Open Faculty Position, University of New Mexico, Organization, Information, and Learning Sciences Program

November 23, 2013

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The College of University Libraries & Learning Sciences has a faculty opening in the Organization, Information, and Learning Sciences program. This position is a 9-month faculty appointment. The faculty rank and tenure status are negotiable based on qualifications and experience, with an anticipated start date of August 2014. The annual salary is negotiable based on qualifications and includes full benefits. The Organization, Information, and Learning Sciences (OI&LS) overarching strategic priority is to graduate students with interdisciplinary knowledge and innovative skills. OI&LS students will work in organizations where they are responsible for learning design and training, organizational development, instructional technology, and program evaluation. This is an exciting time for the OI&LS program since it moved to its new interdisciplinary home in the College of University Libraries & Learning Sciences (UL&LS). As a result, the OI&LS program is expanding and creating new collaborative relationships within the College, across the campus, and within the community, while further building faculty capacity to develop curriculum that is visionary and unique among our peer institutions, attractive to students, and that will serve their academic and professional needs far into the future.
Description: The newly hired faculty member will join the OI&LS program and provide leadership for the development of the learning sciences aspect of the program. The OI&LS program serves adult learners and working professionals with classes offered in the late afternoon and online. The candidate will primarily teach graduate courses in the multidisciplinary field of learning sciences, learning design based on constructivism, cognitive science, and sociocultural theories, design thinking, computer supported collaborative learning, and program evaluation. The candidate will be expected to engage in writing grant applications and advise master’s and doctoral students and chair and participate in theses and dissertation committees. The candidate will conduct research and produce scholarly publications in the area of learning sciences.
Primary Duties:

  •  Teaching load of five courses per academic year within the OI&LS program, or an adjusted course load.
  • Advising masters and doctoral-level graduate students specializing in the OI&LS focus areas.
  • Maintaining an active research agenda.
  • Participating in faculty governance meetings, as appropriate, and in UL&LS management and project meetings, as required.


The OI&LS program, offers a unique perspective on learning sciences by concentrating on the convergence of organization development; information design and data management; e-learning; and instructional design and institutional technology. The program focuses on adult learning at the individual, group, and organizational levels. OI&LS graduates obtain leadership positions at companies including Intel, Sandia National Laboratories, and Presbyterian Hospital, and faculty positions in various universities such as University of Nevada, Las Vegas, University of Idaho, and Texas State University. OI&LS consists of five tenured and tenure track faculty (including this vacancy) as well as numerous library faculty who teach in the program. OI&LS offers bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees, currently to 70 undergraduate and 150 graduate students.UNM’s confidentiality policy (“Disclosure of Information about Candidates for Employment,” UNM Board of Regents’ Policy Manual 6.7), which includes information about public disclosure of documents submitted by applicants, is located at http;//

The University of New Mexico is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and Educator.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Earned Doctorate in Learning Science, Cognitive or Social Psychology, Social and Cultural Anthropology, Instructional Technology, Library and Information Science, or a closely related field to learning sciences.
  • Three years of experience in one or more of the following core curricular areas: learning sciences, cognitive science, learning design, instructional technology, or program evaluation.
  • One year experience teaching online.
  •  Two years of experience in program/curriculum management, development, and/or supervision.
  • Experience teaching graduate courses in the field of learning sciences. • Demonstrated experience advising and supervising graduate students.
  • Evidence of research and scholarly publication in the core curricular areas of learning sciences, cognitive science, learning design, or program evaluation.
  • Demonstrated experience working and consulting with organizations especially business and industry.
  • Demonstrated experience and interest in grant writing.

Posting Date: 11/08/2013

For Best Consideration 12/02/2013

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Required Applicant Documents: Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, List of References