Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Two Science Ed / Higher Ed postdocs at Western Michigan University

General Research Area: Change strategies to support instructor use of evidence-based instruction in undergraduate STEM

Western Michigan University is currently seeking two postdoctoral research associates to join our research team focused on increasing instructor use of evidence-based instruction in undergraduate STEM.

Each post doc will work on one of two NSF-funded projects, with opportunities to interact with the other project.  Responsibilities in both positions include data collection and analysis, as well as development of manuscripts and presentations related to the project.

For the first project, "WIDER: EAGER: Evidence-based Instructional Practices at WMU: An Examination of Instructor Practices, Institutional Climate, and Social Networks", the applicant will play a leadership role in a multi-disciplinary team that is developing innovative tools to measure faculty teaching approaches, faculty perceptions of teaching environments, faculty social networks, and the impact of these on efforts to promote evidence-based instruction. The postdoc will be jointly supervised by Dr. Charles Henderson (Physics and Science Education) and Dr. Andrea Beach (Higher Education and Director of Faculty Development). 

For the second project, "Collaborative Research: Sustainable Diffusion of Research-Based Instructional Strategies: A Rich Case Study of SCALE-UP", the applicant will play a leadership role in a multi-institutional research team studying the implementation of research-based instructional strategies in higher education.  This position will also involve responsibilities related to the development of a multidisciplinary research center focused on post-secondary instructional change.  The postdoc will be supervised by Dr. Charles Henderson (Physics and Science Education).

Successful candidates are expected to have a Ph.D. in STEM education or a related field. The ideal candidates will have a demonstrated interest in and experience in the study and/or promotion of STEM education reform at the post-secondary level.

Appointments are full time and will be made for a period of up to two years.  Salary is competitive, depending on qualifications and experience. The start date for the position is flexible, with a desired start date in Summer 2013. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. All applicants will be considered for both positions; please note any preferences in your cover letter.

Applications should be submitted electronically at:
Search for job posting #0602217.

Questions about the position are welcome and may be emailed to: Charles.Henderson@wmich.edu