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Research Professor (open rank)

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Work type: Faculty - Career
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Education, Research/Scientific/Grants

Department: College of Education, HEDCO Institute
Rank: Research Assistant Professor
Annual Basis: 12 Month

Two (2) positions available

Review of Applications Begins
October 25, 2021; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Complete applications must include a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references.

Department Summary
The HEDCO Institute is a research and outreach unit within the University of Oregon (UO) College of Education (COE), which aims to close the gap between educational research and practice. The HEDCO Institute’s core mechanism for improving practice is through the conduct of authoritative rapid evidence reviews and research syntheses that meet the immediate decision-making demands of local, state, and national school leaders. The work of the HEDCO Institute is carried out by a team of faculty and staff who work collaboratively with affiliated faculty at the UO and an external advisory board comprised of research and policy partner institutions, school leadership organizations, professional societies, foundations, and business and industry partners. The HEDCO Institute also provides research and outreach training and experience to students from across the COE and the UO.

The UO COE is organized in four academic departments and 14 research and outreach units. All departments include both tenure and career non-tenure track faculty, as well as graduate and undergraduate programs addressing the full range of issues present in educational and social systems. Our faculty are devoted to inspiring and mentoring the approximately 1,500 undergraduate and graduate students in the COE who will be the next generation of educational and social science leaders. A range of academic degrees and majors are offered, including communication disorders and sciences, elementary and secondary education, school psychology, counseling psychology, couples and family therapy, special education, education studies, administrators, and research methodologists. As noted in our mission statement, COE faculty, staff, and students are committed to developing and validating programs that prepare scholars and practitioners, while promoting respect for diversity, equitable opportunities, and inclusive environments. The COE is currently ranked 5th among all public institutions, and 14th among all public and private institutions nationally (U.S. News and World Report, 2019). College of Education graduate programs are some of the highest ranked in the country for both research scholarship and graduate education, including the Educational Leadership, Counseling Psychology, School Psychology, and Special Education Programs. Faculty are dedicated to enhancing multicultural competencies, promoting social justice, and promoting education and prevention sciences and practices.

The HEDCO Institute is a central research and outreach unit in the COE that operates within the Dean’s Office. Functions of the HEDCO Institute thus facilitate the success of the entire college as well as external alumni, donors, and community partners.

Position Summary
The Research Professor (open rank) in the HEDCO Institute in the College of Education conducts rapid evidence reviews and other research syntheses to meet the immediate decision-making needs of school leaders. This individual will take a lead role in implementing research synthesis projects on a wide range of topics related to K-12 schooling, including topics related to students’ educational, social, behavioral, and emotional well-being. The position requires demonstrated knowledge of research synthesis methods, including but not limited to rapid evidence synthesis, systematic reviewing, meta-analysis, and evidence gap analysis. The position requires a clearly delineated program of research and scholarship related to K-12 education and/or evidence synthesis.

The Research Professor (open rank) works closely with other faculty, staff, and students in the Institute to conduct research synthesis projects and translate those findings for diverse stakeholder audiences. This position will coordinate with project staff and other investigators to develop new project proposals , including grants, contracts, or other project proposals. The position may also include active advising and mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students, research assistants, and other center staff.

This position is classified as Career, Non-Tenure Track in the Research Professor Category.  The Research Associate Professor rank requires 6 years post-degree experience; the Research Professor rank requires 12 years post-degree experience. 

There is a potential for this position to be fully or partially remote.

Minimum Requirements

To qualify for the rank of Research Assistant Professor:

  • Earned Ph.D. in Education, Psychology, Quantitative Methodology, Human Development, or a closely related field
  • Three years of experience conducting progressively complex statistical analyses in the field of education, psychology, or other behavioral or social sciences
  • One year of experience participating in research synthesis projects
  • Record of or potential for strong scholarly productivity
  • Record of or potential for external research funding
  • Demonstrated capacity or potential to conduct, administer, and sustain a rigorous program of research
  • Record of or strong potential for mentorship and/or supervision of student research

To qualify for the rank of Research Associate Professor:

  • Earned Ph.D. in Education, Psychology, Quantitative Methodology, Human Development, or a closely related field
  • Six-plus years of post-Ph.D. of experience conducting research in the field of education, psychology, or other behavioral or social sciences
  • Three-plus years of experience leading research synthesis projects
  • Record of strong scholarly productivity
  • Record of external research funding
  • Demonstrated capacity to conduct, administer, and sustain a rigorous program of research
  • Record of mentorship and/or supervision of student research

To qualify for the rank of Research Professor:

  • Earned Ph.D. in Education, Psychology, Quantitative Methodology, Human Development, or a closely related field
  • Twelve-plus years of post-Ph.D. experience conducting research in the field of education, psychology, or other behavioral or social sciences
  • Six-plus years of experience leading research synthesis projects
  • Record of strong scholarly productivity
  • Record of external research funding
  • Demonstrated capacity to conduct, administer, and sustain a rigorous program of research
  • Record of mentorship and/or supervision of student research

Professional Competencies
• Ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds, collaborate with colleagues within and across departments
• Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills
• Demonstrated ability to work independently and follow through on completion of project objectives
• Demonstrated knowledge of quantitative research methods and designs, including research synthesis techniques
• Evidence of the application of advanced statistical techniques

Preferred Qualifications
• Three years of experience participating in research synthesis projects (e.g., systematic reviews, meta-analyses, evidence clearinghouses, or similar)
• Experience with FileMakerPro and R (or similar platforms)
• Experience working as a member and/or leader of a research team
• Experience conducting research that focuses on historically marginalized populations (e.g., students with disabilities, from low SES backgrounds, or with other minoritized identities)


The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.

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