Research Associate-Fixed Term

Position Summary

The U-TEMPT (University Teaching Experience Model for Prospective Teachers) project seeks a research associate (post-doctoral researcher) to participate in a study of an innovative model of early field experience for secondary mathematics prospective teachers to be implemented at three University-based teacher preparation programs (Michigan State University, University of Delaware, and the Pennsylvania State University). The model involves providing mentorship to prospective teachers early in their preparation programs as they teach in field placements within the context of undergraduate, freshman-level mathematics courses. This is a four-year, National Science Foundation –funded (IUSE, Award #) study led by Dr. Kristen Bieda (Michigan State University), Dr. Fran Arbaugh (the Pennsylvania State University) and Dr. Michelle Cirillo (University of Delaware). The research associate will work most closely with Dr. Bieda and the graduate and undergraduate research assistants at Michigan State. 

The position is full-time (100% appointment) for 12 months beginning August 16, 2017 and has the possibility of extension for up to three additional years, pending funding. The research associate will participate in all phases of the project, including: data collection, data analysis, dissemination (including publications, conference presentations, and online media). Additionally, PI Bieda will work with the researcher to disseminate work that builds on the researcher’s emerging research agenda. The research associate must be willing to work collaboratively with the project team at Michigan State University as well as support the work of collaborative partners at the University of Delaware and the Pennsylvania State University. The research associate will also be expected to travel to support dissemination of results, as well as to support data collection and analysis efforts at all sites as needed. 

Required Degree

Doctorate -Education, Math Ed, Teacher Ed

Minimum Requirements
  • Doctorate degree in Education, Math Ed, Teacher Ed
  • Expertise in mathematics teaching and learning in one or more of the following areas: secondary mathematics education, undergraduate mathematics education, teacher preparation, and higher education policy. 
Desired Qualifications
  • Strong preparation in qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • Experience teaching secondary mathematics and/or secondary mathematics methods courses is preferred, as well as experience on large-scale, cross-institutional research projects. 
Required Application Materials

Please send a cover letter, CV, one representative publication, and names and contact information for three references. 

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin on August 14, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. Any questions about the position can be directed to: Kristen Bieda ( 

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