The Educational, School, and Counseling Department within the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Missouri invites applications for a postdoctoral research fellow in Prosocial Education (SEL) and applied quantitative methods starting as soon as spring 2023.
The fellow will work on a project titled Increasing Teachers’ Capacity for Integrating Mathematics, Social-Emotional Learning, and Equity (Math+SEL+E). It is a Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education (see https://oese.ed.gov/files/2022/09/PR-Award-S423a220084-UT-Arlington.pdf). The fellow will work with Dr. Christi Bergin, Director of the Prosocial Development & Education Research Lab and Dr. Francis Huang, in the Statistics, Measurement, & Evaluation in Education (SMEE) program.
The Postdoctoral Fellow will gain experience working on a federally-funded, research project within a lab that has $16 million in federal funding for six projects focused on promoting prosocial education and positive classroom climate. The lab includes affiliated faculty, two postdoctoral fellows, four GRAs, and various UGRAs. The fellow will be part of the Statistics, Measurement, & Evaluation in Education (SMEE) group under Dr. Huang’s mentorship. The fellow will also have the opportunity to develop an independent line of research related to the study’s activities. The fellow should be committed to seeking and securing external funding, producing original research, publishing their work in highly ranked conference proceedings and journals (as appropriate), and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students in research.
There will be annual travel to partner schools in the Dallas Fort-Worth metroplex. You will need to pass school background checks. In addition to salary and benefits, this postdoc will also have funds for conference travel and technology. It is a 2-year position, with the possibility of renewal for a third year.
- An earned doctorate in educational or developmental psychology and program evaluation or related disciplines at the time of appointment.
- Experience in collecting, cleaning, and analyzing quantitative data (using R)
- Experience with program evaluation.
- Experience in prek-12 students’ social and emotional development
- Ability to work effectively with diverse faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students.
- Comfort with technology use.
Communication and Other skills:
- Strong professional writing skills, including research reports, peer-reviewed research articles, or other print and electronic publications.
- Excellent communication and organizational skills.
- Ability to communicate research results through talks at scientific conferences as well as to lay audiences.
- Facility with technology and online platforms for organizing teams and work spaces.
- Excellent problem-solving skills.
- K-12 teaching, counseling, or administration experience
- Experience conducting classroom observations
- Proficiency in English
- Prior federal grant experience
- Experience mentoring undergraduate students to conduct educational research
- Experience in collaborating as a member of a larger research team
- Proficiency with managing complex data sets and applying cutting edge data analysis techniques.
- Help design prosocial education content
- Lead weekly research team meetings
- Ensure quality control of research
- Collect, organize, and analyze data
- Mentor graduate research assistants
- Co-author research publications and annual reports
- Develop future grant proposals
Candidates will be evaluated on the following factors:
- Qualifications listed above
- Ability to develop and sustain an independent program of scholarly research
- Openness to learning
- Skills in participating in research projects and generating research ideas
- Research interests that align well with the project mission
The University of Missouri is committed to postdoctoral development. Postdoctoral fellows across all disciplines are supported with campus professional development opportunities, research and teaching awards, and small grants programs. Postdoctoral scholars can also further their academic career preparation through the University of Missouri’s Preparing Future Faculty seminar program. For information about postdoctoral fellows at MU, visit: https://gradschool.missouri.edu/postdoctoral-education/
Salary: Competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Travel funds are included in position.
Benefit Eligibility: This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits
- A letter of application that addresses the candidate’s interest in the work, overall qualifications for the fellowship, and an explanation of how this fellowship will help prepare the candidate’s future career interests and professional goals.
- A CV
- A writing sample
- List of three references
The CV must be uploaded in the Resume/CV and Cover Letter section at https://hrs.missouri.edu/find-a-job. Job #45691
Beginning Review Date: Formal review of applications will begin January 3, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.
Questions should be directed to:
Dr. Christi Bergin
Associate Dean for Research & Innovation
University of Missouri
109C Hill Hall
Columbia, MO 65211-2400
The College of Education is ranked #36 in the nation among public universities overall by U.S. News and World Report. Among programs especially relevant to the proposed study, MizzouEd is ranked #3 in graduate counseling programs and #21 in graduate special education programs. Today, the College has a student population of approximately 1000 undergraduates and 1,600 graduate students. The College is nationally recognized for its distance and online education programs.
This project is a partnership between MU, Ohio University and the University of Texas at Arlington in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metroplex, which is designated as both a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI).
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