Director of the Ed D. Ethical Leadership Program

School of Education and Human Services

University of St. Thomas


The University of St. Thomas (UST), a private Catholic University committed to the liberal arts and the religious and intellectual tradition of Catholic higher education, located in Houston, Texas, near the vibrant central business district, Texas Medical Center, and museum district, is seeking applicants for a full-time Director of Education in Ethical Leadership. This educational program is faithful to the Catholic intellectual tradition and the dialogue between faith and reason. Selected Catholic Social Justice Tenets and the Basilian charism of “Teach Me, Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge” are foundational to the curriculum design. Grounded in the premise that educational environments are varied, complex and in a state of flux, we believe in the inherent calling of leaders to be creative and competent catalysts for transformative change who address social justice issues through advocacy and action. Through systematic inquiry and deliberate reflection, we provide a broad exploration, via a research agenda, that investigates professional competencies for use in leadership roles that build strong community through ethical service.



THE PROGRAM: The Ed.D. Program in Ethical Leadership is an innovative, student-centric program of study that provides a rich scholarly template to analyze administrative practices and promote socially responsible leadership in schools and organizations. in roles complemented by research and in-depth studies. Undergirded by an integrated and coherent curriculum in an accelerated trajectory, this program examines the current spectrum of leadership intensity in organizations by exposing students, via advance study and research, to ways of thinking that are compassionate and civic-minded as well as that encourage beliefs in social justice and community service.


Utilizing cutting-edge technology, this 3-year program is interdisciplinary and designed for both public and private educators as well as individuals from fields other than education who already possess a master’s or equivalent professional degree. Venturing beyond traditional doctoral models, our cohort approach distinguishes itself through the use of academic benchmarks that monitor student progress throughout the duration of the program. Supported by a strong knowledge base, our students engage in relevant and meaningful research directed toward the creation of educational communities where all participants learn and thrive.


Our course work sequence creates a rich cross-disciplinary platform for discourse leading to a research focus. Students have the opportunity to explore an array of interests, such as multicultural education, linguistically diverse populations, technology, organization and leadership, learning and instruction. The common emphasis and culminating experience of the course work is the published dissertation.


This program is for professionals who find themselves at a career threshold and who wish to challenge their heart, their mind, and their spirit!


DUTIES OF THE POSITION: In direct response to the increasing national focus on research-informed best practices, and the increasing role of assessment and evaluation in policy making, the Ed.D. Program in Ethical Leadership is seeking a scholar-practitioner with expertise in social sciences qualitative and quantitative research methods, new assessment and evaluation approaches, and a statistics background. Duties should include call to facilitate the development of students’ dissertation proposals. Lead students through the development of their research trajectory as well as serve as academic advisor to students. Chair dissertations committees as well as serve as the methodologist member on dissertation committees. In addition to teaching, assist the program with administrative and/or committee work, and expected to assume college and campus-wide committee responsibilities.


RANK AND SALARY: The faculty position is a full-time academic-year position. Salary is dependent upon educational preparation and experience; subject to budgetary authorization


DATE OF APPOINTMENT: Spring/Summer 2021



Earned doctorate (Ph.D. or Ed.D.) in educational leadership or a field related to school organization, educational research, policy and leadership
Demonstrate a high level of experience and engagement in inquiry and research on issues of social justice and equity, and significant knowledge of successful school reform
Some experience in doctoral level teaching and service on dissertation committees is preferred
Demonstrated ability to teach, advise, and mentor students from diverse educational and cultural backgrounds and to engage adults in transformational learning
Experience in project and program leadership and/or district/school leadership is desired
Demonstrate experiences in working collaboratively with department colleagues
Demonstrate the ability to adjust curriculum for those in other fields such as medical education, prison education, religious education, business, non-profits, and higher education faculty and management.

Position will remain open until filled. Please submit a cover letter, which addresses the qualifications noted in the position announcement, a complete and current CV, three letters from professional references, official academic transcripts, copies of major publications, and other evidence of scholarly activity. Also include a statement concerning alignment to the mission of Catholic higher education in light of Ex Corde Ecclesiae.




The University of St. Thomas is an Equal Opportunity Employer






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