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Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology (Tenure Track)

University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Posted Date
Oct 23, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Department of Educational Studies at the University of Alabama invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology (Tenure Track), with a research focus in at least one of the following areas: moral psychology & character development education, the psychology of workforce development, out-of-school learning among minoritized populations, or motivational processes of women and minoritized youth in STEM. The successful applicant will have a research trajectory focused on at least one of these areas and will want to further their independent scholarship. Additionally, candidates should be prepared to contribute more broadly to educational psychology teaching and learning, including developing courses. As well as topic areas in learning, motivation, and human development, the Educational Psychology Program offers a Ph.D. concentration in educational neuroscience and there are several active labs in educational psychology researching topics such as numerical cognition, moral decision making, autism, and language processing. Furthermore, the Program is home to the Center for the Study of Ethical Development (, which conducts and supports research on moral development and education. Our program and research groups bring together researchers from a wide range of disciplines.

The Department of Educational Studies, along with the College of Education, is firmly committed to creating a welcoming culture and practice of equity and inclusivity in which diverse identities and perspectives are recognized, valued, and promoted. We especially welcome candidates from groups historically underrepresented in academia to apply for the position.

About the University of Alabama and the College of Education

The University of Alabama is experiencing tremendous growth, with enrollment reaching 38,320 students for fall 2021, compared to 27,052 in the fall of 2008. Approximately one fourth of UA’s freshman class scored 31 or higher on the ACT and the entering class in 2021 includes 281 National Merit Scholars. The University of Alabama is a leader among public universities nationwide in the enrollment of National Merit Scholars with more than 940 currently enrolled and has R1: Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity status in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. In addition, The University of Alabama made Forbes’ list of the Best Employers for New Graduates in 2021. Finally, the University of Alabama has a total statewide economic impact of UA: $2.777 billion; 13,606 jobs; and $137.1 million in income and sales taxes (UA Center for Business and Economic Research). Please visit our University webpage ( for more details on University activities and faculty supports.

  • Our mission at the College of Education (COE) is to be a leader in Alabama and across the nation in teaching, scholarship, advocacy, and service by developing professionals with pedagogic and disciplinary expertise who advance the intellectual and social conditions of all learners in a globalized society. To that end, the COE welcomes candidates whose experience in teaching, research, and/or community service has prepared them to UNITE with the larger community to collaboratively nurture cultural competence, empathy, and a vision of equity and justice for all learners; ACT to develop the full potential of all learners to be excellent professionals in their fields; and LEAD through continuous research-based critical inquiry of policy and reflective practice to enable transformative change in our diverse local and global communities. The COE consists of six Departments and is impactful in the lives of the individuals and entities we serve spanning populations, ages, settings, and contexts. Our faculty’s research, teaching, and service is widely recognized through their securement of external funding, national awards, professional organization leadership, established centers and offices, and outreach to the local, state, and national communities. Faculty in the college are free to pursue their passions, partner with the local communities, and excel in their many pursuits of academia. Please visit our COE website ( for more details of our impactful community and faculty supports.

Life in Tuscaloosa

The University of Alabama is located in West Alabama and is 45 minutes southwest of Birmingham, Alabama. Tuscaloosa, a quintessential college town with a population of 100,633, has excellent recreational, educational, and cultural opportunities available. The Tuscaloosa area provides hiking, biking, and running trails, as well as playgrounds, parks, and dog parks to enjoy the outdoors. Lake Tuscaloosa, Lake Nicol and Lake Lurleen offer sporting and leisure activities. Tuscaloosa is within driving distance of Atlanta, Nashville, New Orleans, Memphis, and the beaches of Gulf Shores. Tuscaloosa is also home to the Alabama Museum of Natural History, The Bryant Museum, Children’s Hands-On Museum, Moundville Archaeological Park, multiple sporting events, concerts hosted at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, and several festivals (e.g., West Alabama Food & Wine Festival, Druid City Arts Festival, Druid City Pride Festival, Kentuck Arts Festival, etc.). Tuscaloosa continues to grow in population, cultural events, and shopping alongside the University. Please visit the Tuscaloosa Chamber of Commerce ( to learn more about our city.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in a relevant field (e.g., educational psychology, education, psychology, sociology, human development)
  • Evidence of research productivity commensurate with experience
  • Evidence of potential for external funding
  • Expertise in moral /character development/education workforce development/re-development, out-of-school learning, and/or motivational science
  • Ability to work with students and faculty in a variety of disciplines
  • Strong writing and pedagogical skills
  • Commitment to working with diverse populations


  • Establish an independent research program leading to publication in Educational Psychology and related academic fields or disciplines.
  • Seek and secure external funding to support their scholarship
  • Teach courses in educational psychology and specialist areas relevant to the applicant’s expertise
  • Participate in program initiatives, faculty decisions, and advising
  • Provide consultation to students and faculty
  • Serve on dissertation committees

Further information about the program and college is accessible at

Questions regarding this position can be directed to search committee co-chairs: Dr. Hyemin Han ( and Dr. David Walker, (

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Starting Date: August 16, 2023

• Health, dental, vision and life Insurance
• TIAA-CREF available
• Teachers’ Retirement System of Alabama
• Summer employment available on an as needed basis

Application Deadline: The review of credentials will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Application Process: Please apply online at The following materials are required to complete the online application process:

  • Letter of application,
  • Curriculum vita,
  • List of three references, including names, addresses, and telephone numbers,
  • Unofficial transcript(s) of all graduate-level coursework.

Prior to hiring, the final candidate must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation and submit “official” transcript(s) of all graduate level coursework.

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