[CLUSTER HIRE] The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) Postdoctoral Scholars

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The University of Texas at El Paso College of Education Teacher Education Department is thrilled to announce a cluster hire of three full-time Postdoctoral Scholar positions.

Each appointment is for up to two years, and renews after the first year based on funding availability and scholar performance. Each scholar will have the opportunity to work on projects that aim to advance knowledge, practice, and policy at the intersection of K-12 computer science education and research practice partnerships that serve minoritized communities. 

The overarching goal of the appointment is to strengthen capacity (i.e., knowledge, skills, practices, literacies) among recent education doctoral graduates whose scholarship engages with Computer Science (CS) and other STEM disciplines among learner groups traditionally marginalized in STEM + C fields (e.g., predominantly Hispanic-serving K-12 environments).

Scholars will participate in a co-generative mentorship model that will involve participation in existing K-12 social science research projects—with the goal of additionally developing and implementing independent research programs in related fields within their time as post-doctoral researchers. Scholars will be co-mentored by project investigators (i.e., PI/Co-PIs/Senior Personnel) who will provide apprenticeship in: designing and enacting research projects, competitively pursuing extramural funding to support research, and mentoring students.

Essential Functions
Scholars will collaborate with faculty investigators to carry out such responsibilities to include, but not limited to, the following:

  • Developing and implementing lines of inquiry aligned with the scholar’s interests, expertise, and social science research goals in one or more areas: K-12 computer science student learning, teaching practice, or policy;
  • Writing/Amending IRB applications and obtaining IRB approvals;
  • Collecting/Analyzing/Managing one or multiple education-related data sources;
  • Collaborating with and Mentoring undergraduate and graduate students;
  • Publishing and presenting research findings in competitive peer-reviewed venues;
  • Writing grant funding proposals to seek extramural support;
  • Engaging in participatory approaches to research, practice and policy development and implementation;
  • Coordinating and working with diverse community stakeholders (i.e., district-, school- and community-based within existing Paso del Norte region Partnership for Education Research);
  • Assisting with project management.

Required Qualifications
Successful candidates must possess a Ph.D. in Learning Sciences, Computer Science, Data Science, Education Policy, Curriculum Theory, or related fields.

Appointees must also have evidence of research productivity in topics related to education theory, practice or policy in K-12 computer science teaching and learning, research practice partnerships, constructionism, data science, machine learning, artificial intelligence, learning analytics, educational data mining, and/or related fields. This evidence can include experience with academic writing, successfully securing approval for human subjects research, success fostering constructive collaborations, and well-developed experiences using qualitative and/or quantitative methodological approaches to study either student learning, teaching practices or policies related to K-12 computer science education processes and outcomes.

The salary range is $70,000 annually. Each fellow will also receive direct post-doctoral research funds spread over two-year appointments.

Required Application Materials
Candidates should submit (in PDF format and as a single file): a resume, list of 3 references with names and contact information, and a cover letter describing relevant expertise and interests that also indicates your focus on teaching, learning or policy; curriculum vitae; a sample paper or publication.

Applications, questions about submission, and/or receipt confirmations should be submitted to Marcus Gay ([email protected]), Assistant Director, College of Education Office of Research Support. All applicants should confirm submission with Mr. Gay.

Questions about the position may be addressed to Dr. Justice Walker (jtwalker@utep[dot]edu), project Co-PI and chair of the recruitment committee, or Dr. Johannes Strobel (jmstrobel@utep[dot]edu), project PI.

Application reviews will begin November 21, 2023.

Working Conditions
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear.  The employee must occasionally lift and move up to 10 pounds. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; risk of electrical shock; and risk of radiation.

EO/AA Statement
In keeping with its access, excellence, and impact mission, The University of Texas at El Paso is committed to an open, diverse, and inclusive learning and working environment that honors the talents, respects the differences, and nurtures the growth and development of all. We seek to attract faculty and staff who share our commitment.

The University of Texas at El Paso is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or sexual orientation and gender in employment or the provision of services in accordance with state and federal law. Discrimination on the basis of sex includes an employee’s or prospective employee’s right to be free from sexual harassment under Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972.

For accommodation information for employees and applicants with disabilities, please contact UTEP’s Equal Opportunity Office at [email protected].



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