Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Postdoc at Western Michigan University

Project Manager (Postdoctoral Research Associate) Accelerating Systemic Change Network

The Center for Research on Instructional Change in Postsecondary Education (CRICPE) at Western Michigan University (WMU) is seeking a project manager (postdoctoral research associate) to support the establishment of the Accelerating Systemic Change Network (ASCN). This project is funded by a grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust. The research associate will be in a visible leadership role in the development of ASCN.

ASCN will serve as an open, interdisciplinary, professional network and intellectual home for individuals and groups in a broad range of disciplines who are engaged in creating and/or studying change in higher education. The ultimate vision of ASCN is that students in every institutional setting experience teaching that aligns with what we know about how people learn, and that draws in and supports all students. ASCN will help integrate what is known and soon to be discovered about organizing, leading, and evaluating change efforts to maximize the individual and collective efforts of network members.

The project manager will take the lead on the administration and implementation of ASCN. An important aspect of this position is providing research and evaluation support to the ASCN steering committee. The project manager will also support the ASCN working groups in various ways, such as conducting literature searches, interpreting data, and drafting/editing resources curated by the groups. There are significant opportunities for the project manager to become involved in research activities related to the network and/or working groups.

We seek applicants who have experience and interest in applying interdisciplinary research methods to solve important problems in STEM education and who have a strong interest in higher education policy and systemic change in higher education STEM education. Applicants must have a PhD in a relevant field.

More information about ASCN can be found at

The project manager will join CRICPE, a WMU research center that conducts and supports interdisciplinary research focused on promoting transformative change in postsecondary education (see http://wmich.edu/changeresearch).

The appointment is full time. Initial appointment will be for a period of one year and is renewable. Salary is competitive, depending on qualifications and experience. The desired start date for the position is September 2016.

To get more information and/or instructions about how to apply, please contact Charles Henderson (charles.henderson@wmich.edu) and Andrea Beach (andrea.beach@wmich.edu).