Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy has an open position for a Postdoctoral Fellow, starting July 1, 2017.
Research-Practice Partnerships and Research Use in School Districts
We seek a postdoctoral fellow to work on major research studies under the auspices 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. One study is a mixed-methods, cross-case comparison of the role of research and other forms of information in four school districts. The second is a two-year comparative study of research-practice partnerships. This one-year position begins July 1, 2017 and has the possibility of extension through June 30, 2019. We seek an experienced researcher with a strong background in qualitative field methods, and mixed methods analysis; and substantive expertise in one or more of the following: the relationship between research and practice, district decision making, organizational theory, policymaking, or implementation of Common Core Standards in Mathematics. Familiarity with research-practice partnerships is desirable.
The first study is led by Cynthia Coburn and Jim Spillane at Northwestern University. The second study is led by Cynthia Coburn and Bill Penuel at University of Colorado-Boulder. The postdoctoral fellow will participate in all phases of the projects 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, learning sciences, 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.email@example.com
To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, and two representative publications to Natalie Jou at Natalie.firstname.lastname@example.org