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Petrone Professorship in Educational Data Science (Associate or Full Professor)

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Work type: Faculty - Tenure Track
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Education, Research/Scientific/Grants, Social Science, Instruction, Public Policy and Planning, Data Science

Department: Quantitative Research Methods in Education (Department of Education Studies)
Rank: Associate or Full Professor
Annual Basis: 9 Month

Application Deadline

To be assured of full consideration, complete application files should be received by October 2, 2022. Application review will continue until the position is filled.

Required Application Materials

Please upload the following documents into your online application:

(1) cover letter expressing interest and qualifications relevant to the position, including a statement regarding how your work contributes to equity and inclusion (4 pages maximum)
(2) curriculum vitae
(3) three publications that exemplify your work (publications should be packaged into one PDF to fit in available upload fields in the application)
(4) teaching statement (3 pages maximum)
(5) contact information for 3 professional references

The College of Education is dedicated to the UO’s goal of building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment, and strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups, women, and people with disabilities.

Position Announcement

The Department of Education Studies (EDST) in the University of Oregon’s (UO) College of Education (COE) is seeking applications for a tenure-line faculty position in Educational Data Science and Quantitative Methods to primarily serve in its Quantitative Research Methods in Education (QRME) Ph.D. program. The successful candidate for this endowed Petrone Professorship will be an accomplished, innovative researcher, leader, and educator at the Associate or Full Professor level.

We are seeking a colleague with expertise in educational data science and quantitative research methodology. The successful candidate will teach courses in advanced quantitative research methods and educational data science and will play a leadership role in supporting a data science graduate specialization and growing a master’s degree in Educational Data Science. Applications are encouraged from established, interdisciplinary scholars who are nationally recognized as having an innovative and collaborative approach to educational data science research and instruction.

This position’s primary instructional duties will be located in the QRME PhD program. It will also include the opportunity to work in the Education Policy Leadership, Critical and Sociocultural Studies in Education, and other programs at the university depending on candidate’s experience, expertise, and interest. The QRME PhD program develops researchers, scholars, and policy leaders who engage in traditions of inquiry that create knowledge and understanding founded in large-scale and quantitative empirical evidence. The program focuses on building a strong understanding of quantitative methods, studying causal and complex relationships within applied educational, social, and institutional settings, and using research to inform policy and practice in applied educational and social settings. Linked to the QRME PhD are two popular graduate specializations: one in quantitative research methods for PhD students outside QRME and one in Data Science. These specializations serve doctoral students across the COE and UO.

Given that the field of data science is evolving and fluid, we invite applicants from a broad set of methodological backgrounds at the intersection of inferential statistics, research design, computer science, domain knowledge, and a variety of philosophical perspectives. The successful candidate will be committed to engaging in critical interdisciplinary dialogues. Preference will be given to candidates whose work focuses on data science applications to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice in education. We are equally committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty. Scholars from historically marginalized backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. If you are uncertain whether you meet the position requirements, we strongly encourage you to apply or to contact us to discuss relevant transferrable skills.

The position start date is September 16, 2023.

Department or Program Summary

The COE at the UO is a community of leading researchers and practitioners dedicated to transformational scholarship, integrated teaching, and collaborative practice designed to enhance individual lives and systems within a culture that values diversity and promotes respect and inclusion. The COE is home to 3 academic departments, 14 academic degree programs, 14 research and outreach units, the HEDCO Clinic, and the HEDCO Institute. Our goal at the COE is to set our graduates on career-long paths to purposeful, reflective, creative, and meaningful careers; addressing inequity and racial injustice is a thread that runs through our majors and programs while focusing on critical and effective pedagogies.

The Department of Educational Studies (EDST) in the COE is home to five degree programs focused on general education: a BA/BS in Educational Foundations (EdF) for undergraduate students ultimately interested in attending graduate teaching licensure programs; the UOTeach master's degree leading to teaching licensure; the Education Policy Leadership (EPoL) master’s degree program; the Ph.D. program in Critical and Sociocultural Studies in Education (CSSE); and the PhD program in Quantitative Research Methods in Education (QRME). EDST is also home to the Sapsik'ʷałá Program that provides fellowships and curricular support to cohorts of Indigenous students enrolled in the UOTeach program and serves as the methodological hub for the College of Education, offering advanced course sequences in qualitative and quantitative research methodologies to students throughout the University, including certificates of specialization in quantitative methods and in data science.

The EDST Department is committed to developing systemic solutions for structural inequality in schools, respecting differences and working with (not on) the communities we serve, and promoting justice both in and through educational institutions. The faculty in EDST have a diverse research portfolio that includes but is not limited to Bilingual and Bicultural Education, Critical and Cultural Studies in Education, Educational Policy analysis, Economics of Education, Educational Psychology Research, Environmental Education, Indigenous Studies scholarship on Education, STEM Education, Teacher Education, as well as scholarship on qualitative and quantitative methodology. The EDST faculty have received award recognition for their scholarship, teaching, and academic service. The successful applicant will demonstrate a commitment to building and sustaining a multidisciplinary community and the capacity to contribute to EDST’s record of excellence in scholarship, teaching, service, and commitment to equity and inclusion.

Minimum Requirements

• Earned Ph.D. in Data Science, Economics, Education, Psychology, Public Policy, Quantitative Methodology, Sociology, Statistics, or a closely related field.
• Established record of scholarship focused on educational data science, quantitative research methods, or the application of these methods, commensurate with the rank of Associate or Full Professor at a research-intensive university.
• Established record of research independence with demonstrated potential for an externally funded program of research.
• Established record of excellence in teaching undergraduate and/or graduate level quantitative methods courses, with a history of designing and delivering engaging and effective pedagogy.

Successful candidates must be able to work effectively with students, staff, and faculty from culturally diverse backgrounds and with multiple intersectional identities, and to help advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the university community.

Preferred Qualifications

• History of scholarship on data science applications related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice in education from a critical and/or constructivist perspective.
• Established record of high-quality mentorship of graduate and undergraduate student research, particularly at the master’s and/or doctoral level.
• History of publishing publicly accessible code, data, tools, and/or software packages.
• Demonstrated experience working collaboratively and collegially in an interdisciplinary and ideologically diverse department, college, and university.

About the University

The University of Oregon is one of only two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities and holds the distinction of a “very high research activity” ranking in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO enrolls more than 20,000 undergraduate and 3,600 graduate students representing all 50 states and nearly 100 countries. In recent years, the university has increased the diversity of its student body while raising average GPAs and test scores for incoming students. The UO’s beautiful, 295-acre campus features state-of-the-art facilities in an arboretum-like setting. The UO is located in Eugene, a vibrant city of 171,000 with a wide range of cultural and culinary offerings, a pleasant climate, and a community engaged in environmental and social concerns. The campus is within easy driving distance of the Pacific Coast, the Cascade Mountains, and Portland.

The UO is located on Kalapuya Ilihi, the traditional indigenous homeland of the Kalapuya people. Following treaties between 1851 and 1855, Kalapuya people were dispossessed of their indigenous homeland by the United States government and forcibly removed to the Coast Reservation in Western Oregon. Today, Kalapuya descendants are primarily citizens of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, and they continue to make important contributions to their communities, to the UO, to Oregon, and to the world.


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The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at uocareers@uoregon.edu or 541-346-5112.

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