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Open-Rank Professor in Learning Sciences

University of Iowa
Iowa, United States
Commensurate with experience
Date posted
Oct 2, 2018

The University of Iowa
College of Education
Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations
Open-Rank Professor in Learning Sciences

The Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations at the University of Iowa invites applications for an academic year tenure-track faculty position at the rank of assistant, associate or full professor in the Learning Sciences program.  The position will begin August 2019.

The Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations seeks applicants for an open-rank tenure-track professor position in the learning sciences.  The successful candidate will have a generative approach to advancing theory and general knowledge in the learning sciences and investigating innovative learning environments.  Research interests that would complement those of our current faculty include personalized and adaptive learning.  The University of Iowa provides many opportunities for interdisciplinary research and collaboration with faculty in the health, social sciences, and other disciplines.  The successful candidate will join the faculty of the Educational Psychology and Learning Sciences program, which currently has a Ph.D. and M.A. program as well as a strong service teaching component in our College of Education.

Education Requirement
Prospective candidates must have earned a doctorate in the learning sciences, educational psychology, instructional technology, or a related discipline by August 2019.

Required Qualifications
(1) Evidence of scholarly productivity or promise of scholarly productivity (rank dependent); (2) potential for securing external funds for research, training, and program development; (3) interest in building partnerships with local agencies, schools; and across the university; and (4) ability to work collaboratively and with diverse populations.

Desirable Qualifications
(1) Evidence of excellent teaching skills at graduate level, (2) a record of securing external funds for grant-supported projects, and (3) an established record of productivity in the development of robust theoretical and methodological approaches in the learning sciences.

As a member of the educational psychology and learning sciences program faculty, duties include sustaining a significant program of scholarly activity, generating grant-supported projects, developing and teaching graduate-level courses for both our degrees, advising graduate students, and supervising graduate student research.

Highly competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Excellent start-up package, benefits, and research support.

Nine-month, tenure-track appointment beginning August 2019.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest addressing qualifications noted above, curriculum vitae, two or three samples of scholarly work, teaching evaluations, contact information for three references, and graduate college transcripts.  To apply for this position, please go to our website at and use requisition number 73485.  Address inquiries or nominations to

Screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

About the Program
The Educational Psychology / Learning Sciences program at the University offers an MA and PhD to students interested in understanding and shaping learning in a number of settings – schools, workplaces, higher education, museums, etc.  The program provides opportunities for engaging with research and considering how the research can better influence instructional practices and student outcomes.  While the program of studies for these two degrees share a number of courses, each propels students enrolled to different goals. Students completing the master’s program are prepared to apply the findings of learning sciences research to the solution of problems in a broad range of educational contexts.  The doctoral program draws further on the theories and practices that are grounded in educational psychology and the learning sciences.  The doctoral program encourages and helps students acquire the depth of knowledge and sophistication of methodology necessary for original research contributions in those fields.

About the College
The College of Education offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including licensure, endorsement, and certificate programs, many of which are regularly ranked among the best in the nation.  Students study with our world-renowned faculty who are the leaders, scholars, and innovators in their fields.  Our college is comprised of four departments: Educational Policy and Leadership Studies, Psychological and Quantitative Foundations, Rehabilitation and Counselor Education, and Teaching and Learning.

About the University and Surrounding Community
The University of Iowa (UI) is world-renowned for its commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities.  UI has been a member of the Big Ten conference since 1899 and the Association of American Universities since 1909.  UI ranks #28 among the nation’s 629 public universities (U.  S.   News & World Report).  More than 33,000 students earn bachelor’s, graduate, and professional degrees from UI’s 12 colleges.  

UI is located in Iowa City, a UNESCO City of Literature that is widely recognized as one of the country’s most livable communities.  With 70,000 residents, Iowa City is an attractive haven for scholars, scientists, artists, writers, and professionals of all kinds.  Highlights of living in Iowa City include outstanding affordable health care, excellent libraries and schools, historic neighborhoods, and a lively downtown.  Chicago, St. Louis, and Minneapolis/St. Paul are a short car or bus trip away, and nearby Eastern Iowa Airport (CID) connects travelers to the world.  The relationship between Iowa City and the UI is very cooperative and supportive. 

The University of Iowa is a founding member of the Central Midwest Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) and is committed to recruiting and retaining the most talented and diverse faculty and staff and assisting dual-career couples. For more information about living and working in the Iowa City area, please visit

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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