The University of Delaware (UD) invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in Education Statistics and Data Science. Specifically, we are interested in scholars with primary research interests in advanced quantitative methods such as artificial intelligence, data mining, machine learning, natural language processing, network analysis, latent variable modeling, or other advanced methodological techniques. The ideal candidate would have a research portfolio that involves both developing/evaluating new statistical/computation methods and applying advanced methods to education data.
We especially value candidates who demonstrate a keen interest in collaborating with other faculty, education practitioners, and/or policymakers to design, conduct and apply research that can address critical issues facing our education systems, broadly conceived. We are particularly interested in candidates whose research addresses issues of justice, fairness and equity in education, including critical quantitative work (QuantCrit). We are deeply committed to a community of excellence, equity, and diversity and welcome applications from scholars of color, women, persons with disabilities, sexual minority groups, and other candidates who will contribute to the diversification and enrichment of ideas and perspectives. Our Educational Statistics and Research Methods (ESRM) doctoral program is a STEM-designated program and serves a high proportion of international students. We are looking for an enthusiastic individual dedicated to mentoring and closely working with students, specifically someone who is culturally responsive to meeting the needs of our growing diverse and international student body. The position will begin on August 15, 2024.
- Ph.D. or Ed.D. in education, statistics, psychology, or related field by the start date, with demonstrated expertise of educational statistics and research methodology.
- Demonstrated working knowledge of advanced quantitative methods in education statistics and data science.
- Knowledge of and demonstrated ability to apply these advanced techniques to contemporary issues in education.
- Advanced skills with computer programs such as R, Mplus, Python, SAS, and/or Stata, etc.
- Evidence of a strong and established line of research and resultant research productivity in the form of peer-reviewed publications, conference presentations, and other relevant research products (e.g., R packages, book chapters).
- Evidence of or interest in contributing to course offerings and program development towards the goal of applying and/or advancing quantitative and education research methodologies.
- Demonstrates a respect for diversity of race, culture, and gender in viewpoints and approaches to collaboration and teaching.
Additional preferred qualifications include:
- A strong record of, or potential for, obtaining external funding.
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with methodological and/or applied researchers across disciplines.
- Prior experience and evidence of excellence in teaching and mentoring
- Demonstrates the ability to incorporate the contributions of marginalized communities into their teaching, scholarly work, and/or service contributions
- Has experience working with diverse student populations and communities
Responsibilities include sustaining a significant research program, supervising doctoral research as appropriate, teaching and advising in the School of Education, and performing service as assigned.
Specifically, successful candidates will:
- Conduct scholarly research in developing and/or evaluating new statistical/computational methods and applying methods in collaborative work with faculty and doctoral students
- Teach graduate-level courses in advanced quantitative methodologies within the School of Education
- Collaborate with other ESRM faculty members on program and course design
- Advise and mentor doctoral students, including as chair and/or member of doctoral (PhD) committees
- Design, conduct and apply research that can address critical issues in education.
Application Materials Required:
- Curriculum vitae including the names, titles, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three individuals who can speak to the candidate’s potential for success in this position. At least one of whom can attest to the candidate’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. References will only be contacted for candidates whose applications have advanced to a later round of review.
- Cover letter (maximum 3 pages) that that describes the candidate’s interests and qualifications, as well as their research program, teaching philosophy and experiences, and experience with or potential for external funding
- Statement on contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion (1-2 pages) that provides (a) evidence of the candidate’s actions, plans, and alignment with institutional DEI, (b) DEI or cultural competency, (c) promotion of underrepresented scholars and allyship, and/or (d) DEI in research, teaching, and/or service.
About the PhD Program in Education Statistics and Research Methods (ESRM).
The Ph.D. in Educational Statistics and Research Methods (ESRM) prepares students interested in education data science, research methods, statistics, causal inference, psychometrics, and evaluation to develop, critically evaluate, and properly use sophisticated quantitative and mixed methodologies to solve important problems in education. ESRM faculty have the opportunity to pursue collaborations and affiliation with a number of centers and academic programs at UD as appropriate for their interests. Some potential affiliations include the Data Science Institute (DSI), the Center for Research in Education & Social Policy (CRESP), the Biden School of Public Policy, the Ph.D. in Education & Social Policy, specializations within the Ph.D. in Education, and more.
About the School of Education and College of Education and Human Development. The School of Education within the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) has 63 full-time faculty and houses nearly 600 undergraduate and 360 graduate students. The School of Education offers an undergraduate major in elementary teacher education and minors in educational studies, educational technology, and race, culture, and equity in education. It supports several robust graduate programs at both the master’s level, including the highly successful two-year online M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership, and doctoral level, including a Ph.D. program in education, an Ed.D. in educational leadership, and an Ed.S. in school psychology. Faculty are a methodologically diverse and collegial group of nationally and internationally known scholars in a range of areas including literacy, mathematics education, learning sciences, sociocultural approaches, and educational policy. With external funding across CEHD in excess of $26 million, the college ranks among the top universities nationally in obtaining federal support for education research. Faculty in the School of Education are recognized for their contributions to national conversations about critical educational issues, lead organizations working to address those issues, and provide a range of supports to the agencies at the front lines of improving educational opportunities and outcomes.
Additionally, the College is home to 10 public service and research centers in which candidates are likely to find opportunities, supports, and collaborations that can enhance their scholarship and impact. These include the newly established School Success Center, which combines the nationally recognized Delaware Academy for School Leadership and the highly successful Professional Development Center for Educators (PDCE). The Center for Research in Education and Social Policy (CRESP) conducts rigorous research, program evaluation, and policy analysis to help better understand critical issues in education, community health, and human services. The Partnership for Public Education, part of UD’s Community Engagement Initiative, supports faculty and staff to mobilize their research and build partnerships within the Delaware P-12 community. The College hosts several other centers and has a long history of working closely with schools, districts, and the Delaware Department of Education as well as infrastructure to support community-engaged scholarship.
The School of Education and UD strongly believe that our future success is firmly predicated on our steadfast commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Diversity is a core value and guiding principle for the School of Education’s mission to prepare future scholars, educators, and leaders to educate and lead in increasingly diverse schools, higher education institutions, organizations, and communities.
Application Review. Applications received by December 1, 2023 will receive first consideration, and applications received subsequently may be reviewed on a rolling basis.
The School of Education is responsive to the needs of working parents and families, welcomes applicants who may have nontraditional career paths or who may have taken time off for personal reasons (e.g., children, caring for disabled or elderly family), and is committed to supporting the work-life balance of its faculty. A recipient of a NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation award, UD has a service to assist dual-career couples. UD is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. UD is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a diverse environment, and strongly encourages applications from people who identify with racially and ethnically minoritized groups, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.
For inquiries, contact: Dr. Henry May (firstname.lastname@example.org), search committee chair.
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Applications close: Open until filled