Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education

Position Available

Open Rank Professor of Education, Educational Psychology


Fall Semester 2017

Appointment Conditions

This position is an open rank, tenure track, 36-week faculty appointment with the possibility of supplementary summer appointments in research and/or teaching. Full University benefits apply. Penn State has a strong commitment to the diversity of its workforce. We encourage applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds.


The successful candidate will have an active program of research and will have responsibilities for teaching residential as well as online undergraduate and graduate courses, advising master’s and doctoral graduate students, and providing service to the Department, College, and University as well as to professional organizations or other external agencies.

Required Qualifications

Candidates must have an earned doctorate in Educational Psychology, Learning Sciences or a closely related field with an emphasis on learning and instruction. Candidates must also demonstrate a commitment to a significant program of research that has the potential to secure external funding, commensurate with experience.

Candidates must provide evidence of excellence in teaching and advising, commensurate with experience. A willingness to teach in online environments is also a requirement. Candidates must be willing to contribute toward program efforts to support the University’s general education program.

Candidates must also provide evidence of commitment to working collegially and with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Desirable Qualifications

Candidates should be able to demonstrate an ability to contribute to the Educational Psychology program’s emphasis on the development and evaluation of educational interventions. The ideal candidate will have an active program of theoretically-driven research focused on one or more content areas of learning. This research should utilize innovative methods for examining the delivery and testing of interventions in real world settings. We are particularly interested in strengthening the faculty in the areas of innovative methodology, the design and testing of educational interventions, and assessments of learning processes and outcomes.

The strongest candidates will show evidence of the ability to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in areas such as advanced learning topics, methodology, advanced measurement, individual differences, and instruction.

The Pennsylvania State University

Penn State [] is a comprehensive, multi-campus research university serving all regions of the Commonwealth, as well as the nation and the world in instruction, research, and service roles that require responsiveness to and support from society’s public and private sectors.  As a land-grant university, Penn State has responsibility for providing a wide array of programs in the professional and technical disciplines, as well as a balanced offering of undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts and sciences.  Penn State shares with other major research universities the traditional responsibilities to discover, develop, preserve, and disseminate knowledge.

The College of Education

The College of Education [] at Penn State was established in 1923 to deepen and extend knowledge about the formation and utilization of human capabilities. It offers resident degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as an extensive outreach effort aimed at continuing professional development for educators at distant locations. The College’s research program is also extensive and College faculty members secured over $36.7 million in external support during the past three years from a wide range of national and state government agencies, private foundations, and corporations. The College’s location within a large, research oriented, land-grant university provides numerous opportunities for studying education from multidisciplinary perspectives in the context of a university-wide commitment to making life better for all citizens.

The College houses four academic departments: Curriculum and Instruction; Education Policy Studies; Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education; and Learning and Performance Systems. The departments offer seven undergraduate majors to more than 2,250 students and 11 graduate programs, under authority of the Graduate School, to nearly 1,000 students. Recent surveys rank the Penn State College of Education among the top colleges, schools, and departments of education in the United States and the world

Application procedures:

Applicants must submit a detailed letter of application documenting qualifications for the position, current curriculum vitae, copies of official graduate transcripts (for candidates seeking appointment at the assistant professor level), up to three representative reprints or preprints of scholarly publications (if available), and three academic reference letters. Applications received by Nov. 15, 2016 are assured full consideration; however applicants will be received until the position is filled. Interested persons must submit materials electronically to this link:

You may direct questions related to this search to:

Dr. Peggy Van Meter

EdPsy Search Chair

226 Cedar Bldg, University Park, PA 16802

This job announcement is also available in alternate format.  Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.  Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce.