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Education: Assistant Professor - Learning Sciences/Technology Education (Initial Review 1/20/20)

Recruitment Period

Open date: November 21st, 2019
Next review date: Monday, Jan 20, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Education Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor whose professional and research expertise lies in the area of Learning Sciences/Technology Education. The department is particularly interested in candidates whose research agendas explore technology-supported learning environments in ways that clearly focus on improving educational opportunity for non-dominant youth in and/or out of school. Possible areas of specialization include (but are not limited to) digital literacies, collaborative and inquiry learning, mobile learning, student populations underserved by technology, youth civic engagement with technology, technology and critical media education, or technology and makerspaces. Candidates’ scholarship should demonstrate an awareness of societal challenges as well as the potential of technology to address them.

We seek scholars with evidence of a promising research program and the capacity to develop externally funded research grants, projects, and research partnerships. The successful candidate should be able to teach across the department’s programs (Undergraduate Minor, Master’s/Teaching Credential, and Ph.D.), advise and mentor graduate and undergraduate students, and work with students, faculty, and staff from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service.

RANK: Assistant Professor [tenure track]

SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience; academic year (9-month) basis.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: Doctorate or equivalent foreign degree in the Learning Sciences, Education, or Psychology, or closely related fields, with a research focus on Technology in Education, Digital Media, or other technology-related research topics. Degree expected to be conferred by June 30, 2020.

POSITION AVAILABLE: July 1, 2020, with academic year beginning September 2020. Degree requirements must be completed by June 30, 2020 for employment beyond that date.

REFERENCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must provide the names and contact information of three (3) references. The hiring unit will request confidential letters* from the references of those applicants who are under serious consideration. Please note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.

Apply at
Refer to Position #JPF00789-20

Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system; all documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs.

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at

CLOSING DATE: Review of applications will begin on January 20, 2020. To ensure full consideration, applications should be complete by this date. The position will remain open until filled, but no later than 6/30/2020.

UC Santa Cruz faculty make significant contributions to the body of research that has earned the University of California the ranking as the foremost public higher education institution in the world. In the process, our faculty demonstrate that cutting-edge research, excellent teaching and outstanding service are mutually supportive.
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Job location

Santa Cruz, CA


Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - Letter of application that briefly summarizes qualifications and interest in the position

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or service. See guidelines at:

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Sample publication (1 required) - Sample publication of relevant article or book chapter or dissertation chapter

  • Sample publication (1 optional) - Sample publication of one relevant article or book chapter or dissertation chapter

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)