Hiring: Research Associate, Post-Doctoral Researcher for U-TEMPT Project at MSU

  • Jan 10, 2018

The U-TEMPT (University Teaching Experience Model for Prospective Teachers) project seeks a research associate, post-doctoral researcher, to participate in a study of an innovative model of early field experience for secondary mathematics prospective teachers to be implemented at three University-based teacher preparation programs (Michigan State University, University of Delaware, and the Pennsylvania State University). The model involves providing mentorship to prospective teachers early in their preparation programs as they teach in field placements within the context of undergraduate, freshman-level mathematics courses. This is a four-year, National Science Foundation –funded (IUSE, Award #) study led by Dr. Kristen Bieda (Michigan State University), Dr. Fran Arbaugh (the Pennsylvania State University) and Dr. Michelle Cirillo (University of Delaware). The post-doctoral researcher will work most closely with Dr. Bieda and the graduate and undergraduate research assistants at Michigan State.

The position is half-time (50% appointment) for 12 months beginning August 16, 2018 and has the possibility of extension for up to two additional years, pending funding. Based on the candidate’s qualifications, there are possibilities for an additional 25%-50% appointment involving research and/or teaching, outside of the project. The post-doctoral researcher will participate in all phases of the project, including: data collection, data analysis, dissemination (including publications, conference presentations, and online media). Additionally, PI Bieda will work with the researcher to disseminate work that builds on the post-doctoral researcher’s emerging research agenda. The post-doctoral researcher must be willing to work collaboratively with the project team at Michigan State University as well as support the work of collaborative partners at the University of Delaware and the Pennsylvania State University. The post-doctoral researcher will also be expected to travel to support dissemination of results, as well as to support data collection and analysis efforts at all sites as needed.

Required Degree


Minimum Requirements

Earned doctorate in education, mathematics education, teacher education, mathematics, higher education and adult learning, or a related field.  Expertise in mathematics teaching and learning in one or more of the following areas: secondary mathematics education, undergraduate mathematics education, teacher preparation, and higher education policy.

Desired Qualifications

Strong preparation in qualitative and quantitative research methods. Experience teaching secondary mathematics and/or secondary mathematics methods courses is preferred, as well as experience on large-scale, cross-institutional research projects.

Required Application Materials

Please send a cover letter, CV, one representative publication, and names and contact information for three references.

Special Instructions

Any questions about the position can be directed to: Kristen Bieda (kbieda@msu.edu). Review of applications will begin on January 22, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

For more information and to apply, please visit: http://careers.msu.edu/cw/en-us/job/498390/research-associatefixed-term.