Learning Sciences Faculty Search

The School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites applications for a position in Learning Sciences and Psychological Studies starting July 1, 2019. This is a full-time, 9-month tenure-line or tenured appointment depending on rank at the time of hire.

We seek applicants with a research program that focuses on one or more of the following: (1) the design and scale-up of innovative learning technologies and/or digital learning environments (e.g., virtual and augmented realities; serious gaming; embodied learning through making; handheld and networked devices; computer-supported collaborative learning); (2) empirical and theoretical studies of the cognitive and sociocultural structures, processes, and mechanisms that underly technology-enhanced learning environments; and/or (3) design-based learning sciences research in real-world learning environments. The candidate’s research can focus on any learning environment (e.g., schools, museums, libraries, after-school programs, culturally embedded practices, etc.) and any subject area (e.g., math, science, art and design, history, etc.).

Responsibilities: Candidates will carry out a research program, actively pursue external funding, and contribute to collaborative and interdisciplinary research and instructional efforts across the School of Education and campus. Candidates also will (a) develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the learning sciences and related areas delivered in face-to-face, online, and/or blended formats; (b) contribute to the ongoing development of undergraduate and graduate programs; (c) actively recruit and supervise graduate students; (d) support strategic initiatives across the School and campus; and (e) provide leadership and service at the local, state, and national levels.

Context: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Carolina), established in 1793 as the first public university in the nation, is a doctoral-granting institution situated in the beautiful college town of Chapel Hill, NC. Ranked fifth among public institutions by US News & World Report, and one of the original public ivy schools, Carolina has earned a reputation as one of the best universities in the world, and the School of Education is among the best in the nation. The School of Education prides itself on its strong, diverse student body, unparalleled academic opportunities, and a value unmatched by any public university in the nation.

Educational Requirements: Candidates must have an earned doctorate in the learning sciences, educational psychology, teaching and learning in the content areas, or closely related fields.

Qualifications: Candidates at the Assistant Professor level must have an earned doctorate at the time of hire. Candidates at the Associate and Full levels must have an established record of research, funding, teaching, and service to meet the University’s requirements for tenure and appointment at the respective rank. Depending on rank, candidates will demonstrate a research program that will lead to an outstanding and sustained record of scholarship and securing external funding or will already have such an established record. Candidates will have strong potential, or an established record, of outstanding university teaching and guiding students through dissertation research projects.

Salary and Starting Date: Salary will be competitive and commensurate with rank and experience. The proposed starting date is July 1, 2019.

The Application Process: To apply for the position, submit a letter of interest, vita, and the names of four references with full contact information, using the online application process at http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/126446. For full consideration, all application materials should be received by October 1, 2018 at which time the search committee will begin reviewing applications. The search will remain open until filled.

For more information, email the Search Chair, Dr. Keith Sawyer, at ksawyer@unc.edu.