Friday, January 15, 2016

Postdoc at Florida International University

The STEM Transformation Institute at Florida International University in Miami, seeks to fill a post-doctoral researcher position for our NSF funded project "Beyond Active Learning: Learning Assistant (LA) Supported Pedagogies in Large Lecture Science Courses." The project is a collaboration between the University of Colorado Denver (lead institution), Florida International University, and North Dakota State University. Our work will investigate how active learning methods and undergraduate Learning Assistant support contribute to the learning gains, achievement, retention, and persistence of learners. Research questions are: 1) What are the activities employed in undergraduate science courses?, 2) How can these activities be understood in terms of a cognitive process framework?, 3) How are LAs involved in supporting these activities?, and 4) How does engaging in these activities with and without LA support contribute to student level outcomes?

One postdoctoral researcher will be housed at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. Start date: spring 2016/summer 2016.

Candidates should have completed their PhD in a science education research field (e.g. science education, or biology, chemistry, or physics education) or in a science field with significant interest and experience in education research. The ideal candidates will have experience working in undergraduate science education research, and have strong quantitative research skills and experience, including survey and concept inventory data collection and analysis, classroom observation, and HLM. Experience with the R software package and social network analysis would be an added benefit.

For more information, contact Dr. Hagit Kornreich-Leshem ( and Dr. Laird Kramer ( at Florida International University.