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Assistant Professor -RESA

The University of Southern Mississippi is currently accepting applications for the position of Assistant Professor -RESA.

Position Details
Location Hattiesburg

118 College Drive
Hattiesburg, Mississippi, 39406-0001
United States
Division Educational Research and Administration
Position Type Faculty
Employment Status Full Time
Grant Funded No
Posting Close Date Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Review of applications will begin Friday, February 19, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries about the position can be directed to Dr. Richard Mohn ( A completed application will include 1) a cover letter describing applicant strengths and qualifications for the position, 2) a CV, 3) names and contact information for four references 4) a research statement 5) a teaching statement and 6) academic transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable; official transcripts are necessary for hire). Application materials can be uploaded to the HR site found here:

Job Summary 
The School of Education at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) invites applicants for two full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor positions beginning in August 2021. This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic research, evaluation, statistics, and assessment [RESA] program. The RESA graduate program faculty currently provide training with concentrations in advanced statistics, advanced research design, measurement, and program evaluation. The research area of specialization for this position is open, though we are especially interested in candidates with backgrounds in educational research that include the use of large scale K-12 data and/or that focus on development and analysis of educational interventions. The doctoral program emphasizes research mentorship, diversity, and graduate teaching. Our faculty have established records of scholarship in the areas of research design, educational foundations, measurement, and statistics.  We aim to recruit applicants who will produce impactful research, and who will emphasize training doctoral students to become productive and thoughtful researchers. The School of Education’s RESA programs include a Master of Science degree and a Doctor of Philosophy degree.  Students taking our courses come from diverse graduate programs both within and outside of the school.  Program delivery includes face-to-face, online, and hybrid formats. Qualified applicants will be prepared to contribute to the teaching mission of the School of Education that has approximately 700 students across six different program areas.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Facilitating research design, analysis, and implementation.
  2. Teaching and mentoring students across programs.
  3. Demonstrating an understanding of cultural competence.
  4.  Contributing to the mission of the university and profession through service activities.
  5.  Performs other duties as assigned. 

Minimum Qualifications
The ideal candidate for this position will have:
  • Doctor of Philosophy in educational research, educational psychology, or closely related [KS1] discipline (by August 2021).
  • Evidence of strong teaching skills

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate with diverse groups of individuals
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to apply statistical concepts and research methods
  • Experience with online learning platforms
  • Expertise with statistical software 

Preferred Qualifications  
  • Graduate coursework or equivalent in the use of large-scale databases, particularly in educational contexts
  • Experience teaching advanced measurement, program evaluation, or institutional research.
  • Experience teaching foundational and advanced level research and statistics.
  • Expertise in student assessment and testing in the P-12 environment.
  • Success securing external funding.

About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites in central and southern Mississippi, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 130 universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education's "R1: Doctoral Universities - Very high research activity" designation, and its robust research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and sport venue safety and security, among others.  USM is also one of only 40 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music. As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of approximately 15,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 36 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 24 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit

As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer/Americans with Disabilities Act institution, The University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply.


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