Assistant Professor of Qualitative Research (Tenure Track)

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Assistant Professor

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Assistant Professor of Qualitative Research (Tenure Track)



Position Summary::

●Teach graduate courses in qualitative research;
●Participate in program and departmental initiatives;
●Advise and mentor graduate students;
●Establish an active research program leading to publication;
●Serve on dissertation committees;
●Seek significant external funding.

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The University of Alabama
College of Education
Department of Educational Studies in Psychology, Research Methodology and Counseling

Position: Assistant Professor of Qualitative Research (Tenure Track).

The Department of Educational Studies at the University of Alabama invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Qualitative Research, with specific interests in qualitative methodologies that are directed to understanding learning environments that successfully engage Latine/x/a/o and/or African American populations and communities. We are especially interested in scholars whose research program is both critical and action-oriented. The Department of Educational Studies houses a flourishing educational research program that offers a PhD in Educational Research and both Qualitative and Quantitative Research Certificates for graduate students. A successful candidate will join two existing qualitative research faculty and a vibrant and active qualitative research community, which includes faculty and doctoral students from across the university.

About the University of Alabama and the College of Education. The University of Alabama (UA) is where Legends are made. UA has experienced tremendous growth, with enrollment of 37,842 for fall 2020, compared to 27,052 in the fall of 2008. UA had a record-setting Graduate School enrollment in fall 2020. Approximately 40 percent of UA’s freshman class scored 30 or higher on the ACT, and 40 percent were in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class (another UA record). The University of Alabama is a leader among public universities nationwide in the enrollment of National Merit Scholars with almost 800 currently enrolled and has Very High Research Activity status in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Twenty-nine current faculty have received NSF CAREER Awards, the nation’s most prestigious recognition of top-performing young scientists. Fifty-two UA faculty researchers are in the National Academy of Inventors. Finally, the University of Alabama has a total statewide economic impact of UA: $2.9 billion; 13,784 jobs; and $142.9 million in income and sales taxes.

Our mission at the College of Education (COE) is to be a leader in Alabama and across the nation in teaching, scholarship, advocacy, and service by developing professionals with pedagogic and disciplinary expertise who advance the intellectual and social conditions of all learners in a globalized society. To that end, the COE welcomes candidates whose experience in teaching, research, and/or community service has prepared them to UNITE with the larger community to collaboratively nurture cultural competence, empathy, and a vision of equity and justice for all learners; ACT to develop the full potential of all learners to be excellent professionals in their fields; and LEAD through continuous research-based critical inquiry of policy and reflective practice to enable transformative change in our diverse local and global communities. The COE consists of six Departments and is impactful in the lives of the individuals and entities we serve spanning populations, ages, settings, and contexts. Our faculty’s research, teaching, and service is widely recognized through their securement of external funding, national awards, professional organization leadership, established centers and offices, and outreach to the local, state, and national communities. Faculty in the college are free to pursue their passions, partner with the local communities, and excel in their many pursuits of academia. Please visit our COE website ( for more details of our impactful community and faculty supports.

The University of Alabama is located in West Alabama and is 45 minutes southwest of Birmingham, AL. Tuscaloosa, a quintessential college town with a population of 101,113, has excellent recreational, educational, and cultural opportunities available . The Tuscaloosa area provides hiking, biking, and running trails, as well as playgrounds, parks, and dog parks to enjoy the outdoors. Lake Tuscaloosa, Lake Nicol and Lake Lurleen offer sporting and leisure activities. Tuscaloosa is within driving distance of Atlanta, Nashville, New Orleans, Memphis, and the beaches of Gulf Shores. Tuscaloosa is also home to the Alabama Museum of Natural History, The Bryant Museum, Children’s Hands-On Museum, Moundville Archaeological Park, multiple sporting events, concerts hosted at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, and several festivals (West Alabama Food & Wine Festival, Druid City Arts Festival, Kentuck Arts Festival, etc.). Tuscaloosa continues to grow in population, cultural events, and shopping alongside the University. Please visit the Tuscaloosa Chamber of Commerce ( to learn more about our wonderful city and all that it affords you and your family.

Minimum Qualifications:
●Earned doctorate in educational research or a related field, with a specialization in qualitative methods;
●Demonstrated knowledge of qualitative research methods and educational research design;
●Evidence of ability to conduct research leading to publication;
●Evidence of teaching effectiveness;
●Ability to work with students and faculty in a variety of disciplines;
●Excellent writing and communication skills;
●Commitment to diversity, equity, and socially-just research and teaching practices.

Preferred Qualifications:
●Teaching experience;
●Participation in national professional organizations;
●A successful record of publication.

●Teach graduate courses in qualitative research;
●Participate in program and departmental initiatives;
●Advise and mentor graduate students;
●Establish an active research program leading to publication;
●Serve on dissertation committees;
●Seek significant external funding.

Further information about the program and college is accessible at

Questions regarding this position can be directed to search committee co-chairs: Dr. Stephanie Anne Shelton ([email protected]) and Dr. Kelly Guyotte ([email protected])

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Starting Date: August 16, 2021

• Health, dental, vision and life Insurance
• TIAA-CREF available
• Teachers’ Retirement System of Alabama
• Summer employment available on an as needed basis

Application Deadline: The review of credentials will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The priority deadline for applications is November 16, 2020.

Application Process: Please apply online at A letter of application, vita, names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references, unofficial transcript(s) of all graduate level coursework are required to complete the online application process and up to three samples of professional writing are required to complete the online application process.

Prior to hiring, the final candidate must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation and submit “official” transcript(s) of all graduate level coursework.

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Attach as separate “Other Documents”:
1. Document Number 1 – Names, addresses and phone numbers of three references
2. Document Number 2 – Unofficial transcript(s) of all graduate level coursework (combine multiple transcripts into one document)
3. Document 3 – Up to three samples of professional writings (combine multiple writing samples into one document)



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Posted: 11/11/2020
Application Due: 2/23/2021
Work Type: Full Time