Postdoc

Updated: about 19 hours ago
Location: Ann Arbor, MICHIGAN

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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position. 

To apply, please visit the University of Michigan careers website www.umjobs.org - job opening ID 150355.


Job Summary

Two research projects at the University of Michigan School of Education seek a post-doctoral fellow with background in elementary mathematics teacher education to provide expertise and to collaborate with faculty members, staff members, and graduate students. The position would commence in June, 2018 and go through June, 2019 with potential for renewal.

The position requires that the fellow be consistently on-site in Ann Arbor to facilitate collaboration with faculty, staff, and graduate students in two areas of work:

Area of work #1: The Elementary Mathematics Laboratory – Teacher Learning in a Classroom-Focused Professional Development

This NSF-funded research project, led by Meghan Shaughnessy and Nicole Garcia, designs and studies an approach to professional development, situated in a common “live” case of elementary mathematics instruction. The project focuses on teacher learning through participation in the professional development. The fellow will engage in activities related to study design, data collection, data analysis including using the Mathematical Quality of Instruction (MQI) instrument to analyze classroom lessons, and dissemination. The work may include the delivery of professional development sessions.

Area of work #2: Assessing Teaching Practice (@Practice) Project  

The @Practice project, led by Timothy Boerst and Meghan Shaughnessy, conducts research and engages in development focused on simulation as a means of assessing, and supporting learning of, high-leverage teaching practices and mathematical knowledge for teaching. The post-doctoral fellow will work on an NSF-funded grant exploring crucial questions about the relationship between mathematical knowledge for teaching (MKT) and skill with high leverage teaching practices (HLP). More specifically, the project will employ teaching simulations to support teacher candidates in deepening their knowledge and understanding of elementary mathematics. The fellow will engage in activities related to study design, data collection, data analysis, and dissemination. More information about the project can be found at http://sites.soe.umich.edu/at-practice/


Required Qualifications*

Applicants should have a strong background in the design, delivery, and study of practice-based teacher education or professional development in elementary mathematics. A doctorate in education or a related field is required. We are particularly seeking candidates who bring experience and expertise in promoting diversity and equity, and whose experience with teaching and/or with teacher education has involved demographically diverse or underserved populations and/or communities. Applicants should possess excellent organizational and interpersonal skills, personal initiative, and the ability to work in a fast-paced, energetic environment. Excellent communications skills and a strong orientation toward collaborative work are essential. Applicants must also demonstrate an ability to attend to multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines.


Additional Information

The University of Michigan School of Education is an equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the development of a climate that supports equality of opportunity and respect for diversity. The program seeks to be supportive of the needs of dual career families, and is interested in individuals who may have had non-traditional career and academic paths.


Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended. 


U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


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