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Open Rank Professor of Education, Educational Psychology

Open Rank Professor of Education, Educational Psychology

Open Rank Professor of Education, Educational Psychology

Position Announcement

Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education

Position Available

An open-rank, tenure-track position in Educational Psychology co-funded by the College of Education and the Institute for CyberScience (ICS).


Fall Semester 2019.

Appointment Conditions

This position is a tenure track, 36-week faculty 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.


The successful candidate will: have an active program of research, be responsible for teaching residential and online undergraduate and graduate courses, advise master’s and doctoral graduate students, and provide service to the Department, College, University, and professional organizations or other external agencies.

Required Qualifications

Candidates must have an earned doctorate in Educational Psychology, the Learning Sciences, Statistics, or a closely related field before the start date of the appointment.  Candidates must also demonstrate a commitment to a significant program of interdisciplinary research that has the potential to secure external funding, commensurate with experience. Candidates must provide evidence of excellence in teaching and advising, commensurate with experience. Candidates must show potential to work with underserved and/or underrepresented populations.

The successful candidate will have expertise in the methodologies that intend to capture the complex, dynamic processes involved in learning and instruction through the use of computationally intensive and/or data intensive approaches.

As an ICS co-hire, the successful candidate will also have expertise in cyber-enabled research, including the development and application of innovative computational methods, and is expected to engage in interdisciplinary research that relies substantially on some combination of big data, complex simulations, machine learning, and related methodologies. Further information on the institute and its co-hires can be found at

Desirable Qualifications

Research agendas may include one or more of the following: 

  • Methods for quantifying patterns generated by the complex, rich data sets that represent ongoing learning processes at the individual and group levels. Examples include, but are not limited to: social network analysis, natural language processing, learning analytics, data visualization, and Bayesian modeling.
  • Methodologies that can be tied to learning outcomes and that attend to processes at the individual level, where that individual may be embedded in groups, conditions, or contexts.
  • Methodologies that disentangle the patterns of influence within nested data sets to enrich understandings of the learning process in different settings.

The Pennsylvania State University

Penn State [] is a comprehensive, multi-campus research university serving all regions of the Commonwealth, as well as the nation and the world in instruction, research, and service roles that require responsiveness to and support from society's public and private sectors.  As a land-grant university, Penn State is responsible for providing a wide array of programs in the professional and technical disciplines, as well as a balanced offering of undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts and sciences.  Penn State shares with other major research universities the traditional responsibilities to discover, develop, preserve, and disseminate knowledge.

The University Park campus is located within State College, PA, which was recently ranked number 5 in a ranking of top college towns by the American Institute for Economic Research, and number 15 in a ranking of the Safest College Towns in America by Safewise. State College is in a valley in the Appalachian Mountains, providing ample opportunity for outdoor recreation, and is within drivable distance from Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and New York City.

The College of Education

The College of Education ( at Penn State was established in 1923 to deepen and extend knowledge about the formation and utilization of human capabilities. It offers resident degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as an extensive outreach effort aimed at continuing professional development for educators at distant locations. The College's research program is extensive and College faculty members secured over $36.7 million in external support during the past three years from a wide range of national and state government agencies, private foundations, and corporations. The College's location within a large, research oriented, land-grant University provides numerous opportunities for studying education from multidisciplinary perspectives in the context of a university-wide commitment to making life better for all citizens.

The College houses four academic departments: Curriculum and Instruction; Education Policy Studies; Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education; and Learning and Performance Systems. The departments offer seven undergraduate majors to more than 2,250 students and 11 graduate programs to nearly 1,800 students, under authority of the Graduate School. Recent surveys rank the Penn State College of Education among the top colleges, schools, and departments of education in the United States and the world.  The Educational Psychology program’s goal is to conduct translational research through grounded theoretical model building and empirical investigations with overt sensitivities to critical questions of educational importance.

The Institute for CyberScience

The Institute for CyberScience (ICS; ), one of Penn State’s five university-wide research institutes, connects researchers from numerous disciplines to answer critical scientific questions and societal issues through cyber-enabled research and methodology. ICS has nearly 300 affiliated faculty, with over 20 tenure-track co-hired faculty, engaged in interdisciplinary computation and data enabled research. Our co-hired and affiliated faculty utilize our ICS operated Advanced Cyber Infrastructure (ICS-ACI), Penn State’s high-performance research cloud, which is in the top 15 among our peers.

Application procedures:

Applicants must submit a detailed letter of application documenting qualifications for the position, current curriculum vitae, copies of official graduate transcripts (for candidates seeking appointment at the assistant professor level), and up to three representative reprints or preprints of scholarly publications (if available), and at least three names, mail and e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of academic references.  Review will begin November 10, 2018, and applications received by that date are assured full consideration; however, applications will be considered until the position is filled. 

All application materials must be submitted electronically to

Inquiries can be made to the Search Chair:

Dr. Pui-Wa Lei

Educational Psychology-ICS Co-Hire Search Chair

140 CEDAR Building, University Park, PA 16802