The Department of Educational Leadership, Policy and Technology Studies at the University of Alabama invites applications for an Associate/Full Professor of Instructional Technology, with a specific interest/focus in emerging, high research activities, such as innovative online/remote learning and teaching strategies and applications, augmented/virtual reality, artificial intelligence, computational thinking, and STEAM. The Department of Educational Leadership, Policy and Technology Studies houses a flourishing instructional technology program that offers a Doctor of Philosophy in Instructional Leadership with a concentration in Instructional Technology, an online Master of Arts in Instructional Technology, and an Instructional Technology Graduate Certificate. The program also provides service courses to multiple programs in the College of Education through its masters and undergraduate offerings. A successful candidate will join five active research and teaching faculty as well as a vibrant student community.
The Instructional Technology program, the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy and Technology Studies, and the College of Education are all firmly committed to creating a welcoming culture and to active and ongoing practices of equity and inclusivity in which diverse and historically marginalized identities and perspectives are recognized, valued, and promoted.
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 include 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 (https://www.ua.edu) 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 (https://education.ua.edu) 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 101,113, 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 (https://tuscaloosachamber.com) to learn more about our wonderful city.
Responsibilities will include pursuing a rigorous and innovative line of research and supervising masters and doctoral students. In addition, the candidate will: pursue external funding; chair and serve on dissertation committees; provide leadership and partnership improvements in technology initiatives across the state; provide service to the department, college, university and profession; and design and teach undergraduate and graduate-level courses in instructional technology and related topics delivered in face-to-face, hybrid, and online formats.
- Doctoral degree in Educational Technology, Instructional Design, Instructional Technology, Learning Sciences, or a closely related field
- An established and active research agenda that informs the candidate’s scholarship, teaching and service
- Demonstrated excellence in online and face-to-face teaching and course development at the postsecondary level
- Demonstrated record of service to, and leadership in, academic program development
- Demonstrated ability to secure external funding to support research or strong potential to do so
- Demonstrated record of successfully advising and mentoring masters and doctoral students
- Demonstrated commitment to working with students from diverse populations
- Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to collaborate with diverse individuals and to function effectively as a team member
- Ability and willingness to mentor enterprising and highly productive junior faculty
Further information about the college and program is accessible at www.education.ua.edu.
Questions regarding this position can be directed to Dr. Angela Benson, Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Starting Date: August 16, 2023
• Health 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 https://facultyjobs.ua.edu. A cover letter of application, vita, unofficial transcript(s) of all graduate level coursework, teaching philosophy, research statement, and a list of names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references are required to complete the online application process.
Prior to hiring, the final candidate must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation and submit “official” transcript(s) of all graduate coursework.