Soka University of America announces an opening for a tenure-track, assistant professor of educational psychology and assessment to teach in its MA Program in Educational Leadership and Societal Change, beginning August 2016. Responsibilities include teaching masters-level courses in psychology of education, educational assessment, curriculum and instruction, and research methods. In addition to advising and mentoring students in the first and second years of the MA program leading to the MA thesis, the ideal candidate will provide leadership in program evaluation, cultivate a close working relationship with public school systems as well as educational professionals in non-school settings, and serve as a resource for the Summer Research Grant (SRG), a non-credit bearing, field-based research opportunity for all students. The faculty member in this position will participate actively in all phases of students’ professional development.

Minimum Training & Experience Requirements: The candidate will have an earned doctorate either in educational psychology or in education with an emphasis on educational leadership in addition to licensure in educational psychology. However, a record of teaching and research excellence is required. In addition to demonstrating strong quantitative analytical skills, the ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate a firm grasp of global trends and issues in education and educational psychology, including past and present methods of school assessment and current curricular standards. Some leadership experience in P-12 or in a closely related field is a plus.

Please attach:

  • Cover letter
  • Vitae
  • A list of three professional references (include name, address, phone number)
  • A statement giving (or refusing) authorization for email communication to be used to convey the status of a candidate’s application during the search process.

Review of applications will begin on November 13, 2015 and continue until the position is filled.

Send to:

John M. Heffron, Ph.D.

Director, MA Program in Educational Leadership and Societal Change

c/o Human Resources

1 University Drive

Aliso Viejo, CA 92656



For information about the University and its new MA Program, please visit Please direct any questions to John M. Heffron at

Soka University of America is an equal opportunity employer