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Assistant or Associate Professor in
Cognitive Science of Teaching and Learning (CSTL)/ Learning Sciences

Department of Educational Psychology
College of Education, University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign

POSITION: The Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign, is seeking to hire a tenured or tenure-track faculty member at the Assistant/Associate level in the area of the Learning Sciences, with a preferred specialization of research in language processing and/or literacy development throughout the lifespan. Priority will be given to applicants with a demonstrated record of external funding and experimentally based research production. Expertise in eye-tracking, EEG, cognitive aging, and/or cognitive approaches to educational technologies is highly desirable. The ability to teach occasional basic or advanced courses in quantitative methods is also desirable.

The Department of Educational Psychology is housed in the College of Education and is currently ranked in the top-5 doctoral programs in educational psychology in the nation. The department consists of four divisions – Cognitive Science of Teaching and Learning (CSTL), Developmental Sciences, Counseling Psychology, and Quantitative, Qualitative, and Evaluation Methodologies (QUERIES). Faculty and students historically collaborate across divisions and across departments within the College of Education and across campus, including the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. Candidates with a strong track record of collaborative research will also be prioritized. 

Minimum qualifications: Earned Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, Learning Sciences, Psychology, Cognitive Science, or related field. Strong record (or promise) of research and external funding. Ability to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the learning sciences, language development, language processing, reading/literacy. Candidates at the assistant professor level must have an earned doctorate by the proposed start date. Desired qualifications: Experience with eye-tracking, EEG; ability to teach courses in cognitive aging/adult development, basic or advanced quantitative methods; interest in educational technology, information processing in multimedia environments; track record of graduate student advising and research direction (candidates at the advanced assistant or associate level).

Salary and Starting Date: Salary will be commensurate with experience. The proposed starting date is August 16, 2023.

For full consideration, all application materials must be received by 6:00PM CST on January 30, 2023. Please create a candidate profile at and upload one combined PDF file that contains (in this order) a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a teaching philosophy statement (2-page single-spaced maximum), a research statement (2-page single-spaced maximum), a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) statement (2-page single-spaced maximum), one publication (published, in-press, or under review), and full contact information for three references (including a note about your relationship to each) by the closing date. All requested information must be submitted in a single file for consideration. All requested information must be submitted for the application to be considered. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date.

Please contact Dr. Chris Napolitano, search committee chair, with any questions at 

The University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign is one of the leading public universities in the world, with a student enrollment of more than 50,000 and nearly 3,000 faculty. The campus is renowned for creating architectural accessibility (curb cuts were born here), wheelchair athletics, and accessible higher education for individuals with disabilities. Our vibrant and diverse community of 130,000 offers the residential advantages of a medium-sized university city, excellent cultural opportunities, and a high quality of life, with a cost of living lower than the U.S. average. The University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign assists faculty spouses and partners seeking employment in the Champaign–Urbana area. Please visit the dual academic career webpage for more information.

The College is comprised of faculty across four departments with active research agendas. Altogether, the College of Education has $53 million in active grant funding from federal funding agencies (e.g., NIH, OSEP, IES). The College of Education offers: a history of collaboration with schools to conduct research; technology support and infrastructure; and doctoral programs wherein students assist with research.

Application Procedures & Deadline Information
Applications must be received by 6:00 pm (CST) on 1/30/2023. Apply for this position using the Apply Now button at the top or bottom of this posting. Applications not submitted through will not be considered. For further information about this specific position, please contact Dr. Chris Napolitano at  For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.


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Hiring Hourly Programmer for
2 Educational Technology Research Projects

We’re looking to hire 1 to 2 programmers on an hourly basis (about 10 hours per week) to provide extra help to support the development of novel web technologies for our NSF funded projects SimSnap and Connected Spaces.

SimSnap is a collaborative science simulation that enables students to collaboratively learn about plant biology. For this project, we are looking for help working on a few pieces: 1) An real-time collaborative tool that enables students to develop, share, and negotiate around ideas at the small group and whole class levels; 2) Working with the Seeed Studios USB Mic Array to get direction of arrival of student speech and converting it to text (using services such as in near real-time; 3) A teacher dashboard application that uses data mining across the simulation, collaboration tool, and the microphone array and applies machine learning to give the teacher real-time updates on the class.

Connected Spaces (CxS) is a technology toolkit that works primarily with underserved youth at makerspaces distributed across the US to help them connect with peers and mentors. In CxS we are building an integrated system based on a core set of tools to help students communicate in new and exciting ways 1) REACH projector, which uses a compact projector and camera system to project images and capture gestures across the makerspaces to help student collaborate around physical objects at a distance; 2) The CxS dashboard that shows which students are in which spaces in real-time and their personal maker interests, to help students reach out for help or advice across the spaces; 3) The Build-in-Progress platform, a social network that allows students to catalogue their maker projects and share them with the peers.

These projects are largely web-based, so experience with Java Script, HTML, CSS are key skills. Experience with modern Javascript UI libraries (react, angular, meteor, etc.) is a bonus.

Several of the projects may also include Python (including Flask). For the REACH projector, OpenCV for video streaming, image processing, and computer vision are also a plus.

This is a great opportunity to work on some innovating learning technologies with researchers across the US and in Canada!

As mentioned above, we are looking to hire for about 10 hours a week. The hourly rate will be $20/hr.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Mike Tissenbaum at 

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