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Tufts University invites applications for the McDonnell Family Endowed Bridge Professorship in STEM Education Research. The successful candidate will be appointed as a tenured professor in both the School of Engineering and the School of Arts & Sciences, and they will help lead the newly-formed Institute for Research on Learning and Instruction (IRLI). Distinguished candidates may also be considered at the rank of associate professor with tenure, to assume the named chair on promotion to professor pending the approval of the appropriate university officials. For more information:

The Bridge Professor will

  • pursue a program of scholarly research including but not limited to undergraduate levels and supported by extramural funding;
  • teach undergraduate courses in their discipline as well as graduate and undergraduate courses focused in the Learning Sciences;
  • advise PhD, masters, and undergraduate students;
  • serve as a senior faculty member of IRLI, helping to shape its formation and direction in research, teaching, and outreach.


The successful candidate has a doctoral degree in a STEM field, the Learning Sciences, or related area and a distinguished record of research in undergraduate STEM Education. Desirable areas of experience and emphasis include underrepresented students, educational technology, and institutional change.