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Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Human-Centered Learning Technologies at Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant or Associate level in the area of Human-Centered Learning Technologies in the Department of Teaching and Learning in the Peabody College of Education and Human Development. The faculty member will be a core participant in LIVE, Vanderbilt’s interdisciplinary learning innovation research hub, and teach in our new graduate certificates on Emerging Learning Technologies and AI and/or Learning Analytics.

We seek candidates with a strong program of research focused on how emerging technologies (especially artificial intelligence, learning analytics, machine learning, immersive technologies and/or natural language processing) can support and enhance learning and teaching across diverse contexts and populations. The ideal candidate will also have expertise in applying human-centered design principles and methods to create engaging and effective learning experiences that meet the needs of individuals and communities, are informed by theory and evidence, and adopt an ethos of responsibility for both intended and unintended impacts on different populations of learners. The search committee seeks a diverse applicant pool and candidates from a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds with a commitment to innovation, impact and interdisciplinary collaboration as well as working with the increasingly diverse communities of Vanderbilt University and the city of Nashville.

The successful candidate will join dynamic and interdisciplinary faculty across Vanderbilt that are committed to advancing research and practice in the design, development, and evaluation of innovative learning environments that promote human development and flourishing at individual, collective and societal levels.

Qualifications:

  • A doctoral degree in Learning Sciences, Computer Science, Educational Psychology, Cognitive Science, Educational Technology, Human-Computer Interaction, Data Science, Information Science or a related field by the time of appointment
  • A record of high-quality innovative research on the design and/or use of learning technologies in schools, higher education, workplace or informal learning contexts as evidenced through publications in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings
  • Record of, or potential for, securing external funding to support research and development activities
  • Commitment to ethics, diversity, equity, inclusion, social implications and justice in education
  • Excellence in teaching and mentoring students at the graduate and undergraduate levels
  • Engagement with mechanisms to generate real-world impact with learning technologies such as community / corporate partnerships, open-source release or licensing agreements
  • Capacity and enthusiasm for engaging thoughtfully with researchers and scholars from a wide range of cultural, disciplinary, and academic backgrounds

About Peabody College in the Department of Teaching and Learning:  Peabody College strives to enhance the human condition by creating knowledge about learning and development in their social contexts, by translating discoveries into more effective practice and policy, and by preparing leaders who will generate positive change throughout the nation and the world. The Department of Teaching and Learning offers degree programs that use data, experience, and technology to prepare students to make a positive difference in the lives of learners, wherever that learning takes place. Its faculty is committed to developing and studying the most effective forms of learning and teaching and includes both theory and practice-oriented scholars with national reputations for innovative thinking and design.

About LIVE: LIVE, Vanderbilt’s interdisciplinary learning innovation research hub, is a new, campus-wide initiative to reimagine and re-engineer technology’s role in teaching and learning. Connecting cutting-edge research with powerful community and corporate partnerships, LIVE is developing the next generation of learning innovation by uniting evidenced pedagogy, computational thinking and inclusive design. With core education researchers in Peabody College and computer scientists in the School of Engineering, as well as diverse faculty, staff and students engaged across the university, LIVE is a vibrant interdisciplinary hub for the generation of new tools and practices to spark consequential learning. LIVE also serves as a point of connection with other synergistic activities on campus, including the Engage AI Institute, the National AI Institute for Adult Learning and Online Education (AI-ALOE). Education, the Future of Learning & Generative AI Initiative, the Data Science Institute, the Digital Lab, Office of Digital Education, and The Wondr’y, Vanderbilt’s center for innovation and entrepreneurship. 

About Vanderbilt: Vanderbilt University is a center for scholarly research, informed and creative teaching, and service to the community and society at large. Vanderbilt upholds the highest standards and is a leader in the quest for new knowledge through scholarship, the dissemination of knowledge through teaching and outreach, and the creative experimentation of ideas and concepts. In pursuit of these goals, Vanderbilt values most highly intellectual freedom that supports open inquiry, equality, compassion, and excellence in all endeavors.

Applications will be reviewed starting January 8, 2024 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit: a letter of interest detailing qualifications for the position, current vita, up to three publications (or manuscripts in progress), and the names of three scholars who will write letters of recommendation. The committee will request three letters of recommendation from a small group of finalists.   Please apply at the following link: https://apply.interfolio.com/136511

Questions should be directed to the search chair Dr. Alyssa Wise with the subject line “Human-Centered Learning Technologies Faculty Search” at

Equal Opportunity Employer: At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are.  We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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