This position has been filled.

The Department of Counseling and Human Development at the University of Louisville is seeking applicants for a postdoctoral research fellow. This fellow will work directly with Drs. Jill Adelson and Kate Snyder on the implementation and evaluation of the Reaching Academic Potential (RAP) Project, a U.S Department of Education Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education program 3-year grant. RAP is a partnership between the Kentucky Department of Education, University of Louisville, Western Kentucky University, and Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) with a focus on implementing a version of the Young Scholars Model. Project goals and objectives include increasing identification of and providing appropriate services to students from historically underrepresented groups for the gifted and talented program to reduce Kentucky’s Excellence Gap; increasing teacher understanding of the behaviors that correlate with high potential in underrepresented populations; and enhancing teacher professional practice to foster and support emerging talent of diverse learners in grades K-3.

The postdoctoral research fellow will work with the project director, project manager, and evaluators in several facets. Primary responsibilities include working closely with teachers in lesson implementation, coordinating data collection and data management for the project, and implementing the summer program. In addition, the postdoctoral research fellow will assist the evaluators with quantitative data analyses. There may also be the opportunity to serve as an adjunct instructor for graduate-level courses in gifted education for the College of Education and Human Development.

Required Qualifications:
• Ph.D. in education, gifted education, psychology, or closely-related field in the social sciences (Note that applicants must have a Ph.D. by time of appointment, or the appointment can be made at a Research Scientist level until postdoctoral qualifications are met.)
• Excellent project management skills (e.g., flexibility, time management, task flow, attention to detail)

Preferred Qualifications:
• Research experience in giftedness and/or talent development
• Experience providing professional development
• Prior experience with coordinating school-based and/or large-scale intervention programs
• Program evaluation experience
• Strong quantitative analysis skills (including demonstrated proficiency with statistical software such as SPSS, HLM, etc.)

Appointment Term: This appointment would be available to begin as early as April with the possibility of annual renewal until September 2018.