Postdoctoral Scholar: Community-Based Approach to Teacher Noticing

Irvine, CA
Jun 19, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
  • School of Education - Education


    Open April 20th, 2017 through June 30th, 2017


    University of California, Irvine

    School of Education

    Postdoctoral Scholar: Community-Based Approach to Teacher Noticing

    We seek a full-time postdoctoral scholar to join a research project focused on a community-based approach to equitable mathematics teaching in secondary schools. This scholar will work on a collaborative funded National Science Foundation grant, with Drs. Elizabeth van Es at UC, Irvine and Victoria Hand at CU, Boulder to study secondary mathematics teachers' noticing for equity and to develop their noticing practices for equity. Over a three-year period, we will engage with teachers and community members in two school districts to advance theory on the relation between teacher dispositions, noticing, and instructional practice. We will develop and employ a community-based approach to support the development of teacher noticing.

    We are seeking a scholar with experience in participatory/ community-based research (ideally using a design-based approach), with expertise in qualitative methodology. The scholar will also have experience working with teachers and/or youth from non-dominant communities, and a commitment to social justice and equity in mathematics education. The scholar may also have some experience teaching in K12 mathematics classrooms.

    The project involves several components: a) identifying and establishing relationships with community partners, b) observing in teachers' classrooms and conducting interviews; c) co-designing and co-leading summer workshops with teachers, community leaders, and youth; d) co-designing and co-leading video-based professional development during the course of the school year with teacher and community leaders; e) leading noticing teams in developing and presenting research findings at state and national conferences; and f) co-developing web-based cases to illustrate teachers' efforts to engage in noticing practices for equity.

    As such, the responsibilities of the position include engaging in the co-design and co-facilitation of community-based research for teacher professional development, managing data collection and analysis activities, overseeing graduate and undergraduate research assistants, and disseminating research findings through conference presentation, publications, and development of web-based cases. This scholar will be located at UC, Irvine and will coordinate data collection and analysis activities and participate in professional development activities at both research sites. The position will require some travel between sites.

    Minimum Qualifications
    • Ph.D. in Education, Learning Sciences, or Mathematics Education with a focus on equity and social justice
    • Experience teaching or working with teachers and/or youth in middle and/or secondary contexts that serve under-represented minority students and/or students from non-dominant communities
    • Experience collecting and analyzing qualitative data - conducting interviews, capturing video of classroom interactions, observing and taking field notes, and engaging in collaborative activities with participants in their settings and contexts
    • Experience using qualitative software tools for analysis (e.g. Atlas.ti, Studiocode, or Transana)
    • Excellent project management skills
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Excellent interpersonal skills

    We seek a candidate who can start as early as July 1, 2017. Start date is negotiable. This position, which has an annual salary starting at $55,138, is for one year with anticipated renewal for a second and third year. UC, Irvine has an excellent benefits package and a number of policies and programs to support employees as they balance work and family.

    Interested applicants should apply at Qualified candidates should submit curriculum vitae, a cover letter explaining relevant background and interest in the position, names of three references (please do not solicit letters), and sample paper or publication. Inquiries about application process should be directed to Tammy Ho at

    Inquiries about the position should be directed to Elizabeth van Es, Associate Professor of Education at UCI at

    The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy
    Job location Irvine, CA

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