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Assistant or Associate Professor


COE-Workforce Ed & Instr Tech

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 3,000 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 (MFE COE) 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. The Mary Frances Early College of Education (MFECOE) consists of nine departments and approximately 220 faculty members.

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 Department of Workforce Education and Instructional Technology at the University of Georgia is an active, innovative, and collaborative group of scholars focused on research, creation, and use of technologies to enrich people’s lives in the workplaces and communities of the future. Faculty members in the LDT program have a passion for designing, conducting research, publishing in top journals, and seeking external funds to support their work.

The Learning, Design, and Technology program consists of 9 faculty members with a variety ofresearch interests. The program offers MEd, EdS, and PhD degrees and non-degreecertificates; attracts and supports national and international doctoral students; and has strong
collaborative relationships with colleagues in STEM disciplines, and quantitative and qualitativeresearch methods.

We offer M.Ed. and Ed.S. degrees focused on K12 education, an M.Ed. focused on instructional design and development, an M.Ed. focused on research, and a Ph.D. focused on using design, research, and scholarship to solve real-world educational problems in multiple contexts.

For more information about the Department of Workforce Education and Instructional Technology, visit; for UGA, visit; for Athens, visit; and for Georgia, visit

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applications received by March 25, 2023 are assured full consideration. We will continue to accept and screen applications until the position is filled.

A complete application includes:

  1. A letter of application that addresses the position qualifications (not to exceed 4 pages).
  2. A curriculum vitae.
  3. Transcripts for all degrees earned and in progress (unofficial transcripts accepted initially).
  4. Two samples of scholarly writing (combined and uploaded in one pdf).
  5. A one-page statement of your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including evidentiary examples (as Other Documents #1).
  6. The names of three references. Official transcripts and letters of reference will be required only from finalists.
Please direct inquiries to the search committee chair: Dr. Jill Stefaniak (

Please note that this position is contingent on availability of funding.

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 (

Classification Title:

Open Rank

Faculty Rank:

Open Rank (Tenure Track)

Contract Type:

Academic (9 mo.)

Tenure Status:

Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications:

A doctorate in Learning, Design, and Technology, Instructional Technology, or a closely related area by the start date.

Position Summary:

The Mary Frances Early College of Education (MFECOE), the College of Pharmacy, and the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia are seeking to grow and diversify their programs through investments in faculty with expertise using virtual reality, augmented reality, and simulation as pedagogy in health professions education. This is a joint appointment position in the MFECOE and Pharmacy and is part of a four-position cluster hiring initiative over a two-year period. This hiring initiative aims to recruit faculty members who will educate students and advance research in these areas. The four joint-appointed hires will focus on applying the principles of Translational Education Research by taking best practices and educational research within learning design and technology in education and apply it to health professions training and education. The four candidates will be expected to work collaboratively to advance this research agenda with these emerging technologies with a special emphasis on obtaining external funding to support the research.

The Department of Workforce Education and Instructional Technology in the Mary Frances Early College of Education and the College of Pharmacy invite applications for the position of Assistant or Associate Professor of Learning, Design, and Technology (LDT) to begin August 2023. The position is a tenure-track, academic year (9-month) appointment with the possibility of summer employment. The qualified candidate will join an active, innovative, and collaborative group of scholars focused on research, creation, and use of technologies in the health professions to enrich people’s lives in the workplaces and communities of the future. Faculty members in the LDT program have a passion for designing, conducting research, publishing in top journals, and seeking external funds to support their work.

We seek candidates who have a vision for the future of the field and the role of emerging technologies (i.e., artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality, etc.) in the health professions. The successful candidate’s primary academic home will be in the Learning, Design, and Technology program within the Department of Workforce Education and Instructional Technology in the Mary Frances Early College of Education. All of the candidate’s instructional and service time will be in the MFECOE and the research time will be split between the two colleges. As part of the candidate’s research, they will be expected to collaborate with Pharmacy faculty in the implementation of VR/AR/Simulation technology in instruction in Pharmacy courses.

Additional Requirements:

  • An active program of research related to emerging technologies and learning design (i.e., artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality, etc.) that demonstrates coherent theoretical foundations and potential for high-quality teaching, publications, and external funding.
  • Evidence obtaining external funding to support research in emerging technologies and learning design.
  • Potential to promote collaborative relationships in various educational contexts with particular emphasis in the health professions education.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

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

  • One or more years of experience applying instructional design in health settings.
  • One or more years of experience teaching instructional design and technology at the graduate level in both face-to-face and online environments.
  • One or more years of experience applying for and/or securing external funding in health professions education.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

  • Expertise with using and researching emerging technology applications (e.g., artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality) in the health professions.
  • Leadership in current efforts and future directions of research and practice in the field.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with faculty throughout the university on projects related to translational education in the health professions.

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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.


  • Establish and maintain a rigorous and innovative line of research exploring emerging technologies in the health professions education.
  • Obtain external funding to support and sustain your research agenda and the goals of the hiring initiative in data science and artificial intelligence with emphasis in emerging technologies.
  • Design and teach undergraduate and graduate-level courses in learning, design, and technology in face-to-face, hybrid, and online formats.
  • Provide leadership in local, national and/or international partnerships.
  • Provide service to the department, college, university and profession.
  • Advise graduate students and supervise graduate student research.

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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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