Assistant Professor

University of Kansas
Kansas, United States
Salary Not Specified
May 25, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Job Title

Assistant Professor


Educational Psychology

Primary Campus

University of Kansas Lawrence Campus

Job Description

Teaching - (.40 FTE)
The successful applicants will teach a mix of introductory, intermediate, and advanced courses in research methods, statistics, and measurement. A teaching load of two courses per semester is normally expected. Duties and responsibilities include:
  • Teach courses in REMS track of the Educational Psychology and Research Program.
  • Advise and mentor graduate degree-seeking students.
  • Direct M.S.E. and Ph.D. research projects, theses and dissertations.
  • Serve on doctoral comprehensive examination committees, doctoral dissertation committees, and master's thesis committees.
  • Serve as an advisor for research methodology on doctoral comprehensive examination committees and doctoral dissertation committees for students throughout the School of Education & Human Sciences and the university.
Scholarship (.40FTE)
Direct an ongoing program of research in educational measurement methodology that includes application of machine learning and/or natural language processing. Duties and responsibilities include:
  • Regularly publish research in refereed journals or other scholarly outlets in the areas of research, evaluation, measurement, or statistics.
  • Present research at scholarly national or international conferences.
  • Seek external funding to support research agenda and fund advisees as graduate research assistants.
  • Serves as a mentor to students to develop their research skills and scholarly production.
Service (.20FTE)
Provide serve to the Educational Psychology Program, Department of Educational Psychology, School of Education, University of Kansas community, and the field of Research, Evaluation, Measurement, or Statistics.
  • Serve on committees within the Educational Psychology and Research, Department of Educational Psychology, School of Education, and University of Kansas.
  • Represent the Research, Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics track to university and national groups.
Collegiality: The Department of Educational Psychology values collegiality. All faculty members are expected to act in a manner that promotes collegial relationships and shows respect toward students, staff, and colleagues.

Req ID(Ex: 10567BR)



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Contact Information to Applicants

Neal Kingston

Position Number


Required Qualifications

  1. A Ph.D. or Ed.D. in educational or psychological measurement, research methodology, quantitative psychology, statistics, or a closely related field.
  2. Evidence of potential for engaging in high-quality research related to epistemological bases for research methodology, achievement gaps, and factors impacting academic achievement.
  3. Evidence of potential for engaging in high-quality teaching.

Employee Class




Position Overview

The Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Kansas seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor faculty member for the Research, Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics (REMS) track of the Educational Psychology and Research program. Research and teaching priorities will include the epistemological bases of educational research methods, academic achievement gap analysis, and the application of machine learning and/or natural language processing to educational measurement. The position is a nine-month appointment beginning August 18, 2021. In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education.

The REMS track of the Educational Psychology and Research program offers doctoral (Ph.D.) and Master’s (M.S.E.) degree training. Teaching load is two courses per semester. A high research productivity, including peer-reviewed publications and successful grant applications leading to external funding, is expected. The successful applicant is expected to integrate individual and cultural diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging into teaching, research, and service.

The University of Kansas is a major educational and research institution with 29,000 students on five campuses, 2,600 faculty members, and service centers throughout the state. The main campus is in Lawrence, a vibrant, thriving community of more than 90,000 that is just 40 miles west of Greater Kansas City and 20 miles from the state capital. KU, a member of the Association of American Universities, consistently earns excellent ratings for its academic programs from U.S. News and World Report. It has also committed itself to expanding its innovative research and commercialization programs. The School of Education was ranked 18th in the nation in the 2019 US News and World Reports and the special education program consistently ranks number one among public institutions.

The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. by the time of appointment



Application Review Begins


Anticipated Start Date


Additional Candidate Instruction

A complete application package includes: (1) an online application, (2) a cover letter detailing work experience and education experiences, (3) record of accomplishments and productivity addressed in CV (including publications and conference presentations in the field), (4) research statement, (5) statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of effective teaching, (6) and names with contact information for three professional references.

Only complete application packages submitted online will be considered. As part of the materials above, applicants should inform us of their contribution and engagement in areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion. As a result, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application. The response must be within 4,000 characters or less.
  1. Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds, and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Review of applications will begin on June 28, 2021 and continue as needed to collect a pool of qualified applicants. To ensure consideration, applying before the application review date is advised. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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