Postdoctoral Fellow in Middle School Science Education

Rutgers The State University of New Jersey Rutgers University Graduate School of Education

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Interested candidates should send a letter of inquiry, resume/CV, and a writing sample. Please email Dr. Duncan at ravit.duncan@gse.rutgers.edu with any questions regarding the position or application process

Position Details

Recruitment/Posting Title -Postdoctoral Fellow

Department- GSE-Ctr Effective Sch Practice

Salary -Commensurate With Experience

Posting Summary

The Rutgers University Graduate School of Education invites applications for a 2- or 3- year Postdoctoral Fellow position for a project on middle school science education. The postdoctoral fellow will work on an NSF-funded project: “Fostering Deep Learning, Identity, and Agency: Minoritized Students Learning Biology in Personal and Community-Relevant Contexts,” under the collaborative leadership of Dr. Ravit Duncan at Rutgers University, Dr. Edna Tan at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, and Dr. Frieda Reichsman at Concord Consortium. In this project, we will engage in participatory-based design research with a local urban middle school serving minoritized (predominantly Latinx) students to develop a technology rich learning environment to support consequential learning for students around a community-based health issue. The project aims to better understand how to support science learning explicitly through inviting and integrating multiple epistemologies and student-salient identities.

Please email Dr. Duncan at ravit.duncan@gse.rutgers.edu with any questions regarding the position or application process

Posting Number -20FA1094

Posting Open Date -11/18/2020

Posting Close Date- 01/31/2021

Minimum Education and Experience

PhD by Sep 2020, with earlier completion preferred. Postdoctoral Fellows must be within five years of graduating with a Ph.D. or equivalent.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The successful candidate will have demonstrated success in design of learning environments to support minoritize youth in STEM, classroom-based research, and scholarly writing in the science education.

Fluency in Spanish is a plus.

Valid Driver’s license and reliable vehicle to travel to meetings and schools distrcits as needed.

Equipment Utilized

Laptop/desktop and basic office equipment i.e. copier, fax, etc.

Overview

Using a participatory design approach, this project aims to deepen our understanding of how to support minoritized youth in three interlinked aspects critical for success in school science and beyond: authoring science-linked identities, negotiating science epistemologies, and learning life science core ideas and practices. Through two consecutive implementation studies, the project team will investigate how a set of design principles related to these aspects shapes students’ science-linked identities and understandings of science practices and core disciplinary ideas. They will work in middle school biology classrooms and collaborate with administrators, teachers, students, and community members to design meaningful and consequential instruction for minoritized youth. In particular, they hope to better understand how to support science learning while inviting and integrating multiple epistemologies and student-salient identities. The outcomes will contribute theoretical insights about how interactions between epistemic agency and community-based consequential learning support identity work as well as science understandings; educative instructional materials that can be adapted to other communities and contexts; professional materials that can be used to support enactment of community-based learning environments; and adaptations of materials that can be used in teacher preparation programs. In addition to the materials, dissemination will include research and practitioner publications and presentations, professional development workshops for middle school teachers, and a project website that will make the materials and resources freely available to others.

Statement

The post -doctoral fellow’s responsibilities include taking a leadership role in designing and packaging curriculum units, developing teacher materials and professional development, coordinating work in schools, and supervising classroom research and data analysis. The postdoctoral fellow will be a collaborator on our research team who will be fully involved in research and writing.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Interested candidates should send a letter of inquiry, resume/CV, and a writing sample.
Please email Dr. Duncan at ravit.duncan@gse.rutgers.edu with any questions regarding the position or application process

Quick Link to Posting http://jobs.rutgers.edu/postings/121363

Campus Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Home Location Campus College Ave (RU-New Brunswick)

Posting Specific Questions

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Resume/CV
  • Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  • Writing Sample 1
  • Optional Documents