GSE Endowed Chair Position


Endowed Chair Position

Samuel DeWitt Proctor Chair in Education (continuation)

The Rutgers University Graduate School of Education located in New Brunswick, NJ has an extraordinary opportunity to have a scholarly leader join our faculty on either a permanent or visiting basis effective September 1, 2011. We seek a colleague who can work with other faculty members and students to help our School and University advance efforts to understand and improve the educational experiences of PK-16 students who are underserved in America’s classrooms. 

The position requires an earned doctorate and a body of work that would merit appointment to a senior faculty position with tenure. A specific tenure or visiting appointment home will be based on the interests and expertise of the candidate. Responsibilities for the position include: teaching and academic advising of undergraduate and graduate students, an active program of research including efforts to attract external funding, and contributing to the effective operation of the profession, the school, and the university. Preference will be given to applicants with a distinguished record of teaching and research including an established record of external funding.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Chair in Education was established to honor the late Dr. Samuel DeWitt Proctor, who served as a member of the Rutgers University faculty for 15 years, including appointments on the faculty of the Graduate School of Education as the first incumbent of the Martin Luther King Jr. Chair, and as a visiting Professor in the Department of Africana Studies. Dr. Proctor was the first African-American faculty member at both the school and the university to have an endowed professorship named for him. Dr. Proctor served as President of Virginia Union and North Carolina A&T Universities, Pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church of New York, on the governing boards of the United Negro College Fund, National Urban League, Harvard Divinity School and in the Peace Corps before coming to Rutgers.  Dr. Proctor’s career at Rutgers was marked by excellence and leadership in teaching, scholarship, and service. At the Graduate School of Education, he enriched the curriculum with courses in African-American Studies in education and ethics. He also recruited generations of students to the university for graduate studies, which were followed by careers as educational scholars and leaders.  Dr. Proctor also served as Chair of the Rutgers Campaign for Community, Diversity, and Educational Excellence. This campaign raised funds to recruit outstanding students to prepare for careers as educational leaders via scholarships, and to develop pre-college programs that assist all students — regardless of their backgrounds — to prepare themselves for entry to the university. Professor Proctor held more than 50 honorary degrees, including one from Rutgers, which also awarded him the Rutgers medal for distinguished service. The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Chair honors his legacy and manifests the continuing commitment of the Graduate School of Education and Rutgers University to his lifetime of work on issues of education and equity.

The Chair will have the opportunity and resources to develop an original vision of the Proctor legacy and implement initiatives to realize the core mission of advancing civic leadership and educational excellence.

For inquiries concerning the permanent or visiting position, please contact Dean Richard De Lisi at with “Proctor Chair Inquiry” in the email subject line.

Rutgers University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and a NSF ADVANCE Institution.