Job Information

University of Utah Assistant Professor of Learning Sciences in Educational Psychology in Salt Lake City, Utah

Position Information

Proposed Faculty Rank Assistant Professor

Department 00163 - Educational Psychology

City Salt Lake City, UT

Track Tenure Track

New Position to Begin Fall 2024


The Department of Educational Psychology in the College of Education at the University of Utah invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Learning and Cognition, 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 provide support to the graduate programs across the department, and 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. Learning Sciences program faculty conduct basic or applied research in their areas of expertise include STEM education, educational technology, and cognitive processes. 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.

Position Rank:

This is a nine-month, full-time position. The appointment is at the rank of Assistant Professor.

Applicant Required Qualifications:

This position requires an earned doctorate in Educational Psychology, Learning Sciences, Psychology, or a related field. Candidates should have a theory-driven program of research that addresses key questions in learning sciences and that utilizes or advances high-quality quantitative methodologies.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Programmatic research agenda that is grounded in educational and/or psychological theories of learning and cognition.
  • Clear potential for obtaining external funding and publishing scholarly works in high-quality outlets.
  • Interest and experience in interdisciplinary and collaborative research.
  • Demonstrated ability or potential for high-quality teaching.
  • Commitment to the promotion of equity, diversity, and inclusion across research, teaching, and service.

Position Responsibilities:

Responsibilities of the position will include:

  • Develop and maintain a strong record of research, publication, grant writing, and other scholarly activities.
  • Design, teach, and coordinate core courses at the undergraduate or graduate level in critical areas (e.g., cognition, quantitative methodology, measurement, advanced topics in quantitative methods and measurement) and individual area of scholarship.
  • Mentor/supervise graduate students and serve on graduate student committees.
  • Engage in service for program, department, college, 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.

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, ( 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. This report includes statistics about criminal offenses, hate crimes, arrests and referrals for disciplinary action, and Violence Against Women Act offenses. They also provide information about safety and security-related services offered by the University of Utah. A paper copy can be obtained by request at the Department of Public Safety located at 1658 East 500 South.

Special Instructions for Candidates

Application Materials: Candidates should submit the following application materials electronically through the University of Utah Human Resource Department portal

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum vitae (CV )
  3. Research statement
  4. Teaching statement
  5. 3 samples of scholarly work
  6. List of 3 references to contact
  7. A commitment statement about how you would support and advance University/College/Department goals related to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Inquiries and requests for further information should be directed to the Chair of the Search Committee:

Dr. Lauren Barth-Cohen, Search Committee Chair

University of Utah Department of Educational Psychology

1721 Campus Center Drive, SAEC 3220

Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Open Date 09/07/2023

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN01089CF

Type Faculty