Post-doctoral position researching impacts of place-based learning on STEM education
This open position is designed for a postdoctoral scholar interested in the utilization of place-based learning to enhance STEM education. This postdoctoral position is housed in the Center for Urban Ecology and Sustainability (CUES) in the Butler University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
This position is part of a National Science Foundation Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (NSF-IUSE, Award # 1915313)-funded project that seeks to utilize the one-acre agroecology CUE Farm at Butler University as a learning hub for undergraduate courses across the curriculum using place-based experiential learning theory. Research will explore whether the designing and implementation of course activities around a central interdisciplinary theme (i.e., urban farming) provides added benefits to student learning outcomes (place attachment/meaning, civic mindedness, environmental literacy, and scientific reasoning) and synergies across departments, colleges, and disciplines to tackle emerging scientific and social challenges.
Together with a collaborative team from Butler University and Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, the primary roles of this position will focus on 1) the collection and analysis of quantitative data (e.g., surveys); 2) the collection and analysis of qualitative data (e.g., faculty-staff learning community observations and artifacts, classroom observations, interviews/focus groups, course artifacts); 3) the dissemination of research findings at conferences and in peer-reviewed journals; and 4) organizational support of faculty-staff learning communities. Organizational responsibilities will include overseeing project timelines and action items; in addition, the successful candidate will coordinate research across multiple courses, tending to the recruitment of student participants from said courses. This position offers the opportunity to receive mentoring by researchers from multiple backgrounds and learn about conducting mixed-methods research on the role of place-based learning in enhancing place attachment/meaning, civic mindedness, environmental literacy, and scientific reasoning.
- Earned doctorate (or ABD) in learning sciences, social sciences, science education or STEM education, or other related field.
- Strong methodological training in research/statistics and qualitative analysis.
- Experience in qualitative research as well as data management and quantitative analysis.
- Experience working with university personnel.
- Ability to work independently and as a team leader and member.
- Ability to handle multiple priorities in a time sensitive environment.
- A demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in written form.
- Ability to work effectively with cross-disciplinary teams.
- Knowledge of STEM education research and learning theory.
- Skills and abilities that include mixed method research design and data management.
- Project management experience.
The appointment is a one-year position with possible renewal for a second year and a half, conditional on satisfactory performance review after the first year and continued funding. Salary is commensurate with experience and will also be provided with full benefits including health insurance. Butler University is committed to enhancing the diversity of the student body and our faculty and staff.
To apply for this position, please submit a letter of interest that outlines: a) your interest in working on this project, b) what you feel you can contribute to this work, c) your relevant skills and experiences. In addition to this letter, please upload a current CV, a writing sample, and the names and contact details of three references. All applications should be submitted through Butler’s job application site.
Review of applications will begin July 15, 2019 and continue until filled. Start date is targeted for fall 2019.
Inquiries regarding the position may be directed to:
Dr. Julia Angstmann
Director, Center for Urban Ecology and Sustainability
Butler University is committed to enhancing the diversity of the student body and our faculty and staff. In addition hiring decisions are made on the basis of an individual's qualifications, past experience, overall performance, and other employment-related criteria. Butler University provides equal opportunities for employment and advancement for all individuals, regardless of age, gender, gender identity, sex, race, religion, color, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, national origin, or any other legally protected category.