The Educational Psychology program at Northern Illinois University is searching for a tenure-track Assistant Professor to join its faculty beginning August 2014. We seek a dynamic individual with research and teaching interests in the broad areas of learning, development and motivation, with specific expertise either with elementary-age populations or adult/lifespan development. The successful candidate will complement and extend ongoing research and teaching efforts in the department. Our award-winning faculty is engaged in a variety of research and outreach programs focused on learning, motivation and development in a variety of academic, extracurricular, and cultural contexts. 

 The Educational Psychology program area offers master’s (M.S.Ed.) and doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in educational psychology, and provides core undergraduate and graduate level courses in learning and development for a variety of programs across the university. Educational Psychology faculty members are involved in the elementary and secondary teacher education programs as well as the educational psychology degree programs. 

One of the premier colleges of education in the Midwest, NIUs campus is centrally located, with easy access to Chicagoland and Rockford. The city of DeKalb maintains its own unique character as an economically stable community with both urban and rural roots.  

Responsibilities: The qualified candidate will be expected to teach graduate and undergraduate courses in educational psychology and child, adult, or lifespan development, as well as specialized courses in one’s area of expertise. The faculty member to be hired will serve as advisor to students in the program, supervise student research internships, and serve on thesis and dissertation committees. The candidate will be expected to develop a focused program of high quality scholarship, and to seek external funding to support research.  The person hired will contribute to program development, and participate in the shared governance system of the university. This is a permanent, tenure-track position with salary based on experience.

Required Qualifications: Ph.D. or equivalent in educational psychology or a related field by date of appointment; active research agenda with potential to attract external funding; demonstrated expertise in elementary age populations, adult populations, and/or life span frameworks. Preferred: We are especially interested in candidates with expertise in gifted education or cognitive processes. Other desired qualifications include: prior teaching experience at the college or university level; experience in on-line instruction; successful acquisition of external funding; national or international peer-reviewed conference presentations and publications, and experience with a diverse undergraduate and graduate student population. 

Application:  Candidates should submit a letter of application expressing interests, experiences, accomplishments, and strengths as they relate to the position. Applicants should also provide: a) a current CV, b) a sample of scholarly writing, c) copies of transcripts, and d) three original letters of recommendation. Preference will be given to applications received by October 15, 2013; however, we will continue to receive applications until position is filled. Please send all materials to: Lee Shumow, Search Committee Chair c/o Pat Kee, Graham Hall 223, College of Education, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115. Telephone: (815) 753-9340, FAX 815-753-8750. Official transcripts are required by date of appointment. 

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