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University of Wisconsin–Madison

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University of Wisconsin–Madison



Apply now Job no: 99637-FA
Work type: Faculty-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Instructional, Research, Scientific

Position Summary:

The UW-Madison 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 the #1 Department of Educational Psychology and the School of Education is ranked as the #1 public School 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 also 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 strong values on diversity, collaborative and interdisciplinary research, innovative and impactful work, and rigorous scholarship.

The Learning Sciences Program has four (4) faculty members in the Department of Educational Psychology and seven (7) faculty affiliates in other departments, three (3) of whom work in the area of learning analytics. The Department of Educational Psychology primarily has graduate programs (MEd and PhD levels), including a Master's of Science in Learning Analytics currently under development and a selection of undergraduate courses. The Learning Sciences Program currently has more than $18m in external funding from a variety of sources.

The position is a 9-month tenure-track faculty position beginning August 2020. We seek applicants whose research, training and teaching reflect a strong emphasis on learning analytics grounded in the learning sciences, including one or more of the following areas:
Models of learning processes based on current theories of learning.
Applications of learning analytics in the context of technology-based learning environments.
Learning analytics applied to school based, out-of-school, and other learning contexts.
Learning analytics applied to important issues in the field of education, including but not limited to: diversity, educational disparities, achievement, development of 21st century skills, processes of learning, and other aspects of the learning sciences.

Particular emphasis will be given to candidates with a research focus on methodological issues that arise from the intersection of learning analytics and the learning sciences, or other analytic approaches 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 also have an interest in and relevant background for teaching core courses in the Learning Sciences Program at the graduate level and for developing undergraduate and graduate courses (online and/or residential) 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 that leads to publication activity in high-quality journals.
2. Seek and secure external funding to support research.
3. Supervise graduate student research and provide high quality academic advising and mentoring.
4. Provide professional service at state and national levels and institutional service at program, department, and school levels commensurate with rank.
5. Teach graduate and undergraduate courses (2:2 load) and contribute to program development.

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.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

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Anticipated Begin Date:

AUGUST 17, 2020


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 contact information for three (3) individuals willing to provide letters of reference via the "Apply Now" link. References will be contacted at the time of application with instructions for uploading letters of reference.

The deadline for assuring full consideration is October 15, 2019, however the position will remain open and applications may be considered until the position is filled.


David Shaffer
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  The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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