This position is a research-intensive appointment in the Department of Educational Psychology for the Measurement of Original Thinking in Elementary Students (MOTES) project funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

This is a three-year position. Candidates for the position will be expected to support the project by visiting the schools to organize and engage in data collection process from elementary school children (grades 3-5); traveling to the school sites, building data collection tools; managing, compiling, cleaning, and preparing data; analyzing the data; preparing research reports and literature review for scholarly work. The candidate is expected to collaborate with principal researchers on groundbreaking education research.

The principal investigator of this project, at the University of North Texas, is Dr. Selcuk Acar. The rest of the core research team is situated at the University of Denver and is Drs. Peter Organisciak and Denis Dumas. The postdoctoral researcher on this project will collaborate closely with all three of these investigators, although Dr. Acar will be their main advisor.

Department Summary

The Department of Educational Psychology addresses themes of cognition, behavior, and emotion within our society by generating research, disseminating knowledge, and preparing a diverse body of scholars who take leadership in their fields while enhancing the development and effective functioning of individuals, schools, and families.

Minimum Qualifications

– Doctorate (ABDs are acceptable) in Educational Psychology, Quantitative Methods, Measurement and Assessment or a related field
– Ability to travel to schools in or outside the state of Texas
– Quantitative research experience
– Demonstrated engagement in scholarly communication

Preferred Qualifications

– Experience in working with elementary school children
– Knowledge of creativity assessment methods (i.e., divergent thinking)
– Collaborative research/publication experience on creativity and divergent thinking

Those interested will learn more (and may apply) at the full job announcement: