Assistant Research Professor

Job description

Search #: 495060
Work type: Full-time
Location: Storrs Campus
Categories: Faculty Non Tenure Track


The Department of Educational Psychology invites applications for an Assistant Research Professor position that is a full-time research position.

The successful candidate will coordinate the three-year Connecticut Intensive Intervention Implementation Initiative funded by the Connecticut State Department of Education. This initiative involves scaled implementation of an intensive-intervention system called data-based individualization (DBI) and a rigorous evaluation of the efficacy of the system.

The Assistant Research Professor will, (a) participate as a member of the project leadership team, (b) support dissemination of project activities and results (e.g., conference presentations, journal articles, policy briefs, infographics), (c) support manualizing interventions and creating instructional materials, (d) coordinate data collection and observations in participating schools (e.g., data collector training, reliability, materials, scheduling, data entry), (e) coordinate with subcontractors on activities related to professional development, coaching, and building MTSS systems, (f) work with methodological team regarding creating and maintaining the project database, (g) work directly with schools/districts to proactively support project activities and problem solve any issues or challenges related to project implementation, and (h) supervise GAs and student workers. In addition, this person will also have the capacity to pursue, secure, and manage additional external funding opportunities consistent with this position's focus.

The University of Connecticut’s Educational Psychology program is regularly ranked among the top of its kind in the nation, per U.S. News & World Report. With nearly 40 faculty members, the department is among the most productive at the University. The Educational Psychology department has programs in Cognition, Instruction, and Learning Technology; Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology; Educational Technology; Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent Development; Research Methods, Measurement, and Evaluation; School Psychology; and Special Education.

The Neag School of Education stands out as a major contributor to instructional and research excellence at the University of Connecticut, one of the nation’s leading public higher education institutions. With academic departments dedicated to educational leadership, educational psychology, and curriculum and instruction, the Neag School also offers programs in such areas as school psychology; sport management; higher education and student affairs; counseling; and teacher and administrator preparation. According to the 2021 U.S. News & World Report rankings of Best Graduate Schools, the Neag School ranks among the top 20 public graduate schools of education in the nation and has two specialty programs ranked in the top 25 nationally: Special Education and Elementary Teacher Education. The Neag School offers programs and courses on the main campus in Storrs and at the Hartford, Avery Point, and Waterbury campuses.

Founded in 1881, the UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.


  • Ph.D. in special education, school psychology, or an allied field;
  • At least three years of experience in a school or similar setting as a practicing teacher, as a school psychologist, or in another instructional capacity;
  • Previous experience working on and/or coordinating applied school-based research projects.

  • Previous experience implementing intensive interventions in applied educational settings, including data-based individualization, within a responsiveness-to-intervention or multi-tier support system;
  • Previous experience recruiting schools and districts for research projects;
  • Previous experience coaching teachers or leading professional learning communities;
  • Previous experience leading and managing research teams including collaboration with multiple principal investigators and external partners; and/or;
  • Previous experience with supervision of graduate and undergraduate research assistants and professional staff.

This is a full-time, 11-month, non-tenure track end-dated position with an anticipated start date (negotiable) in May 2021 and renewable annually subject to anticipated funding by CSDE. The successful candidate’s academic appointment will be at the Storrs campus. Faculty may also be asked to teach at one of UConn’s regional campuses as part of their ordinary workload. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online and submit the following application materials:

    A cover letter;Curriculum vitae;
  • Research and scholarship statement (innovative concepts that will form the basis of academic career, experience in proposal development, mentorship of graduate students, etc.);
  • Teaching statement (including teaching philosophy, teaching experience, commitment to effective learning, concepts for new course development, etc.);
  • Commitment to diversity statement (including broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and research and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles, etc.);
  • Sample journal articles or books; andThree letters of reference.

Evaluation of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, please submit the application by April 15, 2021. Please direct any queries about applying for this position to the chair of the search committee, Devin Kearns ([email protected]).

At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community.

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.

This position will be filled subject to budgetary approval.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

Advertised: Mar 30 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Apr 29 2021 Eastern Daylight Time




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Posted: 4/1/2021
Application Due: 4/29/2021
Work Type: Full Time