Profile for Bruce S. Goldberg Postdoctoral Fellow in Youth Wellbeing
Faculty sponsor: Professor Lalitha Vasudevan
Group: Media and Social Change Lab (MASCLab)
Job Summary/Basic Function:
We seek a postdoctoral fellow who employs multimodal research methods and with expertise in one of the following areas connected with youth wellbeing: juvenile justice, foster care, gun violence prevention, youth development, counseling, afterschool education, adolescence, or related field. This fellowship provides the fellow with the opportunity to pursue independent research on a topic related to trauma, youth, and multimodal research. In addition, the fellow may also be invited to participate in ongoing research based on interest and relevance.
The Goldberg Postdoctoral Fellow will receive mentorship from MASCLab faculty, have the chance to mentor graduate students, and will be welcomed into a robust community of scholars who are pushing the edges of scholarship methodologically, theoretically, and conceptually. There may also be opportunities to co-author publications and presentations, and to assist with grant writing. The fellow is expected to be an active participant in the Media and Social Change Lab and contribute to the scholarly community of the lab and Teachers College, more broadly.
At Teachers College, a collective of faculty and students are engaged in the study and support of youth wellbeing, particularly among young people who have experienced various forms of trauma due to physical, psychological, and emotional abuse including but not limited to exposure to community violence, firearm-related incidents, domestic relationships (including romantic, bullying, and others), and involvement with the juvenile justice system and foster care system. This interdisciplinary approach addresses forms of prevention, intervention, and long-term analysis that draw on robust methodological approaches that are most apt to the study of these phenomena in young people’s lives.
The fellowship includes a $65,000 annual salary and other benefits afforded to full-time professional employees (e.g. health insurance). This position is also awarded $5,000 in research funding. Appointment is for a twelve-month period, and renewable for a second year contingent upon satisfactory progress. The start date is negotiable and can fall between September 1, 2020 – October 1, 2020.
PhD, EdD, or equivalent
Previous experience with research with youth (qualitative and quantitative will be considered; participatory and collaborative research preferred and some familiarity with mixed methods a plus, but not necessary)
Evidence of multimodal methods and approaches in research; community-based collaborative research experience preferred.
Previous experience working as part of a project team.
Prior practitioner-based experience working with adolescents, particularly youth who have experienced physical, psychological, or emotional trauma in their lives.
Must bring openness to this work and embrace adolescents as knowers, collaborators, and interlocutors.
Must work and collaborate well with other members of a project team.
Prior teaching and mentoring experience at undergraduate or graduate level (informal teaching experiences will be considered).
Comfortable taking initiative, working independently to solve problems, and strong follow through.
Strong communication skills (writing, digital communication; proficiency with multimedia production, including competence with audio and video editing software).
Application deadline and requirements:
For consideration please submit the following materials by June 30, 2020:
2 writing samples (or: if submitting one multimodal scholarly publication, then only one writing sample)
Letter of application indicating interests, areas of expertise and scholarly trajectory, and description of experience working with adolescents. The letter should include a proposal for the project you wish you pursue during the period of fellowship, including a statement about proposed methods, context, resources needed, imagined outcomes, and how this project fits with your research agenda.
Names and contact information for 3 academic references.
Internal Number: 506270
About Teachers College, Columbia University
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