The Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Georgia invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor with expertise in conducting research in the area of motivation in education to begin August 2018. The mission of the Applied Cognition and Development Program is to explore the effect of cognitive and developmental processes on education, and determine how that knowledge can be applied to teaching and learning, to prepare graduates to improve education through research, and to apply research to various settings. We urge individuals to apply who have expertise in motivation theory, as it applies to STEM K-12 education, particularly as it relates to the participation of underrepresented groups. Information about the department can be found at


The successful applicant will be expected to maintain a high-quality research program, seek external funding, serve as a research mentor for students, direct theses and dissertations, participate in faculty governance, and contribute to the collegial community of the Applied Cognition and Development Program and the larger Department of Educational Psychology. This position requires teaching the equivalent of two courses per semester in the program or department.


Qualifications include an earned doctorate at the time of employment with a specialization in educational psychology, developmental psychology, or a closely related field; a strong record of scholarly research; and evidence suggesting strong promise for securing external funding to support that research.


Appointment effective August 2018.


Applicants should submit a letter of interest addressing qualifications in the areas detailed above, a current curriculum vita, a statement of research goals, reprints of published research articles, and three letters of recommendation. Unofficial copies of transcripts can be submitted with the application package. Formal transcripts will be required only from finalists.

All materials should be submitted electronically to

Questions may be addressed to the search committee chair, Dr. Scott Ardoin (

Applications received by the 13th of October 2017 are assured of full consideration.

The University of Georgia ( is a land grant/sea grant institution. Its main campus is located in Athens, Georgia, 75 miles northeast of Atlanta. Athens is known for its music, art, and food as well as its accessibility to the Atlanta area (see and

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.

Hiring is contingent on available funding, proof of eligibility to work in the United States, and completion of a background check.