Assistant or Associate Professor, Cluster Hires in Digital Transformation of Education

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Internal Recruitment :


Working Title:

Assistant or Associate Professor, Cluster Hires in Digital Transformation of Education

Anticipated Hiring Range:

Commensurate with education and experience

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Job Location:

Raleigh, NC

Department :

Department of Teacher Education and Learning Sciences / Department of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education

About the Department:

About the NC State College of EducationAs one of the nation’s top-ranked public colleges of education, NC State’s College of Education leads the way in North Carolina in preparing extraordinary educators, conducting transformational research, and engaging communities where they are to improve the educational outcomes of all learners and advance the greater good.
The college’s faculty are widely-recognized thought-leaders who use their research to transform the practice of teaching, learning, and leading. They have particular strengths in improving technology-enhanced learning and teaching; fostering community-based learning and PK-16 partnerships; increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in education; and innovating leadership and workforce development, educational policy, and evaluation. About two-thirds of the faculty are grant active. They are engaged in over 100 active projects totaling more than $85 million with a three-year average of $26 million in grants awarded, making them the most productive in terms of research activity compared with other colleges of education in North Carolina and among the Top 5% in the nation. In FY22, the college’s research expenditures exceeded $15.9 million.
The college has over 1,900 students studying across five graduate certificates, seven undergraduate majors, two undergraduate minors, 13 master’s degrees, three Ph.D., and two Ed.D. programs housed in three academic departments: Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education; and Teacher Education and Learning Sciences, with approximately 130 tenure-track and professional-track faculty, 110 support and professional staff, and about 160 graduate and teaching assistants. The College of Education is also home to the Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research and the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation.
The college has over 17,000 living alumni, with over 5,000 working in public schools in North Carolina. Those who are teachers rate the highest in effectiveness on surveys of school employers in North Carolina.

About the ClusterOne of the leading land-­grant universities in the nation, North Carolina State University, is conducting a search for two new faculty members for the Digital Transformation of Education (DTE) research cluster, which brings together efforts across multiple colleges that address the potential of digital technologies to enhance learning in formal and informal education settings. As part of the Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program, the DTE cluster currently has core and associated faculty in both the College of Education and the Department of Computer Science within the College of Engineering. These faculty engage in collaborative work where educational research, theory, technologies, and methods leverage data analytic and computational methods to examine learning in a range of pedagogical and learning contexts. Of particular interest is how these technologies, methods, and insights can be used to serve learners from populations that have been historically underserved and underrepresented in knowledge economy careers.
About the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics EducationThe Department of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education emphasizes exemplary teaching, scholarship, and service in the context of a university education. With a primary emphasis on improving schools and society, the Department prepares quality educators for middle, secondary, and post-secondary school science, technology, engineering, mathematics, graphic communications, and informal settings. In addition, the Department offers a Graphic Communication Concentration (non-teaching) and several minors, including Technology, Engineering, and Education licensure track and a Technical Graphic Communications track for industry. The Department also has programs preparing professionals for leadership at the masters and doctoral levels.

About the Department of Teacher Education and Learning Sciences
The Department of Teacher Education and Learning Sciences (TELS) comprises over 40 full-time faculty members, 300 undergraduate students, and 200 graduate students. The department offers a Ph.D. in Teacher Education and Learning Sciences with specializations in Educational Equity; Educational Psychology; Elementary Education; Learning, Design, and Technology; Literacy and English Language Arts Education; and Social Studies Education. It awards Master’s programs in Special Education and the Arts of Teaching, as well as undergraduate programs in Elementary Education (emphasizing mathematics and science) and Middle Grades English Language Arts and Social Studies Education. Through our bachelor’s, master’s, Ph.D., and certificate programs, the department exemplifies an innovative merging of teacher education and the learning sciences that results in new pathways for teaching, scholarship, leadership, and service. The Department of Teacher Education and Learning Sciences (TELS) advances education through scholarship, leadership, and advocacy. Faculty in TELS prepare professionals who are committed to equity and social justice, have deep content knowledge, demonstrate a strong working knowledge of effective pedagogies, and realize the potential of digital technologies to enhance learning.
About Our Commitment to DEINC State University and the College of Education are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their experience, research, teaching and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. Our community values diversity, equity, inclusion and justice. As a public university — a university of the people — it’s essential to welcome and support everyone in our community. That’s why a commitment to a stronger and more inclusive institutional culture is enshrined in the NC State’s strategic plan ( and we expect everyone in the Wolfpack community to champion this work and to give of their time, effort and talent to support it.

Essential Job Duties:

About the Position:The College of Education is seeking emerging or established candidates whose work focuses on either how emerging technologies and computational methods inform and shape learning environments, or how best to prepare learners to engage in computationally-intensive academic and career trajectories. Example areas of focus may include the study of virtual or augmented reality in education; remote or hybrid learning; learning analytics; artificial intelligence-driven, sensor-based or other adaptive learning environments; or other emerging approaches to teaching K-­12 students. Also of interest are how these approaches can be used to support teachers and facilitate instruction in these learning contexts. Candidates should be engaged in research that addresses critical problems of K-­12 education, such as the use of digital technologies to enhance the personalization, socialization, and collaborative nature of learning; the design of evidence-­centered approaches to student assessment; the use of real-­time data to inform instructional improvement; classroom implementations of technology-­enhanced learning; big data and AI in education; preparing learners for the digital and AI transformation of knowledge work; and preparing teachers and administrators for the digital transformation of education. These tenure-track positions will be appointments at either the Assistant or Associate level in either the Department of STEM Education or the Department of Teacher Education and Learning Sciences, depending on the candidate’s training, research, interests, and teaching experience. Faculty in these positions will be responsible for conducting research in partnership with other cluster colleagues as well as teaching courses and engaging in outreach. Being able to collaborate as a member of an interdisciplinary cluster is essential for the successful candidate.
New DTE faculty hires will have the opportunity to engage with the newly funded National Science Foundation AI Institute for Engaged Learning (EngageAI Institute) (PI James Lester, Computer Science / Center for Educational Informatics) and its world class associated faculty. The successful candidates will also have opportunities to be associated with the College of Education’s Friday Institute for Educational Innovation. Further opportunities for research collaborations may be bolstered by NC State’s Data Science Academy with seed funding for faculty, as well as collaboration with other faculty in the University’s Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program clusters (e.g., data-driven science, geospatial analytics, public science, visual narrative, etc.).

Other Responsibilities:

Perform other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Education and Experience:

  • Earned doctorate in STEM Education disciplines, Educational Technology, Learning Sciences, or related field

Other Required Qualifications:

  • Experience and interest in engaging in interdisciplinary and collaborative research
  • Advanced technical adeptness and interest in applying emerging technologies to enhance teaching and learning
  • Commitment to areas of work that have the potential to address critical issues and educational inequities in North Carolina and beyond
  • Understanding of state and national frameworks that seek to promote computational science in K-12 contexts
  • Understanding of educational theory and/or instructional design approaches undergirding the design of maximally effective learning environments.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work with diverse students as well as to prepare future education professionals to work with diverse populations.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with data analytic and/or computational methods applied to the study of learning
  • Understanding of the nature and potential of digital and AI technologies for learning, education, and work
  • Record of internally/externally funded research with experience managing grant budgets, activities, and staff, commensurate with experience level
  • Experience establishing and sustaining collaborations with private and/or public partner agencies and schools
  • Record of developing technical educational innovations that have been adopted by communities of practice, organizations, or schools
  • Evidence of work to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion for communities that are underserved and underrepresented in STEM, computing, and knowledge economy careers and academic opportunities
  • Experience teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses
  • Experience mentoring doctoral students to engage in funded research and propose their own research toward dissertations

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Valid NC Driver's License required:


Commercial Driver's License required:


Job Open Date:


Anticipated Close Date:

Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Application materials should include a letter of interest curriculum vitae and the names and contact information of three professional references.

General inquiries may be sent directly to Dr. Eric Wiebe, Search Committee Chair, at [email protected] The review of applications will begin on November 1, 2022, and continue until the position is filled, with a projected start date of August 16, 2023.

Position Number:


Position Type:

Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week):



9 Month Recurring

Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather:

Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather

Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events:

Non Mandatory - Emergency Event

Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?:


Department ID:

130101 - College Of Education


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