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SMU-Bush Institute, Post Doctoral Fellow (IT Education Interventions for Homelessness)

Southern Methodist University
Dallas, TX

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Salary Range: 

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications

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About the Position:

The SMU-Bush Institute is seeking a full-time postdoctoral fellow to conduct research at the intersection of homelessness, education, and IT workforce development. The successful candidate will collaborate with Dr. Alexandra Pavlakis and join an interdisciplinary team of researchers and industry partners working on an NSF-funded project, “Work-Learn: Examining the use of micro-internships to leverage scalable learning for STEM workforce development among people experiencing homelessness.”

The postdoctoral fellow will play a key role in partnering with homeless shelters, anti-poverty non-profits, and industry partners to understand, implement, and assess a micro-internship intervention with people experiencing homelessness.

Ideally, an applicant should have relevant research exposure in one or more of the areas of: education policy and leadership, IT, computer science, learning sciences, teacher education, and workforce development, and have demonstrated expertise in qualitative research. Knowledge and expertise with semi-structured interviews and homelessness is preferred. We expect an applicant to have strong research ability demonstrated by publications and/or presentations in relevant fields.

The fellow will benefit from faculty mentorship and graduate student colleagues across three universities and will have opportunities to collaborate with partners from the technology industry and anti-poverty community. The successful postdoctoral fellow will be committed to educational equity and be highly motivated and self-driven. Fellows will receive targeted mentoring by project PIs towards achieving a tenure-track appointment at a research college or university or other research-focused position.

This position is a full-time, one-year position with the possibility of extending an additional year.

Preferred start date is September 1, 2022

Essential Functions:

The Fellow will be expected to take a leadership role in research project management in conjunction with an NSF-funded project. This includes the research process, communications, and relationships related to research and the maintenance and management of data.

The Fellow will participate in qualitative data collection (e.g., conducting qualitative interviews with people experiencing homelessness, shelter staff, and industry partners) and analysis of surveys, interviews, documents, and other data. Active contributions to collaborative scholarly dissemination, grant-related and SMU-Bush Institute reporting, and other dissemination efforts are features of the role.

The Fellow will conduct independent research in conjunction with a faculty member and is encouraged to define their own research agenda. In this agenda, we encourage collaboration with other researchers and students across the project team. The Fellow will provide mentorship to graduate students and work closely with industry partners and anti-poverty organizations

Required Qualifications:

Applicants must have earned a doctorate in education policy or educational leadership, teacher education, learning science, qualitative HCI, sociology, social work or related fields within the past five years or have proof of completion by September 1, 2022.

Evidence of scholarly activity or potential is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in managing the research process, including communications and relationships related to research and maintenance and management of data.

Strong organizational skills and ability to collaborate effectively as well as work independently. -Knowledge of qualitative methods and proficiency in a qualitative software analysis program (such as NVivo).

Content knowledge, ideally evidenced by publications and/or presentations, around homelessness/poverty, race, adult education, computer science/IT education, or workforce development.

Comfortable with (or with learning) project technology platforms and software packages including Qualtrics, Canva, Zoom, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Classroom, and other programs as needed. 

Physical and Environmental Demands:

    Sit for long periods of time BendReach above shouldersCarry/lift 25 lbs.Handle objects (dexterity)StandPush/Pull
Deadline to Apply:

Review of applications will begin immediately.

This position is open until filled.

For full consideration and in addition to the online application, please include:

    Current CVCover letter outlining a clear statement of research interests, relevant content/subject area, and/or data analysis/management experiences. Up to 3 samples of academic writing (publications preferred) References may be requested and contacted
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].


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: Regular
Job Type: Staff
Job Level: Individual Contributor
Travel: No
Job Posting: Jul 15, 2022, 7:10:21 PM
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