The School of Education at the University of Michigan seeks a colleague for a tenure-track appointment (open rank) in the Combined Program in Education and Psychology (CPEP). We seek applications from a diverse pool of scholars with a strong focus on teacher practices and programs that facilitate the growth of social-emotional competencies, especially as these practices intersect with those that promote equitable schooling environments for youth of color or youth who have been marginalized in school settings. We seek a scholar who can build on their expertise to play a major role in the creation and use of scholarship in education, who has strong methodological training in quantitative and/or qualitative methods, who has the ability to teach courses in education and/or psychology, and who seeks to influence practice and policy that will improve student well-being and academic achievement. We seek an energetic and collaborative colleague who will contribute to achieving our program’s potential and vision, and who will uphold high standards for research, teaching, and service to the profession. Applicants at the advanced assistant or associate professor rank are strongly encouraged to apply.


Candidates should have a track record of outstanding scholarship in psychology or education.  The appointment may be at the rank of assistant professor (tenure track), or associate or full professor (with tenure). Candidates for associate or full professor should be nationally-recognized scholars with a strong record of empirical studies and external funding. Candidates at the assistant professor level should have outstanding potential and a defined research agenda related to social-emotional learning. At all levels, demonstrated teaching ability, strong methodological skills, and desire to develop sponsored research are required.

Successful candidates will have:

  • A doctorate in psychology, education or a related social science field;
  • A program of research and publications relevant to social-emotional learning, commensurate with rank;
  • Experience teaching;
  • A track record of developing and securing grants to support research (Associate/Full), or the promise of developing such a track record (Assistant); and
  • A strong interest in advising and mentoring graduate students.

With all hires, CPEP seeks candidates who are committed to the School of Education’s imperatives to improve educational practice and diversity, equity, and inclusion for all students.  We are responsive to the needs of families, including (but not limited to) dual-career couples, families with children, and LGBT couples.  Please see our diversity strategic plan for more information. hen I click on the strategic plan link, I have to authenticate in to UM (duo, etc). Is that going to be the case for applicants? If yes we need to include a link to a publicly accessible version of the strategic plan. 


Candidates will be expected to pursue an active research agenda, teach graduate and undergraduate courses, advise graduate students, direct doctoral dissertations, and serve as an active member of the School of Education, the University, and educational and psychological professional communities. Experience mentoring students of diverse backgrounds, including women, students of color, LGBTQ students and first-generation college students, is desired.


For more than five decades, CPEP has been one of the premier programs in educational psychology. It is distinguished by its breadth of opportunities within this interdisciplinary field of study, by meaningful research of national significance, and by generations of graduates who provide exceptional leadership through scholarship and practice. As an interdisciplinary program, students and faculty alike are attracted by the wide range of topics reflected in its curriculum, research projects and professional activities. The program offers Ph.D. degrees in Education & Psychology. The work of the program is enhanced by the rich and diverse set of resources available at the University of Michigan.


We plan to fill the position with a start date of September 2020. Salary will be negotiated on the basis of the candidate’s experience and qualifications. The appointment will be for the regular nine-month academic year with possible additional remuneration for administrative duties. Salaries at the University of Michigan compare favorably with those at other leading institutions of higher education. The University of Michigan offers extensive family-friendly policies for faculty and liberal benefits, including a retirement plan, and group health, dental, and life insurance plans.


Candidates are asked to submit a cover letter; a curriculum vitae; research, teaching, and diversity statements; two publications that demonstrate scholarly accomplishment in their area of research; and the names of four professional references. Early career scholars may consider submitting conference papers, manuscripts under review, reports, or other examples of scholarly work.  Please submit materials electronically to: Questions may be referred to the Chair of the Search Committee, Deborah Rivas-Drake, at Nominations and applications will be reviewed beginning October 1st and will continue until the position is filled.


The University of Michigan, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The University of Michigan is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, or Vietnam-era veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions. Inquiries or complaints may be addressed to the Senior Director for Institutional Equity and Title IX/Section 504 Coordinator, Office for Institutional Equity, 2072 Administrative Services Building, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1432, 734-763-0235, TTY 734-647-1388. For other University of Michigan information call 734-764-1817.