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Assistant/Associate Professor of Education (Learning, Design, and Technology (LDT) and the Learning Sciences)

Assistant/Associate Professor of Education (Learning, Design, and Technology (LDT) and the Learning Sciences)

The Pennsylvania State University

College of Education

Department of Learning and Performance Systems



Position Available:  Assistant/Associate Professor of Education (Learning, Design, and Technology (LDT) and the Learning Sciences)

Beginning:  Fall Semester, 2018

Appointment conditions:

This is a tenure track, 36-week appointment with the possibility of supplementary summer appointments in research and/or teaching.  Full University benefits apply.  Penn State has a strong commitment to the diversity of its workforce.  We encourage applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds.

Learning Sciences cluster hire:

The College of Education at Penn State is strengthening its commitment to the learning sciences and the study of learning. The College seeks to hire a cluster of at least four, tenure-line faculty during 2017-2018 to build upon its existing scholarly and programmatic strengths. In particular, the College will hire new faculty to strengthen the study of learning and to build bridges among four existing areas of graduate education and faculty scholarship: educational psychology; learning, design, and technology; mathematics education; and science education.  The long-range goal is to strengthen Penn State’s leadership in learning sciences research and development, enhancing existing foci: on learning in the disciplines (beginning with learning in areas of mathematics and science); on the design of learning environments; on design-based research, intervention research; and on other studies of learners and learning.


The Department of Learning and Performance Systems in the College of Education seeks applications from individuals with scholarly interests and expertise in the learning sciences who work at the intersection of learning, design, and technology (LDT). This includes research and development on design of learning environments or technologies in formal and informal settings. Faculty members typically teach graduate courses both residentially and online, with some opportunities for undergraduate teaching. The successful candidate will be expected to recruit, train, and supervise graduate students in Learning, Design, and Technology; to pursue external funding for supporting learning sciences research; to develop and teach graduate courses relevant to the LDT program; and to engage in leadership and service to professional organizations and societies, educational institutions, agencies, and the University.

Required qualifications (commensurate with experience):

  • Earned doctorate in the Learning Sciences; Learning, Design, or Technology; or a closely related field; Candidates finishing their doctorates by August 2018 will be considered as well.
  • Evidence of a commitment to developing a program of research related to learning, design, and technology;
  • Evidence of a commitment to excellence in teaching and advising, including a willingness to teach in online environments and integrate innovative technology into university courses; and
  • Evidence of a commitment to working collegially and with individuals from diverse backgrounds

Desirable qualifications:

LDT faculty have a broad definition of learning that includes social, cognitive, sociocultural, and identity frameworks. Our program seeks applicants who would thrive within our diverse intellectual arena but who have deep scholarly commitments to their own research agenda.

Successful applicants will engage in innovative research efforts, including, but not limited to: technologically-enhanced learning; the design of learning environments for informal, preK-12, or college settings; applications of learning analytics; emerging technologies; computer-supported collaborative learning; and learning communities and affinity spaces. Candidates should have a program of research that has the potential to secure external funding and will lead to publications as well as a commitment to excellence in teaching and advising.

The position also offers the possibility for collaborations with the local community organizations, higher education, and preK-12 school contexts. Successful candidates will be invited to join other faculty across departments as part of the College of Education’s learning sciences initiative.

Department of Learning and Performance Systems (LPS)

The Department of Learning and Performance Systems [] includes three programs: Lifelong Learning and Adult Education; Learning, Design, and Technology; and Workforce Education and Development. All three programs offer separate degrees, but students, faculty, and staff collaborate on teaching, research, and service.

Application procedures:

Applicants must submit a letter of application documenting qualifications for the position, a current curriculum vitae, copies of graduate transcripts (where appropriate), up to three representative reprints or preprints of scholarly publications (if available), and the names, mail and e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three academic references.  Applications received by October 26, 2017, are assured full consideration; however, applications will be received until the position is filled.  All application materials must be submitted electronically to

 Inquiries can be made to the Search Chair: Dr. Heather Toomey Zimmerman