Two Faculty Positions Open at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in Child Development

Two faculty positions are open at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in the Child Development divison.

Open Rank Professor of Educational Psychology in Child/Lifespan Development (2 positions)

Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Department of Educational Psychology seeks applications from individuals with research interests in child development and/or lifespan development in educational contexts for two full time nine-month faculty positions, one of which will be tenured and one which will be tenure-track. The College of Education provides strong support for research and opportunities for collaboration with leaders across campus and in the field, and is ranked in the top 25 colleges in 2011 by US News and World Report. We are known for our groundbreaking research, innovative approaches to teaching, and service to the global community. The Department of Educational Psychology is a top-10 ranked department. Faculty members have diverse research interests in broad areas such as cognition and student learning, child development, quantitative/qualitative methodology & measurement, and counseling psychology. Collaborations among faculty members are common across other departments in the College of Education, other colleges and faculty at other universities.

More information about the Department of Educational Psychology is available at

Position responsibilities: Successful applicants will have research interests in the cognitive, social, and/or cultural dimensions of human development in educational contexts. The specific substantive area of interest is open but may include topics such as achievement motivation; gender, race, ethnicity, and diversity in school settings; children’s peer relations; bullying and aggressive behavior; risk and resilience factors; learning and plasticity; prevention science. The successful applicant will be expected to advise doctoral and master’s students, to teach both graduate and undergraduate courses in child development and/or lifespan development, and to assume an active role as responsible members of the College’s scholarly community.

Qualifications: Candidates for either position must hold an earned doctoral degree in educational psychology, human development, psychology, or a related field, and candidates with expertise in longitudinal data analysis and experimental and prevention-oriented field methods will be highly considered. At the senior (tenured) rank, the successful applicant will have a track record of sustained productivity in a significant program of research, and demonstrated success in securing external funding. At the non-tenured junior rank, the successful candidate will have established a clear trajectory for a program of significant research with potential to attract external funding. All applicants should provide evidence of teaching ability.

Salary and Starting Date: Rank and salary will be commensurate with experience.

The proposed starting date is August 16, 2012.

Application: To ensure full consideration, all required application materials must be submitted by November 15, 2011. Please create your candidate profile through and upload your application materials into one combined pdf file: letter of application, CV, statement of teaching and research interests, and teaching evaluations if available, and the names and contact information for three professional references. Finalists will be asked to provide up to 3 examples of publications. Interviews will begin after November 15 and continue until the position is filled.
For more information about this search please contact: Professor Dorothy Espelage, Search Committee Chair at [email protected] or 217-333-9139.

The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action /Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity (

Please contact me for further information.

Dorothy L. Espelage, Ph.D.
Professor & University Scholar
Associate Chair
Dept. of Educational Psychology
Child Development Division
University of Illinois
220A Education
1310 S. Sixth Street
Champaign, IL 61820-6925
(217) 766-6413
(217) 244-7620 (Fax)
email: [email protected]

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