The Department of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading in the College of Education invites applications and nominations for a tenure track, Assistant Professor of Educational Research position.

Georgia Southern University, classified as a doctoral/research institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, is a member of the University System of Georgia. As the largest and most comprehensive research institution in southeast Georgia, the University is a residential campus of more than 20,500 students representing 48 states and 89 nations.

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Georgia Southern offers a comprehensive array of baccalaureate degrees and selected master’s and doctoral programs through eight colleges: Business Administration, Education, Engineering and Information Technology, Health and Human Sciences, Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Public Health, Science and Mathematics and Graduate Studies. With an emphasis on academic distinction, excellent teaching, research and student success, Georgia Southern offers both undergraduate and graduate students an attractive campus environment that encourages learning, discovery and personal growth.

Founded in 1906, Georgia Southern lays claim to being the most beautiful campus in the state. Comprising more than 900 acres, the University grounds are an arboretum-like treasure featuring gently rolling lawns, scenic ponds and soaring pines. Located in Statesboro, a safe Main Street community of approximately 30,000 residents not far from Savannah and Hilton Head Island, Georgia Southern provides the benefits of a major university with the feeling of a smaller college.

Within this setting, the Department of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading, one of three departments within the College of Education, includes 25 faculty members in five areas: educational foundations, educational psychology, curriculum studies, reading education, and educational research. The Department offers undergraduate and graduate level courses and three graduate programs including a master’s and an Ed.S. in reading education and a doctoral degree program in curriculum studies. The current four full-time educational research faculty members provide comprehensive support for all graduate programs in the college. However, an additional full-time educational research faculty member is needed to address the diverse research needs within the college’s graduate programs. The individual hired in this faculty position is expected to contribute to the college’s goals of continued excellence and innovation in teaching, scholarship, and outreach.

Position Description: Reporting to the Chair of the Department of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading, the Assistant Professor of Educational Research will teach graduate courses in introductory and advanced research methods. The majority of educational research courses are taught online with limited opportunities for face-to-face instruction. This individual is expected to supervise graduate student research as a member of Ed.S. and Ed.D. committees, engage in productive scholarship in the discipline, and provide service at all levels of the university and to the profession. This position requires a terminal degree; teaching, research, and service; and is a 9-month, tenure-track appointment, and the salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Required Qualifications:

  • An earned doctorate in Educational Research or closely related area by August 1, 2017.
  • Coursework in and experience with both quantitative and qualitative research, with an emphasis on qualitative research
  • Willingness to teach online courses
  • Commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring graduate student research
  • Commitment to using technology in teaching and scholarship
  • Evidence of an emerging research agenda
  • Potential for securing extramural funding for research and/or training
  • Ability to contribute to a positive work environment in the department, college, and university
  • Effective communication skills
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States for the duration of employment without assistance from the institution

Preferred Qualifications

  • Teaching experience in higher education
  • Experience with online learning as instructor or student

Screening of applications begins October 17, 2016, and continues until the position is filled.

The position starting date is August 1, 2017. A complete application consists of a letter addressing the qualifications cited above; a curriculum vitae; copies of graduate transcripts, and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least three professional references. Other documentation may be requested. Only completed electronic applications will be considered. Finalists will be required to submit to a background investigation. Applications and nominations should be sent to:

Dr. Meca Williams-Johnson, Search Chair, Search #67393

Department of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading

Georgia Southern University


                  Telephone: 912-478-5252

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