Utah State University

Assistant Professor - ITLS

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 6 months ago(4/23/2021 1:33 PM)
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Benefited Full-Time
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100% / 40 hours per week
E Eccles Jones Coll of Ed & Hum Svs
Instructional Technology & Lrn Scis
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with education and experience, plus excellent benefits.


The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services at Utah State University invites applications for two tenure track positions at the Assistant Professor level to join the internationally recognized Department of Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences (ITLS). We seek applicants whose work lies at the intersection of the Learning Sciences and Instructional Technology. We specifically encourage applications from individuals who bring scholarly and applied expertise in areas including:

  • design of or with emerging technologies such as media design, learning environment design, and/or instructional design
  • research methodologies, including, but not limited to learning analytics/machine learning, multimodal learning analysis, and/or community-engaged research
  • a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion as it relates to learning, technology and design

Successful candidates will, by the time of appointment, have (1) a doctorate in Learning Sciences, Instructional Technology, Information Sciences, Educational Psychology, or other closely related fields and (2) have demonstrated excellence or the potential for future excellence in research and teaching.


Located on the main campus in Logan, Utah, this is a 1 FTE, 9-month academic year position. The role assignment for this position is 50% research, 40% teaching, and 10% service. Review of applicants will begin September 15, 2021, and continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is August 1, 2022.


The successful candidate is expected to develop a cutting-edge research program, supervise undergraduate and graduate students, and teach graduate and undergraduate courses delivered face-to-face, broadcast, and online. Candidates will have expertise in relevant theories, technologies, or methods and be prepared to teach existing course offerings in the department.  The successful candidate will also propose innovative new courses that will serve the needs of our student population at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Successful candidates will be receptive to opportunities for collaboration within the department, college, or university. This position is eligible for H-1B visa sponsorship.


Inquiries may be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Mimi Recker (435 797-2692; mimi.recker@usu.edu).


  • Participate in research, publication, grant writing, and other scholarly activities.
  • Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of learning sciences and/or instructional technologies, including research methods.
  • Serve on graduate student committees and advise graduate students.
  • Engage with undergraduate students such as a research mentor or teaching fellow.
  • Provide service to the department, college, university, profession, and community.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate in Instructional Technology, Learning Sciences, Information Science, Educational Psychology, or a closely related field before starting appointment. ABD will be considered at the instructor level.
  • Potential to conduct and disseminate high-quality research.
  • Potential to teach and mentor at the collegiate level.
  • Potential to write successful funding proposals to support scholarly activities.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • National reputation.
  • Experience designing and developing educational materials, tools, or programs.
  • Teaching experience at the collegiate level, particularly in online courses.
  • Established record of conducting and disseminating high-quality research.
  • Grant or contract proposal writing experience.
  • Experience in online and distance education.

Required Documents


Along with the online application, please attach:

1) A curriculum vitae to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under "Resume/CV"

2) A cover letter to be uploaded into the Candidate Profile in the Documents 1-5 or Documents 6-10 section

3) One sample of scholarly writing to be uploaded in Documents 1-5 or Documents 6-10 section

4) A statement describing the applicant’s research agenda and teaching philosophy (1-2 pages) to be uploaded in the Documents 1-5 or Documents 6-10 section

5) Contact information for three professional references to be provided in the Candidate Profile


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with education and experience, plus excellent benefits.


Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  

College/Department Highlights

Department Highlights:

The Instructional Technology & Learning Sciences department is composed of eleven full-time faculty with specializations in several areas including gaming, STEM education, assessment, the Maker movement, mobile technologies, cognitive science, computer science education, digital libraries, learning analytics, and computational thinking. The department offers Ph.D. and Master’s degrees along with endorsements in School Library Media Administration. The department also offers an undergraduate degree in Human Experience Design and Interaction, with emphases in game studies, esports, and multimedia development, as well as an undergraduate Multimedia Minor. The department was recently ranked 3rd in the nation among all online graduate education programs and ranked 1st in our field by US News and World Reports. Faculty have received national awards for teaching, research, and service, and serve in a variety of leadership positions in professional and scholarly organizations. The ITLS department has a strong track record of procuring research funding from the Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, and other funding organizations.


College Highlights

The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services graduate programs are ranked #1 in all of Utah and #29 in the nation according to the U.S. News and World Report. We are ranked #12 nationally in funded research. Our college has placement rates at or above 94% for certified graduates seeking employment in special education, elementary education, speech-language pathology, audiology, and 18 secondary education fields.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,700 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,040 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 114 undergraduate majors, 132 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of EducationOffice of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


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