Mission or Goal of Unit

The Department of Foundations of Education provides multiple-disciplinary, liberal education perspectives on the foundational/core components of educational practice that serve all programs in the School of Education. The department provides an essential link between practice and theory in ways that make effective reflection, inquiry and decision-making possible. The department plays an integral role in the PhD in Education program by teaching required courses in educational research, quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods research design and statistical analysis. In addition, department faculty actively serve on dissertation committees. The department also maintains the Research and Evaluation and Educational Psychology Tracks of the PhD program. The mission of the department is to prepare educators, practitioners, and scholars for intelligent and responsible practice of teaching, research, administration and policy-making in a variety of settings.

Chief purpose of this position in support of above mission or goal

This position is an advanced assistant, or associate, tenure-eligible faculty position in the area of quantitative methods and statistics. In addition to providing advanced courses in quantitative research methods and statistics, the position is intended to provide expertise for School of Education and University faculty in advanced statistical procedures commensurate with the methodological expectations of federal funding agencies. The position includes consultation with faculty and students on research proposal development, statistical and design expertise for grant proposals, and will enhance capacity to plan and conduct high quality research. Teaching responsibilities include participation in the implementation of the Research and Evaluation track of the PhD in Education.

The successful candidate must have an established research agenda and a clear potential for external funding as appropriate, as well as potential for scholarship that complements expertise in the department. At the Associate level, the faculty member must have a well-developed line of research with evidence of multi-disciplinary applications and external funding as appropriate, to expand existing expertise in the department and the School, particularly in the area of urban education. The faculty member will teach graduate courses in quantitative methods and statistics and must maintain an active research agenda and publication record. The faculty member may work in interdisciplinary partnerships with students and faculty from other departments, academic units, public schools, and community agencies on research efforts.

Position Responsibilities

1. Teaching: Teach master’s and doctoral level courses in statistics and/or quantitative research methods; advise and serve on dissertation committees for doctoral students in research and evaluation and the educational psychology tracks; advise and mentor doctoral student research.

2. Research: Maintain an on-going program of research in quantitative methods and/or statistics, including seeking external funding to support research efforts; collaborate with colleagues, particularly on externally funded research projects; apply innovative quantitative and statistical methods to practice issues in urban education or support collaborations with an urban education focus.

3. Service: Participate in appropriate service activities at the departmental, college, university and professional organization levels.

Required Qualifications

• Earned doctorate in statistics, research methods, measurement, educational psychology or closely related field
• An established research agenda and record of refereed publications
• At the Associate level, a record of securing external funding to support research
• At the Assistant level, potential for obtaining external funding to support research
• Experience teaching statistics and/or quantitative research methods or related courses at the college level
• Evidence of strong multi-level or latent variable analysis skills
• Demonstrated success working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU

Preferred Qualifications

• Record of obtaining external funding
• Faculty experience with doctoral education
• Experience teaching/designing online courses
• Experience conducting or collaborating on research in/about urban settings or high-need schools

Find more details—including application instructions—here: https://www.vcujobs.com/postings/41085