Research Area Specialist, Stamps School of Art and Design

Michigan, United States
09 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
17 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

How to Apply

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design (Stamps School) is one of 19 schools and colleges at the University of Michigan. The mission of the Stamps School is to be an internationally recognized leader in interdisciplinary art and design education, grounded in research, practice, creative excellence and community engagement – to prepare the next generation of globally competent creative professionals who are capable of responsibly engaging and collaborating with professionals in a wide variety of fields and cultural contexts to address the challenges of our times.

The Stamps School of Art & Design is seeking a Research Area Specialist in culture-based STEM education. This position will report to Dr. Ron Eglash and will be part of a team conducting research on developing and delivering culturally responsive curricula in urban K-12 classrooms.

Please Note: This is a grant-funded research position which is anticipated to last one year, with the possibility of renewal, assuming satisfactory performance and conduct, continued funding, and availability of work.


  • Conduct outreach and collaborations with K-12 teachers, community members, software developers, and other stakeholders.
  • Develop and conduct mixed-methods research and randomized quasi experimental studies.
  • Conduct professional development workshops for K-12 teachers using culturally responsive curriculum.
  • Plan and deliver both in school and after school programming that engages underrepresented youth in the STEM disciplines.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Social Science, Information Science, or related discipline w/ 1-2 years of experience in a related research role.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and interest in development of K-12 STEM education.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to interact with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work as part of a cohesive team, and individually while meeting set deadlines.
  • Extensive knowledge of mixed methods and quasi experimental methodologies.
  • Communication - Demonstrates effective verbal, written, listening, and presentation communication skills. Effectively communicates with those with differing opinions and differing levels of understanding.
  • Building relationships/interpersonal skills - Values organizational diversity; treats others with respect; promotes cooperation; effectively manages relationships. Maintains positive relationships inside and outside of work group, manages differences constructively.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master’s Degree in Education, Social Science, Information Science, or related discipline
  • 1-2 years of experience in a related research role, including familiarity with STEM education concepts, data analysis, and project management
  • Ability to develop culturally responsive curriculum and lesson plans for K-12 STEM classrooms
  • Experience working with government, nonprofit, and academic stakeholders

Work Schedule

May require occasional work during non-business hours and on weekends.

Work Locations

Will require travel to multiple locations on & off campus. Will frequently travel to Detroit and surrounding areas. May occasionally require domestic travel.

Additional Information

Physical Demands/Work Environment:

Candidate may occasionally move equipment or supplies weighing up to 20 pounds

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.