The Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) in the University of Virginia (UVA) and the School of Education and Human Development seeks highly qualified applicants for a two-year post-doctoral research associate position. This position is part of the University of Virginia Post-Doctoral Education Science Training Program on English Learners (EL-VEST) funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences. The EL-VEST Postdoctoral Program is an interdisciplinary program designed to prepare research associates to engage in rigorous research in education science focused on English Learners. EL-VEST is able to fund two fellows to begin in 2022.
We seek applicants whose experiences and/or prior research motivates them to engage in research on English Learners (EL) and the classroom and instructional contexts that support the social and emotional development and academic outcomes of ELs. Fellows will receive training that deepens their understanding of the strengths and challenges faced by ELs, particularly in school-based contexts. Fellows will also engage in experiences that give them hands-on experiences working with partners (districts, departments of education, education innovation organizations) addressing some of our most intractable challenges in supporting the achievement of EL students, their teachers, and schools. Finally, fellows will receive training in rigorous education research methods and statistics.
Fellows will work with either Sara Rimm-Kaufman or Natalia Palacios as their primary mentor and will develop a line of research that involves collaboration with one or more secondary mentors. Potential secondary mentors include Allison Atteberry, Chris Chang-Bacon, Jason Downer, Jennie Grammer, Colby Hall, Luke Miller, Judith Paulick, Jim Soland, Emily Solari, Jessica Whittaker, Amanda Williford, Vivian Wong and others. Fellows will become part of a network of post-doctoral trainees at the UVA School of Education & Human Development and research centers including, CASTL, EdPolicyWorks, and Youth-Nex.
Role and Responsibilities:
The successful candidate will be expected to:
engage in educational research related to English Learners and their educational environments
be lead author on two or more peer-reviewed papers per year (including their dissertation), co-author on additional work, and PI or co-PI on one grant during the fellowship
engage with educational stakeholders on an issue related to English Learners and their educational experiences
engage in the community of scholarship that exists at CASTL, the School of Education and Human Development, and UVA evidenced by participating in work-in-progress meetings, attending speaker series, and attending workshops throughout their fellowship
complete annual review, planning and goal-setting tasks with their mentor(s) toward the goal of developing a career in education science focused on English Learners
The successful candidate must:
engage in research relevant to education in the United States
be citizens of permanent residents of the United States
have received their doctorate prior to beginning the fellowship (by Summer, 2022)
Qualified candidates must have an earned doctorate in Education, Developmental Psychology, Educational Psychology, School and Clinical Psychology, or a relevant social science discipline by the start date of the position.
Evidence of substantive knowledge and background in the field of education and/or developmental science is essential.
Strong evidence of expertise in quantitative methods is required.
Strong communication and project management skills are required.
U.S. citizenship or permanent residency status is required.
The fellow will be appointed annually, and continuation is dependent upon satisfactory performance and the availability of funding. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.
Experience with qualitative and mixed methods work.
Prior experience engaging in research on English Learners and a strong track record of publication stemming from that work is preferred.
Please apply through Workday, and search for EL-VEST Postdoctoral Fellow
Complete an application online with the following documents:
Letter of intent describing research interests in English Learners and Education Science, preference of lead mentor (Rimm-Kaufman or Palacios), and a description of how training at CASTL/the UVA School of Education & Human Development fits with their research training and career goals.
Graduate School Transcripts
Names of three references
Submit a statement (500 words or less) describing how you address diversity, equity, and inclusion in your work.
Upload all materials into the resume submission field, multiple documents can be submitted into this one field. Alternatively, merge all documents into one PDF for submission. Applications that do not contain all required documents will not receive full consideration. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile by searching 'Find Jobs'.
Review of Applicants will begin January 7, 2022. The position will remain open until filled. This is an Exempt level, benefited position. This position will not sponsor applicants for work visas. This position is a restricted position and continuation beyond 8/31/2023 is dependent upon project prior performance. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.