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Job Summary

The School of Education at the University of Michigan seeks to appoint a Research Investigator in Higher Education with a focus on holistic admissions, enrollment management, and equitable college access.

We will consider applicants knowledgeable in higher education research who have deep knowledge of issues related to college access, stratification, and inequality. The ideal candidate will have content and/or professional expertise on admissions and enrollment management practices, a strong skill set in quantitative methods and causal inference strategies, and background or interest in grant writing.

The Research Investigator will contribute to research projects under the direction of Professor Michael Bastedo in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education. The hire will be a major contributor to a new research center focused on holistic admissions and related practices.

Mission Statement

The mission of the School of Education is to generate, study, and teach strategies, practices, and tools for addressing educational problems and prepare diverse groups of education practitioners, policymakers, and researchers to develop equitable and just educational opportunities.

In pursuing our vision and mission, members of the University of Michigan School of Education community value: promoting and embodying diversity, inclusion, justice, and equity; working in local, national, and global contexts; and engaging with and learning from communities and learners.



  • Contributing to empirical research on holistic admissions and enrollment management practices
  • Designing experiments and other quasi-experimental research
  • Collecting qualitative data in admissions and enrollment management offices
  • Contributing to the development of grant proposals supporting future research in admissions, access, stratification, and inequality
  • Co-organizing national meetings and events.

Research Investigators do not have teaching responsibilities and may spend up to 20% of their appointed time working on independent research and publishing with the supervisor’s approval. 

Required Qualifications*

Applicants must complete their PhD in education or a related social science or professional field prior to December 31, 2021.  A later start date may be viable for the right candidate.

Desired Qualifications*

Prior experience and/or research in admissions and enrollment management; strong quantitative research skills, including causal inference strategies; grant writing.  Qualitative and mixed methods research skills are a plus.

Additional Information

This is a one-year renewable position beginning in early 2022 with competitive salary and benefits. Depending on the candidate, this position may be either remote or located in Ann Arbor.

Application Deadline

Complete applications include a 2-3 page statement of interest, writing sample (job market paper or recent publication authored or co-authored by the applicant), CV, and contact information for three individuals who can serve as references.

We will begin reviewing applications on November 15 and will continue until the position is filled.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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


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