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Job Summary

The Culture Collaboratory, directed by Dr. Stephanie Fryberg, seeks applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow to work on two large-scale educational interventions. The Fellow will work alongside researchers from the University of Michigan (Dr. Stephanie Fryberg and Dr. Laura Brady), Indiana University (Dr. Mary Murphy), Northwestern University (Dr. Megan Bang), and Stanford University (Dr. Hazel Markus). With funding from the National Science Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Yidan Foundation, and Raikes Foundation, our research takes a top-down (i.e., educator-centered vs. student-centered) approach to creating cultural change in educational settings. By changing school cultures, we aim to improve educational experiences for all students and reduce racial and social class achievement gaps. 

In one project, we have trained three cohorts of K-12 teachers to create classroom-level culture change by implementing culturally inclusive, growth mindset teaching practices. We are currently scaling up our training curriculum by creating online modules that will be accessible to educators across the country. In a second project, we have trained school leadership teams in a predominantly low-income, Latinx school district. Teams are working to create district-wide culture change by implementing culturally inclusive educational policies and practices at their schools and supporting teachers in creating inclusive classroom environments. 

Both projects involve large amounts of qualitative and quantitative data from teachers, students, parents, and administrators collected over the past 4-5 years. The ideal applicant will be well-versed in cultural and social psychology and have strong methodological and statistical skills, including experience working with qualitative (e.g., photo, video, essay) data, multilevel modeling, and data analysis using R. Additionally, the applicant should be passionate about developing psychological tools to address problems of educational inequality. This is an inherently collaborative position that is well-suited for scholars who enjoy working in teams and mentoring. We welcome applicants from diverse interdisciplinary backgrounds, especially those with a record of conducting research in K-12 educational settings and/or a strong understanding of cultural psychology and education. This will be a 12-month position with the potential for renewal for subsequent years.

Responsibilities*

General Project Management Activities

  • overseeing ongoing grant activities (e.g., data collection, data analysis, summary and dissemination of findings)
  • reporting project progress and findings to funders
  • communicating with educators, administrators, and school district leaders participating in ongoing research
  • writing grants to secure additional funding

Advancing Existing Research and Developing New Research

  • planning, running, and summarizing complex statistical analyses to examine multifactorial, multi-level influences on diverse intervention outcomes
  • developing and testing empirically-derived curricula for training educators to create culturally inclusive, growth minded learning environments
  • scaling up interventions for online dissemination
  • designing new lab and field studies

Communicating with Diverse Lay and Scientific Audiences

  • identifying and building relationships with leaders in schools and districts interested in participating in future research
  • visiting research sites (i.e., schools, district offices) as a representative of the research team to collect data, lead professional development workshops, and present research findings to lay audiences
  • presenting findings at meetings of professional organizations
  • presenting research to potential funders

Mentoring and Supervising Junior Scholars

  • collaborating with senior lab members (e.g., research scientists, post-docs, and advanced graduate students)
  • mentoring graduate students
  • overseeing and mentoring project coordinators
  • attending weekly lab meetings

Required Qualifications*

  • PhD in social or cultural psychology or related field
  • Experience running lab, online, and field studies
  • Experience collecting data in K-12 educational settings (e.g., from teachers, students, and parents)
  • Experience with diverse research methodologies
  • Experience working as part of an interdisciplinary team
  • Advanced statistical skills (e.g., multilevel modeling, path analysis, and multivariate statistics)
  • Knowledge of multiple statistical analysis programs (e.g., SPSS, R, MPlus)
  • Strong communication and leadership skills

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 are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening 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.