Assistant Professor - Educational Foundations - 17854

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The Department of Educational Foundations in the College of Education and Professional Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater seeks a tenure-track faculty member in the area of educational psychology and/or social foundations of education beginning August 2022 with the rank of Assistant Professor. Academic preparation should be in the fields of educational psychology, social foundations of education, and/or diversity and equity in education, with preference given to those with experience as a K-12 teacher or librarian.


This is a full-time position with responsibilities for teaching courses for multiple teacher education programs, research in a relevant discipline, and service activity.

Research and teaching expertise should complement existing faculty expertise and may include any of the following areas:

  • Educational psychology
  • Child and human development
  • Classroom Management
  • Diversity and equity in education
  • Research methods and design
  • Philosophy of Education
  • History of Education
The successful candidate will be expected to provide evidence of the potential for an active research agenda that includes scholarly publications that contribute to advancing the department, university, and profession. The Department of Educational Foundations strongly encourages research with the potential for engaging undergraduate and graduate students.

The candidate will also be expected to participate in service activities at the department, university, and professional levels and embrace the principles of diversity and inclusion as a member of the university community.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Ph.D., Ed.D., Psy.D., or other equivalent, terminal degree in educational psychology, educational philosophy, developmental psychology, educational policy, educational sciences, sociology of education, anthropology of education, learning sciences, or other relevant field is required. ABD candidates may apply but must have their degree completed by the contract start date in August 2022; if not, they will be hired on a one-year contract with the understanding that their degree will be completed before January 2023 in advance of their first scheduled review.
  • Experience that demonstrates commitment toward social justice, diversity, inclusion, and/or antiracism in education.
  • Ability or potential to teach courses related to at least two of the following: educational psychology, child development, introduction to education and teaching, classroom management, diversity and equity in education, and/or measurement and evaluation
  • A promising research agenda such as research activity, publications, conference presentations, and/or grant writing in the field of educational psychology, history or philosophy of education, sociology or anthropology of education, measurement and evaluation, education policy, and/or diversity, equity, and inclusion in education
Desired Characteristics:
  • Successful higher education teaching experience
  • Experience teaching one or more of the following courses at the college level: educational psychology, child development, introduction to education and teaching, classroom management, diversity and equity in education, and/or measurement and evaluation
  • Successful online teaching experience
  • Experience as a K-12 teacher and/or as a school librarian
  • Expertise, teaching, and/or research activity related to diversity, inclusion, equity, social justice, or antiracism in education
  • Ability to supervise students in field experiences within teacher education or library media programs (licensure and experience may be required to supervise)
  • Evidence of technology integration in teaching
  • Experience with program coordination and administration
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
  • Willingness and ability to be an active participant in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills
  • Ability to interact respectfully with people from diverse socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds
  1. Full-Time teaching responsibilities include teaching courses in the department of Educational Foundations and the College of Education and Professional Studies, supervision of field work in K-12 schools, and help with program coordination. Faculty at UW-W are required to teach in a variety of modalities (in-person, online and/or hybrid), that could include evenings or weekends. In addition, faculty members serve as advisors/mentors to students and are encouraged to engage students in undergraduate research or other scholarly and creative activities.
  2. Research responsibilities include maintaining an active research agenda, including publications in peer reviewed journals or books, presenting at research conferences, and/or grant writing.
  3. Service responsibilities include committee service at the departmental, college, and university levels, as well as participation in community organizations and the service to the discipline as relevant to the candidate’s expertise and interest.

The Department of Educational Foundations is a highly collegial, collaborative, and interdisciplinary department, which seeks to foster the development of knowledge, skills, and dispositions most vital to the work of outstanding educators. The department offers 4 categories of courses and programs:
  1. Undergraduate courses for pre-service education students intended to build the core foundations of educational psychology, history and philosophy of education, equity and diversity in education, as well as assessment, measurement and evaluation
  2. Developmental education courses in academic survival skills and college literacy designed to assist incoming students with the skills necessary for success at the University
  3. Programming for students pursuing initial K-12 library media licensure and master’s level students seeking a degree in Library Sciences
  4. Programming for graduate students interested in career paths related to instructional design and learning technologies
As a department we strive to provide students with the knowledge, tools, and skills they need to become outstanding, reflective, culturally sustaining educators. https://www.uww.edu/coeps/departments/edfound.


Founded in 1868, UW–Whitewater is one of eleven comprehensive universities in a public higher education system that also includes two doctoral institutions and a statewide Extension. UW-Whitewater’s main campus is located in Whitewater, with a branch campus in Rock County, in the city of Janesville. Together, these campuses form a preeminent academic institution driven by the pursuit of knowledge, powered by a spirit of innovation, and focused on transforming lives. UW-Whitewater’s campuses are located conveniently near Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago, and thus offer the advantage of beautiful small-town environments with easy access to the cultural and commercial opportunities of major metropolitan areas.

The Warhawk family — led by caring faculty and staff — is devoted to student success within a broad range of academic programs offered at the associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral levels. These include both on-campus and online programs, and span the disciplines, from the theoretical to the applied, and encompass study in the arts, business, education, humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, technology, and professional and interdisciplinary programs.

UW-Whitewater has a special mission within the UW System to serve students with disabilities and, as such, embraces the principles of universal design and is one of the most accessible campuses in the nation. The campuses have more than 200 student organizations and UW-Whitewater’s intercollegiate athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division-III level. UW-Whitewater is committed to seeking and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment, building a diverse faculty and staff with expertise and interest in serving students with diverse needs, backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities and other distinct characteristics in respectful, sensitive and understanding ways. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans.


The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is part of the 13-campus University of Wisconsin System (https://www.wisconsin.edu).

Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(b) provides that applicants may indicate in writing that their identity should be kept confidential. In response to a public records request, the University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(a).

Per Regent Policy Document 20-19, University of Wisconsin System Criminal Background Check Policy and UW System Administrative Policy 1275 Recruitment Policies, UW-Whitewater requires criminal background checks as a contingency to employment. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment. All final candidates must be asked, prior to hire, whether they have been found to have engaged in, are currently under investigation for, or left employment during an active investigation in which they were accused of sexual violence or sexual harassment. When obtaining employment reference checks, these same sexual violence or sexual harassment questions must also be asked.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater requires that all employees be active participants in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills.

For UW-Whitewater Campus safety information and crime statistics/annual Security Report, see http://www.uww.edu/asfr. If you would like a paper copy of the report please contact the UW-Whitewater Police at 262-472-4660.


UW System employees receive an excellent benefit package. To learn more about the UW System’s comprehensive benefit package, review the UW System Employee Benefits Brochure.


UW-Whitewater embraces AAC&U’s LEAP principles (http://www.uww.edu/leap) and emphasizes student, staff and faculty participation in High-Impact Practices (https://www.aacu.org/resources/high-impact-practices). The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (http://www.uww.edu/orsp) provides support for faculty scholarly and creative activities as well as other opportunities to apply for reassigned time and/or other resources to support research activities. UW-Whitewater faculty and staff also have access to technology transfer and research resources provided by WiSys (https://www.wisys.org).


Applications received by Feburary 1, 2022 are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. The most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment or if you are unable to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact us at (262) 472-1072 or hrstudent@uww.edu.

For questions regarding this position, please contact:
Dr. Jenni Petersen
Associate professor Educational Foundation


Only complete application packages will be considered. This includes online submission of the following documents:
  • Cover letter/letter of interest that addresses the required qualifications above
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Curriculum Vita
  • Letters of recommendation from three (3) professional references
  • Copies of unofficial graduate transcripts (Official transcripts will be required if offered the position)
  • Copies of student course evaluations from relevant courses when applicable
Optional Materials
  • Statement of Diversity Equity and Inclusion
  • Research Publication or other evidence of a successful research agenda
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