Utah State University

Researcher II - ITLS

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 1 month ago(2/21/2020 12:42 PM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
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Category (Portal Searching)
Research (non-Faculty)
Position Type
Benefited 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


The Department of Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences invites applications for a Researcher II to join a multi-institutional research team, conducting research in science and computer science education at the middle school level.


This position is funded primarily by a multi-year foundation grant. It is guaranteed for 4 years, pending satisfactory job performance.


The ideal candidate will take part in a variety of collaborative activities related to the implementation of this project, including working closely with the participating teachers and actively contributing to the analysis and dissemination of the research findings. 


The supervising faculty member is Dr. Mimi Recker (mimi.recker@usu.edu).

Project website: https://www.colorado.edu/program/inquiryhub/


Review of applications will begin May 15, 2020.


  • Collaboratively participate in ongoing academic research, publication, grant writing, and other scholarly activities associated under the supervision of the assigned supervisor
  • Lead and assist in research design, data collection, and analysis
  • Help lead the design of innovative middle school classroom experiences using a programmable sensor platform
  • Plan and facilitate professional learning workshops for teachers that focus on NGSS-aligned, CT-integrated science instruction
  • Observe and support teachers in their classrooms as they implement CT-integrated science curriculum and troubleshooting technology issues
  • Some travel may be required
  • Other duties as assigned


Minimum Qualifications:

  • An earned doctorate or ABD in Education, Psychology, Learning Sciences, Computer Science, or a related field by the date of appointment
  • Prior experience in classroom-based, design-based, qualitative, or quantitative research methodologies
  • Experience supporting teachers and their students to use technology in K12 classrooms
  • Ability to visit teachers at various school sites on a regular basis
  • Ability to work without direct supervision and as a team member
  • Excellent written and oral English communication skills
  • Knowledge of sensor technology and computational thinking, with some basic knowledge of programming

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience providing professional support to K12 teachers (in groups and one on one)
  • Research and/or teaching experience related to K12 classrooms
  • Knowledge of Next Generation Science Standards, or related standards
  • Experience in publishing in peer reviewed journals and conferences

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:


1. Resume/CV to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the candidate profile under “Resume/CV”.

2. Cover Letter to be uploaded in the candidate profile in the "Documents 1-5" section.

3. One sample of scholarly writing to be uploaded in the candidate profile in the "Documents 1-5" section.

4. Names and contact information for three professional references to be provided at the beginning of your application in the candidate profile.


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

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with education and experience, plus excellent benefits


This position requires moderate physical activity, including the handling of average weight objects up to 25 pounds and/or standing or walking more than four hours per day.  Employees are exposed to unusual elements such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.  The work environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that require following extensive safety precautions and may include the use of protective equipment.

College/Department Highlights

Department Highlights:

The Instructional Technology & Learning Sciences department is composed of eleven full-time faculty with specializations in several areas including gaming, STEM education, assessment, the Maker movement, mobile technologies, cognitive science, computer science education, digital libraries, learning analytics, and computational thinking. The department offers Ph.D. and Master’s degrees along with endorsements in School Library Media Administration. The department also offers an undergraduate degree in Human Experience Design and Interaction, with emphases in game studies, esports, and multimedia development, as well as an undergraduate Multimedia Minor. The department was recently ranked 3rd in the nation among all online graduate education programs and ranked 1st in our field by US News and World Reports. Faculty have received national awards for teaching, research, and service, and serve in a variety of leadership positions in professional and scholarly organizations. The ITLS department has a strong track record of procuring research funding from the Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, and other funding organizations.


College Highlights: 

The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services graduate programs are ranked #1 in all of Utah and #26 in the nation according to the U.S. News and World Report. We are ranked 6th in the nation in total research dollars. Our college has placement rates at or above 94% for certified graduates seeking employment in special education, elementary education, speech-language pathology, audiology, and 18 secondary education fields.

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 27,800 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,140 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 165 undergraduate majors, 138 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. 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 here.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


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.


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. USU is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate in any of its programs and activities 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 (https://equity.usu.edu/non-discrimination).

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding USU’s non-discrimination policies: Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266; Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, hilary.renshaw@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information on the notice of non-discrimination, you may contact the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov.

Learn more at: https://equity.usu.edu/.

USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


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