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Assistant or Associate Professor in Educational Foundations and Inquiry

The Department of Educational Studies at the University of South Carolina invites applications for a full-time (9-month) tenure track position in Educational Foundations and Inquiry at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor to begin August 2018.


The position provides an opportunity to join a dynamic intellectual community in a College of Education committed to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion. We seek a scholar to join a faculty team who explore issues of cultural, historical, political, social, and comparative/international contexts of education and who advocate for access, equity, and justice for all students.

The program in Educational Foundations and Inquiry seeks scholars who are engaged in critical social and political analyses of educational issues in the history/politics of education particularly in the U.S. Scholars may specialize in a number of areas including: activism/social movements, indigenous experience/methodology, immigration, or queer theory.

Successful candidates will demonstrate interest in applying and developing critical/postcritical analyses of issues in education or socio-cultural, political, and institutional contexts of schools; producing a compelling research agenda; securing external funding to support research and establishing a record of research publications; teaching undergraduate and graduate educational foundations courses and qualitative inquiry courses; contributing to the development of the PhD in Educational Foundations and Inquiry and the Certificate Program in Qualitative Research; providing advisement and research mentoring to graduate students pursuing a PhD in Educational Foundations and Inquiry and the Qualitative Research Certificate; serving on doctoral dissertation committees, and on departmental, college and university level committees.


Required Education and Experience

Candidate must have a PhD in Cultural/Social Foundations of Education or a closely related field(s) by August 1, 2018; Experience teaching undergraduate courses in cultural/social foundations of education and evidence of qualitative research method expertise.


Preferred Qualifications

Experience teaching cultural/social foundations of education at the graduate level and qualitative research methods at the undergraduate or graduate level. Demonstrated expertise in: arts based research, discourse analysis, historiography/oral history, indigenous methodology, or poststructural analysis.



The College of Education application process is conducted through electronic communication. Required documents to attach to this posting are: (1) a letter of application, (2) a curriculum vitae, and (3) graduate transcripts for all earned degrees (upload as one PDF document under “other supporting documents tab”).

Also for all finalist, please arrange to have three letters of recommendation and official transcripts for all earned degrees to be sent via e-mail to Queenie Bell at or mailed directly to:

ATTN: Queenie Bell, Administrative Coordinator
University of South Carolina, College of Education
820 S. Main Street, Columbia, SC 29208.

Review of complete files will begin October 25, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

Inquiries should be addressed to Dr. Kara Brown, Search Committee Chair,

The University of South Carolina has a strong commitment to the principles of diversity and is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Minorities, women, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The University embraces family-friendly policies that provide a work environment and an academic culture supportive of faculty members and their families. The University is also responsive to the needs of dual career families.