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Associate Professor (STEM Education)

University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Closing date
Oct 15, 2021

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Science, Physical Sciences and Engineering, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Education
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The Department of Educational Psychology in the College of Education at the University of Utah invites applications for a tenured position at the Associate Professor level with a focus in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education, with primary responsibilities in the Learning Sciences program.

The Learning Sciences program offers MS and PhD degrees in Learning and Cognition, as well as master's degrees in Secondary Science Education, Statistics, Instructional Design and Educational Technology. Learning Sciences faculty also contribute to undergraduate teacher education in elementary and secondary methods in science, mathematics, and technology education, as well as general survey courses in learning and research. Faculty conduct basic or applied research in their area of expertise and provide support to the graduate programs across the department, as well as to the undergraduate teacher education degree programs in the College of Education.

Position Rank: This is a nine-month, full-time tenured position. The appointment is at the rank of Associate Professor.

Applicant Required Qualifications: This position requires an earned doctorate in Educational Psychology, Science Education, Mathematics Education, Engineering Education, Learning Sciences, Psychology, or a related field. Candidates should have an established program of theory-driven research that studies the intersection of STEM Education with learning and cognition.

We invite candidates whose research programs focus on either formal (K-16 learning environments) or informal STEM learning environments, and we are open to types of research design and areas of methodological expertise (e.g., quantitative, qualitative, mixed-methods).

Preferred Qualifications:

* Strong evidence of and potential for collaboration to sustain and expand existing partnerships.
* Evidence of leadership in obtaining external funding and publishing works related to individual research agenda.
* Experience in interdisciplinary and collaborative research in STEM Education.
* Demonstrated excellence in teaching.
* Commitment to the promotion of equity, diversity, and inclusion across professional responsibilities (i.e., research, teaching, and service).
* Commitment to research that is grounded in educational and/or psychological theories of learning and cognition.

Position Responsibilities:

Responsibilities of the position will include:

* Develop and sustain a program of scholarly research related to STEM Education and closely related fields.

* Design, teach, and coordinate core courses at the undergraduate or graduate level in critical areas of STEM education (i.e., science education methods, math education methods, engineering education, and/or technology education).

* Participate and provide leadership in interdisciplinary STEM education initiatives across the College of Education and at the University level.

* Advise and supervise graduate student master's theses and doctoral dissertations.

* Serve as an organizer, collaborator and/or principal investigator for research and service proposals to appropriate national agencies and foundations.

* Provide appropriate levels of service at the program, college, and university levels, as well as to the community and profession.

The Department of Educational Psychology (EDPS) stands in support of compassion, dignity, value-of-life, equity, inclusion, and justice for all individuals regardless of color, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, language, socioeconomic status, ability, gender, gender identity or expression, immigration status, or any type of marginalization. We stand in support of making our society more inclusive, just, and equitable for all individuals. We stand against individual and systemic racism in all its various forms. EDPS faculty believe we must all share in the responsibility to support equity, diversity, and inclusivity in our department, college, and university with the goal to eradicate racism in all forms.

Learning Sciences program faculty areas of expertise include STEM education, educational technology, cognitive processes, and emotion regulation. Research in this program contributes not only to foundational theory in the learning sciences, but it also informs the design and development of effective educational materials and interventions.

Appointment: July 1, 2022

Salary: Salary is commensurate with rank.

Submission of Materials for Consideration: Screening of applications will begin December 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

Application Materials: Candidates should submit the following application materials electronically through the University of Utah Human Resource Department portal:

(1) a cover letter that describes qualifications as they relate to the position

(2) curriculum vitae

(3) samples of three scholarly publications

(4) the names/contact information for three individuals from whom letters of recommendation can be requested
(5) a commitment statement explaining how you will further the goal of building a culturally diverse and inclusive educational environment.

Inquiries and requests for further information should be directed to the Chair of the STEM Education Search Committee: Anne Cook (

Additional Information Available:

Department of Educational Psychology

College of Education

University of Utah
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