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Job ID 24440
Full/Part Time Full-Time
Location Columbia

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Postdoctoral Fellow Position

Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology

The Missouri Prevention Center and the Department of Educational, School & Counseling Psychology in the College of Education at the University of Missouri is pleased to offer a post-doctoral position for the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Research and Training program, funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

The purpose of this IES Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Research Training program is to prepare education researchers to conduct high-quality, independent research that advances the knowledge base in the education sciences and addresses issues important to education leaders, policymakers and practitioners. To achieve this aim, the research and training program will provide fellows with the substantive and methodological training needed to become competent, independent education science researchers, emphasizing the skills needed to conceptualize and execute rigorous research designs and analyses that support causal inference. Specific research projects will be based upon the joint interests of the fellow and their faculty mentor(s).

Fellows in this unique program will receive rigorous interdisciplinary training in substantive areas focused on identifying and evaluating effective teaching practices for supporting student social, emotional, and academic outcomes and optimal training models to disseminate these practices. Faculty mentors with expertise in these areas will work closely with each fellow to support their professional development as emerging educational scientists from a range of related fields including school psychology, special education, educational statistics and methodology, educational leadership, social work, and counseling psychology.

We are recruiting a fellow to begin in the fall of 2018. Completed and ongoing research projects that the Fellow may interface with depending on skills and interests include four group randomized evaluations of school-based interventions, a developmental project focused on a web-based teacher consultation model, measurement development projects, development of tools for using propensity score methods with complex survey data, and a county-wide school mental health surveillance and intervention model. The position will also afford the fellow opportunities for mentoring and training in prevention and education sciences, grant-writing and administration, and publishing. Opportunities for clinical experiences and supervision from licensed psychologists are possible for interested Fellow.


  • An earned doctorate in School Psychology, Research Methods, Special Education or related field at the time of appointment
  • Candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States to be eligible for the fellowship.

  • Developing/enhancing an independent program of research relevant in research methods
  • Mentoring graduate students
  • Attending weekly training seminars
  • Participating in research projects that align with their interests
  • Co-authoring data-based publications
  • Developing grant proposals

Candidates will be evaluated on the following factors:
  • Ability to develop and sustain an independent program of scholarly research
  • Openness to learning
  • Skills in participating in research projects and generating research ideas
  • Ability to co-author publications and grant proposals
  • Experience with educational and behavioral research methods.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills.
  • Research interests that align well with faculty mentors.

Other Information

About ESCP: ESCP offers doctoral degrees in Educational Psychology, School Psychology, and Counseling Psychology. Master's and Specialist degrees are offered in Educational Psychology, School Psychology, Counseling Psychology, School Counseling, and Career Counseling. More information on the department can be found at: http://education.missouri.edu/ESCP/index.php. The program is affiliated with the Missouri Prevention Center, the Coalition for Cultural Competency as well as the MU Career Center.

About the College of Education: The College of Education is ranked among the top doctoral granting colleges of education in the country. Today, the College has a student population of approximately 900 undergraduates and 1,400 graduate students with 72 tenured/tenure-track and 25 full-time non-tenure track faculty members. The College is financially well positioned to invest in innovation. Annual expenditures for externally funded projects are approximately $20 million with funded projects in research, instruction and public service. Our research portfolio has increased significantly in recent years, and is poised for continued significant strategic growth. The College is a leader on the campus and is nationally recognized for its distance and online education programs.

About MU and the Surrounding Community: MU is the oldest state university west of the Mississippi River and the largest of the four institutions in the University of Missouri System. In 1848, MU became the first public university in the nation to open a college specific to teacher preparation. Cultural diversity is an important goal supported by the Division, College, and MU. More information is available on the web at: education.missouri.edu

MU is located in Columbia, a metropolitan community of approximately 130,000 which has been rated by Money Magazine, Men's Journal and MSN.COM as one of the best places to live in the U.S. MU has a student body of over 34,000, and is designated as a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University Extensive. MU is one of only six universities in the U.S. that is both the flagship and land grant institution housing medicine, veterinary medicine and law on the same campus. As an AAU member institution since 1908, MU is recognized as one of the top research and educational institutions in the nation.

This position provides an opportunity to work at a world-class research university in a beautiful and diverse setting that offers a high quality of life. There are numerous opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts and Columbia has been recognized as a bike-friendly community. Both Kansas City and St. Louis are within a 90-minute drive offering the shopping and cultural opportunities of major metropolitan areas. Columbia has a very high quality public school system and provides many opportunities for art, culture and music enthusiasts.


Competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications
Non-tenure track postdoctoral fellow, 12-month appointment. The appointment is for one year, with possibility of renewing for one additional year.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that is fully committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.


To read more about Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) please use the following links:

Application Materials

Complete the brief online application and submit the following:
  • A letter of application that addresses the candidate's interest, overall qualifications for the fellowship, and an explanation of how this fellowship will help prepare the candidate future career interests and professional goals.
  • Curriculum Vitae

Questions may be directed to:

Search Committee Chair - Dr. Wendy Reinke

Educational School and Counseling Psychology

University of Missouri

16 Hill Hall

Columbia, MO 65211-2190

Phone: 573-882-7890

Email: [email protected]





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Posted: 2/28/2018
Application Due: 3/24/2018
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