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Assistant Professor (Quantitative Methodology)

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Assistant Professor (Quantitative Methodology)


COE-Educational Psychology

About the University of Georgia:

Since our founding in 1785, the University of Georgia has operated as Georgia’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( The proof is in our more than 235 years of academic and professional achievements and our continual commitment to higher education. UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 40,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 10,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department:

As the 4th largest public college of education in the country and the 3rd largest college at UGA, the Mary Frances Early College of Education (MFECOE) improves the lives of residents of Georgia and beyond through our instruction, research, and service. The MFE COE is a comprehensive college with disciplines focused on teacher preparation, counseling and human development, communication sciences, human movement sciences, career development, student affairs, and educational administration and policy. We place significant emphasis on graduate education with approximately 40% of our students at the graduate level, making us the second largest college at UGA with respect to graduate education.

Named for Mary Frances Early, UGA’s first African American graduate, in February 2020, the MFE COE has a long and distinguished history as a leader in diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our other strengths include a) partnerships with multiple units on campus, in the local community, and across the state of Georgia, b) faculty expertise manifested in well- regarded scholarship and applied practice, and c) recognition of our academic programs by external stakeholders.

The mission of the Quantitative Methodology (QM) program is to advance the theory and practice of statistics and measurement in the social and behavioral sciences. The program provides graduate training in research design and analysis as well as advanced training in psychometrics, educational assessment, and quantitative research methodology. The area of quantitative methodology specialization for the candidate’s research and teaching assignment is open, with a preference for a scholar whose research focuses on advancing contemporary methodology for (a) experimental research design and analysis, (b) causal modeling, © the assessment and measurement of complex traits and behaviors, or (d) data science, machine learning and methodological oriented artificial intelligence.

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

The appointment will begin the 2023-24 academic year in August 2023.
Applicants should submit all the following:

  • A letter of interest that addresses qualifications in the areas detailed above. This should include a description of the applicant’s (a) program of research, (b) past successes in obtaining and/or future plans to pursue external funding for research support, and © experiences and interests in teaching.
  • Statement of research.
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Sample publications (maximum 3)
  • Names and contact details of three persons who could provide professional letters of reference

Transcripts and letters of reference will be required only from finalists.

Questions may be addressed to the program chair and search committee chair, Dr. Shiyu Wang, [email protected]

Applications received by October 10, 2022, are assured of full consideration.

Location of Vacancy:

Athens Area

EEO Statement:

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]).

UGA Statement:

PLEASE NOTE: On December 7, 2021, the federal District Court for the Southern District of Georgia issued a preliminary injunction against enforcing the vaccine requirement for
Federal Contractors pending further review. As a result, the requirements of the Executive Order and associated guidance, including the vaccination requirement for covered contractor employees, are currently not in effect.

The University of Georgia is a Federal Contractor as defined by Presidential Executive Order 14042 and subject to the requirement that Federal Contractors must ensure that all covered employees, including those working remotely, are fully vaccinated by January 4, 2022. You may be required to show proof of your fully vaccinated status at the time of your start date, or have received a medical or religious exemption from the fully vaccinated requirement at the time of your start date. For more information regarding the Federal Contractor fully vaccinated employment requirement please visit or call (706) 542-2222.

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Assistant Professor

Faculty Rank:

Assistant Professor

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Academic (9 mo.)

Tenure Status:

Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications:

A doctorate degree (Ph.D. or similar) at the time of employment.

Position Summary:

The Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Georgia invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor with expertise in Quantitative Methodology to begin in August 2023.

The successful applicant will be expected to maintain a high-quality research program, seek external funding, serve as a mentor for students in research, teaching and service, direct theses and dissertations, participate in faculty governance, and contribute to the QM Program community and the Department of Educational Psychology. This position requires a) teaching the equivalent of two courses per semester in the program or department and b) the delivery of both face-to-face and online instruction.

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or Certification:

A doctorate degree (Ph.D. or similar) at the time of employment with a specialization in assessment and measurement, psychometrics, quantitative psychology, statistics with research interest in quantitative methodologies in educational or behavioral sciences or a closely related field.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

  • Evidence of promise of moving towards a strong record of scholarly research that advances methodology. This includes an active record of scholarship and productivity in terms of peer-reviewed publications in academic journals and professional presentations commensurate with experience.
  • Evidence or strong potential for seeking and attracting external funding. Evidence of potential may include success with small-scale proposals, training/preparation relative to seeking external funds, and/or research in novel and high interest areas for funding sources.
  • Evidence or the promise of teaching graduate courses and mentoring students, such as record of presentations and trainings, course evaluations, informal mentoring in terms of working with others on projects.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

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Credit and P-Card policy:

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.


The University of Georgia, a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest and most comprehensive institution of higher education. Founded in 1785, it is the birthplace of public higher education in America.

Today, UGA enrolls more than 40,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The main campus has 460 buildings on 767 acres of land. The total acreage of UGA in 30 Georgia counties is 41,539. UGA has 18 colleges and schools, which include Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Business, Ecology, Education, Engineering, Environment and Design, Family and Consumer Sciences, Forestry and Natural Resources, Graduate School, Journalism and Mass Communication, Law, Pharmacy, Public Health, Public and International Affairs, Social Work, Veterinary Medicine, and the Honors College. It offers 24 baccalaureate degrees in more than 140 fields; 33 master’s degrees in 144 fields; 8 educational specialist degrees; four doctoral degrees in 99 areas; professional degrees in law, pharmacy and veterinary medicine; and more than 170 study-abroad and exchange programs. UGA Libraries rank among the nation’s best research libraries and contain a total of 5.3 million volumes and one of nation’s largest map collections. The university has had 25 recipients of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, making it one of the nation’s top Rhodes producers among public universities. UGA is home of the Peabody Awards, presented annually for distinguished achievement and meritorious public service for television, podcast/radio, and digital media. It also is home of Georgia’s State Botanical Garden, state Museum of Art and State Museum of Natural History. Additionally, UGA has one of the largest and most comprehensive public service and outreach programs conducted by an American educational institution.

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