Postdoctoral Scholar Position

Website Florida State University

Postdoctoral Scholar for National Science Foundation-funded Project: Facilitating Teacher Learning with Video Clips of Instruction in Science

The Learning Systems Institute at Florida State University invites applications for a postdoctoral researcher position. The postdoctoral scholar will join a research team led by Dr. Miray Tekkumru-Kisa (Learning Systems Institute and School of Teacher Education) to contribute to a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded project that aims to build foundational knowledge about teacher learning with and from video clips of science instruction within a professional development (PD) context. The PD will be designed to support teachers’ learning to implement 3-dimensional performance-based assessment tasks with ambitious teaching practices.

This project brings together a geographically distributed team of researchers from multiple institutions with partners from a California school district. With colleagues from Stanford University, Carnegie Mellon University, Northwestern University, and the Learning Policy Institute, we will study mechanisms through which videos support teacher learning. This position provides an exciting opportunity to be involved with a multi-institution team working towards promoting science teachers’ learning to develop ambitious teaching practices. Given the interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of this project, the postdoctoral researcher will have abundant experiences to collaborate on the writing of conference papers and manuscripts for journals that target different audiences such as learning scientists, science educators, and teachers, and different focus areas such as classroom-based assessments, teacher learning, and ambitious science teaching. The postdoctoral researcher will also have the opportunity to pursue their own directions of research interest.

The successful applicant will play a key role in project management, implementation, and dissemination. Duties include coordinating project activities, collecting and analyzing qualitative data, implementing professional development, presenting project findings at regional, national, and international meetings, and writing manuscripts for publications.

What You Should Know:

  • Initial employment will be for one year. Based on performance, employment could be extended for one more year.
  • The start date is negotiable but anticipated for Fall 2021.
  • Initial employment can start remote with a potential to locate in San Diego, California, or Tallahassee, Florida.

Salary and Benefits:

  • A competitive salary commensurate with experience and full benefits.

What We Require:

  • Ph.D. in Learning Sciences, Science Education or a related field.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully publish and present peer-reviewed scientific articles.

Individuals with the following experiences and expertise will be particularly preferred:

  • Studying teacher learning, science assessment, and/or science instruction.
  • Collecting and analyzing interview data, and classroom instruction data including videos of classroom instruction.
  • Practice-based professional development.
  • Strong writing and communication skills and the ability to conduct research in interdisciplinary teams.
  • Teaching and research experiences in K-12 schools.

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  • Resume/CV
  • Cover letter
  • Names and contact information for three references
  • Professional publications: one or two representative publications

Please email your application materials to Dr. Tekkumru-Kisa ([email protected]). Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Questions about this position and the application process can be sent to Dr. Tekkumru-Kisa ([email protected]).

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