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Associate Professor (STEM Education)

University of Utah
Utah, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Nov 8, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Other Education, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Engineering, Mathematics, Other Science & Technology
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
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Full Time
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Associate Professor (STEM Education) Posting Details Position Information Proposed Faculty Rank Associate Professor Department 00163 - Educational Psychology City Salt Lake City, UT Track Tenure Track New Position to Begin July 1, 2022 Details The Department of Educational Psychology in the College of Education at the University of Utah invites applications for a tenured position at the Associate Professor level with a focus in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education, with primary responsibilities in the Learning Sciences program. 
The Learning Sciences program offers MS and PhD degrees in Learning and Cognition, as well as master’s degrees in Secondary Science Education, Statistics, Instructional Design and Educational Technology. Learning Sciences faculty also contribute to undergraduate teacher education in elementary and secondary methods in science, mathematics, and technology education, as well as general survey courses in learning and research. Faculty conduct basic or applied research in their area of expertise and provide support to the graduate programs across the department, as well as to the undergraduate teacher education degree programs in the College of Education.  
Position Rank: This is a nine-month, full-time tenured position. The appointment is at the rank of Associate Professor.  
Applicant Required Qualifications: This position requires an earned doctorate in Educational Psychology, Science Education, Mathematics Education, Engineering Education, Learning Sciences, Psychology, or a related field. Candidates should have an established program of theory-driven research that studies the intersection of STEM Education with learning and cognition. We invite candidates whose research programs focus on either formal (K-16 learning environments) or informal STEM learning environments, and we are open to types of research design and areas of methodological expertise (e.g., quantitative, qualitative, mixed-methods). 
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Strong evidence of and potential for collaboration to sustain and expand existing partnerships.
  • Evidence of leadership in obtaining external funding and publishing works related to individual research agenda.
  • Experience in interdisciplinary and collaborative research in STEM Education.
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching. 
  • Commitment to the promotion of equity, diversity, and inclusion across professional responsibilities (i.e., research, teaching, and service).
  • Commitment to research that is grounded in educational and/or psychological theories of learning and cognition.   


Position Responsibilities:  Responsibilities of the position will include: 
  1. Develop and sustain a program of scholarly research related to STEM Education and closely related fields. 
  2. Design, teach, and coordinate core courses at the undergraduate or graduate level in critical areas of STEM education (i.e., science education methods, math education methods, engineering education, and/or technology education).
  3. Participate and provide leadership in interdisciplinary STEM education initiatives across the College of Education and at the University level.
  4. Advise and supervise graduate student master’s theses and doctoral dissertations.
  5. Serve as an organizer, collaborator and/or principal investigator for research and service proposals to appropriate national agencies and foundations.
  6. Provide appropriate levels of service at the program, college, and university levels, as well as to the community and profession.    
The Department of Educational Psychology (EDPS) stands in support of compassion, dignity, value-of-life, equity, inclusion, and justice for all individuals regardless of color, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, language, socioeconomic status, ability, gender, gender identity or expression, immigration status, or any type of marginalization. We stand in support of making our society more inclusive, just, and equitable for all individuals. We stand against individual and systemic racism in all its various forms. EDPS faculty believe we must all share in the responsibility to support equity, diversity, and inclusivity in our department, college, and university with the goal to eradicate racism in all forms. 

Learning Sciences program faculty areas of expertise include STEM education, educational technology, cognitive processes, and emotion regulation. Research in this program contributes not only to foundational theory in the learning sciences, but it also informs the design and development of effective educational materials and interventions.    Appointment: July 1, 2022 Salary: Salary is commensurate with rank.   Submission of Materials for Consideration: Screening of applications will begin December 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. 
Application Materials: Candidates should submit the following application materials electronically through the University of Utah Human Resource Department portal: (1)   a cover letter that describes qualifications as they relate to the position (2)   curriculum vitae (3)   samples of three scholarly publications (4)   the names/contact information for three individuals from whom letters of recommendation can be requested
(5)   a commitment statement explaining how you will further the goal of building a culturally diverse and inclusive educational environment.
Inquiries and requests for further information should be directed to the Chair of the STEM Education Search Committee: Anne Cook ( 
Additional Information Available: Department of Educational Psychology  College of Education  University of Utah  EEO/Non-Discrimination Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students, staff, faculty and patients from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education, employment opportunities, and quality healthcare for historically underrepresented groups.


Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator
Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (OEO/AA)
135 Park Building
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Online reports may be submitted at
For more information:

To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300.


The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen and immunizations.

Special Instructions for Candidates   Open Date 09/01/2021 Close Date   Open Until Filled Yes Requisition Number PRN00726CF Type Faculty Required Documents

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Example of Research 1
  4. Example of Research 2
  5. Example of Research 3
  6. List of References
  7. Commitment Statement - Explain how you will further the goal of building a culturally diverse and inclusive educational environment.
Optional Documents

  1. Appropriate discharge document (such as a DD-214 – Member Copy 4) – Veteran Only – Call 801.581.2169
  2. Addendum to the University of Utah - Veteran Only - Call 801.581.2169 after submission
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