Job announcement at ASU

The Learning Sciences Institute (LSI) at Arizona State University (ASU) invites applications for four tenure-track positions at the assistant or associate professor level to begin in the 2014 academic year. Applicants must have an earned doctorate, a record of research publications with high impact, external funding, and a strong record of mentoring graduate students or post-doctoral researchers, appropriate to rank. Appointment, as either assistant or associate professor, and tenure home will depend on the professional background of the successful candidate. Teaching and mentoring of students are required. All research areas will be considered, although preference will be given to those that appear to complement and extend the interests of current LSI learning scientists and affiliated faculty, whose expertise are in areas such as intelligent tutoring systems, digital games, affective computing, embodied cognition, and literacy.

The four possible areas of focus include, but are not limited to, the following (preferably in STEM content domains):

1) Learning analytics. This area of research may include mining large data sets for purposes related to learning, including research that focuses on automated feedback, embedded assessment, inferring of domain structure, inducing effective adaptation policies, and crowd sourcing big problems.

2) Computer-mediated collaborative learning. This area of research may include topics such as classroom collaboration or collaboration in the wild, mediated by tablets, cell phones or other mobile computing. Research may also focus on areas such as collective intelligence, emergent collective actions, social networking for learning, creativity, innovation and learning in groups.

3) Engagement during learning. Research may focus on topics such as resilience, interest, flow, self-regulated learning, persistence, and/or coping skills during learning or issues related to sustaining interest as a life-long learner. Areas of research may also focus on learners moving between formal learning environments and interest-driven participation, potentially informing issues of transfer.

4) Learning with new technologies. Examples of new technologies include conversational and teachable agents, peer robots, mobile apps, augmented reality, non-invasive sensing, flexible displays, and wearable computing.

The LSI is an interdisciplinary, university-wide research institute at ASU with the mission to conduct research that advances our understanding of how students learn and how we can enhance their learning of academic knowledge in schools, colleges, informal settings, and at distance locations. The LSI is staffed to support faculty research and graduate training in several colleges at ASU, including but not limited to, the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of Technology & Innovation, and Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. Visit to learn more about the LSI.

Arizona State University is an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Please see ASU’s complete non-discrimination statement at Application deadline is Monday, December 2, 2013; if not filled, reviews will occur on the first of the month thereafter until search is closed. Interested applicants should arrange to have three letters of reference sent and also submit (1) a letter of interest that describes his/her research program, (2) a vita, and (3) three representative research publications. These materials should be sent electronically as either Word or PDF documents to Michelene T. H. Chi, [], Director, Learning Sciences Institute, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287-2111.

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