The Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Northern Iowa invites applications for a full-time tenure track position at the Assistant Professor rank to begin August, 2016. The position is for an applicant with expertise in Educational Psychology, Human Development, and/or School Psychology. Teaching responsibilities include, but are not limited to, undergraduate courses in the UNI Teacher Education program related to assessment, development, or learning, and may also include graduate courses related to the successful candidate’s interests and research skills. The successful candidate will also be expected to serve on, or supervise masters’ and doctoral committees in the College of Education. Although scholarly focus is open, we are particularly interested in candidates who have research interests in one or more of three major areas:

  • Utilization of evidence-based practices, for example: formative/curriculum-based assessment; social-emotional learning; trauma-sensitive school policies and practices; and change and innovation in schools
  • Teacher cognition/learning, for example: technology use; pedagogical content knowledge in math, literacy, and or science; and epistemological beliefs related to learning, instruction, and/or assessment
  • Human Development, for example: ethical/character education; prosocial development; influences of social contexts (e.g., family, caregivers, school, peers) on development; identity development; and ethnic identity formation


Required: Required qualifications include a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in Educational Psychology, School Psychology or a closely related discipline by August 15th, 2016. Outstanding ABD candidates will be considered with strong evidence of completion by the start date. Evidence of, or demonstrated potential for effective teaching and scholarship is also required.

Preferred: Preferred qualifications include the following: research interests related to P-12 education and/or teacher education; expertise in one or more methods of data analysis (quantitative or qualitative); experience with educator preparation; evidence of ability to work collaboratively with other faculty and students on research projects; experience working in partnerships with schools or government agencies; community outreach; and evidence of promise in securing external funding.

The University of Northern Iowa has a long standing record of excellence in Teacher Education. The University also has multiple centers that the successful candidate may be able to partner with, for example:

  • UNI Center for Educational Transformation – Through field-based and action-oriented research, innovative educational practices, and effective policy analysis, the CET works to leverage UNI’s existing strengths and longstanding experience in education research and innovation to dramatically impact PreK-12 student learning and teacher effectiveness across the state and to inform the national education landscape
  • UNI’s Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy (JCCL) works with Iowa schools to improve literacy for all Iowa students, working for example, to close the achievement gap between diverse groups, while increasing literacy proficiency for all students
  • UNI serves as the administrative home for the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, devoted to enhancing STEM education and innovation in the state of Iowa
  • UNI’s Center for Violence Prevention is the new home for the Governor’s Office for Bullying Prevention

The University of Northern Iowa provides a high quality and diverse educational experience, purposefully guiding students to find and develop their strengths and prepare them for success after college. The University’s attractive size, approximately 12,000 students, allows UNI to offer faculty, facilities, and academic choices characteristic of a much larger university while retaining a friendly, small-college atmosphere on a park-like campus. UNI has been recognized for the past 18 years as one of the “Best Midwest Universities” by U.S. News & World Report. Located in Cedar Falls/Waterloo, the campus is comprised of more than 40 buildings on 940 acres. For more information, visit

Visit for additional information. Pre-employment background checks are required. To apply, visit   Applications received by January 31, 2016 will be given full consideration. For more information, contact Dr. Elana Joram, Professor of Educational Psychology, at or by phone at (319) 273-7283. UNI actively seeks to enhance diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  The University encourages applications from persons of color, women, individuals living with disabilities, and protected veterans.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal and/or state law.

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