Curious about policymaking in school districts and how research fits in?
Love taking fieldnotes, reading interviews, or analyzing social network data?
Interested in collaborating with smart colleagues across the country?
If yes, you’re in the right spot! We are looking for 2 post-doctoral researchers to join us on projects of research use and policymaking at the district level. See below for more information.
The University of Colorado Boulder (CU) seeks applicants for a Research Associate (“post-doctoral researcher”) for up to two years, starting September 2015, pending funding approval, for a study of research use by school and district central office leaders. This is a research associate position working with Principal Investigator William R. Penuel, Project Director Caitlin Farrell, and co-Principal Investigators Cynthia Coburn and James P. Spillane at Northwestern University.
The Research Associate will conduct case study research and support project management as part of the National Center for Research in Policy and Practice, a knowledge utilization center funded through the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education. More specifically, the associate will be involved in:
Case study research. A key Center activity is to conduct case study research in four school districts to investigate the individual, organizational, and environmental factors that shape educational leaders’ research use. The research associate will collaborate with an interdisciplinary to team of scholars, participating in all aspects of the research process from instrument development, data collection, data analysis, and writing. Research will take place in four large districts across the United States and thus will require travel. There will be opportunities for writing and taking leadership roles in research, including mentoring graduate and undergraduate students who work on the project.
Project management. The Center is a collaborative effort among CU Boulder, Northwestern University, and Harvard University and requires regular coordination among the Principal Investigators. The Research Associate will be responsible for working with the Center Director to coordinate activities across the Center. The Research Associate will develop expertise in conducting policy research on research use and large project coordination. The Research Associate will also participate in research group meetings and ongoing professional development opportunities in the target areas of the project, and will have opportunities to participate in CU’s internationally recognized Learning Sciences program. Finally, they will be encouraged to pursue their own line of inquiry related to the project.
An earned Ph.D. or Ed.D. is required, with expertise in policy, research use, implementation, organizational analysis, or learning sciences. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience conducting and analyzing qualitative research. We are seeking a scholar who has experience with ethnographic fieldwork, interview analysis, and/or microprocesses/interaction analysis, and the relations among policy, research, and practice.
Applicants must complete the Faculty/University Staff and EEO Data (application) form, and upload the following required documents:
- Cover letter addressing your qualifications and career history, as well as how the Research Associate (“postdoctoral researcher”) position with NCRPP fits with your career goals
- Curriculum Vitae
- Proof of highest degree earned
- The names and contact information of three scholars who can serve as references. Please enter them into the system and upload a list. Official written letter of recommendation will be requested by the hiring unit at the appropriate time during the search.
- Two samples (published or unpublished) of your scholarly work, one of which should be a research paper that represents your potential as a scholar and future career trajectory.
The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. The University of Colorado Boulder conducts background checks on all final applicants being considered for employment.
For questions, please contact Bill Penuel at William.Penuel@colorado.edu or Suzanne Bonomo at email@example.com.
To apply: https://www.jobsatcu.com/postings/104274
We seek a postdoctoral fellow to work on a project funded by the William T. Grant Foundation on research use and policymaking at the district level. This one-year position begins November 1, 2015 and has the possibility of extension through December 2017. We seek an experienced mixed methods researcher with a strong background in qualitative field methods, survey design, and mixed methods analysis; and substantive expertise in one or more of the following: the relationship between research and practice, social network analysis, district decision making, organizational theory, policymaking, or implementation of Common Core Standards in Mathematics and English Language Arts.
The postdoctoral fellow will participate in a 2.5-year mixed-methods study of district capacity to use research in their decision making. The study, led by Cynthia Coburn, involves an interdisciplinary team from Northwestern University, University of Colorado-Boulder, and the University of Illinois-Chicago. It is affiliated with the National Center for Research in Policy and Practice, bringing opportunities to collaborate with an even broader team of distinguished researchers. The postdoctoral fellow will participate in all phases of the project including: developing instruments; data collection; data analysis, and the publication of results. The principal investigator will encourage the postdoctoral scholar to develop publications that build on her or his emerging research agenda. The postdoctoral scholar must be able and willing to travel to research sites; work both individually and as part of a multi-campus team; and provide supervision to undergraduate and graduate research assistants.
Applicants should have an earned doctorate in education, sociology, political science, public policy, or related field. The position carries a competitive salary plus health insurance coverage and has the possibility of renewal, conditional upon performance and available funding. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Northwestern University is located in an attractive lakefront community adjacent to Chicago. Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Members of historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States. Employment eligibility verification required upon hire.
For questions, please contact Cynthia Coburn at Cynthia.firstname.lastname@example.org.
To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, and two representative publications to Natalie Talbert at Natalie.email@example.com