University of California, Irvine School of Education School-Based Research-Practice Partnerships and Community Engagement. The School of Education at the University of California, Irvine invites applications for a faculty position at the Associate Professor level in School-Based Research-Practice Partnerships and Community Engagement. We invite applicants whose scholarship: (a) is grounded in a commitment to school-based partnerships and community engagement , (b) focuses on expanding learning opportunities for children and youth who have been historically marginalized in the public education system, (c) emphasizes equity, access and successful pathways, and (d) is collaborative and multidisciplinary. This new hire will directly contribute to the mission of both the University and the School of Education through research and community engagement activities that will leverage existing resources and expertise. As UC Irvine prepares to become a Hispanic Serving Institution, we are particularly interested in applicants with a track record of funded research and whose commitments and scholarship contribute to our understanding of the challenges and opportunity gaps that Latino children and youth face, while also focusing on systemic innovations. Expertise may include organizational processes that shape the implementation of educational policies; social innovation frameworks, such as networked improvement communities and improvement science; innovative design of learning environments for K-12 students and/or teachers; children/youth learning from sociocultural, social capital, and complex social systems perspectives; policy and practice of curriculum inequality; equity in learning experiences and access to resources and educational programs. The faculty will join the well-established Center for Research on Teacher Development and Professional Practice (http://faculty.sites.uci.edu/teacherresearchcenter/) and will contribute to expanding its reach. The Center's central goals are to advance research on teacher development, teaching practices, and student learning and to promote research-based professional development programs across the teacher education continuum. The Center currently houses 6 faculty members, 11 collaborators (from both within and outside UC Irvine), and several doctoral students. In addition, the Center regularly hosts international visiting scholars. Current funded projects include the study of teacher noticing and career-long learning, innovations in and sustainability of teacher professional development, equitable practices in mathematics and science classrooms, bridging in and out-of-school science learning through research-practice partnerships, teacher identity development, and student engagement in STEM learning. Research involves local schools and educational, community-based organizations. The selected candidate will also work in collaboration with the School of Education Director of Community Engagement and Student Success and with the UCI Center for Educational Partnerships (CFEP; http://www.cfep.uci.edu/). The CFEP creates school-university partnerships to improve student academic achievement and address academic inequities and performance disparities through the development of systemic capacity building strategies with local K-12 schools and districts, other postsecondary institutions, businesses and communities. The new hire will be expected to contribute to our graduate and undergraduate programs, and particularly to our Ph.D. in Education program, to our Masters' of Arts in Teaching, and to our undergraduate major in Education Sciences. A more complete description of the School of Education can be found at: http://education.uci.edu. Applications should be submitted online at: https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/apply/JPF03935. Successful candidates must possess a Ph.D. (or equivalent) and have demonstrated excellence in research, teaching, and service. Applications must include a cover letter indicating research and teaching interests, curriculum vitae, and two or more relevant publications/papers. A separate statement that addresses past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion should also be included in the application materials. Letters of recommendations will be requested at a later date from referees of semi-finalists for the position. Review of applications will begin on September 5, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries about the position may be directed to Search Committee Chair Rossella Santagata (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Director of Personnel Tammy Ho (email@example.com). The University of California, Irvine is located in Orange County (OC). OC is home to 27 school districts, 594 schools, and over 23,000 teachers and administrators serving more than 500,000 students. OC is socioeconomically diverse. Latinos comprise 48.9% of K-12 students; the remaining half is comprised of Whites (28.8%), Asians (16.9%), African-Americans (1.5%), and smaller percentages of Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders and American Indian/Alaskan. Over half of OC K-12 students participate in the Free or Reduced Price Meal Program and over a fourth of students are designated as English Language Learners (Orange County Department of Education, 2015). "The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy."
Since 1965, the University of California, Irvine has combined the strengths of a major research university with the bounty of an incomparable Southern California location. UCI's unyielding commitment to rigorous academics, cutting-edge research, and leadership and character development makes the campus a driving force for innovation and discovery that serves our local, national and global communities.