Endowed Chair Professor in Curriculum and Teaching
University of Southern California Rossier School of Education
United States

Robert A. Naslund Endowed Chair in Curriculum and Teaching and Professor of Education

Rossier School of Education Faculty Los Angeles, California

The USC Rossier School of Education is seeking applicants for a full professor (tenured) position to fill the Robert A. Naslund Endowed Chair in Curriculum and Teaching.

The mission of the USC Rossier School of Education is to prepare leaders to achieve educational equity through practice, research, and policy. We work to improve learning opportunities and outcomes in urban settings and to address disparities that affect historically marginalized groups. We teach our students to value and respect the cultural context of the communities in which they work and to interrogate the systems of power that shape policies and practices. Through innovative thinking and research, we strive to solve the most intractable educational problems.

The position will reside in Rossier’s Teacher Education program.  Rossier’s Teacher Education program focuses on theories, practices and policies supporting curriculum and instructional changes that foster equitable educational opportunities in preK-12 and higher education settings. This program is designed for individuals interested in supporting teachers and faculty so that they are prepared to provide high quality instruction in diverse environments.  

The successful candidate’s research will focus on the importance of teaching and curriculum and the ways PK-12 schools can recruit, train and retain high quality teachers as well as improve our understanding of the way instruction leads to strong student performance.  We also seek individuals whose training and research focuses on issues of diversity, racial equity and inclusion including anti-Blackness and racism.  

We are a collaborative group of scholars who often work together and with teams of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows on large-scale research. The preferred candidate will similarly value teaching and mentorship, and will show evidence of success (commensurate with experience) in obtaining extramural funding to enable the creation of research teams to address important and complex education policy issues. Applicants should welcome the opportunity to engage in collaborative research, contribute to intellectual and rigorous debates about complex and controversial education issues, and work closely with students in our doctoral, Masters and MAT programs. 

Successful candidates must have the commitment to advance Rossier’s mission to prepare leaders to achieve educational equity through practice, research and policy.  We work to improve learning opportunities and outcomes in urban settings and to address disparities that affect historically marginalized groups.  We teach our students to value and respect the cultural context of the communities in which they work and to interrogate the systems of power that shape policies and practices.  Through innovative thinking and research, we strive to solve the most intractable educational problems.  Successful applicants are expected to have a strong research agenda that addresses issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in PK-12 and teacher education.

The Rossier School of Education is ranked in the top 10 private schools of education by the U.S. News and World Report.  Our faculty is nationally recognized in terms of scholarly activity, external research funding and professional service.  Our work is guided by five sets of values, characterized as: results-oriented, collaborative inquiry, combine research and practice, innovation, and commitment to diversity, which is improving urban education locally, nationally, and globally.  We achieve this mission through rigorous scholarship, innovative degree programs and multiple partnerships with schools, community groups and other organizations.

Candidates should have extensive background in curriculum and instruction and learning sciences.  An independent program of research, characterized by methodological sophistication (quantitative or qualitative), professional relevance internationally, and potential (or track-record) of external support, is required.  Research interests will complement those of the current faculty across the school and will show promise for strengthening the quality of urban education services, ideally in multi-regional and multi-national contexts.  A doctorate is required.

USC is an equal-opportunity educator and employer, proudly pluralistic and firmly committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding persons of every race, gender, creed and background. The university particularly encourages members of underrepresented groups, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply. USC will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship. Further information is available by contacting uschr@usc.edu.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Minimum Education Required: Ph.D. or Ed.D. Candidates should have extensive background in curriculum and instruction and learning sciences. An independent program of research, characterized by methodological sophistication (quantitative or qualitative), professional relevance internationally, and potential (or track-record) of external support, is required. Research interests will complement those of the current faculty across the school and will show promise for strengthening the quality of urban education services, ideally in multi-regional and multi-national contexts. A doctorate is required.


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