Full Professor & Centre Director, Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice (Office of Education Research)

  • The Office of Education Research (OER) has led efforts to spearhead programmes grounded in the principles of advancing research, development and innovation at NIE. OER is committed to providing the resources and support systems – through the governance, monitoring, quality assurance and dissemination of education research – that will produce high-quality education research with impact on policy and practice.

    One of two research centres in OER, the Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice (CRPP), was established in 2003 to be an education research centre of excellence in pedagogy and practice. There are currently three strategic and five programme research areas in CRPP, namely:

    Strategic Research Areas 

    a. Bilingualism
    b. Early Childhood 
    c. Instructional Core

    Priority Research Areas

    1. 21st Century Competencies and Motivation
    2. Cognitive, Emotional and Social Learning
    3. Learning Sciences & Innovation
    4. Schools, Leadership and System Studies
    5. Teacher Professionalism and Learning

    More information on CRPP can be found here 

    The OER is looking for a Full Professor who could potentially be appointed as Centre Director to head the Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice (CRPP). The incumbent oversees and manages the research programmes and agenda and will report to the Dean of OER.


  • PhD in a relevant discipline;
    At least 5 years of experience in running education research programmes and/or research centre of excellence and program administration;
    Ability to lead a large and diverse team of researchers to achieve organizational objectives through positive and collaborative approaches;
    Proven track record of successful grant writing ability through attainment of funding through a competitive peer-reviewed process;
    Ability to identify and capitalize on opportunities to grow revenue and/or funding;
    Ability to develop a strategic plan including operationalizing the strategy in the research centre;
    Experience in overseeing or managing the operations of an education research centre or laboratory;
    Experience in leading an independent research programme in education research, development and translation
    Track record of high quality publications including a demonstrated capability to build collaborative research partnerships locally, regionally and internationally;
    Familiar with current theories and practice of education research in general and in-depth knowledge of at least one of OER’s 5 research priority areas;
    Outstanding professional, cross-cultural communication and interpersonal skills;
    Experience working with Government stakeholders
  • Research

    Oversee and manage the research programmes and agenda of OER’s 3 strategic and 5 priority research areas;
    Lead a large and diverse team of researchers to secure research funding and achieve organizational objectives through positive and collaborative approaches;
    Manage and work with the Programme Directors of each priority research area to plan, develop, refine and implement research programmes;
    Identify, promote and contribute resources to developing CRPP’s strengths and managing its portfolio;
    Plan and execute research that generate impact to governmental and other stakeholders

    Capacity Building

    Develop research capacities and engage in rigorous education research that informs policy thinking and advance theory and practices;
    Provide leadership on the development of benchmarks for CRPP’s performance

    Dissemination & Engagement

    Forge and maintain external relations, promote CRPP to external bodies and  enhance its reputation, profile and influence in Singapore, regional and international forums;
    Actively develop CRPP’s international academic profile and enhance its international recruitment and partnership development in line with CRPP, NIE and NTU’s internationalization strategy;
    Ensure close links are maintained with the relevant professional, statutory and regulatory bodies that are closely related to CRPP’s research focus area;
    Act as an Ambassador for CRPP in raising its profile externally including internationally and embodying good practice;
    Represent CRPP at key local, regional and international stakeholders’ meetings so as to present CRPP’s professional viewpoints;
    Support and promote knowledge transfer between CRPP, NIE, NTU and non-academic users of research


    Responsible for effective communication and full staff engagement including awareness and application of NIE and NTU policies and procedures;
    Achieve income generation targets from research funding agencies and ensure that CRPP capitalizes upon funding initiatives from Singapore in furtherance of its research programmes
  • Applicants should complete and submit the following document/s: 

    • Application Form for Academic Positions 
    • Position code (NIE: Centre Director) in the email subject / title;
    • Resume including a list of your qualifications, publications, grants and leadership experience, previous experience and a brief description of your achievements;
    • Research statement indicating your research interests and achievements;
    • 1 to 3 of your best publications;
    • Names and email addresses of at least 6 referees who are Full Professors or Emeritus Professors;
    • Cover letter addressing how you meet the requirements of this position (optional);
    • Any other documents that demonstrate your qualifications

      Please indicate the position code (NIE: Centre Director) in the email subject / title and send your application to oerjob@nie.edu.sg

      Note to applicants:
      We regret that only successful candidates will be notified (via email).
  • Review of applicants will continue until suitable candidates are found.