plan
  • Record of effective teaching
  • Strong record of service to the profession and the broader community

To apply:

We encourage applications from minority candidates, women, and persons with disabilities. The University of Maryland is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is dedicated to increasing diversity of its faculty through hiring and retention of minorities, women, and persons with disabilities and other categories protected in the University of Maryland Code of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

Candidates should upload a letter of application addressing their qualifications; current curriculum vitae; and names, titles, addresses, and telephone numbers of three persons from whom reference letters may be requested. All application materials must be submitted electronically via the eTerp system at

Requests for confidentiality will be honored until the final phase of the search. Letters of reference will be requested for finalists.

Address materials and inquiries to William Ming Liu, Ph.D., TLPL Search Committee Chair, 3112A Benjamin Building, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742. Voice: 301-405-0099 FAX: 301-314-9995 Email:

Review of applications will begin on December 17, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Appointment to the position can be as early as July 1, 2022.

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