Open rank Position in Quantitative Methods - Psychometrics

Location
Austin, TX
Posted
Oct 11, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Department of Educational Psychology - College of Education - The University of Texas at Austin
Location: Austin, Texas
Open: Jan 30, 2017

Description
The Quantitative Methods program in the Department of Educational Psychology at The University of Texas at Austin, College of Education, is seeking applicants for an open rank position to begin August 2018. Applicants should have a strong scholarly record in the field of psychometrics in areas such as advanced item response theory, dimensionality assessment, computer-based testing, accountability and testing, generalizability theory, equating, and program evaluation. In addition to a strong publication record, candidates are preferred who have been successful at obtaining external funding and demonstrated excellence and commitment to teaching and mentorship at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Candidates at the associate or full professor rank are preferred although advanced assistant professors will be considered.

The person hired for the position will serve as the Director of the Center for Applied Psychometric Research and be appointed to the Pearson Endowed Professorship. The Center was created in 2009 with a generous endowment from the Pearson Foundation and is housed in the Department of Educational Psychology. The Director of the Center will be expected to develop and maintain cutting edge statistical and psychometric research and obtain external funding to support methodological and applied psychometric research (http://www.edb.utexas.edu/UTPearson/).

The nationally ranked Department of Educational Psychology contains four program areas, including: Quantitative Methods; Human Development, Culture & Learning Sciences; Counseling Psychology; and School Psychology (both APA accredited). The broad focus of the department is scholarship related to health and learning throughout the life span. The department is committed to an inclusive and diverse working and learning environment.

The department is situated within the College of Education, which has consistently been ranked in the top 10 nationally. The college provides excellent faculty support including an Office of Educational Research Support, Instructional Innovation Support Center, and Instructional Technology Center.

The University of Texas at Austin is a dynamic institution with extensive opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration and partnerships within and beyond the university. Notably the first medical school in nearly 50 years to be built from the ground up at a top tier AAU research university recently opened at UT-Austin in June 2016. Austin is ranked one of the most livable cities in the nation with extensive and diverse entertainment and recreational opportunities.


Qualifications
Applicants should have a strong scholarly record in the field of psychometrics in areas such as advanced item response theory, dimensionality assessment, computer-based testing, accountability and testing, generalizability theory, equating, and program evaluation. In addition to a strong publication record, candidates are preferred who have been successful at obtaining external funding and demonstrated excellence and commitment to teaching and mentorship at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Candidates at the associate or full professor rank are preferred although advanced assistant professors will be considered.


Application Instructions
Review of applicants will begin by October 2nd, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. The application packet should include: a cover letter of interest that details how the applicant's experience and interests meet the requirements of the position; a current curriculum vitae; and three letters of recommendation. Submit application materials through Interfolio.


The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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