PostDoctoral Associate

Boulder, CO
Sep 22, 2017
Position Type
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity Program and The BUENO Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Colorado Boulder seeks two experienced Spanish-English bilingual social scientists with a strong theoretical and methodological backgrounds in designing and conducting school-based research and professional development on teaching writing to emergent bilinguals. Under the supervision of Dr. Mileidis Gort, the full-time postdoctoral associates will participate in the development and implementation of at least two research projects. The first study will investigate the specific language features of academic genres for which Spanish-English emergent bilinguals may need explicit instruction as they learn to write across their languages for school purposes. The second project will develop modules for teacher professional development-using a genre-based pedagogy with strong emphasis on language-in teaching the genres of writing to elementary-age emergent bilinguals.

The postdoctoral associates should have deep and broad knowledge of biliteracy theory and pedagogy and experience with qualitative field methods, as well as substantive expertise in one or more of the following areas: bilingual writing development; genre-based pedagogy; systemic functional linguistics; teacher professional development; or mixed methods.

The postdoctoral associates will participate in all phases of research, including instrument development, data collection, data analysis, and publication of results. In addition, the research associates will be encouraged to develop publications that build on her or his emerging research agenda. These positions require the capacity to build strong relationships with peer researchers and practitioners in the field, as well as the ability and willingness to work individually and as part of multi-site teams, and to provide supervision to undergraduate and graduate research assistants.

Each position is for a minimum of one year, starting January 1, 2018 or later, with the possibility of renewal conditional upon performance and available funding, for a maximum of three years per position.

Position Specific Responsibilities/Accountabilities:
  • Collaborate with P.I. in grant-writing, designing and initiating new projects related to writing instruction and outcomes for emergent bilinguals.
  • Interface with P.I. and support research activities related to ongoing grants and projects.
  • Co-facilitate research activities and data collection.
  • Assist in all aspects of implementation and dissemination of study findings, including written reports and research papers.
  • Work closely with partner schools and organizations, as necessary to complete projects.
  • Coordinate with graduate and/or undergraduate research assistants, as appropriate for ongoing projects.
  • Co-present in relevant training, national conferences, and campus-based outreach. Represent CU SOE within the professional community and at professional organizations or associations.
  • Perform other duties as assigned or become relevant to the role.
  • In addition, the postdoctoral fellow will have teaching opportunities at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as appropriate and available.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

Requisite Qualifications
  • Earned doctorate (PhD or EdD) within in the last 3 years, in education, sociology, anthropology, or a related field.
  • Spanish-English proficiency (spoken and written).
  • Strong fundamental background in research methodology and data analysis. Postdoctoral associate will be expected to continue upgrading knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to keep abreast of new developments in bilingual education research and policy.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in one or more of the following areas: bilingual writing development; genre-based pedagogy; systemic functional linguistics, teacher professional development; and/or mixed methods.
  • Exemplary communication skills (both written and oral) evidenced by background in preparing publications, comprehensive reports, and executive summaries incorporating complex, highly technical information.
  • Highly developed organizational and leadership skills.
  • Demonstrated computer competency and knowledge of appropriate software systems for conducting advanced qualitative and quantitative analyses.

Special Instructions to Applicants:University of Colorado Boulder conducts background checks on all final applicants being considered for employment, prior to the issuance of an offer letter. The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To achieve this goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and an EPLS (Excluded Parties List System) check. The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.

The University of Colorado is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or political philosophy in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Inquiries may be directed to the Boulder Campus Title IX Coordinator by calling 303-492-2127. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting Human Resources at

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, Unofficial transcript(s), Statement of Research Philosophy, Additional Attachments - Refer to Application Materials Instructions Below

Application Materials Instructions:We will only accept applications electronically through CU Careers. Completed applications must include the following: 1) letter of application specifying the desired position, 2) a curriculum vita, 3) Statement of Research highlihgting the applicant's research competencies and areas where growth is sought, 4) three confidential letters of recommendation (will be requested separately, 5) unofficial transcripts, and 6) two writing samples (can include a dissertation chapter, article, or other written piece, must be sole or lead author). Please do not mail hardcopies or electronic copies of your application materials.) Confidential letters of recommendation will be requested once application materials are received and have been reviewed. This may take several days. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the search will continue until both positions are filled. Anticipated start date is January 1, 2018 or later.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Boulder

Department: B0001 -- Boulder Campus - 10261 - School of Education

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Sep 21, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Position Number: 00739721


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