Transforming Natural Sciences at Mizzou: Retain, Belong, Lead, THRIVE project
Department of Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum
The THRIVE project invites applications for a full-time postdoctoral scholar to contribute to inclusive excellence research and activities in higher education. The initial appointment will begin by fall of 2020 and could extend for two years. Please note that a part-time position is also available. The scholar will work with Dr. Marcelle A. Siegel (PI), as well as Asst. Professor of Identity and Justice in STEM Education, Terrell Morton (Co-PI), Professor of Biology, Johannes Schul (Co-PI), and Professor of Natural Resources, Charlie Nilon (Co-PI).
THRIVE is in its second year of a five-year project aimed to transform instructional, institutional, and undergraduate experiences for new majority students across the natural sciences through intensive community building, deconstructing, and partnering efforts. The vision is to disrupt current practices, attitudes, and structural barriers and create a campus environment in which students truly thrive. We aim to develop a culture of inclusive excellence, meaning the practice of extending a quality education to all students, the culture of welcoming students to belong in academic communities, and the act of empowering participants in the practice of science.
The postdoctoral scholar will be a key member of the research and at least one program team (faculty, student, institutional strands). The position involves significant research responsibilities as well as activities that will enhance the capacity of the institution to be inclusive for new majority students. Research includes study execution, conceptualization, data collection, data analysis, and writing. The accepted applicant will be able to define independent research studies and data analysis using project data while also contributing to the scholarly and inclusive climate of the university more broadly.
The postdoctoral fellow will join a multidisciplinary, equity-focused research group, have access to an extensive data set, and have professional development opportunities in project conceptualization, data analysis, manuscript preparation, publication, project management and grant writing. The researcher will be expected to work both independently and collaboratively as part of the research team.
The postdoctoral scholar will join a vibrant community that is associated with the project as well as the communities of researchers, teachers, and inclusion experts on campus. The postdoctoral scholar will be able to develop their own interests and networks within this position.
About Learning, Teaching, & Curriculum: LTC houses a suite of bachelor's degree programs leading to teacher certification, and offers a doctoral program with emphases in Art Education, Early Childhood Education, English Education, Mathematics Education, Reading Education, Science Education, and Social Studies Education. More information on the department can be found at: https://education.missouri.edu/learning-teaching-curriculum/.
About the College of Education: MU's College of Education is ranked among the top doctoral granting colleges of education in the country. Today, the College has a student population of approximately 900 undergraduates and 1,400 graduate students with 72 tenured/tenure-track and 25 full-time non-tenure track faculty members. The College is financially well positioned to invest in innovation. Annual expenditures for externally funded projects are approximately $20 million with funded projects in research, instruction and public service. Our research portfolio has increased significantly in recent years, and is poised for continued significant strategic growth. The College is a leader on the campus and is nationally recognized for its distance and online education programs.
Please submit by December 17, 2019 (then rolling deadline) these materials:
1) a cover letter that includes a) the candidate's methodological expertise; b) educational research, equity and/or STEM education background; c) career goals, d) interest in the position, e) the candidate's experience of and philosophy on working collaboratively on educational research projects;
2) a curriculum vitae (CV must be uploaded in the Resume/CV and Cover Letter section);
3) a writing sample (of journal article or chapter length--no full dissertations);
4) one-page abstract of your doctoral dissertation
5) contact information for three references.
Questions about the position or application process can be directed to PI Marcelle Siegel. [email protected]
Competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications
This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits
The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.
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