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Cluster Hire in the Learning Sciences

Buffalo, New York ~ September 09, 2021

The University at Buffalo, SUNY, is committed to using its research, teaching, and public outreach to better understand and ameliorate structural disparities. COVID-19 and a national reckoning with racism have laid bare the structural inequalities present in school and society and we believe that the interdisciplinary field of Learning Sciences is key to understanding and supporting learners and the multiple contexts in which learning takes place. We also believe that the Learning Sciences is critical to creating innovative new contexts in which more equitable learning can occur. This cluster hire in the Learning Sciences seeks to bring together scholars from across fields – Cognitive Psychology, Computer Science, Education, Architecture—to examine the interrelated dimensions of learning, technology, and educational contexts, with the goal of investigating the roles that new and novel technologies can play in dismantling inequality. 
 
Building on the University at Buffalo’s strength in collaborating toward translational research, we seek to hire 5 scholars who value a collaborative work environment and a commitment to utilizing their research to improve social, economic, and educational outcomes for individuals and communities. A key objective of this cluster hire is to generate a community whose knowledge and ideas will lead to improvements in learning and learning environments through the application and development of cutting-edge technologies and pedagogies across the educational lifespan while also considering the vital need to eliminate persistent inequities. We are especially interested in scholars who seek to engage in translational research related to understanding the impact of technology on learning environments through interdisciplinary convergence. Key affordances associated with these technological domains include accessibility, interactivity, identity development, persistence, perception, and educational outcomes. 
 
Graduate School of Education (two positions – Associate/Full Professor and Assistant Professor)
Key scholarly focus areas include, but are not limited to: designing or examining innovative classroom practices, creating and scaling solutions to real-life problems, exploring ways in which learning technologies serve to ameliorate or exacerbate educational and economic inequality, understanding issues facing students or teachers in urban and/or rural settings, exploring the intersections of cognition and emerging technologies on teaching and learning, and/or exploring learning technologies in sociocultural contexts. 
 
For more information about the position, please contact the search chair, Dr. Sam Abramovich samuelab@buffalo.edu
 
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (Assistant Professor) 
Key scholarly focus areas may include, but are not limited to: Computing education in both formal and informal settings;  Applications of computer vision, machine learning, natural language processing, interactive information retrieval, and other emerging AI technologies for teaching and learning;  Bias, equity, privacy, and other ethical issues associated with the applications of AI for teaching and learning; Artificial Intelligence with a focus on Human Factors or Human Computer Partnerships for enhanced teaching and learning.
 
For more information about the position, please contact search chair Dr. Junsong Yuan (jsyuan@buffalo.edu)
 
College of Arts and Sciences (Assistant/Associate Professor)
Key scholarly focus areas include, but are not limited to: cognitive development, gamification, concept formation, cognitive diversity, developmental disorders, perceptual expertise, cognitive plasticity and aging, computational modeling, cognitive science, or cognitive neuroengineering, but the specific area of study within learning research is open.
For more information about the position, please contact search Chair Dr, Eduardo Mercado (emiii@buffalo.edu)
 
School of Architecture and Planning (Assistant Professor)
Key scholarly focus areas include, but are not limited to: virtual reality, augmented reality, gaming, or experimental media in design, fabrication, construction, client/stakeholder communication, or architectural education.
 
For more information about the position, please contact search chair Dr. Korydon Smith (khsmith@buffalo.edu)About UB
The University at Buffalo is SUNY’s most comprehensive public research university, and an outstanding place to work. UB amplifies ambition for faculty and staff by offering endless possibilities to achieve more. Here, people from all backgrounds and cultures challenge and inspire each other to discover, learn and succeed. Dedicated staff and engaged faculty collaborate to further knowledge and understanding, and develop tenacious graduates who are valued for their talents and their impact on global society. Visit our website to learn more about the University at Buffalo.
University at Buffalo is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and, in keeping with our commitment, welcomes all to apply including veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

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