First listed on: 25 October 2021

Associate Professor of Educational Leadership 

  • Full time, continuing position located in the Camperdown Campus
  • Base Salary $163,505 + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

The Sydney School of Education and Social Work is seeking an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership who can demonstrate a critical approach to educational leadership research and a deep understanding of educational practice informed by their experiences working with, for example, educational leaders and policy makers. They will have a well-established research program and record of publication in educational leadership focusing on contemporary challenges faced by educational leaders working in complex and changing settings.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • further develop the research capacity and productivity of the educational leadership program
  • Lead and enhance the competitive funding profile of educational leadership through mentoring and partnerships
  • provide leadership in international scholarship through original, innovative and distinguished research
  • engage in a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach to theory, policy and practice
  • design, teach, assess, and coordinate postgraduate and undergraduate units of study and contribute to innovation in the design and delivery of award and non-award programs
  • contribute to the ongoing qualitative review and improvement of educational leadership curricula within the School/Faculty which enhance the University's standing as a national leader in education
  • contribute to student research supervision, including research higher degree students to successful completion
  • consolidate and further develop community engagement and partnerships
  • contribute to research, education and academic administration in the School
  • contribute to a positive workplace culture

About you

  • PhD or equivalent research doctorate in a relevant field of study
  • professional qualification in education, extensive practice experience in educational leadership
  • recognised as a leading authority in scholarship, research and teaching in educational leadership, with distinction at national and international levels
  • outstanding, original and innovative contribution to research and scholarship in educational leadership demonstrating engagement in publication, scholarly dissemination and research income generation
  • demonstrated experience developing strong educational leadership research teams and networks
  • track record of successful research student supervision
  • extensive teaching experience demonstrating original contributions and a commitment to curriculum design, innovative pedagogy with evidence of improved outcomes
  • commitment and contribution to collaboration and collegiality demonstrated in research leadership and research and academic mentoring
  • demonstrated capacity to contribute to public commentary on educational leadership and policy, along with a proven record of achievement and award in the development of professional partnerships with stakeholders

Closing date for applications

11.59pm 22nd November 2021

Pre-employment checks

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

This position is designated as involving child-related work. To undertake or remain in this position, you are required to apply for and obtain a Working with Children Check clearance in accordance with the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012.

EEO statement

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

How to apply

Applications (including a cover letter addressing the nine points in the 'About you' section above, CV, and any additional supporting documentation) can be submitted via the Apply button at the top of the page.

For any role specific questions, please contact Prof. Debra Hayes via

For a confidential discussion about the role, or if you require reasonable adjustment or support filling out this application, please contact Paulina Rojas/Nicole Feain from Recruitment Operations, Human Resources at

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