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Director of the Institute for Research on Learning and Instruction

Tufts University

Medford, Massachusetts 02155
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Tufts University seeks to hire an inaugural director for the Institute for Research on Learning and Instruction (IRLI), starting in September 2018. Under the leadership of the director, IRLI will foster research that focuses on bettering our understanding of how students learn at the collegiate level and will pioneer innovative ways to improve that learning. The Institute will promote discipline-based education research by developing and studying scientifically validated teaching methodologies and innovative educational tools for boosting learning outcomes at the university and beyond. IRLI will initially focus on learning in STEM fields in the School of Engineering and the School of Arts and Sciences, but could extend its work to the humanities and social sciences and to our professional schools. More about the Institute can be found here:

The Institute will support a vibrant community of researchers at Tufts, including research professors, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students focused on education research. IRLI will also establish a new Bridge Professorship between the Schools of Engineering and Arts & Sciences as well as two additional tenure-track faculty members, one in each school. IRLI will work in close collaboration with the STEM Education program, the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching, the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach, Educational Technology Services, and other units dedicated to improving teaching and learning.

The inaugural director, who will report directly to the provost, will be a tenured faculty member with a distinguished record of research and teaching in a science, math, or engineering field as well as in tertiary STEM education. Experience in administration or academic leadership is preferred. The successful candidate will be expected to do research, teach, and provide leadership in education across the university.

Qualified candidates will also be considered for the Bridge Professorship, with tenured appointments in both the Education Department and the appropriate department of the School of Engineering.

Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a statement describing current and planned research, a statement of teaching philosophy, a writing sample, the names and affiliations of three to five potential references, and an e-mail address and phone number at which the candidate may be reached. All application materials should be submitted online through Letters of recommendation will be solicited only with the candidate's explicit approval. Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

Inquiries about the position should be emailed to

Tufts University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty. Members of under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.