The University of Southern Californiaâs Pullias Center for Higher Education is seeking a postdoctoral scholar to work on a mixed methods evaluation study that examines the Thompson Scholars Learning Community Programs at three University of Nebraska campuses. The postdoctoral scholar will collaborate with faculty, and graduate students. We are particularly interested in applications from candidates with experience in mixed methods research, advanced quantitative skills, qualitative methods, studying educational interventions, an understanding of learning communities, and success factors and transition factors for first generation and low-income students.
Project activities will involve data analysis, regularly attending planning and project meetings, and writing up results for both practitioner and research venues. The study research design includes a five-year survey, a summative evaluation in conjunction with a randomized control trial being already conducted on the program, case studies, digital diaries, social media analysis, and focus groups.
Ideal candidates will:
Have experience conducting rigorous, high quality and meaningful research;
Work with a complex team across multiple sites and states;
Publish academic articles related to the project; and
Translate research findings into materials useful for practitioner audiences
The mission of the Pullias Center for Higher Education is to bring a multidisciplinary perspective to complex social,Â political, and economic issues in higher education. Our work is devoted to theÂ key issues of college access, retention, and accountability for underserved studentsâand the effectiveness of the colleges and universities that serve them. Both directly and through our research, we engage with institutional leaders, policymakers and the community at large to address the major challenges in educational equity today. Located within the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education since 1995, we seek individuals who are not only interested in conducting rigorous research but also intent on having their research translated in a way that enables multiple constituencies (e.g. policy-makers, administrators and teachers, parents and students) to make use of research findings.
Review of applications will start as soon as possible, and the postdoctoral position will begin in June 2020. It is a temporary, fixed-term, one-year position. The candidate should have a PhD by the time of employment.Â The candidate will also have active mentoring opportunities from the School and the University through workshops and conferences.
Applicants should include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, one sample publication, and contact information for three references. Please address the following questions when submitting your letter of interest:
What is your research agenda?
How does your research tie into the mission of the TSLC Project?
How will your expertise enhance the project teamâs expertise?
How will this position further your research and career goals?
The University of Southern California strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment. Women and men, and members of all racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Salary and benefits are competitive. For additional information about a specific position please go to: https://policy.usc.edu/equal-opportunities/
Internal Number: REQ20089872
USC is the leading private research university in Los Angeles—a global center for arts, technology and international business. With more than 47,500 students, we are located primarily in Los Angeles but also in various US and global satellite locations. As the largest private employer in Los Angeles, responsible for $8 billion annually in economic activity in the region, we offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic and diverse environment, in careers that span a broad spectrum of talents and skills across a variety of academic and professional schools and administrative units. As a USC employee and member of the Trojan Family—the faculty, staff, students, and alumni who make USC a great place to work—you will enjoy excellent benefits, including a variety of well-being programs designed to help individuals achieve work-life balance.