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Post Doctoral Fellow in Character Development

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University of Missouri-Saint Louis
Location
St. Louis

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Job Title: Post Doctoral Fellow in Character Development
Location: St. Louis
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 42304
Hiring Department

Center for Character & Citizenship

Job Description

The Center for Character and Citizenship (CCC) is looking for a promising new Ph.D. to help advance its mission to engage in research, education and advocacy that fosters the development of character, democratic citizenship and civil society. The ideal candidate will be an outstanding strategic thinker who has experience in developing and disseminating resources that inform and support the continuous development and practice of virtuous character. The candidate will have a good grasp of the character education landscape and be highly motivated to develop the professional network necessary for adding to the knowledge base associated with character development. The ideal candidate will also possess exceptional attention to detail and a desire to deepen their understanding of the character education field.

Working closely with CCC leadership, this position will help promote campus-wide character education initiatives, innovative products, and community engagement. This collaborative and impact-focused postdoctoral fellow will work cross-departmentally to produce course materials and the research evaluation plan for a year-long leadership-oriented character development experience for UMSL students.

In addition to course development and evaluation, this position also will assist with CCC's thought leadership efforts, including creating podcast series, pitching paper entries for conferences, identifying speaking opportunities, and assisting with increasing visibility around CCC's character education work.

KEY PROJECT DELIVERABLES

CCC Leadership will work with the Postdoctoral Fellow to develop:

  • A goals statement and action plan adapted from the MIT checklist
  • A comprehensive research study proposal
  • Course materials for a year-long leadership-oriented character development experience for UMSL students
  • Five (5) simulation-based learning experiences for use in pre- and in-service educational leadership courses or professional development
  • Three (3) academic journal articles

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assist in conceptualizing study designs; investigate new approaches and identify novel analytical methods to answer key research questions
  • Develop and implement surveys, including conducting literature reviews, identifying and evaluating existing instruments/measures, creating and deploying both print and digital survey formats
  • Collaborate with existing CCC staff to address the ethical dimensions of research, including assisting in the preparation and submission of IRB documentation
  • Collect and manage survey-based data sets; perform primary data cleaning and validation; ensure consistent coding of variables; prepare datasets for use by other CCC staff or external collaborators
  • Document completely all research activities for reference and auditing purposes; maintain records related to study response rates and retention; follow applicable data management protocols; manage quality control of data collection
  • Analyze data quantitatively; Assist in the preparation and implementation of analytic plans that use a variety of quantitative statistical methods including correlation, analysis of variance, logistic and linear regression, longitudinal and multilevel analyses.
  • Analyze data qualitatively: Assist in the preparation and implementation of analytic plans that draw from multiple qualitative research traditions, including phenomenology, ethnography, case studies, and grounded theory.
  • Engage in reporting tasks, including summarizing research findings, assisting the preparation of grant oversight reports, and developing materials for dissemination to both scientific and non-scientific audiences.
  • Assist with the production of manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication, including identifying appropriate scientific journals and their submission requirements, as well as participating in the manuscript drafting and editing process; working with CCC staff to ensure smooth and timely submission of manuscripts.
  • Interact with contractors and coordinate with other CCC staff members, as necessary throughout the survey process; facilitate communication among study collaborators
  • Participate in process-improvement activities to improve study quality and staff productivity; review critically the center's research and modeling techniques; compare planned vs. actual research methods and devise solutions to correct deviations in implementing future research plans
  • Solve research challenges, including both theoretical (e.g., logic model development) and practical problems (e.g., maintaining high survey response rates), as applicable
  • Contribute discrete components to a larger project under the general direction of a senior or principal researcher; actively engage with other CCC staff to ensure that all project deliverables are high quality and completed on time
  • Assist in teaching classes
Qualifications
  • 2 years or less of postdoctoral experience or met all the requirements for a PhD by May 2022
  • Strong communication skills (oral, written, and technical communication skills) are highly valued. Must be able to clearly communicate ideas and results of analyses with researchers of various backgrounds
  • High level of organization, strong deductive reasoning skills, and attention to detail; capable of comprehensive documentation of research processes, data management and programming activities
  • Experience with programming and data management, along with knowledge of both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and principles is desired
  • Excellent teamwork and communication skills
  • Scientific writing skills demonstrated through peer-reviewed publications
  • Ability to acquire accurate data
  • Critical eye towards consistency, reproducibility, and the scientific method in general
  • Excellent project and time management skills
  • Strong interpersonal and mentoring skills
  • Advocate for safety and ethics in the workplace
Other Information

As one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse campuses in Missouri, UMSL is committed to maintaining a climate where all students, faculty, staff and visitors can explore their interests, refine their talents and flourish. Inclusive excellence is embedded in our strategic plan which focuses on actions to recruit and retain diverse students and employees and promote activities that encourage civil and constructive discourse, reasoned thought and sustained dialogue in an environment of inclusion, respect and appreciation.

Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States. The University will not sponsor applicants for this position for employment visas.

Benefit Eligibility

The University of Missouri - St. Louis offers benefit-eligible employees a wide variety of benefits including: health, dental and vision coverage effective on the first day of employment, retirement, paid time off, tuition assistance for employees and their dependents and employee and dependent life insurance. For more information about our benefits, please visit:

https://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits

Diversity Commitment

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.

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