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Assistant or Associate Professor in Cognitive Science of Teaching and Learning (CSTL)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Champaign, Illinois
Salary will be commensurate with experience.
Posted Date
Dec 16, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Other Education
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant or Associate Professor in Cognitive Science of Teaching and Learning (CSTL)/ Learning Sciences
Department of Educational Psychology
College of Education, University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign

POSITION: The Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign, is seeking to hire a tenured or tenure-track faculty member at the Assistant/Associate level in the area of the Learning Sciences, with a preferred specialization of research in language processing and/or literacy development throughout the lifespan. Priority will be given to applicants with a demonstrated record of external funding and experimentally based research production. Expertise in eye-tracking, EEG, cognitive aging, and/or cognitive approaches to educational technologies is highly desirable. The ability to teach occasional basic or advanced courses in quantitative methods is also desirable.

The Department of Educational Psychology is housed in the College of Education and is currently ranked in the top-5 doctoral programs in educational psychology in the nation. The department consists of four divisions – Cognitive Science of Teaching and Learning (CSTL), Developmental Sciences, Counseling Psychology, and Quantitative, Qualitative, and Evaluation Methodologies (QUERIES). Faculty and students historically collaborate across divisions and across departments within the College of Education and across campus, including the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. Candidates with a strong track record of collaborative research will also be prioritized. 

Minimum qualifications: Earned Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, Learning Sciences, Psychology, Cognitive Science, or related field. Strong record (or promise) of research and external funding. Ability to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the learning sciences, language development, language processing, reading/literacy. Candidates at the assistant professor level must have an earned doctorate by the proposed start date. Desired qualifications: Experience with eye-tracking, EEG; ability to teach courses in cognitive aging/adult development, basic or advanced quantitative methods; interest in educational technology, information processing in multimedia environments; track record of graduate student advising and research direction (candidates at the advanced assistant or associate level).

Salary and Starting Date: Salary will be commensurate with experience. The proposed starting date is August 16, 2023.

For full consideration, all application materials must be received by 6:00PM CST on January 30, 2023. Please create a candidate profile at and upload one combined PDF file that contains (in this order) a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a teaching philosophy statement (2-page single-spaced maximum), a research statement (2-page single-spaced maximum), a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) statement (2-page single-spaced maximum), one publication (published, in-press, or under review), and full contact information for three references (including a note about your relationship to each) by the closing date. All requested information must be submitted in a single file for consideration. All requested information must be submitted for the application to be considered. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date.

Please contact Dr. Chris Napolitano, search committee chair, with any questions at 

The University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign is one of the leading public universities in the world, with a student enrollment of more than 50,000 and nearly 3,000 faculty. The campus is renowned for creating architectural accessibility (curb cuts were born here), wheelchair athletics, and accessible higher education for individuals with disabilities. Our vibrant and diverse community of 130,000 offers the residential advantages of a medium-sized university city, excellent cultural opportunities, and a high quality of life, with a cost of living lower than the U.S. average. The University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign assists faculty spouses and partners seeking employment in the Champaign–Urbana area. Please visit the dual academic career webpage for more information.

The College is comprised of faculty across four departments with active research agendas. Altogether, the College of Education has $53 million in active grant funding from federal funding agencies (e.g., NIH, OSEP, IES). The College of Education offers: a history of collaboration with schools to conduct research; technology support and infrastructure; and doctoral programs wherein students assist with research.

Application Procedures & Deadline Information
Applications must be received by 6:00 pm (CST) on 1/30/2023. Apply for this position using the Apply Now button at the top or bottom of this posting. Applications not submitted through will not be considered. For further information about this specific position, please contact Dr. Chris Napolitano at  For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing

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