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Job ID 26009
Full/Part Time Full-Time
Location Columbia

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Postdoctoral Fellow Position

Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis

The Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis in the College of Education at the University of Missouri invites applications for a post-doctoral position. This post-doc will work with Dr. Lisa Dorner on the National Professional Development project called Strengthening Equity and Excellence for Teachers of English Learners (SEE-TEL). Funded by the U.S. Department of Education Office of English Language Acquisition, this grant is an inter-campus project between University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) and Columbia (MU), led by Dr. Kim Song (PI at UMSL), Dr. Lisa Dorner (PI at MU), and Dr. Sujin Kim (Co-PI at UMSL).

The purpose of SEE-TEL is to provide high-quality, research-based, and innovative professional development to educators who work with emerging bilinguals (English Learners) in four school districts across the state of Missouri. We are looking for a qualified post-doc with experience in the areas of immigrant family engagement; equitable and effective teaching of emerging bilinguals; and mixed method, quasi-experimental research.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will collaborate with the SEE-TEL team in all study phases including participant recruitment, quantitative and qualitative research tool development, data collection, data analysis, and presentation and publication of results. Other activities include supporting and attending the professional development activities and working with districts to develop family engagement plans. Travel to study sites is required.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will gain experience working on a federally-funded, state-wide research project with a group of scholars focused on developing equitable education for emerging bilinguals. The post-doc will also have the opportunity to develop an independent line of research related to SEE-TEL activities.

This position will start in August 1, 2018. This is a one-year position, with possibility for renewal.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • An earned doctorate in Bilingual/Language Education, Educational Leadership, Educational Policy, Educational Research Methods, Literacy Education, TESOL, or related field at the time of appointment.
  • Experience working with emerging bilingual learners, immigrants, and/or refugee communities.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience conducting evaluations for large educational projects.
  • Experience teaching and/or designing professional development for educators.
  • Research expertise on immigrant family engagement.
  • Proficiency in English and another language.

  • Attend weekly team meetings
  • Develop and test evaluation tools
  • Collect, organize and analyze qualitative and quantitative research data
  • Mentor graduate research assistants
  • Support four to five-day Summer Institutes and other professional development activities
  • Work with school districts in the design and implementation of family engagement plans
  • Co-author research publications and annual reports
  • Develop future 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 quasi-experimental and qualitative research methods in education
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Research interests that align well with faculty mentors

Other Information

About ELPA: The mission of ELPA is to create knowledge while preparing leaders to critically shape and transform educational issues, policies, and practices. To advance our mission, we educate leaders and lead educators in higher education, PK12 schools, and other policy settings. ELPA offers master's, Ed.S., Ed.D., and Ph.D. degrees across the following areas: PK12 Leadership and Administration, Higher Education, Educational Policy, and Educational Leadership. ELPA is ranked 17th among graduate programs in educational administration by US News and World Report and is one of the original institutional partners in the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED). More information on the department can be found at: More information about SEE-TEL can be found at

About the College of Education: MU's 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 1867, MU became one of the first public universities in the nation to establish an academic program specific to teacher preparation. Cultural diversity is an important goal supported by the Department, College, and MU. More information is available on the web at:

MU is located in Columbia, a metropolitan community of approximately 120,000 that 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 30,000, and is designated as a Carnegie Research University with very high research activity. 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.

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

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

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, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. 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

To Apply: Complete the brief online application and uplaod 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.
  • A CV
  • A writing sample
  • List of three references

All application materials should be submitted by April 20, 2018.

Questions should be directed to:

Search Committee Chair - Dr. Lisa M. Dorner

Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis

University of Missouri

301A Hill Hall

Columbia, MO 65211-2190

Phone: 573-882-7938

Email: [email protected]





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Posted: 5/22/2018
Application Due: 6/22/2018
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