Professor in Educational Leadership: Copple Chair in Christian School Leadership

Department of Educational Leadership
Baylor School of Education
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CENTER FOR CHRISTIAN EDUCATION: The Center for Christian Education (CCE) at Baylor University aspires to become the premier leadership development and research center for Christian schools (PreK-12) and Christian educators in the country. The CCE exists to equip leaders for impactful, innovative, mission-minded service promoting excellence and effectiveness in faith-based schools in the United States and around the world. The primary way the CCE will accomplish this mission is through the Copple Chair in Christian School Leadership.

Established through a gift from Lynda and Robert Copple, the Copple Chair in Christian School Leadership will be a distinguished scholar with a record of deep commitment to high-quality PreK-12 Christian schooling and the flourishing of Christian educational leaders. The inaugural holder of the Copple Chair will help lay the academic foundations of the CCE and will stand as the intellectual cornerstone to a reimagined Center for Christian Education.

SCHOOL: Baylor's School of Education, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2019, ranks among the nation’s top 20 education schools located at private universities. With 50 full-time faculty members, the school's growing research portfolio complements its long-standing commitment to excellence in teaching and student mentoring.

The school boasts an array of excellent academic offerings in three academic departments--Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership and Educational Psychology. Baylor's undergraduate program in teacher education, enrolling 450 students, has earned the School of Education national distinction for its innovative partnerships with local schools that provide future teachers deep clinical preparation. Nearly 175 graduate students pursue advanced study and professional preparation in master’s, EdS, EdD, PhD programs.

Through exciting new academic initiatives both at home and abroad and searches underway for eight new faculty colleagues, the school has entered into a period of significant expansion and of deepened impact through the production of meaningful, high-quality research and the preparation of outstanding leaders, teachers and clinicians.

UNIVERSITY:  Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally-ranked research institution, consistently listed with highest honors among The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For.” The university is recruiting new faculty with a deep commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship. Baylor seeks faculty who share in our aspiration to become a tier one research institution while strengthening our distinctive Christian mission as described in our strategic vision, Pro Futuris ( As the world’s largest Baptist University, Baylor offers over 40 doctoral programs and has almost 17,000 students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries.

Baylor seeks to fill the following faculty position in the Department of Educational Leadership.

TRACKING ID#:  F016898

POSITION: Professor in Educational Leadership: Copple Chair in Christian School Leadership (Tenured Full Professor), Department of Educational Leadership, School of Education, Baylor University

As a tenured faculty member within the department of Educational Leadership, the Copple Chair will collaborate with the dean of the School of Education and the Center for Christian Education’s executive director to develop a research agenda focused around leadership in Christian schools, set a programmatic agenda for the CCE’s expanded activities, and develop suitable strategies by which the center can achieve high visibility and deep impact in the field as well as long-term financial sustainability.

The Copple Chair will also contribute to the national and international prominence of the CCE through publication of research that can translate into meaningful improvements in Christian schooling, from primary through post-secondary levels. He or she will host symposia and conferences at Baylor and at other select sites, on important topics relating to leader and school effectiveness. Additionally, he or she will collaborate with the dean of the School of Education and the executive director of the CCE in raising external sources of funding and maintaining high levels of support from among Baylor’s other schools and colleges for the purposes of partnering along programmatic, personnel and curricular lines.

Qualifications: The Department of Educational Leadership in the School of Education at Baylor University is seeking highly qualified applicants. The applicant will be part of the faculty in the Department of Educational Leadership with responsibilities of scholarship, teaching, and administration. Given the responsibilities of the position, qualifications include:

  • An earned doctorate/terminal degree in Educational Leadership or a related discipline
  • Evidence of a distinguished scholarly record including peer-reviewed publications reflecting a clear program of research, conference presentations, a history of obtaining external funding, and/or held leadership positions in professional organizations
  • Commitment to working with culturally and linguistically diverse populations
  • Evidence of excellence in teaching at the university level
  • Evidence of prominent educational leadership experience in Christian PreK-12 school systems as a teacher, dean, principal, head of school, board member, or a combination of experiences
  • Expertise in a key academic area that would enhance the CCE and the SOE’s national reputation.

Responsibilities: The primary responsibilities of this position include:

  • Providing an academic anchor for the Center for Christian Education
  • Maintaining a distinguished program of scholarship
  • Equipping Christian school leaders
  • Teaching in School of Education graduate programs
  • Participating in individual or collaborative activities to secure external funding
  • Providing service to the department, university, and the profession.

SALARY: Commensurate with experience and qualifications

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position has been filled. The anticipated date of appointment is at the beginning of the Fall Semester August 2019.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: A complete application includes a letter of application which describes the applicant’s area(s) of expertise; curriculum vitae; completed application form; and a copy of transcripts documenting terminal degree (original required prior to on-campus interview). Candidates should arrange to have three letters of reference submitted via Interfolio (these references should be named in the candidate’s cover letter). Original reference letters and official transcripts may be requested later.

Materials should be submitted electronically to:

For further information about the Department of Educational Leadership or the position, see

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Dr. Perry Glanzer,, Search Committee Chair

Baylor University is a private not-for-profit university affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, Baylor is committed to compliance with all applicable anti-discrimination laws, including those regarding age, race, color, sex, national origin, marital status, pregnancy status, military service, genetic information, and disability. As a religious educational institution, Baylor is lawfully permitted to consider an applicant’s religion as a selection criterion. Baylor encourages women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply.