Postdoctoral Associate for Studying Belonging Interventions and Student and Faculty Success and Experiences in Engineering
School of Education, University of Pittsburgh

We are seeking a postdoctoral associate to contribute to two large NSF and NSF/IES funded studies and one internal grant focused on transforming STEM culture to create equitable outcomes for students and tenure-stream faculty who are minoritized in these environments. The postdoctoral associate will join two large multi-disciplinary, multi-institution teams (one at Pitt, Purdue, and UCI – the Ubelong Research Collaborative – and the second at CMU, NYU, and John Hopkins- Project ELEVATE) and will work most closely with Dr. Linda DeAngelo, associate professor in the School of Education, who directs and oversees the grants This is a full-time and year-round position. On the Ubelong Collaborative the scholar will focus on studying the outcomes for students as well faculty who lead the interventions in their classrooms and will have the opportunity to contribute to the development and delivery of the faculty workshops. On Project ELEVATE and the internal grant the scholar will contribute to studying the outcomes for faculty involved in the project, assessing the effectiveness of the change efforts in transforming institutional culture to create environments in which Black, Latinx, and Indigenous engineering scholars thrive.

The goal of this position is to have the scholar build expertise in theory-based advanced qualitative and mixed methods designs and strong publications. The projects have large-scale quantitative and qualitative data streams. The qualitative data streams include documents, focus groups, observations, and individual interviews. The quantitative data streams include large scale survey data focused on students and survey data focused on faculty, including the opportunity to work on the development and validation of a survey instrument for faculty designed to assess readiness and responsibility for engaging in equity-minded change initiatives.

The initial appointment will be made for one year. If funding is available there is a possibility of renewal for a second year. Applicant must have interest in doing anti-oppressive equity- and justice-centered scholarship and extended interest and experience in studying the experiences of Black, Latinx, and Indigenous students or faculty, and interest or experience in studying the relationship between faculty beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors and (in)equity in outcomes. A PhD degree in Higher Education, Science or Engineering Education, or a disciplinary-based social science field is required. Strong verbal and written communication skills, the ability to work collaboratively but independently, and to lead aspects of the project work as necessary are also required. The ability to work as a member of a large research team is a necessary characteristic for success.

Review of application will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Ideally, the successful candidate would join Dr. DeAngelo’s reach team in June or July, but a later start in the late summer or early fall is possible.

To apply to this position, please upload a cover letter that addresses the required and desirable features of the position (as appropriate), CV, and one or two representative publications onto requisition #22006055. For inquires, reach out to Dr. Linda DeAngelo (

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