Open Date: Nov 04, 2022


The Department of Educational Psychology in the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education at the University of Oklahoma invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Qualitative Research.

The University of Oklahoma (OU) ( is a comprehensive flagship research institution, with a student body of 31,000, that is committed to excellence in teaching, research, and professional service. The Department of Educational Psychology ( offers degree programs at the masters and doctoral levels in Learning Sciences, Professional Counseling, and Special Education, and at the undergraduate level in Special Education, with teacher certification.

We seek candidates who have particular expertise in qualitative educational research methodologies, who are well-grounded in current educational theories, and who are committed to building collaborative and innovative scholarship that will contribute to transforming students’ and adults’ learning, lives, and communities. The successful candidate will develop qualitative courses and course sequences that will effectively prepare graduate students in every department in the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education (JRCoE) for rigorous qualitative inquiry regardless of their field. The successful candidate also will collaborate with scholars across the college to ensure a robust variety of qualitative courses are available to comprehensively prepare qualitative researchers with diverse scholarly emphases and aims.

The responsibilities of the position include but are not limited to teaching graduate courses in qualitative research, and teaching or coordinating the teaching of mixed-methods research; advising and mentoring graduate students; directing doctoral dissertations and serving on doctoral committees; developing or continuing an impactful research agenda; and providing service to the department, college, university, profession, and community.


Required Qualifications: an earned doctorate or completion of doctorate degree by August 1, 2023, in an educational or closely related field, with an emphasis on qualitative research; willingness and ability to conduct rigorous qualitative research and make scholarly contributions to their field; willingness and ability to provide quality instruction and mentorship for graduate students.

Desired Qualifications: Strong program of research implementing qualitative research methodologies; experience teaching courses in qualitative research and mixed methods designs; strong grounding in theory, particularly critical theories, and explicit alignment between theory and research methodologies and methods; demonstrated ability to apply expertise across a variety of educational settings; engagement in transformative scholarship; demonstrated ability or potential to obtain external funding; and demonstrated commitment to community-engaged work, as well as ethical and reciprocal research that positively impacts schools and communities.

Application Instructions

Application review will begin December 9, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. The position is a 9-month position and is expected to begin August of 2023.

Applicants must submit a letter of application, a current CV, up to 3 writing samples, unofficial graduate transcripts (must have official transcripts if invited to interview), and names and contact information for three professional references. All application materials should be submitted electronically through Interfolio using the following link:

Questions may be directed to:

Dr. Amy Bradshaw, Search Committee Chair, Email:


Cathy Tsiao, Administrative Assistant, Educational Psychology Department, Email:

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