Friday, December 03, 2010

New faculty searches underway for 2011

Tags: cohen, deans updates, holmstrom, lattuca, oconnor, rowan, songer

We are launching searches for several new faculty to expand our instructional and research capacity. These searches will add five new faculty members to the SOE (in addition to the new appointment in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education, Professor Lisa Lattuca). The areas in which we are searching for 2011 are: education leadership (open rank); psychometrics, educational measurement, and assessment (open rank); and a cluster of faculty (assistant professor rank) in three areas––science education, social studies and history education, and English language arts––purposefully chosen to work together and with other faculty who study teaching and learning in these and other disciplines. The cluster is being made possible through our successful proposal to Provost Hanlon’s new Faculty Expansion Program. We were notified of the provost’s decision on our proposal last week. This new cluster will add energy and ideas to our team as we continue to develop a new approach to preparing teachers who are skillful at helping diverse learners develop academic knowledge and skill. In our doctoral and master’s programs, these faculty will also strengthen our efforts to prepare future teacher educators and researchers across the disciplinary subject areas. We were very excited to have been given the resources for our proposal to hire this cluster of faculty.

This will make for a busy year in faculty searches! Search committees have been appointed by the Executive Committee and have begun their work. The education leadership search committee comprises David Cohen (chair), Carla O’Connor, Kristi Holmstrom, Kathleen Sutcliffe (Ross School of Business), and Lok-Sze Wong (doctoral student). The psychometrics search committee consists of Nancy Songer (chair), Brian Rowan, Kai Cortina (Psychology), Pat Kenney, and Fernando Andrade (doctoral student). A search committee for the new cluster is being selected now and the search will begin promptly. For all who are not serving directly on one of the committees, please know that faculty, students, and staff will be asked to help as the searches are conducted. We hope that you will meet with finalists for each search when they visit campus during the winter term and help us recruit and make the best possible appointments to our faculty.

I am pleased to be in a position to launch these searches and excited by the contributions that these new scholars will make to our learning community.

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