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Assistant Professor and HESA Coordinator

The Higher Education and Student Affairs program is seeking applications for an Assistant Professor and HESA Coordinator for a 9-month (tenure track) appointment starting August 2019.

About Higher Education and the Higher Education Student Affairs (HESA) Program

The Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) program resides in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policies within the College of Education and is in partnership with the University Division of Student Affairs and Academic Support, including the National Resource Center for the First Year Experience and Students in Transition. HESA is nationally recognized as an exemplary program with graduates of the HESA program in top positions at major universities with positions in career and academic advising, student transitions, international student services, student leadership, and Title IX reinforcement among others.

Students study professional research, theory and best practices in higher education, with a concentration on higher education administration or student affairs. Students in the HESA program are recruited from a national pool and are selected through a competitive admission process. The vast majority of HESA students are full time, work in positions across the university and other regional universities and complete their program in two academic years.

HESA students typically spend the summer between their first and second year in international or national internship experiences. Many of our HESA graduates go on to earn terminal degrees, preparing them for nationally recognized university administrative positions or faculty positions.


Position Summary

The Higher Education and Student Affairs program is seeking applications for an Assistant Professor and HESA Coordinator for a 9-month (tenure track) appointment starting August 2019. The responsibilities of the position include: developing/maintaining a cohesive and rigorous research agenda in the higher education and student affairs area; pursuing external research funding; teaching and advising masters and doctoral students in Higher Education Student Affairs, with a focus on issues such as college student life and experiences, including student identity, access, equity, and transitions for student success.

The ideal candidate will also be deeply committed to social justice and diversity. The successful applicant will teach courses in the HESA M.Ed. program and the Ph.D. program that reflect research interests and program area needs in higher education, higher education administration, and student affairs. The teaching load is two/one courses per academic year that includes a course reduction for program coordination. Beyond responsibilities for coordination of the HESA M.Ed. program, other responsibilities include general advising, serving on department/college committees, and collaborating with other faculty members. A criminal background check is required for all candidates recommended for employment. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


Required Education and Experience

Successful candidates must have:

  1. An earned doctorate in higher education, student affairs, or a closely related field of study by the time of appointment (August 2019).
  2. The ability to apply current qualitative, quantitative, and/or mixed methods research skills to contemporary problems in higher education and student affairs.
  3. Experience working with diverse populations in college or university settings.
  4. Excellent communication skills and the ability to collaborate with university faculty, staff, and students as evidenced in application materials and interview.
  5. Active participation in NASPA, ACPA, and/or ASHE as well as other similar professional associations (e.g. AERA).


Preferred Qualifications

  1. Evidence of successful college or university student affairs/administrative experience.
  2. Experience advising M.Ed. and Ph.D. students.
  3. Experience supervising HESA and Ph.D. students.
  4. Evidence of effective teaching experience.


Application Information

Application materials accepted online include: 

  1. a letter of application, 
  2. a current curriculum vitae,
  3. list of at least three professional references to include e-mail addresses and phone numbers, and
  4. copy of unofficial academic transcript(s) – official copies will be required of finalists).

PLEASE NOTE: The submission of three (3) letters of recommendation will be required for all finalists.

Review of completed applications will begin February 1, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

Inquiries should be addressed to Dr. Spencer Platt, Search Committee Chair,

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, age, disability, protected veteran status or genetics.