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The University of Alabama Assistant Professor in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Requisition Number: 0813197

Number of Open Positions: 1

Position Title: Assistant Professor

Other Title Information: Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology (Tenure Track)


Position Summary:

  • Establish an independent research program leading to publication in the fields of moral and character development and education

  • Seek significant external funding

  • Teach courses in educational psychology, moral psychology, moral and character education

  • Participate in program initiatives, faculty decisions, and advising

  • Provide consultation to students and faculty

  • Serve on dissertation committees

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    The University of Alabama

College of Education

Department of Educational Studies in Psychology, Research Methodology and Counseling

Position: Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology (Tenure Track).

The Department of Educational Studies at the University of Alabama invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology (Tenure Track), with a specific interest and focus in moral psychology and character/moral education. Within the Department of Educational Studies, the Educational Psychology Program houses the Center for the Study of Ethical Development ( that conducts and supports research on moral development and education across the world. The Center was recently awarded a grant from the Kern Family Foundation ($2.5m) to develop character through educational leadership in Alabama.

We seek a scholar whose research can contribute to a growing emphasis on moral and character development in the College of Education. The successful applicant will have a research trajectory focused on complementary areas (for example, but not limited to youth development, adolescent well-being, moral identity, ethical leadership) and will want to further their independent scholarship as well as develop a translational research profile under the auspices of the Center for the Study of Ethical Development. Additionally, candidates should be prepared to contribute more broadly to educational psychology teaching and learning, including developing courses. The Educational Psychology Program offers a Ph.D. concentration in educational neuroscience and has several active labs (e.g., numerical cognition, moral decision making, autism, language processing and bilingualism, and counseling practice). Together with the Center for the Study of Ethical Development, these labs encourage collaboration among researchers from a wide range of disciplines.

The College of Education is firmly committed to creating a welcoming culture and practice of equity and inclusivity in which diverse identities and perspectives are recognized, valued, and promoted. We especially welcome candidates from groups that have been historically underrepresented in academia to apply for the position.

About the University of Alabama and the College of Education

The University of Alabama is experiencing tremendous growth, with enrollment reaching 37,842 students for fall 2020, compared to 27,052 in the fall of 2008. Approximately 40% of UA’s freshman class scored 30 or higher on the ACT and the entering class in 2020 carries an average high school grade-point average of 3.83, with more than 42.3% having a high school GPA of 4.0 or higher. The University of Alabama is a leader among public universities nationwide in the enrollment of National Merit Scholars with more than 600 currently enrolled and has R1: Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity status in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. In addition, The University of Alabama made Forbes’ list of the Best Employers for New Graduates in 2021. Finally, the University of Alabama has a total statewide economic impact of UA: $2.905 billion; 13,784 jobs; and $142.9 million in income and sales taxes (UA Center for Business and Economic Research). Please visit our University webpage ( for more details on University activities and faculty supports.

Our mission at the College of Education ( COE ) is to be a leader in Alabama and across the nation in teaching, scholarship, advocacy, and service by developing professionals with pedagogic and disciplinary expertise who advance the intellectual and social conditions of all learners in a globalized society. To that end, the COE welcomes candidates whose experience in teaching, research, and/or community service has prepared them to UNITE with the larger community to collaboratively nurture cultural competence, empathy, and a vision of equity and justice for all learners; ACT to develop the full potential of all learners to be excellent professionals in their fields; and LEAD through continuous research-based critical inquiry of policy and reflective practice to enable transformative change in our diverse local and global communities. The COE consists of six Departments and is impactful in the lives of the individuals and entities we serve spanning populations, ages, settings, and contexts. 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. Please visit our COE website ( for more details of our impactful community and faculty supports.

Life in Tuscaloosa

The University of Alabama is located in West Alabama and is 45 minutes southwest of Birmingham, Alabama. Tuscaloosa, a quintessential college town with a population of 101,113, has excellent recreational, educational, and cultural opportunities available. The Tuscaloosa area provides hiking, biking, and running trails, as well as playgrounds, parks, and dog parks to enjoy the outdoors. Lake Tuscaloosa, Lake Nicol and Lake Lurleen offer sporting and leisure activities. Tuscaloosa is within driving distance of Atlanta, Nashville, New Orleans, Memphis, and the beaches of Gulf Shores. Tuscaloosa is also home to the Alabama Museum of Natural History, The Bryant Museum, Children’s Hands-On Museum, Moundville Archaeological Park, multiple sporting events, concerts hosted at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, and several festivals (e.g. West Alabama Food & Wine Festival, Druid City Arts Festival, Druid City Pride Festival, Kentuck Arts Festival, etc.). Tuscaloosa continues to grow in population, cultural events, and shopping alongside the University. Please visit the Tuscaloosa Chamber of Commerce ( to learn more about our wonderful city and all that it affords you and your family.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in a relevant field (e.g., educational psychology, education, psychology, sociology, human development)

  • Evidence of research productivity

  • Evidence of potential for external funding

  • Expertise in moral and/or character development and education

  • Interest in educational applications broadly defined

  • Ability to work with students and faculty in a variety of disciplines

  • Strong writing and communication skills

  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusivity in research and teaching


  • Establish an independent research program leading to publication in the fields of moral and character development and education

  • Seek significant external funding

  • Teach courses in educational psychology, moral psychology, moral and character education

  • Participate in program initiatives, faculty decisions, and advising

  • Provide consultation to students and faculty

  • Serve on dissertation committees

Further information about the program and college is accessible at

Questions regarding this position can be directed to search committee chair: Dr. David Walker,

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Starting Date: August 16, 2022


• Health, dental, vision and life Insurance

• TIAA - CREF available

• Teachers’ Retirement System of Alabama

• Summer employment available on an as needed basis

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, vita, names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references, unofficial transcript(s) of all graduate level coursework are required to complete the online application process and up to three samples of professional writing are required to complete the online application process.

Prior to hiring, the final candidate must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation and submit “official” transcript(s) of all graduate level coursework.

Additional Position Information:

UA EEO Statement

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, pregnancy, age, genetic or family medical history information, disability, or protected veteran status, or any other legally protected basis, 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”

“EEO is the Law” Poster Supplement

Search Initiation Date: 09/09/2021

Expected Starting Date: 08/16/2022

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Attach as separate “Other Documents”:

  1. Document Number 1 – Names, addresses and phone numbers of three references

  2. Document Number 2 – Unofficial transcript(s) of all graduate level coursework (combine multiple transcripts into one document)

  3. Document 3 – Up to three samples of professional writings (combine multiple writing samples into one document)

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