Post-Doctoral Fellow

St. Louis
Nov 12, 2020
Position Type
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Job Title: Post-Doctoral Fellow
Location: St. Louis
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 34874
Hiring Department

Department: Educator Preparation and Leadership

University of Missouri – St. Louis
Major Administrative Unit / College: College of Education
Salary: Competitive
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Categories: Full Time (100%), Non-Tenure Track System Faculty, Education/Training

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Position Summary
The Department of Educator Preparation at the University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL) seeks a Postdoctoral Fellow of Literacy Education.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will gain experience working on a federally-funded, statewide research project with a group of scholars focused on developing research-based, equitable literacy education in the state of Missouri. The Postdoctoral Fellow will collaborate with the Comprehensive Literacy State Development (CLSD) project team in all study phases including participant recruitment, quantitative and qualitative research design, data collection, data analysis, and publication of results. The candidate should demonstrate the capability to initiate and complete research. We seek a colleague who can collaborate with the research team throughout the state and engage with local practitioners in the greater St. Louis region. Other activities include supporting and attending the professional development activities and working with schools.

The University of Missouri – St. Louis is a leader in partnerships with key institutions in the St. Louis community. The College of education is committed to equity, collaboration, and excellence. This sharing of resources and knowledge has provided countless quality educational opportunities for thousands of individuals in the St. Louis region. The University of Missouri – St. Louis is one of four institutions in the University of Missouri System, and is located in St. Louis. With a population approaching 3 million people, the St. Louis region is one of the 20 most-populated metropolitan areas in the United States. Home to a wonderful array of cultural, scientific, educational, and sports venues, St. Louis was recently named one of the nicest places to live and work in America.

The position will start January 10 or August 10, 2021. The Postdoc is a one-year, non-tenure track position, with possibility for renewal.

Major Responsibilities
• Lead or support all CLSD research tasks from research design to reporting of results
• Collect, organize and analyze qualitative and quantitative research data
• Assist with professional development design and evaluation
• Support professional development activities
• Co-author presentations, research publications and grant reports
• Support intra-university and school-university partnerships
• Collaborate with area K-12 schools, community agencies, and state agencies
• Collaborate with department faculty

Minimum Requirements
An earned doctoral graduate degree in literacy, curriculum, educational research or a closely related field or provide evidence that the degree will be completed prior to the start date of the appointment. Candidates should have publications in peer-reviewed journals, commitment to studying under-served populations, and leadership skills.
• Doctorate in literacy or related field
• Evidence of a cohesive and relevant research agenda and recent publications
• Strong, explicit commitment to educational equity and social justice
• Experience with working effectively with diverse students and families
• Demonstrated superior communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills

Desired Qualifications
We are seeking individuals with knowledge of educational research methods and teacher education experience whose expertise will complement that of UMSL faculty. Although we are open to a variety of education research methods and disciplinary orientations, we will give preference to candidates who focus on K-12 literacy and have methodological expertise in mixed methods research and/or evaluation-oriented research.
• Knowledge of online learning development and delivery
• Experience with grant-funded research
• Successful teaching in K-12
• Successful experience designing and facilitating professional development with K-12 teachers

Required Application Materials
• Cover letter
• Resume/CV
• Graduate Transcripts
• Names of Three References

Application Process
Applicants MUST apply online at and are required to submit a letter of application, vitae, unofficial graduate transcripts, contact information for three references. A single PDF file attached to the application under the section for "resume" is strongly recommended. Only applications submitted online will be reviewed.

Applications received by November 30, 2020 will receive priority; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The College desires to enhance the diversity of its faculty and programs and encourages applications from underrepresented groups.

We invite inquiries from potentially interested candidates to the search committee: Dr. Shea Kerkhoff [email protected] Please see the CLSD grant website and our College website for information about our project, department and college.

The University of Missouri-St. Louis is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity.

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.