Utah State University

  • Postdoctoral Scholar - ITLS

    City Logan Campus
    Posted Date 2 months ago(3/4/2019 8:38 AM)
    Requisition ID
    # of Openings
    Job Locations
    Category (Portal Searching)
    Research (non-Faculty)
    Position Type
    Regular Full-Time
    Job Classification
    E Eccles Jones Coll of Ed & Hum Svs
    Instructional Technology & Lrn Scis
    Advertised Salary
    Commensurate with education and experience, plus excellent benefits.
  • Overview

    The Department of Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences invites applications for a postdoctoral scholar to join the Coding in Kindergarten research team and conduct research and design related to computational thinking and mathematical problem solving in early childhood education (especially grades K-1). This position will be involved in coordinating research, design, and assessment activities. These include participating and leading interview and teaching experiment data collection at local schools, developing curricular modules for kindergarten and first-grade classes involving coding toys, and creating assessment protocols to be validated through the life of the research project.


    The selected scholar will receive mentorship from the project principal investigators (Drs. Jody Clarke-Midura and Victor Lee from the Department of Instructional Technology & Learning Sciences, Dr. Jessica Shumway from the Department of Teacher Education and Leadership) to prepare for future academic and research positions.


    This position is funded for two years with a possibility of staying on for a third year.


    • Participate in ongoing academic research, publication, grant writing, and other scholarly activities associated with activities of the Coding in Kindergarten group
    • Lead and assist in data collection that may include field site visits, participant observation, assessment design and collection, and interviewing
    • Develop and support implementation of new curricular modules to be implemented by practicing educators
    • Provide mentorship to graduate or undergraduate research assistants


    Minimum Qualifications:

    • An earned doctorate in an Education-related field or developmental psychology by the date of appointment
    • Prior experience with instructional design
    • Fluency in English


    Preferred Qualifications

    • Previous professional or research experience with early childhood aged students and classrooms
    • Prior experience in research project management
    • Some basic computer programming experience
    • Prior knowledge related to educational assessment methodologies and validation techniques
    • Fluency in both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies
    • Prior experience with evidence-centered design

    Required Documents

    Along with the online application, please attach:

    1. A curriculum vitae (to be uploaded in the profile)
    2. A cover letter
    3. One sample of scholarly writing

    Please do not attach cover letter or writing sample. You will be instructed to copy and paste both doucments in the application. 


    **Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

    University Highlights

    Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 28,000 students (25,000 undergraduates and 3,000 graduate students) on the Logan main campus, four regional campuses, two USU Eastern campuses, and 28 centers throughout the state. USU offers 162 undergraduate majors, 153 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. The 2018 rankings from Washington Monthly ranked USU as one of the top 30 national Universities and the 5th best public national university in the nation.   As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found at: https://www.usu.edu/about/at-a-glance/.


    The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region. Additional information about Logan can be found at: http://www.loganutah.org/visitors/about_logan/index.php.

    USU recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the university’s academic mission of learning, discovery, and engagement (https://www.usu.edu/president/missionstatement/). 


    USU is an AA/EO employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy or local, state, or federal law.Learn more at www.aaeo.usu.edu/non-discrimination. USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program. Additional information can be found at: http://www.usu.edu/provost/faculty-life/dual-career-assistance.cfm.


    Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

    Advertised Salary

    Commensurate with education and experience, plus excellent benefits.


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