Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your CV. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and research interests that directly relate to this position. To be considered, please submit an application and upload all materials and any supporting documents through the UM Careers Website.  If they advance in the search, qualified candidates will be asked to submit three letters of reference.

The University of Michigan has a legacy of commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). The College of Engineering models that commitment in its research, culture and collaborations. We seek to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of that commitment. Learn more about DEI at Michigan Engineering: Diversity, equity & inclusion - Michigan Engineering

The Teaching Engineering Equity Center

With funding from the National Science Foundation, Michigan Engineering is creating a Teaching Engineering Equity (TEE) Center.  The goal of the Center is to create teaching and learning environments where equity-centered perspectives are present in both technical content and instructional approach, leading to an engineering education in which students from a variety of backgrounds experience inclusion and belonging, and are prepared to work toward engineering solutions that help to alleviate inequities. This project will   

  1. Design an evidence-based pedagogical framework for creating, implementing, and assessing an equity-centered engineering curriculum.
  2. Generate a library of DEIJ learning activities within specific engineering contexts and disciplines.
  3. Develop a replicable and adaptive training and implementation infrastructure for engineering instructors and mentors to use the learning activities.

Responsibilities

The Postdoctoral Researcher will work with an interdisciplinary project team of faculty researchers (TEE Scholars) and graduate research assistants on a research strategy to develop an evidence-based pedagogical framework that describes a philosophy and approach for creating and implementing equity-centered engineering curricula and instruction.  

Specifically, the Postdoctoral Researcher will:

  • Assist in coordinating the work of the TEE Scholars and graduate research assistants, and supervise the work of graduate research assistants.
  • Assist in the creation and validation of a pedagogical framework that supports the integration of equity-centered engineering learning objectives and content into engineering program curricula.
  • Develop strategies to achieve this integration and rubrics to assess the overall framework, including the implementation of DEIJ learning objective, learning activities, and student learning.
  • Conduct a literature review on DEIJ instructional approaches and learning objectives and their integration into disciplinary curricula, particularly in STEM fields.
  • Interview faculty and/or administrators at peer institutions on their DEIJ efforts in science and engineering to inform the development of the pedagogical framework.
  • Analyze data collected for key themes and pedagogical and curricular approaches appropriate for developing equity-centered engineering curricula, and also identify any gaps in understanding.
  • Interface with CRLT-ENGIN to share information relevant to the design and facilitation of CRLT-ENGIN’s Teaching Circles and benefit from the professional staff members’ experience and knowledge.

Key responsibilities will involve developing meeting agendas for project team and research team meetings; developing survey instruments; identifying existing validated scales; and drafting, piloting, and refining interview and classroom observation guides to test the framework.  The Postdoctoral Researcher will also work with the lead faculty member and TEE Scholars to develop presentations and/or reports to the project’s external advisory board and evaluators, and to coordinate and engage in project dissemination efforts.

Required Qualifications

Candidates should have:

  • A PhD in higher education, engineering education, STEM education, or a related field.
  • A commitment to and understanding of social justice and inclusion as well as equity-centered and/or antiracist pedagogies.
  • Experience in designing and conducting education research or evaluation research on undergraduate education.
  • Strong communication skills (both written and verbal).
  • Experience conducting quantitative and qualitative research.
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills and strong interpersonal skills, including the capacity to offer thoughtful and clear guidance on research and curriculum projects.

The Postdoctoral Researcher will be expected to work independently, provide leadership to an interdisciplinary team, and coordinate and supervise the work of a team of graduate student research assistants. The research team has prepared a comprehensive mentoring plan to support the Postdoctoral Researcher including opportunities for orientation, networking, career counseling, experience with proposal development, publications and presentations, research, and professional practices.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with research on undergraduate engineering education.
  • An understanding of higher education and STEM curriculum and faculty work.
  • Teaching experience in engineering.
  • Experience training and supervising student researchers.

Why Work at Michigan

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family and plan for a secure future. For information, please visit Benefits for Postdoctoral Research Fellows | Human Resources University of Michigan

Work Setting

This position allows remote work, at which time a shared campus work space will be available. The School of Education is located at 610 E. University, Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

Appointment Type

Full time, 12 month with the possibility of renewal. 

Application Deadline

Review of applications will begin on Monday, October 24 and continue until the position is filled. 

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.


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