General Summary of Position:
The College of Education at the University of Massachusetts Lowell seeks an energetic, collaborative colleague for the position of Assistant Professor in Qualitative Research Methods. The College is interested in candidates who demonstrate a research trajectory in qualitative research, relevant to the study and practice of education, and who are prepared to teach graduate-level courses. Candidates should also demonstrate an orientation toward equity issues, whether in their research, teaching, or service.
- Teaching introductory and advanced courses in qualitative methods.
- Collaborating with other College of Education faculty and UMass Lowell faculty in related social science disciplines to strengthen the qualitative research program.
- Collaborating with College of Education faculty to build the new PhD and certificate programs in Research and Evaluation in Education.
- Maintaining a strong research agenda as evidenced by refereed publications and grant funding.
- Mentoring graduate students, individually and in research seminars, in qualitative methods.
- Teaching in one of the College of Education’s professional programs (e.g., Educational Leadership, Program Evaluation) or the undergraduate education program at UMass Lowell.
- Teaching online (with support and training provided by the College of Education).
The University of Massachusetts Lowell is committed to increasing diversity in its faculty, staff, and student populations, as well as curriculum and support programs, while promoting an inclusive environment. We seek candidates who can contribute to that goal and encourage candidates to identify their strengths in these areas when applying.
The College of Education is one of six academic colleges at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. The College of Education (COE) contributes to the recognized success of UMass Lowell, which is ranked in the top 200 of national research universities (US News and World Report) and is one of the fastest growing universities in the country. Lowell is approximately 25 miles north of Boston and is a mid-size city with a diverse population. It is home to the second largest Cambodian population in the country, but is also home to people whose family heritage includes such countries as Ghana, Uganda, Nigeria, Brazil, and the Caribbean. Because of its place in the history of the industrialization of the USA, the National Park Service established the Lowell National Historical Park (LNHP). The LNHP in collaboration with the COE oversees the Tsongas Industrial History Center, which, each year, brings 40,000 children to Lowell for place-based, experiential learning.
The COE currently serves 400 graduate students and 120 undergraduates. The College has 14 tenured or tenure track faculty and five clinical faculty. Education degrees are offered at the undergraduate and graduate level. During the last five years, the College has launched exciting new initiatives to meet the needs of a rapidly expanding student body: a Carnegie-recognized doctoral degree program for school leaders, a School Leadership Institute (professional development for standing school administrators), Ph.D. degrees, a US Department of State grant-funded international education program, a new BA Ed degree with dual license in elementary and special education, a UTeach program for undergraduate STEM education, and a Center for Program Evaluation.
The COE faculty is composed of engaged and innovative scholars who generate and apply knowledge, create programs, and collaborate with partners, guided by values of democracy, inclusion, excellence, and service. The COE is committed to building a diverse faculty in order to fulfill our mission of serving socio-economically, ethnically and linguistically diverse students and promoting global understanding of educational issues.
The Center for Program Evaluation (CPE) offers program evaluation services that support UMass Lowell’s missions of research, teaching, and service to the community and industry. There are currently 33 faculty, staff, and student affiliates of CPE, all of whom conduct program evaluation in a variety of fields. CPE members have expertise in areas such as K-12 education, higher education, community programs, criminal justice, psychology, sociology, health services, work environment, and business. The collaboration among members allows for strong support and evaluation capacity. Activities conducted by CPE include: providing consultation in program evaluation, including assistance with writing these elements of grant proposals; conducting internal and/or external evaluations for programs and grant funded projects; housing specialized program evaluation staff and resources; serving as a clearinghouse for matching requests for program evaluation with appropriate university faculty and staff; conducting program evaluation and data analysis workshops; and, executing high level research on program evaluation.
Minimum Qualifications (Required):
- Ph.D. or research-oriented Ed.D. in educational research or closely related field
- Evidence of expertise in qualitative inquiry and analysis
- An emerging agenda for research and publication
- Evidence of working effectively within diverse groups
- Demonstrated capacity to work collaboratively
The committee is also interested in candidates with experience:
- Teaching at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels.
- Working in an educational research center or group.
- Working with scholars, practitioners, government agencies, or non-profits
- Securing grant funding from government agencies and/or foundations.
- Teaching online.
- Teaching or conducting research in one or more of the following areas: Special Education, ESL, Program Evaluation, STEM
- Education, or other areas that advance the mission and vision of the College of Education
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications are received.
Please include the following required documents with your application:
- Comprehensive CV
- Cover letter describing: a commitment to exploring specified research area; research agenda; experiences with external funding, teaching; collaborative work undertaken; and any experiences with online teaching
- One example of published scholarly research as appropriate at the assistant level
- One course syllabus germane to the courses which might be taught at UMass Lowell
- An evaluation of your teaching skills (provide either a synopsis of participant evaluations of a course you have taught, an extensive professional development you have facilitated, or an evaluation conducted by a supervisor)
- Names and contact information for three references will be required at the time of application.