Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education (EPCSE)
College of Education
Position Research Project Manager, Quality Talk
Beginning: July 1, 2022

Appointment conditions:

The Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education (EPCSE) at The Pennsylvania State University is seeking an individual to fill the position of Quality Talk Research Project Manager. This is a two-year fixed-term, non-tenure line research faculty position that will begin in Summer 2022. The successful candidate will have the title and responsibilities of Project Manager for a five-year National Science Foundation-funded project (2019-2024) that focuses on enhancing teacher educators’ professional vision regarding preservice elementary teachers’ mathematical proficiency and emergent STEM pedagogy through Quality Talk, a small-group, teacher-facilitated discussion intervention. Salary is competitive and full University benefits apply. Candidates must be United States citizens.


The Project Manager is responsible for working closely with the research team (including principal investigators, graduate assistants, and undergraduate assistants), teacher educators (including Penn State faculty members), preservice teachers (Penn State undergraduate students), and practicing teachers and administrators in elementary school settings. Responsibilities include planning and participating in team meetings as well as overseeing workflow and team member responsibilities. A successful candidate will be expected to provide support for all aspects of the project including: (1) communicating with participants and school partners, (2) assisting in teacher educator professional development, (3) observing instruction, (4) overseeing implementation of lessons and assessments, (5) monitoring treatment fidelity, (6) coordinating and distributing instructional materials, and (7) assisting in data collection, scoring, analysis, and (8) dissemination of results and findings in peer-reviewed journals and at national and international professional meetings. Candidates should have excellent oral and written communication skills, sound judgment, and flexible problem-solving abilities. This is an in-person position, with little flexibility for remote work.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Earned doctoral degree in educational psychology, mathematics education, science education, measurement, or closely related field;
  • Competence in communicating with university faculty and staff and school personnel and district administrators;
  • Teaching experience;
  • Experience with data collection (qualitative or quantitative), data organization and storage, and data analysis;
  • Familiarity with Internal Review Board (IRB) procedures and regulations for research;
  • Facility with technology applications and devices used for classroom data collection;
  • Skill in managing a project budget;
  • Ability to manage a team of graduate and undergraduate assistants, provide training as needed, and ensure efficiency in task completion;
  • Strengths in organization, planning, and implementing plans to meet project goals and provide quality control;
  • A committed work ethic in the service of project goals.
  • Candidates must also provide evidence of a commitment to collegiality with individuals from diverse backgrounds, as well as a commitment to fostering and maintaining collegial relationships with program faculty, school administrators, practicing teachers, and other education professionals.

Application procedures:

Apply on Institution’s Website here. Applicants must submit a CV, the names and contact information of two references, and a letter of interest. The letter should address why the applicant is interested in the position and how the applicant fits the preferred qualifications for the position. Applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled.