Open Rank Professor in Educational Measurement and Statistics

Iowa City, Iowa
Highly competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Excellent start-up package,
May 16, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


The University of Iowa
College of Education
Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations and Iowa Testing Programs
Open Rank Professor in Educational Measurement and Statistics


The Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations and the Iowa Testing Programs at the University of Iowa invites applications for a fiscal year, tenure-track, open rank faculty position in Educational Measurement and Statistics.  The position will start July 2017, or negotiable start date.


We seek an individual with broad interests in the field and evidence of significant professional accomplishment that has contributed to the improved development and use of testing and measurement techniques.

The successful applicant will be a part of the rich history of Educational Measurement and Statistics program in the College of Education at the University of Iowa.  The successful applicant will be expected to maintain an ongoing program of research and development in educational measurement and related areas, design and teach graduate courses in educational measurement and statistics, and advise MA and PhD students.  In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to pursue and secure external funding, participate in the activities of professional organizations, and be involved with state and national activities that support the practice of educational measurement and the work of Iowa Testing Programs.

Educational Requirement

Earned doctorate with specialization in educational measurement and applied statistics.

Required Qualifications

(1) Significant evidence of scholarly productivity; (2) significant evidence of applied or theoretical contributions to the design, development, scaling, standardization and/or implementation of large-scale achievement tests in education.

Desirable Qualifications

(1) evidence of teaching effectiveness; (2) evidence of successfully securing funds for research, product, and program development; (3) experience working collaboratively and with diverse populations, including practitioners and researchers from theoretically, methodologically, and substantively diverse backgrounds relevant to the practice of educational measurement.


Highly competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Excellent start-up package, benefits, and research support.


Twelve-month appointment beginning July 2017 or negotiable start date.


Candidates should submit an application letter addressing all qualifications noted above, curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and contact information for 3 references (Jobs@UIOWA will contact references).  To apply for this position, go to our website at and choose requisition number 71085.  Address inquiries or nominations to or call


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

About the Program

The graduate programs in Educational Measurement and Statistics at The University of Iowa prepare students for careers in educational measurement, evaluation, research, and statistical/quantitative analysis.  In addition to academic positions at universities, our graduates are employed in other educational settings (e.g., large school systems, college and university institutional research); government (e.g., state departments of education, state and federal agencies); research and consulting (e.g., research institutes and centers); and testing organizations (e.g., educational/psychological test publishing, professional certification and licensure, college and professional school admissions). Graduates of our programs understand the theories, methods, professional ethics, and applications associated with quantitative research methodology in the social science context. They are qualified to teach at the college/university level, analyze and interpret quantitative data, independently conduct research, translate sophisticated research findings and communicate them to various audiences, design and validate assessments, and apply complex quantitative information in making policy decisions.

Iowa Testing Programs (ITP) has been part of the University of Iowa’s College of Education for over 75 years.  From its inception, its mission has been to serve Iowa schools’ assessment needs by developing high-quality instruments and working with schools to promote valid use of results.  ITP also pursues:

  • research that improves the practice of educational measurement.
  • design and development of assessments that provide information for a variety of purposes and audiences.
  • outreach that delivers assessment results and supports use of assessment information by local, state, national, and international audiences.

ITP faculty and staff currently design, develop and validate achievement tests for students in kindergarten through high school.  ITP conducts research on new testing initiatives and develops new approaches to assessment and reporting on student achievement.

About the College

The College of Education is composed of more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including licensure, endorsement, and certificate programs, many of which are regularly ranked among the best in the nation.  Students study with our world-renowned faculty who are the leaders, scholars, and innovators in their fields.  Our College is comprised of four departments: Educational Policy and Leadership Studies (academic home of the HESA program), Psychological and Quantitative Foundations, Rehabilitation and Counselor Education, and Teaching and Learning.  The College’s Strategic Plan centers our faculty, staff, and students around four priorities: student success, building knowledge and practice, innovating new frontiers, and creating better futures for Iowans.

About the University and Surrounding Community

The University of Iowa (UI) is world-renowned for its commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities.  UI has been a member of the Big Ten conference since 1899 and the Association of American Universities since 1909.  UI ranks #33 among the nation’s 629 public universities (U.S. News & World Report).  More than 33,000 students earn bachelor’s, graduate, and professional degrees from UI’s 12 colleges.

UI is located in Iowa City, a UNESCO City of Literature that is widely recognized as one of the country’s most livable communities.  With 70,000 residents, Iowa City is an attractive haven for scholars, scientists, artists, writers, and professionals of all kinds.  Highlights of living in Iowa City include outstanding affordable health care, excellent libraries and schools, historic neighborhoods, and a lively downtown.  Chicago, St. Louis, and Minneapolis/St. Paul are a short car or bus trip away, and nearby Eastern Iowa Airport (CID) connects travelers to the world.  The relationship between Iowa City and the UI is very cooperative and supportive.

The University of Iowa is a founding member of the Central Midwest Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) and is committed to recruiting and retaining the most talented and diverse faculty and staff and assisting dual-career couples.

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, associational preferences, or any other classification that deprives the person of consideration as an individual.  Full domestic partner benefits are available.