Postdoctoral Research Associate

  • Chicago, IL
  • Learning Sciences Research Institute
  • 2 years
  • January 2022
  • Mike Stieff
  • November 15, 2021
  • Chicago, IL
  • Learning Sciences Research Institute
  • 2 years
  • January 2022
  • Mike Stieff
  • November 15, 2021

Website University of Illinois-Chicago

We are searching for an NSF-funded postdoctoral position in the UIC Learning Sciences Research Institute to support a new NSF-funded project to support and research institutional transformation through establishing and supporting departmental action teams (DATs) in university STEM departments. The position announcement is below and applications can be submitted through the UIC Job Board. 


The Learning Sciences Research Institute (LSRI) is searching for a postdoctoral research associate with expertise in facilitating small group processes and supporting STEM faculty professional development. The two-year appointment is full time, starting 1/1/2022 and ending 12/31/2023, with possibility for renewal pending availability of funds. The associate will join a collaborative action research project led by LSRI, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (LAS), the College of Engineering (COE), Student Affairs, the Center for the Advancement of Teaching Excellence (CATE), and the Office of Diversity (OOD) at the University of Illinois-Chicago. The project aims to achieve institutional transformation by establishing and supporting departmental action teams (DATs) to investigate barriers to undergraduate student success within LAS and COE departments and explore solutions to those strategies in collaboration with faculty in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The project also integrates faculty professional development for DATs through the implementation of an instructor credential program focused on inclusive teaching. The project is funded by a federal grant from the National Science Foundation.

Principal Roles and Responsibilities
• Oversee the development and implementation of departmental action teams to investigate barriers to student success
• Provide logistical support for departmental action team work
• Mentor co-facilitators of departmental action teams
• Work collaboratively on creating professional development materials for departmental action teams related to inclusive and evidence-based teaching
• Provide expertise, coaching, and assistance to faculty members during individual consultations, group sessions, and in preparing for conference and workshop presentations
• Collaborate on the authorship of research manuscripts
• Collaborate on the preparation and presentation of research conference papers, posters, and talks
• Engage with graduate research assistants and project team members in the evaluation of professional development materials and assessment of departmental action team work

Required qualifications:
• Ph.D. in higher education, sociology, psychology, or other social science discipline
• Experience facilitating small group processes
• Experience with conflict management and conflict resolution
• Strong organizational skills and ability to complete complex projects according to deadlines
• Excellent analytical and communication skills 
• Demonstrated leadership and mentorship abilities

Preferred qualifications:
• Background working in or with STEM faculty and/or STEM education
• Experience studying and/or implementing evidence-based and inclusive teaching practices
• Interest in and ability to design, implement, and evaluate faculty professional development programs
• Experience working with graduate research assistants

Please apply through the UIC Job Board and also send your CV and a letter of interest directly to Dr. Mike Stieff at [email protected] Applications will be accepted through November 15, 2021.

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