Date of Appointment: Fall 2013 


We seek an energetic and collaborative colleague who will contribute to achieving the Center’s potential and vision, and who will uphold high standards for research, teaching, and service to the profession. Toward this end, we seek an individual with a passion for contributing to the betterment of society through education, and with innovative ideas about how graduate education and research can help postsecondary education meet contemporary challenges and plan for the future.

We seek a faculty colleague with expertise in one of the following areas:

Access and equity in higher education, which may include the study of college student barriers to access and equity; organizational and leadership dynamics; and the study of public policy issues related to these concerns.

Diversity in higher education, which may include research on student, faculty, and staff diversity, particularly issues of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexual orientation; the contribution of diverse educational environments to college teaching and learning; and intersections among diversity, access, and equity issues.

Regardless of area, we seek a scholar who can build on his or her expertise to play a major role in the creation and use of scholarship in higher education, who has strong methodological training in qualitative or quantitative methods, who has the ability to teach courses in these areas, and who seeks to influence institutional, national and international policies and practices that will improve higher education. We are especially interested in candidates who are committed to contributing to programmatic efforts aimed at developing a campus climate that supports equality and diversity.

Candidates should have a track record of outstanding scholarship in access, equity, and/or diversity in higher education. The successful candidate will have an earned doctorate in higher education or another discipline or professional field that contributes to the scholarly study of postsecondary education. The appointment may be at the rank of assistant professor (tenure track), or associate or full professor (with tenure). Candidates for associate or full professor should be nationally-recognized scholars with a strong record of empirical studies and grants in higher education. Candidates at the assistant professor level should have outstanding potential and a defined research agenda related to higher education. At all levels, demonstrated teaching ability, strong methodological skills, and experience with sponsored research are required. Prior administrative experience in higher education is also highly desirable.


The candidate will be expected to pursue an active research grant and publication agenda, teach graduate courses, advise graduate students, direct doctoral dissertations, and serve as an active member of the School of Education, the University, and higher education professional communities. Experience mentoring women, minorities, and first-generation college students in graduate education is desired. For tenured positions, joint appointments may be possible within the School of Education or with other schools and colleges.


For over five decades, CSHPE has enjoyed a reputation as the nation’s premier preparation program for higher education scholars, practitioners, and leaders. It is distinguished by its breadth of opportunities within this interdisciplinary field of study, by meaningful research of national significance, and by generations of graduates who provide exceptional leadership through scholarship and practice. This is one of the most comprehensive higher education programs in the country, and students and faculty alike are attracted by the wide range of topics reflected in its curriculum and in Center-sponsored research projects and professional activities. The work of the Center is enhanced by the rich and diverse set of resources available at the University of Michigan. The Center seeks to build on these resources by continuing and strengthening its linkages to other disciplines and university units. These include the National Forum for Higher Education and the Public Good, the Ross School of Business, the Ford School of Public Policy, the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, the International Institute, the Center for the Education of Women, the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, and the National Center for Institutional Diversity, among others.

The Center offers Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in higher and postsecondary education. Its curriculum has two broad objectives: 1) to increase students’ understanding of higher education as an area of academic inquiry, scholarship and practice; and 2) to prepare students for administrative, policy, and scholarly careers in higher education. Master’s students primarily enroll in a general higher education program. Other options include the higher education program with a concentration in social justice education or philanthropy, the dual degree MA/MPP program in Public Policy and Higher Education, a dual degree MA/MBA program between the Ross School of Business and Higher Education. Doctoral students construct their academic programs from four concentration areas: Public Policy; Academic Affairs and Student Development; Research, Evaluation and Assessment; and Organizational Behavior and Management. 

CSHPE currently enrolls 10 doctoral students and 30-35 master’s students per annual cohort. Many of our graduates are nationally recognized for the contributions they have made to each of the four concentration areas in positions of research, teaching, and administration.

With all hires, CSHPE seeks to discover candidates who are committed to the School of Education’s twin imperatives to research and improve diversity and equity in education. The University of Michigan and CSHPE are interested in candidates who are committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities, and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity. We are also responsive to the needs of dual-career couples and families with children.


We plan to fill the position with a start date of September 2013. Salary will be negotiated on the basis of the candidate’s experience and qualifications. The appointment will be for the regular nine-month academic year with possible additional remuneration for administrative duties. Salaries at the University of Michigan compare favorably with those at other leading institutions of higher education. The University of Michigan offers extensive family-friendly policies for faculty and liberal benefits, including a retirement plan, group health, dental, and life insurance plans.



Professor Michael Bastedo, Director

Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education

2117 School of Education Building

610 E. University Avenue

The University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1259


Telephone: (734) 764-647-1981

Fax: (734) 764-2510



Screening will begin December 1, 2012, and will continue until the position is filled.

The University of Michigan, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The University of Michigan is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, or Vietnam-era veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions. Inquiries or complaints may be addressed to the Senior Director for Institutional Equity and Title IX/Section 504 Coordinator, Office for Institutional Equity, 2072 Administrative Services Building, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1432, 734-763-0235, TTY 734-647-1388. For other University of Michigan information call 734-764-1817.