The Enhanced Digital Learning Initiative (EDLI) at Michigan State University is seeking a highly motivated and skilled Postdoctoral Research Associate to join our team. This position offers a unique opportunity to contribute to the advancement of educational practices through curriculum analytics and research. The successful candidate will focus on various aspects of curriculum, including curriculum analytics, learning analytics, curricular innovation, curriculum mapping, and program review. This role is well-suited for candidates on alternative academic (alt-ac) career paths, as the organizational culture and focus of EDLI align with diverse backgrounds and expertise.
This is a full-time, 12-month position with an appointment period of 2 years that reports to the EDLI Co-Director team. Successful candidates will work with the cross-disciplinary core EDLI team, consisting of members of the College of Arts & Letters, College of Natural Science, Broad College of Business, MSU Information Technology, and MSU Libraries. This is a diverse team of professionals dedicated to studying digital learning, educational innovation, and addressing challenges in the 21st century classroom and beyond.
Main areas of focus include:
Classroom Research: Conduct mixed methods research on classroom practices in collaboration with educators to support student learning outcomes and faculty professional development
Curriculum Mapping and Analytics: Engage in quantitative and qualitative research to analyze curriculum data and learning analytics to determine effectiveness and impact on learning outcomes. Contribute to curriculum mapping, aligning learning objectives, content, and assessment to advise program review and evaluation.
Specific responsibilities include:
Assist faculty members with classroom research projects and interventions utilizing curriculum/learning analytics and evaluation
Lead or co-lead research teams on specific projects in curriculum analytics
Utilize both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies to investigate educational practices, curriculum design, and student outcomes.
Document successful completion of projects for adoption on campus, and publication and / or presentation more broadly
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.
Terminal degree (PhD, Ed.D., MLIS)
Demonstrated experience in curriculum development or instruction
Proficiency in research methodologies for educational research
The ideal candidate for this position:
Is a recent graduate (5 years or less) of a Ph.D. program in any field
Has a high level of quantitative and/or qualitative research skills
Has a desire to pursue an engaging, creative career outside of traditional faculty pathways but within the academic environment. Experience with traditional classroom curriculum and learning settings
Experience or interest in working with co-curricular, experiential and other non-traditional learning settings
Strong background in curriculum analytics, learning analytics, classroom research, or related areas of educational research.
Familiarity with curriculum mapping approaches, program review processes, and/or curricular innovation strategies.
Excellent communication and collaboration skills.
Ability to work effectively in an environment that values diverse perspectives and approaches.
Required Application Materials
Qualified applicants should submit:
A cover letter. Please highlight your relevant experience in classroom research and curriculum analytics, as well as your alignment with EDLI’s strategic vision and alt-ac career paths.
A current curriculum vitae or résumé
A 1-page summary of your philosophy of diversity, equity, and inclusion as it pertains to intellectual leadership in the areas of teaching/curriculum development, research/creative activities, service, outreach, advising, and/or administration. The statement should also include an explanation of related past or planned activities/endeavors as well as how you will advance our goals of inclusive excellence. For more about MSU’s DEI efforts, see https://inclusion.msu.edu/. For more information about writing diversity statements, see https://cal.msu.edu/documents/cal-guidelines-for-the-writing-of-diversity-statements/
Email addresses of 3 potential references (we will notify you before contacting references).
Review of applications will begin 12/01/2023 and will continue until the position is filled. Anticipated start date is flexible, but likely during MSU’s spring semester (from January-May 2024). Applications must be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources website http://careers.msu.edu. Posting number 909142.
Contact Caitlin Kirby, Chair of the Search Committee, at [email protected] with any questions.
Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.
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The College of Arts & Letters recognizes that only an academic and organizational culture, which actively seeks out and strengthens diverse voices and perspectives among its members results in true excellence. The College of Arts & Letters is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that intellectual leadership is achieved through open access and pro-active inclusion.
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