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Post Doctoral Fellow

Employer
Southern Methodist University
Location
Dallas, TX

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Position Type
Postdoc
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Description
Salary Range: 

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications

About SMU

SMU’s more than 12,000 diverse, high-achieving students come from all 50 states and 90 countries to take advantage of the University’s small classes, hands-on research opportunities, leadership development, community service, international study and innovative programs. The University offers a strong foundation in the humanities and sciences and undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs through eight schools.

Now in its second century of achievement, SMU is increasingly recognized for the ways it supports students, faculty and alumni as they become ethical leaders in their professions and communities. On the most beautiful college campus in the country, SMU Mustangs are energized by unbridled opportunities – from teaching, learning and research to creativity, performance and athletic endeavor.

About the Position:

Southern Methodist University (SMU) is seeking a Post Doctoral Fellow to work within the Center on Research and Evaluation (CORE), exclusively on topics and projects pertaining to Teach for America. A strong quantitative background will be required as the position offers opportunities for quantitative research pertaining to: student learning and achievement outcomes, teacher preparation, professional learning and equity in education. The role will include mentorship and supervision from both SMU and TFA leadership and will offer opportunities to co-design and provide professional development to national Texas-based TFA stakeholders. The position is 15 months with a possibility for extension. Publications and conference presentations are expected. Travel support and benefits are provided.

Essential Functions:

    Research - A primary research activity will be collaborating with SMU CORE and TFA to add to an ongoing multi-year Texas Impact Study. Research questions of personal interest as well as questions generated collaboratively with TFA are invited.  Considerations for accommodating and interpreting disruptions in student data due to COVID will be critical.  Postdoc will lead development of manuscripts and conference presentations, lead IRB submissions, and collaborate with colleagues on research activities such as panels and presentations.

    Consultation - in collaboration with CORE colleagues, will work with TFA (especially Texas regions) to understand emerging data needs, problems of practice, and areas of interest. The postdoc would participate regularly in regional meetings, co-designing with TFA colleagues, working to understand emergent and applied issues and making connections to available data.

    Professional development - Co-develop professional development offerings for TFA – including national staff, regional heads of corps member programs, and corps members.  Professional development will be based on emergent findings, knowledge in the field, and regional problems of practice.

    Dissemination - Prepare and submit formal academic manuscripts with CORE and TFA co-authors; propose and provide presentations at academic conferences; and provide a wide range of informal presentations to practitioner audiences.  Presentations may include: regional TFA networks, serving as a panelist on local or national webinars or other professional development offerings.

    Engage in mentoring and supervision with SMU and TFA colleagues.  Pursue other scholarly activities as opportunities arise.

    Will travel to Texas regions; may travel 6-10 times annually for professional meetings, conference presentations and to provide professional development.



Qualifications
Education and Experience:

Doctoral degree is required. Education, Quantitative Methodology, or related field is preferred.

Three years of prior work experience is required.

Successful candidates may have a wide range of prior work experience, including but not limited to: K-12 or higher education, policy or advocacy work, quantitative analysis and methodology.  Alternatively, candidates may have gained experience exclusively through undergraduate, master’s level, and terminal degree seeking programs.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Excellent quantitative analysis skills, experience with managing large datasets and academic writing are required as is experience and skill with leading professional development sessions for educators and program leaders.

Candidate must demonstrate strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate broadly across the University and develop and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of constituencies. Must also demonstrate strong written communication skills.

Candidate must possess strong problem-solving skills with the ability to identify and analyze problems, as well as devise solutions. Must also have strong organizational, planning and time management skills.  A strong attention to detail is essential. 

CITI certification (or IRB equivalent) is preferred.

FERPA training is preferred.

Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe, SAS, R, mPLUS and/or equivalent status software is required.

Physical and Environmental Demands:

    Sit for long periods of time
Deadline to Apply:

This position is open until filled. 

EEO Statement:

SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601, [email protected].

Benefits:

SMU offers staff a broad, competitive array of health and related benefits. In addition to traditional benefits such as health, dental, and vision plans, SMU offers a wide range of wellness programs to help attract, support, and retain our employees whose work continues to make SMU an outstanding education and research institution.

SMU is committed to providing an array of retirement programs that benefit and protect you and your family throughout your working years at SMU and, if you meet SMU's retirement eligibility criteria, during your retirement years after you leave SMU.

The value of learning at SMU isn't just about preparing our students for the future. Employees have access to a wide variety of professional and personal development opportunities, including tuition benefits.



Primary Location: USA-TX-Dallas
Job: Research
Organization: Simmons School of Education
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Employee Status: Limited Term
Job Type: Staff
Job Level: Individual Contributor
Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time
Job Posting: Feb 18, 2022, 3:53:10 PM
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