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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

NOTE:  This position is funded by a research award and the position is anticipated to last one year with the possibility of renewal, assuming satisfactory performance and conduct, continued funding, and availability of work.

Job Summary

The University of Michigan School of Information (UMSI) is a progressive, interdisciplinary professional school offering a Bachelor of Science in Information, a Master of Science in Information, a Master of Health Informatics, and a PhD. We are a community of scholars, dedicated teachers, students, and professional staff who share a commitment to excellence and a desire to make a difference in people's lives. This position will support this commitment in the areas detailed below.

UMSI is seeking a Research Area Specialist in culture-based STEM education.   This position will report to Dr. Ron Eglash, Professor of Information, and will be part of a team conducting research on developing and delivering culturally responsive curricula in urban K-12 classrooms.

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The successful applicant will have a proven track record in the ability to engage underrepresented youth in STEM outreach activities. In addition to conducting research, the position requires dissemination of findings through both frequent publishing and conference speaking.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Conduct outreach and collaborations with K-12 teachers, community members, software developers, and other stakeholders
  • Develop and conduct mixed-methods research and randomized quasi experimental studies.
  • Conduct professional development workshops for K-12 teachers using culturally responsive curriculum.
  • Plan and deliver both in school and after school programming that engages underrepresented youth in the STEM disciplines.


Required Qualifications*

  • Masters in Education, Social Science, Information Science, or related discipline.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and interest in development of K-12 STEM education.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to interact with individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work as part of a cohesive team, and individually while meeting set deadlines.
  • Extensive knowledge of mixed methods and quasi experimental methodologies.
  • Communication - Demonstrates effective verbal, written, listening, and presentation communication skills.  Effectively communicates with those with differing opinions and differing levels of understanding
  • Building relationships/interpersonal skills - Values organizational diversity; treats others with respect; promotes cooperation; effectively manages relationships.  Maintains positive relationships inside and outside of work group, manages differences constructively.

Desired Qualifications*

  • 1-2 years of experience in a related research role, including familiarity with STEM education concepts, data analysis, and project management
  • Ability to develop culturally responsive curriculum and lesson plans for K-12 STEM classrooms
  • Experience working with government, nonprofit, and academic stakeholders

Work Schedule

Punctual, regular, and consistent attendance is required.  May require working during non-business hours and on weekends.

Work Locations

Will require travel to multiple locations on & off campus.   Will frequently travel to Detroit and surrounding areas.  May occasionally require domestic travel.  


Physical Demands/Work Environment:

  • Candidate must regularly move throughout the office environment
  • Candidate must remain stationary for prolonged periods of time throughout the workday
  • Candidate may occasionally move equipment or supplies weighing up to 20 pounds
  • Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

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.