Education – Research Assistant Professor (AA25364)

Position Overview

Organization: College of Education, Education

Title : Research Assistant Professor

Search Number : AA25364

Position Details

The University of Washington, College of Education, seeks to fill a Research Assistant Professor position in the area of STEM education and teacher education. We seek someone with a focus on ambitious and equitable teaching practices in K-12 settings, with knowledge of responsive teaching with students from nondominant and historically disenfranchised cultures, and extensive experience conducting qualitative and quantitative educational research on professional learning. This position requires a familiarity with STEM teaching practices, theories of job-embedded professional learning opportunities, university-school partnerships and networked improvement communities. The successful candidate will be a recognized as a researcher who is developing national and international recognition in these fields. The Research Assistant Professor will also support INSPIRE and further develop professional learning opportunities with local K-12 schools. This is a multi-year, full-time, twelve-month non-tenure track position that is contingent upon available funding. There is no state funding associated with this position. The successful candidate will secure external funding for their research.


Specifically, the Research Assistant Professor will be expected to: serve as Principal and Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI) on research projects; write grants and develop, oversee, and execute research activities; write and collaborate on publications; coordinate research efforts across teams and support more junior scholars; support faculty in developing research-practice partnerships through INSPIRE; and publish in peer reviewed journals and other outlets recognized by the field. The Research Assistant Professor should be prepared to support scholars or practitioners of color from historically marginalized groups and provide support for enacting equitable university-community relations.


The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. or foreign equivalent in learning sciences, science or math education, and/or teacher learning and leadership and will pursue an active, funded program of research and professional development in the areas related to this position. We are especially interested in candidates who have: a deep expertise in equitable research-practice partnerships, networked improvement communities, responsive teaching, and practical measurement; knowledge of partnering with multicultural and multilingual communities, and expertise in pedagogies that incorporate students’ funds of knowledge; multi-year experience in developing, managing, and facilitating professional learning for teachers; extensive experience with the Ambitious Science Teaching and the NGSS and Common Core frameworks; multi-year experience as a K-12 math or science teacher; experience in project management with strong organizational skills; and the ability to innovate in the area of instructional and organizational improvements, and connect with university departments, school sites, evaluators, and other collaborators in this regard.


The UW College of Education, the nation’s No. 3-ranked public school of education, is a vibrant working environment characterized by an atmosphere of supportive and interdisciplinary collaboration, both within the College and across the entire University. The College dedicates its resources to make excellent education a daily reality for all students and is committed to solving real-world educational challenges and closing opportunity gaps. The members of the College maintain a set of active partnerships with more than 300 educational institutions in the region, state, and nation—schools, school districts, community-based organizations, informal educational institutions, and professional organizations. Our College’s mission leads us to invest in recruiting colleagues who demonstrate experience with, knowledge of, and a commitment to working with culturally diverse and minoritized communities to address pressing educational challenges and foster a more just and caring society. University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research, and service.


The College of Education is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment.

Application Instructions

Applications should include:

1) A detailed letter describing qualifications for the position including academic preparation, experience, and research agenda An equity statement should be embedded in the letter detailing how your teaching, service, and scholarship has supported—or will support—the success of students from racial, ethnic, class, and gender backgrounds that are underrepresented in your academic field in order to further the College of Education’s commitment to equity and social justice; 2) curriculum vitae, 3) names and contact information for three references. Please do not send letters at this time. The College of Education will request letters for all semi-finalists; 4) examples of scholarly publications; and (5) an email address for further communications.


Send queries about the position to Dr. Jessica Thompson, search chair, at


Please submit your application packet electronically to the search chair, Dr. Jessica Thompson, via Ms. Lynda Jensen at, 222 Miller Hall, College of Education, Seattle, WA 98195-3600. The committee will begin reviewing applications on October 1, 2017. The position will remain open until filled. Appointment to commence on or before January 2018.


Search committee members include: Dr. Elham Kazemi; Dr. Kara Jackson; Dr. Mark Windschitl; Soo-Yean Shim.


To learn more about the University of Washington ( and the College of Education (, our mission and goals, research and outreach activities, faculty, and academic programs, please visit us on the web.

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.