The School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a top five public research university, seeks a tenured faculty member at the associate or full level for the newly established Morgan Distinguished Professorship in Educational Innovations.  The successful applicant may have a degree in the Learning Sciences, Cognitive Science, and/or Educational Design and Technology, or other related fields and will provide leadership in studying, designing, and developing new innovations.  He or she will work with students, faculty, and the School and University leadership to create programs of study and forge collaborative partnerships among the academy, industry, government, and the schools.  We anticipate that these partnerships will lead to the fruitful integration of design and invention, theory-based research grounded in the Learning Sciences, and action at scale. The appointment will begin on July 1, 2013.

In particular, the successful applicant will lead an interdisciplinary graduate program designed to help transform education by creating synergies among three elements: innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship.  Goals of this program include creating a new generation of educational innovators and entrepreneurs and encouraging designs of sustainable organizational forms that promote educational renewal and change.

 Context: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, established in 1793 as the first public university in the country, is a doctoral-granting institution in the University of North Carolina system. The School of Education, established in 1886, is the oldest in the South and offers licensure and master’s degrees as well as Ph.D. and Ed. D. degrees, including a new Ph.D. concentration program in the Learning Sciences.   The School has recently invested in increased capacity in the Learning Sciences and is building an outstanding faculty in the area.  The successful candidate will join Learning Sciences scholars who are eager to establish the School as a leader in the field.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Maintain a productive research program that attracts external funding and results in publications in high-quality journals.
  • Assist the dean, faculty, and students in designing and developing innovative approaches to address the most pressing educational problems in North Carolina and beyond.
  • Oversee an inter-disciplinary master’s degree in educational innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship in collaboration with colleagues across campus.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to establish the School of Education as a leader in research on educational innovations and alternatives.
  • Assist in establishing and overseeing an “educational innovation incubator” to support faculty and students from across the UNC-Chapel Hill campus and other universities in designing, developing, testing, and disseminating educational innovations and interventions.
  • Teach both undergraduate and graduate courses in designing, developing and researching educational innovations.
  • Mentor junior faculty and graduate students who are interested in designing, developing, and researching educational innovations.
  • Collaborate with other innovators and scholars at the University, State and national and international levels to promote and design as well as assess the effectiveness of innovations.
  • Establish connections with educational innovators and entrepreneurs that will advance the work of School of Education faculty and students.


  • A record of research that includes systematic development and/or study of educational innovations and alternatives.
  • Evidence of productive connections with educational innovators.
  • Evidence of successful implementation of educational innovations, programs, and/or products.
  • An outstanding record of publications and securing external funding for research and/or development.
  • A record of success as a teacher at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Demonstration of productive leadership in programs and/or projects.
  • Evidence of successful collaborations across programs and/or units.

The Application Process: Nominations for this position are welcome. To apply for the position, complete the online application at and attach all of the following: a letter of interest that describes the applicant’s qualifications with respect to the position requirements; a curriculum vitae; names and complete contact information of at least four references; and two samples of scholarly writing relevant to the position (the first to Writing/Research Sample and the second to Other Document). Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. For questions or additional information, contact search committee co-chairs Professors Lora Cohen-Vogel ( and Sharon Derry (

 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an Equal Opportunity Employer