Edu - Associate Professor/Full Professor of Educational Psych/Neuroscience, ESPRMC– Tenure/Te...

The University of Alabama

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Work type: Regular Full-time (Benefits eligible)
Location: Alabama
Categories: Tenure/Tenure-Track Faculty

212601 - Ed Studies Psy/Res Method/Counsel

Associate/Full Professor

Position Summary
The Educational Psychology Program at the University of Alabama invites applications for an associate/full professor position to expand its Educational Neuroscience Initiative.

Detailed Position Information
The Educational Psychology Program at the University of Alabama invites applications for an associate/full professor position to expand its Educational Neuroscience Initiative. We seek a scientist with an interdisciplinary background whose research focuses on understanding neural mechanisms of learning and cognition, and educational implications of neuroscience research. Candidates conducting translational neuroimaging research on reading/literacy and/or language processing, development, and disorders will receive special consideration. The ideal candidate is able to integrate developmental, neural, evolutionary and cognitive approaches to construct multi-level theories of learning and cognition, and can conduct experimental and learning design studies to validate these theories.
The Educational Neuroscience Initiative at the University of Alabama involves an Educational Neuroscience PhD Concentration and a BSc Program (, under the Educational Psychology Program. We have several active labs engaged in educational neuroscience research. These labs bring together researchers from a wide range of disciplines. Our labs are equipped with state of the art EEG, fNIRS, tDCS, eye-tracking and virtual reality systems. The University of Alabama also houses a new MRI research facility ( with a 3T Siemens’ Prisma MRI scanner. The University of Alabama has an active community of researchers conducting a wide array of brain, learning, and cognition research. The University supports and encourages interdisciplinary research and collaboration both within the campus and across other institutions.

• Maintain an independent research program leading to publication
• Teach courses in educational psychology/educational neuroscience
• Seek significant external funding
• Participate in the Educational Psychology Program initiatives, faculty decisions, and advising
• Provide consultation to faculty and mentoring to students.
• Serve on dissertation committees

Minimum Qualifications
• Ph.D. in a relevant field (e.g., neuroscience, education, psychology, human development, cognitive science, learning sciences, computer science)
• Evidence of expertise in one or more neuroimaging techniques (e.g., EEG/ERP, fMRI, fNIRS, MEG)
• Interests in translational science and educational applications
• Ability to work with students and faculty in a variety of disciplines
• Strong writing and communication skills
• Commitment to working with diverse populations

Preferred Qualifications
• Active research program on reading and/or language development, processing, and disorders • Expertise in (f)MRI research methods • Demonstrated general knowledge and experience in teaching cognitive and educational neuroscience, learning sciences, and/or educational psychology • Previous experience or research plan focusing on translational research. • Currently active extramural grant(s) and/or successful history of grant acquisition.

Instructions and Required Materials for Application
Questions regarding this position can be directed to Drs. Firat Soylu ( or David Walker (, search committee co-chairs. Application Deadline: The review of credentials will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Application Process: Please apply online at A letter of application and vita are required to complete the online application process. You have the option to include a cover letter and/or list of names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references as Other Document 1. Prior to hiring, the final candidate must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation and submit “official” transcript(s) of all graduate level coursework.

About the Division/College/School
For over 150 years, the College of Education has been dedicated to developing professionals with the expertise needed to advance the intellectual and social conditions of all learners. By effectively preparing graduates to pursue their pedagogical and scholarly endeavors, the College of Education aims to lead Alabama in teaching, scholarship, advocacy, and service. 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.

The College of Education consists of six academic departments and 29 high-caliber programs enable students to earn specialized degrees in teacher education, exercise science, and educational neuroscience. Through a robust offering of main campus options, online degrees, and certification programs, the College is poised to accommodate any learner. The College of Education is also home to the No. 1 competitive adaptive sports program in the nation, UA Adapted Athletics, and proudly supports their successes at their state-of-the-art facilities. With teaching, research, and outreach efforts that serve the local community and beyond, the College of Education continues to expand its footprint in both the world of academia and in our global society.

The College of Education is committed to supporting and enacting the University of Alabama’s four guiding principles to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion, including increasing and retaining faculty, staff, and students from historically underrepresented and marginalized groups, creating a culture that welcomes a diverse and inclusive college community, and providing opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to develop competencies that support these efforts. For more information on the College of Education’s commitments and efforts, please visit our website:

About the University
The University of Alabama, part of The University of Alabama System, is the state’s flagship university. UA shapes a better world through its teaching, research and service. With a global reputation for excellence, UA provides an inclusive, forward-thinking environment and nearly 200 degree programs on a beautiful, student-centered campus.

A leader in cutting-edge research, UA advances discovery, creative inquiry and knowledge through more than 30 research centers. The University of Alabama has R1: Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity status by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and is among the top doctoral research universities in the United States.

As the state’s largest higher education institution, UA drives economic growth in Alabama and beyond.

About Tuscaloosa
Tuscaloosa is so much more than a college town.

It's a vibrant community that’s filled with legendary history. Located along the Black Warrior River, the city features a walkable downtown that’s complete with live music, locally owned shops, outdoor spaces to explore and local restaurants to meet every palate. With a geography ranging from suburban to rural, the area offers a variety of housing options along with excellent public and private schools and a wealth of recreational and entertainment options.

With a metro area population of 235,000, the Druid City lies about an hour southwest of Birmingham, in west-central Alabama. It’s within a few hours’ drive of Gulf Coast beaches and major cities like Nashville, New Orleans and Atlanta, making it a great base for growing better acquainted with the South’s finest offerings.

Background Investigation and EEO Statement
Prior to hiring, the final candidate(s) must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation and information obtained from social media and other internet sources. A prior conviction reported as a result of the background investigation DOES NOT automatically disqualify a candidate from consideration for this position. A candidate with a prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags will receive an individualized review of the prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags before a hiring decision is made.

The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status. Applicants to and employees of this institution are protected under Federal law from discrimination on several bases. Follow the link below to find out more. "EEO is the Law"

Advertised: 25 Sep 2023 Central Daylight Time
Applications close: 30 Apr 2024 Central Daylight Time


The University of Alabama embodies an academic community that demands excellence in teaching, research and service and provides an inclusive, nurturing environment for the discovery of knowledge and the development of well-rounded leaders. Founded in 1831 as Alabama's first public college and known as the Capstone of Higher Education, UA provides a premier undergraduate and graduate education built upon global engagement, high-quality scholarship, outstanding teaching, and diversity and inclusivity throughout the community.

Our Mission

The University of Alabama will advance the intellectual and social condition of the people of the state, the nation and the world through the creation, translation and dissemination of knowledge with an emphasis on quality programs in the areas of teaching, research and service.

Our Vision

The University of Alabama will be known as the university of choice for the best and brightest students in Alabama, and all students who seek exceptional educational opportunities. The University of Alabama will be a student-centered research university and an academic community united in its commitment to enhance the quality of life for all Alabamians and the citizens of the nation and the world.

Our Core Values

The University of Alabama is committed to:

  • Undergraduate education that produces socially-conscious, ethical and well-rounded leaders who are grounded in their subject matter and capable of controlling their own destinies.
  • Graduate education that is deeply vested in subject matter knowledge, professional content, research skills and creative activity.
  • Public outreach and service that is held in the highest regard and fosters impactful public engagement to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Alabama, the nation and the world.
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  • Provide a premier undergraduate and graduate education that offers a global perspective and is characterized by outstanding teaching, high-quality scholarship and distinctive curricular and co-curricular programs. Increase the University’s productivity and innovation in research, scholarship and creative activities that impact economic and societal development.
  • Enrich our learning and work environment by providing an accepting, inclusive community that attracts and supports a diverse faculty, staff and student body.
  • Provide opportunities and resources that facilitate work-life balance and enhance the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty and staff.

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