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Post-doctoral Position in STEM Education, Indiana University School of Education

This open position is a postdoctoral scholar in STEM education in the Center for Research on Learning and Technology at the Indiana University School of Education – Bloomington.

The position will require work across multiple projects related to the study of science education and development of computer-based science assessments. We are looking for a candidate with experience in STEM assessment, evaluation, educational research or educational measurement in a K-12 setting, with demonstrated facility in both quantitative and qualitative methods (e.g., video analysis). Candidate’s primary research (75%) will focus on developing and validating learning progressions in the context of computer-based summative assessments centered on NGSS cross-cutting concepts. The candidate will also conduct research on game-based learning about ecosystems (25% of appointment). Candidate will also oversee the project, including timelines, coordinate with other research teams at multiple sites, recruiting schools and subjects for research projects as well as data analysis. The appointment is a one year position with possible renewal for a second year, conditional on satisfactory performance review after the first year and continued funding.

Basic Qualifications
Required qualifications include an earned doctorate in learning sciences, science education or a related field, as well as fieldwork experience in K-12 settings or working with K-12 personnel. Strong methodological training in research/statistics and qualitative analysis Preferred skills and abilities include: experience in assessment, evaluation, educational research or educational measurement in a university or professional setting, with demonstrated facility in both quantitative and qualitative methods, familiarity with learning progressions, experience in content and discourse analysis, recruitment of research subjects, and/or research design experience. Experience in project management and IRB protocol development highly desired. Proficiency in R is a plus.

Inquiries regarding the position may be directed to Dr. Cindy Hmelo-Silver, Indiana University School of Education, 201 N. Rose Ave. Bloomington, IN 47405-1006 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 812.856.8335 Inquiries about application the submission may be directed to Jane Kaho This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 812.856.8019

To apply for this position, please upload a letter of interest that outlines: a) your interest in working on these projects, b) what you feel you can contribute to this work c) your relevant skills and experiences, a current CV, writing sample, and names and contact information of three references to http://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/5878 This position offers the opportunity to receive mentoring and learn about conducting research on systems thinking, assessment, and game-based learning, and analytic methods, validation frameworks, and engaging in a high quality program of research. The fellow will participate in theoretical synthesis, data analysis, supervision and mentoring of graduate research assistants, writing and dissemination of findings - contributing to publications and conference presentations, as well as supporting both data and project management. The fellow will have mentored opportunities for writing journal and conference publications.

Review of applications will begin May 8, 2018 and continue until filled. Start date is targeted for June 1, 2018. Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.

 


Executive Director, Jacobs Institute for Innovation in Education, University of San Diego

The School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) seeks an entrepreneurial leader to direct its renowned Jacobs Institute for Innovation in Education (JI).

SOLES houses nationally accredited academic programs, institutes, and centers. Its vision is to be a vibrant and diverse community for innovation, cultivating academic excellence, and developing socially responsible global learners. The School’s academic departments offer 10 degree programs to over 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students. It has 12 centers and institutes that connect students and faculty across departmental, school, and university boundaries. The Jacobs Institute for Innovation in Education (JI) is dedicated to leveraging educational innovation and technology to redesign learning and close opportunity gaps in a changing world.

JI seeks an Executive Director (ED) who is an innovative and nationally recognized leader in the field of educational innovation, technology and equity. The ED will be the external face of JI, creating and strengthening partnerships with leaders in local, regional, and national educational innovation and technology communities, as well as with school districts, nonprofit organizations, business and industry, and policy makers.

The ED should have a strong record of success in seeking and receiving government and foundation grants, a proven ability to secure contracts with public and private entities, and demonstrated success in securing philanthropic funding from individuals, corporations, and foundations.

The internal facing duties of the ED include leading a team of research associates, leadership and professional learning specialists, and administrative staff; ensuring successful delivery of high quality research and professional learning; interfacing with faculty and administrators from across SOLES and the university; and designing and leading initiatives that align with the strategic priorities of the institute, SOLES, and USD. The ED will oversee JI’s budget and ensure long-term financial sustainability. The ED reports directly to the Dean of SOLES.

Key Responsibilities
Development
• Facilitate the development and implementation of a plan for JI’s growth and ongoing fiscal sustainability. This should be comprised of diversified funding streams, including national and regional public and private grants, corporate and individual gifts, and service contracts with school districts and private entities. • Work collaboratively with SOLES and USD moves management team in development activities. • Develop community stakeholder relationships in order to market JI services, attract funding, and increase the institute’s profile locally and nationally. • Cultivate and manage relationships with donors and foundation representatives, locally and nationally, including the named donors for the institute, Irwin and Joan Jacobs.

National/International Thought Leader on Educational Innovation and Technology
• Position JI as a thought leader in educational innovation and technology, and pedagogical improvement by publishing and speaking to external audiences. • Represent JI in educational innovation and technology industry-group conferences, professional associations, and other public venues. • Advance, cultivate, and encourage conversations with national and local educational thought leaders, particularly related to pedagogical design and improved learning outcomes for students through the use of emerging classroom technologies.
Administrative
• Identify and develop opportunities for collaboration with SOLES and USD faculty. • Support the team in the development and implementation of all research and professional learning initiatives and contracts and ensure high quality deliverables to clients. • Oversee Institutional Review Board submissions for all JI projects involving human subjects. • Work with the Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration in SOLES to develop JI’s annual forecast, manage funding, and ensure financial sustainability.

Minimum Qualifications:
 • Master’s degree required, doctoral degree strongly preferred. • Demonstrated strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, and social justice. • Demonstrated track record of funding and stewarding education and/or innovation programs through large-scale grants from national foundations, government grants, and individuals. • Demonstrated success in leading local and national educational innovation and technology initiatives. • Broad awareness of the issues and challenges confronting K-12 education and experience with the challenges of introducing educational innovation and technology practices. • Demonstrated success in cultivating business relationships, educational partnerships, and executing contracts with schools and school systems. • Active engagement with networks in the educational innovation and technology sector, including relationships with thought leaders, foundation heads, policy makers, and/or key researchers. • Excellent leadership, management, interpersonal, and communication skills. • Broad awareness of the issues and challenges confronting K-12 education, particularly related to educational inequities, and experience with the challenges of introducing educational technologies and innovative educational practices. • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of audiences, including practitioners, academics, researchers, funders, policy makers, and thought leaders. • Experience managing and developing staff.

Anticipated Start Date The Executive Director will be expected to take on full-time responsibilities for leadership of the Jacobs Institute by August 1, 2018. Appointment is renewable at the discretion of the University and dependent upon continued funding of center projects.

TO APPLY Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and CV through this website: www.sandiego.edu/jobs (Job#: IRC28118). Review of applications will begin June 30, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community. Electronic inquiries may be addressed to: NICHOLAS LADANY, PHD Dean, School of Leadership and Education Sciences This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Senior Research Scientist, Validity and Efficacy, ACT

The Senior Research Scientist will contribute to the mission of the Validity and Efficacy Research department, which is to demonstrate the value of ACT products and services by researching the appropriateness of their proposed uses as well as their effectiveness in improving intended learner outcomes. The accumulated evidence of these studies will drive product improvement and new product development with the ultimate goal of maximizing the likelihood of having a meaningful impact on intended learner outcomes.

The position will design and conduct rigorous studies to evaluate the validity and efficacy of ACT’s education and workforce solutions, which consists of a diverse portfolio of technology-rich learning and assessment tools; develop validity and efficacy arguments for current and new ACT products and services; determine and document evidence needed to support validity and efficacy claims for all ACT products and services; research and develop holistic models of educational and workplace success. The job requires someone with strong communication, research design, and validity and evaluation research skills.

Essential job responsibilities:
•Employ a variety of research methods, including descriptive, correlational, and experimental research methods along with analysis techniques for unstructured, complex data, to evaluate the effectiveness of ACT products and services for improving learner outcomes •Design, conduct, interpret, and present the results of quantitative and qualitative research focusing on the broad areas of educational and workplace readiness and success •Maintain knowledge of current events and trends in learning and education and workforce readiness, and of developments in research design and evaluation and validity theory and methods •Increase visibility of ACT research through publications, presentations, and presence across relevant national and international research communities •Participate within ACT Research and across ACT in creating an open, innovative, and collaborative environment

Qualifications - Education
•PhD in educational measurement, educational psychology, cognitive psychology, instructional design, learning design, statistics, quantitative psychology, or other related research-based fields •Or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired

Qualifications - Experience
•A minimum of five years of related post-doctorate experience in validity and evaluation research, theory, and methods •Experience developing validity and efficacy arguments •Knowledge of advanced data-analytics and statistical modeling •Experience analyzing unstructured, complex data (e.g., log files, assessment results) •Extensive professional achievement demonstrated through peer-reviewed journals and presentations and participation in relevant national and international research communities •Experience with validating technology-rich assessments and learning tools preferred •Experience in evaluation study designs preferred •Experience in applied research and development preferred

Qualifications – Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
•Strong computer programming skills, including statistical software; proficient programming skills in R or Python preferred •Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail •Excellent oral and written communication skills •Ability to write for, and present to, non-technical audiences •Exceptional collaborator and team member COMPENSATION: Starting salary commensurate with qualifications. Excellent benefits and work environment.

 

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