The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) at the University of Delaware (UD) currently has an outstanding opportunity for a Postdoctoral Researcher. This is a full-time, twelve-month position with a possible extension of two additional years, dependent upon available funding and satisfactory performance in the role.
The postdoctoral researcher will support the second phase of research for a project entitled Understanding How Elementary Teachers Take Up Discussion Practices to Promote Disciplinary Learning and Equity, supported by a research grant from the James S. McDonnell Foundation. Our study focuses on the work of elementary teachers, who learn to orchestrate talk both within and across several disciplines. While researchers in mathematics, science, and literacy education have identified discipline-specific discussion moves, little is understood about how elementary teachers make sense of, coordinate, or experience contradictions in their development of discussion practices across content areas. Further, little is understood about how elementary teachers attend to inequities for children in the context of disciplinary discussions. Understanding how teachers learn to enact classroom discussions – across disciplines – that attend to deep disciplinary ways of knowing and to the power dynamics that exist in discussions is essential for developing robust theories about teachers’ learning and development and designing supportive learning environments. We are entering the second phase of research, during which we will enact and study teacher learning as a multi-sited phenomenon distributed across activity systems: job-embedded Learning Labs (Kazemi et al., 2018), teacher workgroup meetings, and classrooms of participating teachers. We will co-design Learning Labs with local school- and district-level educators to focus on core instructional practices related to facilitating discussions across English language arts, mathematics, and science (CPC, 2013). The research team includes: Dr. Lynsey Gibbons (University of Delaware), Dr. Eve Manz (Boston University), Dr. Annie Wilhelm (Southern Methodist University), and Dr. Sarah Kavanagh (University of Pennsylvania).
PhD, EdD, or foreign equivalent (or PhD candidates expected to graduate by June 2021) in a social science field with a focus on a relevant discipline (e.g. science education, literacy education, elementary education, teacher education).
Other preferred attributes to be considered during the application process include: ● K-5 teaching experience ● Experience managing data collection and analysis ● Experience designing or facilitating teacher learning / professional development ● Expertise in instructional practices in elementary science or English Language Arts ● Demonstrated publication record or excellent writing ability
Please submit the following:
A one-page cover letter that briefly summarizes qualifications and experience, interest in the project, and career / research goals
Name and contact information for three references
One publication or example of scholarly writing
Review of candidates will begin November 1, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. The desired position start date is Summer 2021.
Internal Number: 496175
About University of Delaware
The University of Delaware has a great tradition of excellence, from our roots extending back to a small private academy started in 1743, to the research-intensive, technologically advanced institution of today. Our alumni tell our story of achievement, from our first class, which included three signers of the Declaration of Independence and one signer of the U.S. Constitution, to the more than 154,000 living Blue Hens who are making vital contributions to the world. Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his wife, Jill, are both UD alumni. The University received its charter from the State of Delaware in 1833 and was designated one of the nation’s historic Land Grant colleges in 1867. Today, UD is a Land Grant, Sea Grant and Space Grant institution. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies UD as a research university with very high research activity—a designation accorded less than 3 percent of U.S. colleges and universities. UD ranks among the nation’s top 100 universities in federal R&D support for science and engineering. A state-assisted, privately governed institution, UD offers a broad range of degree programs: 3 associate programs, 147 bachelor’s p...rograms, 119 master's programs, 54 doctoral programs, and 15 dual graduate programs through our seven colleges and in collaboration with more than 70 research centers. Our student body encompasses more than 17,000 undergraduates, more than 3,600 graduate students and nearly 800 students in professional and continuing studies from across the country and around the globe. Our distinguished faculty includes internationally known authors, scientists and artists, among them a Nobel laureate, Guggenheim and Fulbright fellows, and members of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. State-of-the-art facilities support UD's academic and public service activities. Our 146-foot coastal research vessel, Hugh R. Sharp—the most advanced in the U.S.—helps scientists across the region explore the sea. World-class figure skaters train at our High Performance Figure Skating Center. Partnerships with Nemours/A. I. du Pont Hospital for Children, Christiana Care and Thomas Jefferson University; the U.S. Army; Winterthur; Longwood Gardens and Hagley Museum offer unparalleled experiences in health sciences, defense research, art conservation, horticulture and history. The University is now transforming a 272-acre parcel, the site of a former auto assembly plant, into the Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus. Distinguished speaker series, symposia, 21 intercollegiate athletics programs and numerous intramural and club sports, more than 300 student organizations, concerts, exhibits and other arts and cultural activities enrich campus life.Thomas Jefferson once described Delaware as a "jewel" among states due to its strategic location on the East Coast, halfway between Washington, D.C., and New York City. Today, however, the location of Delaware's flagship university increasingly is invoked as "halfway between Los Angeles and London."In addition to our Georgian-inspired main campus in Newark, Del., UD has locations across the state--in Wilmington, Dover, Georgetown and Lewes. A thriving study-abroad program and expanding international partnerships further enhance our students' education as global citizens. We invite you to visit our campus or take our virtual tour today! http://video.realviewtv.com/education/udel/
BACK TO TOP
NSTA Career Center is Just One of the Benefits.
Discover what else NSTA has to offer!
The job you are trying to reach from was originally posted at NSTA Career Center.