Research Associate, Lesson Study Group

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About Mills College:
Located in Oakland, California, in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mills College is a liberal arts college for women and gender non-binary students, with graduate programs for all genders. Consistently ranked one of the top master's universities and one of the best value colleges in the West by U.S. News & World Report, Mills also has been named one of the Best Colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. The Mills experience is distinguished by small, interactive classes, one-on-one attention from exceptional faculty, a culture of creative experimentation, and cutting-edge interdisciplinary learning opportunities which empower students to make a statement in their careers and communities. As one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, we have a strong record of academic success with first-generation students, students of color, Latinx students, LGBTQ students, and other underrepresented students. Mills College has recently become a Hispanic Serving Institution. Applicants with expertise and experience in supporting and promoting success for Latina/o students are encouraged to apply.

Mills College encourages diversity in hiring and particularly welcomes applications and nominations from women, gender non-binary individuals, and minorities. Mills College seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to equity, inclusion, and social justice and our desire to maintain the excellence of our faculty. In so doing, we offer our students not only the opportunity to learn about varied disciplines but to engage with diverse perspectives and ways of knowing and learning. For more information, please visit

Job Description:

The Mills College Lesson Study group is seeking a Research Associate to contribute to one of the Lesson Study research projects. The project is an Institute of Educational Sciences (IES) Randomized Control Trial designed to test resource kits for fractions lesson study. The purpose of this efficacy study is to test the independent and combined impacts of lesson study and a fractions resource kit, developed and pilot tested with prior IES funding (

The Research Associate will work with a team led by Catherine Lewis, Ph.D. on the data coding, analysis, synthesis and development of written, video and on-line products, specifically those related to how teachers learn during lesson study.

Specific duties of the Research Associate include, but are not limited to the following (percentages are approximate and will vary over time):

Development of Coding Systems and Data Coding (50%)
Work under direction of Senior Research Associate to design, develop and test coding systems, code data, including video data, surveys, and lesson study artifacts. Enter data into computer files. Work with other team members to achieve reliable coding of data and conduct intermittent checks.

Data Analysis (20%)
Analyze data results against theories of teacher learning and research questions. Write up research findings.

Synthesizing findings and reporting (25%)
This will include meetings with other team members and expert consultants to plan and discuss data coding, analysis and emerging findings. Time will be given for the development of written, video and on-line products.

Conference/Professional Meeting Presentations (5%)
Opportunities will be provided for conference and professional meeting presentations.


The ideal candidate will have:

  • Ph.D. desirable but not required.
  • Experience in education, with knowledge of mathematics education, professional learning, and instructional and organizational change.
  • Knowledge of qualitative research methods
  • Willingness and capacity to show flexibility in response to the data
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills
  • Skills and interest in the development of written, video, and online educational resources

    The work will require strong organizational skills to keep track of electronic and hard-copy documentation and strong verbal and written communication skills for working with widely-varying educational agencies. Attention to detail is required for all facets of the job, including coding and analyzing data. The Research Associate will use multiple qualitative (e.g., Studiocode) and quantitative analysis software systems to do this work and must have strong listening and collaborative abilities to support the development of shared and complex protocols and coding systems. Curiosity about teaching and learning and a desire to develop research skills will be important assets.

    Minimum Requirements
    Knowledge of:

  • Educational research, including research design, qualitative and quantitative analysis, and data management
  • Microsoft Office suite of products, particularly Excel
  • Qualitative coding systems and software (e.g., Studiocode, Nvivo) is desirable
  • Measurement and statistical software (SPSS, SAS, HLM, and/or similar programs) is desirable

    Ability to:

  • Work flexibly and independently as a contributing team member, based on understanding of the research and analytic methods
  • Use excellent interpersonal skills to partner with collaborators and staff and in developing and maintaining long term supportive relationships
  • Use excellent verbal and written communication skills in English, particularly for synthesizing and reporting on research and data analyses
  • Monitor and ensure high levels of accuracy of work within a busy environment, where it is necessary to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, determine priorities, and meet deadlines
  • Establish and maintain effective and productive working relationships within a diverse and multicultural environment

    Education and Training:
    Candidates must possess a Bachelors or Masters Degree and have experience with some components of research, preferably related to educational evaluation, educational measurement, educational policy, or a related discipline (e.g., Statistics, Program Evaluation, Psychology, Sociology).

    Physical, Mental and Environmental Demands:
    Candidates must understand that this work will require sitting at a desk, working independently and visiting school sites or conferences. Some current project offices are on the second floor of a building, only accessible by stairs. Small amounts of car and plane travel (both locally and nationally) may be necessary.

    Additional Information:

    This is a full-time, exempt position with an FTE of 1.0. Salary is commensurate with experience, and includes an excellent benefits package including medical/dental/vision/life/LTD insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with college-matching after 6 month qualifying period, 10 days of vacation for year one, 15 days of vacation for years 2-10, and 22 days of vacation years 10+ plus, 12 sick days and 17 paid holidays (subject to annual review). Staff members also receive free admission to campus events, use of the pool, fitness center, and tennis courts. Tuition remission is also available after an introductory period. Voluntary benefits include: pet insurance, long-term care insurance, legal-assistance insurance, cellular provider discounts and computer hardware discounts.

    Mills College does not permit discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, race, religious creed, color, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, age, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. For more information on Mills non-discrimination policy, please go to

    All positions are subject to a background check. Prior to the first date of employment, an applicants background check must be cleared.

    Application Instructions:

    To apply, submit the following documents

  • Employee Application
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter and
  • Contact Information for 3 References

    Please note that you can only upload 6 "Other" documents. You can consolidate multiple pages/documents into one file upload. The file size limit for each upload is 10Mb.

    Review of applicants will begin immediately; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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    Job No:
    Posted: 6/3/2019
    Application Due: 10/2/2019
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