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Assistant/Associate/Full Professor Tenure System

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Education
Department: Counseling, Educ Psych & Spec Educ 10014204
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Education/Training, Research/Scientific, Tenure System Faculty, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union, Remote-Friendly

Working/Functional Title

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor Tenure System

Position Summary

The Colleges of Education and Natural Science at Michigan State University seek a creative and visionary director to lead a Research Center in Education and Artificial Intelligence (AI). The director, a well-established and respected researcher in education with experience in AI or learning technologies, will work with colleagues across the colleges to explore issues in education and AI. We invite candidates with substantial experience in educational research, innovative uses of learning technologies, and a track record of obtaining external funding to apply. The position is open with respect to disciplinary background. The successful candidate will hold a joint appointment with the Colleges of Education and Natural Science. The candidate's background will determine the department(s) where the candidate will be housed. The colleges have several grants in artificial intelligence and education, with current faculty from both colleges engaged in various efforts. The successful candidate will join this group to collaborate and provide leadership and vision to establish a vibrant research center in Education and AI at Michigan State University.

It is expected that the successful candidate will enter the position at the rank of professor, although associate professors with established records are encouraged to apply.  Candidates should demonstrate a record of accomplishment in research, obtaining external financial support for their work, and evidence of collaboration with local, state, or national education agencies, along with a commitment to issues of educational equity.  A strong record of teaching and mentoring junior researchers is expected.


Lead, direct, and build the new Center for Research in Education and AI. The successful candidate will establish and maintain strong partnerships and relationships with faculty across the university to build a multi-faceted research center focused on education and AI. The associated duties include (but are not limited to) working with other faculty who conduct research in Education and/or AI, and affiliated faculty to:

  • Produce high-quality, timely, relevant “research with consequence” in support of Education and AI.
  • Build and establish connections with other colleges on campus to pursue research in AI and Education.
  • Attract financial support from a diverse array of government and philanthropic entities in support of the Center’s mission to explore the potential of AI to transform education and STEM education in particular.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Education, Educational Technology

Minimum Requirements

  • Earned doctorate in Education, Educational Technology, Learning Sciences, a STEM discipline or related field.
  • Proven record in publishing high-quality manuscripts
  • Successful record of seeking external funding to conduct research, with experience in managing large grant activities and staff.
  • Proven record of engaging in interdisciplinary and collaborative research
  • The capability to lead groups in developing grant proposals.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience with data analytics, natural language processing, machine learning, large language models, robotics, and/or computational methods applied to the study of teaching and learning.
  • A background in using digital and AI technologies for learning, education, and work.
  • Current academic position at the rank of full professor or as a current associate professor on strong trajectory or extensive experience.
  • Desire to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion in minoritized and marginalized populations in education.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, presentation, and public speaking skills.
  • Record of high-quality leadership/mentoring experiences with students, faculty, and staff.
  • Evidence of a capacity to contribute to the intellectual, research, and instructional life of the College and the University.

Required Application Materials

  1. A cover letter detailing qualifications for this position;
  2. A statement of research and teaching interests;
  3. A statement of leadership philosophy that highlights your experience working with partner organizations and leading large project teams or centers;
  4. A current curriculum vitae; and
  5. Name and contact information for three professional references.

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applications must be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources website

Questions may be directed to the search chair Joe Krajcik ( or to other members of the search committee: Melanie Cooper (, Bob Geier (, Kevin Haudek (, Clausell Mathis (, Barbara Schneider (, Namsoo Shin ( and Kui Xie (

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Remote Work Statement

MSU strives to provide a flexible work environment and this position has been designated as remote-friendly. Remote-friendly means some or all of the duties can be performed remotely as mutually agreed upon.



MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

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