The College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University (OSU) seeks a postdoctoral researcher in the areas of academic motivation and quantitative methods/assessment. This position is situated within the Department of Educational Studies, and is made possible by funding from the journal Theory Into Practice (, which is housed in the department. We seek an individual who is interested in both conducting empirical research and translating findings into practical terms for educators. We are seeking applicants who have substantive interests and experience in both academic motivation (e.g., goal theory, expectancy-value theory, self-determination theory, etc.) and advanced quantitative methodologies (e.g., structural equation modeling, multilevel regression, survey development validation, item-response theory, etc.). He/she will work closely with faculty and graduate students in the Educational Psychology and Quantitative Research, Evaluation, and Methodology programs.

The postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with existing faculty to engage in the following types of activities: (a) analyze data from a variety of ongoing and completed projects, advancing connections between motivation and quantitative analyses; (b) co- author papers that will be submitted for publication in peer-reviewed publications (including those that emphasize the translation of theory and research into practice); (c) write new grant proposals; and (d) collaboratively design and initiate new projects.

Desired Experience

Applicants must possess a doctoral degree (Ph.D. or Ed.D.) from an accredited college or university in educational psychology, education, evaluation, measurement, applied statistics, or a related field before the starting date of the position. Advanced graduate students who expect to have their degree requirements completed by July 1, 2015 are encouraged to apply. Applicants must have demonstrated prior experience in (a) the study of motivation within academic contexts (PK-16), and (b) advanced quantitative methods (e.g., structural equation modeling, HLM, etc.).

The position, a one-year appointment (with the possibility of renewal for a second year), will begin July 1, 2015. The position is contingent upon the final approval of funding. In order to ensure full consideration, please submit a curriculum vitae, graduate school transcript, up to two first-authored (or primary role) papers or publications, and a short cover letter describing career goals, research interests, and reasons for applying. Three letters of recommendation also should

be submitted from mentors and collaborators who can comment on your potential for success in this position. Review of applications will begin upon receipt of these materials and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit materials electronically to Jennifer Lindsay ( Questions about the postdoctoral fellowship can be addressed to Eric Anderman ( This position requires successful completion of a background check.

OSU is a nationally-ranked premier Research I institution that is highly committed to promoting the P-16 education through research, practice, and leadership. Located in Columbus, Ohio, national rankings place OSU among the nation’s top 25 public institutions. This postdoc researcher will be located in College of Education and Human Ecology at OSU. In 2014, U.S. News & World Report ranked our graduate education program as ninth among public universities. Four of the programs in Department of Educational Studies are ranked in the top 10 nationally and three programs are ranked in the top 20 nationally. In addition, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis named us as outstanding. More information about the college is available at