Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Postdoc Position - Graduate School of Education, Stanford University

Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science and Engineering

Stanford University Graduate School of Education seeks a post-doctoral
fellow to work with Dr. Jonathan Osborne and Dr. Ray Pecheone on their
Bechtel funded project. This seeks to develop a blueprint for assessments
for the Next Generation Science and Engineering Standards which are to be
implemented in K-12 schools in California. Schools will begin teaching the
new curriculum in 2015 and the first tests will be offered in 2017.  This
project, initially for one year, seeks to build on the National Research
Council report (Pellegrino et al., 2013) which has argued for the need to
develop assessments that measure, in an integrated manner, disciplinary core
ideas, scientific practices and cross-cutting concepts.

The initial work will involve developing criteria that appropriate
assessments must satisfy, identifying what exists from the many disparate
sources and work conducted in the field, and constructing templates for
possible assessments that may be both formative and summative varying in
format from traditional multiple choice to extended performance assessments.
A research associate, two research assistants and a team of faculty
consisting of Dr Helen Quinn, Dr Linda Darling Hammond, Dr Susan Schultz,
Dr. Rich Shavelson and Dr Carl Weimann will support the individual in this

Candidates for this post must have an earned doctoral degree in science
education prior to starting the appointment. The successful applicant will
have a demonstrated ability to engage in creative scholarship/research in
science education and support the writing of scholarly publications. The
responsibilities of the position include working as part of a collaborative
team with faculty and graduate students at the Stanford Graduate School of

Desirable attributes for this position include: strong background in science
education, a good content knowledge in K-12 science, expertise in
quantitative or qualitative research methods and demonstrated writing.

This position is open to all qualified U.S. citizens and permanent residents
without regard to race, age, gender, religion, color, national origin, or
physical disability.

Application review will begin on Nov 17, 2014 and it is hoped that the
successful candidate will be able to start work by Jan 1, 2015. Prospective
applicants for the position can obtain further information from:

Dr. Jonathan Osborne, Graduate School of Education Stanford University, 485
Lasuen Mall, Stanford, CA 94305 650 725 1247 (voice)

Applicants should email a letter of interest describing their
qualifications, a curriculum vitae, and names of 2/3 references to Dr
Osborne by Nov 14.

For information about the Stanford Graduate School of Education, please
visit our web site:

Pellegrino, James W.  , Wilson, Mark R.  , Koenig, Judith A. , & Beatty,
Alexandra S. (Eds.). (2013). Developing Assessments for the Next Generation
Science Standards. Washington DC: National Academies Press.