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Work type: Faculty-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Instructional, Research, Scientific

Position Summary:

The UW-Madison Learning Sciences Program ( offers undergraduate courses and graduate degrees (MS and PhD) for students studying learning sciences and learning analytics, including a leading online Master's program in learning analytics. The Learning Sciences Program is housed in the Department of Educational Psychology, along with programs in Human Development, School Psychology, and Quantitative Methods. The Department of Educational Psychology has consistently been ranked as one of the top departments of educational psychology and the School of Education is ranked as one of the top public schools of education in the nation in U.S. News & World Report. Madison, Wisconsin is one of the most livable cities in the United States. The Learning Sciences program has strong ties with the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. The department and university provide a stimulating and supportive environment for research, teaching, and programmatic funding with a strong value on collaborative and interdisciplinary research.

The position is a 9-month tenure-track faculty position beginning August 2022.

We are seeking applicants whose research, training, and teaching integrates learning analytics and the learning sciences as described in one (or both) of the following tracks:

1. Work strongly situated in learning analytics that applies learning analytic tools and methods in the context of theories and methods from the learning sciences

Candidates in this track will have a portfolio of work and scholarly interests that:

- Examines and expands our understanding of models of learning processes in the learning sciences;
- Develops, applies, tests, refines, and/or expands current tools, methods, theory or practice in learning analytics;
- Develops, applies, and/or studies learning analytic tools and methods based on current theories of learning; and
- Applies tools and methods from learning analytics to construct and test models of learning processes, learning theories, and/or learning environments

2. Work strongly situated in the learning sciences that uses state-of-the-art learning analytics tools and methods

Candidates in this track will have a portfolio of work and scholarly interests that:

- Examines and expands our understanding of models of learning processes in the learning sciences;
- Develops, applies, tests, refines, and/or expands current theories or methods in the learning sciences;
- Develops, applies, and/or studies learning environments based on current theories in the learning sciences; and
- Uses current methods from learning analytics to construct and test models of learning processes, learning theories, and learning environments

Strong candidates will focus on one or more of the following areas:

- Applications of learning science theories and methods to the development and testing of technology-based learning environments;
- Applications of learning analytics in the context of technology-based learning environments; and/or
- Applications of theories and methods from learning science and/or learning analytics to address issues of diversity and/or educational disparities

The strongest candidates will have a research focus on methodological issues at the intersection of learning analytics and the learning sciences and/or analyzing learning through the investigation of large-scale data.

The successful candidate will actively participate in the research, teaching, and training programs of the Department of Educational Psychology. Applicants should have an interest in and relevant background for teaching courses in the Learning Sciences Program at the graduate level and for developing undergraduate courses in one or more of the areas listed.

Questions regarding the department or position may be directed to Professor David Williamson Shaffer at

Principal Duties:

1. Maintain a coherent and productive program of research.
2. Maintain publication activity in high-quality journals.
3. Seek and secure external funding to support research.
4. Supervise graduate student research and provide high quality academic advising and mentoring.
5. Provide professional service at state and national levels and institutional service at program, department, and school levels commensurate with rank.
6. Teach graduate and undergraduate courses with a 2:2 load, with the possibility to buy out of teaching responsibilities with grant funding
7. Contribute to program development in the learning sciences and learning analytics.
8. Extend scholarship to underrepresented groups.

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

-PhD or equivalent required in learning sciences, education, computer science or a related field
-Training and/or experience in the learning sciences
-Training and/or experience in learning analytics

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

The candidate must demonstrate evidence of appropriate teaching, student mentoring, and research productivity supported by external funding or demonstrate the potential for expertise in these areas.

Additional Information:

The Department of Educational Psychology and the University of Wisconsin-Madison are committed to fostering faculty diversity. We encourage applications from potential candidates of all race, class, gender sexuality, ability, nationality, religious and other group identities; and we encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate ability to foster an inclusive work environment and work with students from diverse backgrounds.



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Full Time: 100%

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Anticipated Begin Date:

AUGUST 22, 2022


Minimum $85,000 ACADEMIC (9 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

Applications must be received through UW-Madison's online application system. Candidates should submit a curriculum vita, a letter of application summarizing research and teaching interests, 2-3 representative publications, and three (3) letters of reference via the "Apply Now" link. 

The deadline for assuring full consideration is September 15, 2021, however, the position will remain open and applications may be considered until the position is filled.


David Williamson Shaffer
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