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Submit a cover letter and a resume or CV. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to the position.  Preference will be given to applications received by November 26, 2018.

Job Summary

The Teaching Reasoning and Inquiry Project in Social Studies (TRIPSS) at the University of Michigan School of Education seeks a postdoctoral research fellow with a background in social studies education, educational research, and teacher education or professional development to collaborate with faculty, staff, and graduate students. The position will commence on May 1, 2019. The position offers the potential for annual review and reappointment 2022.

TRIPSS has two branches of work: (1) developing and studying inquiry-based curriculum in middle school classrooms that supports students’ reading, thinking, and writing in social studies and (2) developing and studying practice-based professional development that supports social studies teachers’ inquiry teaching. Both projects are concerned with the full participation of English learners and other students who may be marginalized or facing challenges in developing disciplinary literacy skills. Project leaders are Chauncey Monte-Sano and Mary Schleppegrell.

This position will focus on the Professional Development area of work and also provide some support for the Curriculum area of work. These projects involve working closely with middle school social studies teachers. Responsibilities will include (1) Overseeing and coordinating data collection and analysis, including development and use of measures of teachers’ thinking and instructional practice, video recording of PD and classroom instruction; (2) Participating in data collection and analysis; (3) Analyzing data to identify research findings related to teachers’ disciplinary thinking, thinking about students and teaching inquiry, instructional practice, and student learning as evident in their classroom discourse and writing; (4) Working directly with teachers and graduate student research assistants to coordinate schedules and provide coaching or mentoring as needed for data collection, analysis, or teaching; (5) Managing day-to-day operations in coordination with project staff person, delegating responsibilities to graduate students, and tracking project activities to ensure completion; (6) Supporting dissemination efforts through manuscript development and conference presentations; (7) Co-planning professional development (with possibility for co-teaching); (8) Conducting one’s own research and/or writing. The postdoctoral research fellow will work collaboratively with project leads Monte-Sano and Schleppegrell and staff in all areas of work.

Required Qualifications*

Applicants should have a strong background in social studies education and the design and implementation of qualitative research. Experience with practice-based teacher education or professional development is also desired, but not required. We are interested in applicants who have a commitment to equity, inclusion, and social justice, and who have experience in teaching and/or teacher education with demographically diverse or underserved populations. Applicants should have excellent organizational and interpersonal skills, strong communication skills, personal initiative, the ability to collaborate, and the ability to work in a fast-paced energetic environment. Applicants should be able to meet deadlines and balance different areas of work simultaneously.

Additional Information

The University of Michigan School of Education is an equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the development of a climate that supports equality of opportunity and respect for diversity. The program seeks to be supportive of the needs of dual career families and is interested in individuals who may have had non-traditional career and academic paths.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.