The Leonhard Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Education within the College of Engineering, is excited to announce our search for a postdoctoral scholar. The Leonhard Center is an endowed Center that forms partnerships with engineering faculty and programs in designing, implementing, and evaluating research-based innovations in undergraduate and graduate engineering education. In addition, the Leonhard Center initiates and evaluates College-wide projects in support of the College’s strategic goals. The Leonhard Center also provides workshops and summer academies for faculty on a wide range of topics from creativity and innovation to engineering communication. The Leonhard Center prides itself on its creative and positive workplace culture and welcomes individuals from diverse backgrounds. 

Under the mentorship of the Center’s Director of Assessment and Instructional Support, the postdoctoral scholar will lead several projects. The primary project is a research study, funded by the KEEN foundation, investigating the relationship between engineering faculty beliefs and instructional practices. The project will generate new understanding on how faculty beliefs (such as growth or fixed mindset) across different domains may impact instructional decision making, including the adoption of evidence-based instructional practices. Additional projects may include collaborating with faculty to design and evaluate projects in engineering education and offering college-wide workshops on innovative instructional practices and educational research.  Working in the Leonhard Center will provide candidates with varied experience in both engineering educational research as well as faculty development.  The position requires the ability to design and conduct research using qualitative and quantitative methods. The successful candidate will have demonstrated excellence in communication and collaboration. The ability to publish and present the results of the studies at national or international conferences is also important for the position. Minimum requirements for the position are a Ph.D. in an appropriate field such as engineering education, educational psychology, or higher education. Knowledge of current trends in engineering education is desirable. This position is for one-year with additional years of funding available if there is mutual interest.

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