The College of Education (COE) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) seeks a senior scholar to contribute to the ongoing development and expansion of nationally recognized research and degree programs on urban education and human development. Senior scholars will complement and extend the scholarship of a highly-regarded faculty in the areas of research, teaching, and service across the College’s four academic departments. As Chicago’s only public research university, the College of Education faculty wrestle with society’s most pressing questions and challenges while striving to prepare the next generation of educators, educational leaders, and educational researchers with a strong focus on equity and social justice as these contribute to economic, political, and social parity. We direct our teaching, research, and public service to all learners, particularly those in urban environments.

In the past five years, the College of Education launched a new undergraduate program in Human Development and Learning while its undergraduate program in Urban Education continued to soar, and has now the first-of-its kind master’s program in Urban Higher Education. During the same time-period, research grants earned by College of Education faculty increased by more than 33%. The first Juvenile Justice Education program in the United States will soon be launched, while existing exemplary programs educate more than 1000 students every year. The new makerspace “Make Good Lab” provides an exciting place for students, staff, faculty, and the community. This is a great time to join the UIC College of Education as we develop a new strategic plan to conceptualize the future of a truly urban college of education located near downtown Chicago and within a two-mile radius of several of the city’s African American, Asian, and Latinx communities. Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is the nation’s third largest school district with deep ties to the UIC College of Education. Our geography presents remarkable opportunities to immediately impact lives while shaping the field of urban education, human development, and educational research.

UIC is the fastest growing urban research university in the United States with a student population of more than 33,000 students across sixteen colleges that now include the UIC John Marshall Law School. UIC, one of the most diverse universities with no ethnic majority, also has Hispanic Serving Institution and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution designations. UIC affords significant opportunities for community-engaged scholarship that is highly valued in the College of Education.

Please submit application materials electronically at and upload a statement of interest in one of the five areas, CV, sample publications, teaching statement, and list of three references (names, titles, phone numbers and e-mail addresses). For fullest consideration, the application must be received by December 13, 2019.

For further questions pertaining to the job, please contact: Drs. Theresa Thorkildsen at or Ev Smith at

Duties: Senior scholars will contribute to the College of Education by conducting research in urban contexts or research that informs these contexts, providing excellent teaching to diverse undergraduate and graduate student populations, and providing vision and leadership in her/his area of expertise. Candidates will also be expected to secure external funding for research; advise and mentor students and faculty; supervise doctoral dissertations; and provide service to the college and department, including committee work and service to professional organizations.

The Educational Psychology Department senior scholar will contribute to growing research areas in: 1) positive or strengths-based approaches to understanding development, health, and well-being of individuals and families from underrepresented populations; particularly those living in urban environments, or 2) the use of measurement, evaluation, statistics, or assessment to promote educational equity and social justice as these contribute to economic, political, and social parity.  Candidates should have a doctorate in psychology or human development.

Required Qualifications:

  • An earned doctorate in education or other related field;
  • Qualified at the advanced associate rank;
  • An established record of research;
  • Experiences working in linguistically and culturally diverse prek-16 schools, preferably in urban settings;
  • University teaching experience; and
  • Excellent communication skills with effective collaborative skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Qualified at the full professor rank;
  • Experience with securing funding to enhance research;
  • Demonstrated ability in developing successful school and community partnerships;
  • Experience in and/or interest in programmatic leadership; and
  • Experience developing or teaching blended or online courses
  • Experience with community-engaged scholarship

Those interested may learn more—and apply—at the full job announcement here.

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The University of Illinois may conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.