The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education seeks applicants for an Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology position with an anticipated start date of August 16, 2016. This is a nine-month tenure-eligible position in the Department of Foundations of Education. Join us in preparing students for careers that shape the future of PK-20 education.

This position is responsible for maintaining an on-going program of research in educational psychology; have clear potential for external funding, as appropriate, to support research efforts; teaching undergraduate, master’s and doctoral courses and advising doctoral students in educational psychology; advising and mentoring doctoral student research; collaborating with colleagues particularly in externally funded research; participating in appropriate service activities at the department, college, university, and professional organization levels.


Required: Earned doctorate in educational psychology or closely related field; record of refereed publications; promise or experience with external funding to support research; evidence of strong methodological skills; experience teaching educational psychology or related courses at the college level; demonstrated success in working with others on research projects; demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.

Preferred: Record of obtaining external funding; demonstrated interest in cognition, STEM, teacher beliefs, and/or adolescence; experience with doctoral education; experience teaching or designing on-line courses in educational psychology or a related field; experience conducting or collaborating on research in and about urban settings and high-need schools; and K-12 teaching experience.

Application Process

To be considered for this position, application materials must be submitted online through VCU eJobs and must include all of the following documents: 1) A cover letter that addresses the applicant’s qualifications based on position announcement and consideration of the goals and mission of Virginia Commonwealth University and the School of Education;
2) A curriculum vitae; 3) Three relevant writing samples (e.g., journal articles, book chapters, conference papers); and 4) Contact information for three professional references.

Application materials must be uploaded as one PDF document (in the “Other Document” field) to for review by the Search Committee. Questions may be directed to Dr. Kathleen Cauley, Search Committee Chair ( or 804-827-2633). Candidates must agree to current and prior employers being contacted if a finalist for the position. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position closing date of December 24, 2015. 

About VCU and the School of Education

VCU is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research. Located in downtown Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students in 223 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. VCU is committed to the diversity of its faculty, staff and student body. Over 100 countries are represented on campus, while 12% of students are of Asian descent, 15% of Black/African American descent and 7% Hispanic/Latino. The VCU School of Education prepares effective and highly skilled teachers, counselors, school administrators, higher education faculty, and other education professionals committed to high-need learning environments and making a difference in the life of children and their communities. Located on the Monroe Park Campus, the School of Education is ranked 17th among public graduate schools of education, and 27th overall graduate school of education by U.S. News & World Report. With a strong commitment to social justice, the School embraces diversity among students, faculty and staff, as well as programmatically. It operates in the context of a distinguished urban, public research institution and one of Virginia’s largest universities. 

Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action university providing access to education and employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran’s status, political affiliation or disability.