Soka University of America announces an opening for a two-year, full-time visiting professor of educational psychology and assessment to teach in its MA Program in Educational Leadership and Societal Change, beginning August 2015. Responsibilities include teaching masters-level courses in psychology of education, educational assessment, curriculum and instruction, and research methods. In addition to advising and mentoring students in the first and second years of the MA program leading to the MA thesis, the ideal candidate will provide leadership in program evaluation, cultivate a close working relationship with public school systems as well as educational professionals in non-school settings, and serve as a liaison to providers for an optional, subsidized Summer Research Internship (SRI).  This individual will actively initiate collaborative scholarship among peers and students and mentor MA Thesis students. 

Minimum Training & Experience Requirements: The candidate will have an earned doctorate either in educational psychology or in education with an emphasis on educational leadership in addition to licensure in educational psychology. Rank is open. However, a record of teaching and research excellence is required. In addition to demonstrating strong quantitative analytical skills, the ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate a firm grasp of global trends and issues in education and educational psychology, including past and present methods of school assessment and current curricular standards. Some leadership experience in P-12 or in a closely related field is a plus. 

Please attach: 

  • Cover letter 
  • Vitae
  • A list of three professional references (include name, address, phone number) 
  • A statement giving (or refusing) authorization for email communication to be used to convey the status of a candidate’s application during the search process. 

Review of applications will begin on November 14, 2014 and continue until the position is filled.

Send to: John M. Heffron, Ph.D.

Director, MA Program in Educational Leadership and Societal Change

c/o Human Resources 

1 University Drive

Aliso Viejo, CA  92656


For information about the University and its new MA Program, please visit Please direct any questions to John M. Heffron at

Soka University of America is an equal opportunity employer.