Postdoctal Fellow in Mathematics

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
14 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
12 Dec 2016
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Summary

The Department of Mathematics at Colorado State University seeks to fill a Postdoctoral Researcher position to work on a multi-institution educational transformation project sponsored by the National Science Foundation (award #1626565). The overall project seeks to improve undergraduate STEM education at Colorado State University (CSU) and the University of Colorado Boulder (CU), through collective learning and cultural change at the departmental and institutional levels.

This project takes a holistic approach to change, focused on shifting departmental structures and culture through a new type of departmental working group called a Departmental Action Team (DAT).

Postdocs on this project will be expected to facilitate DATs and be part of the project research team.

This is an initial 12-month appointment beginning on January 1, 2017, which is potentially renewable for up to two additional years, pursuant to university policies and funding. The salary, as set by our grant’s budget, is $50,000 per year, and includes benefits as established by the university HR department. The successful candidate will collaborate with a broad group of engaging and nationally renowned faculty, post-docs, and graduate students across multiple STEM departments at CU and CSU.

The postdoc on this project will act as both a facilitator and researcher on a multi-institutional NSF-funded project.

  • As a facilitator, the postdoc will actively support departmental change through facilitation of DATs. Additionally, the postdoc will partner with faculty professional development experts in facilitating efforts as well as institutionalizing the DAT model on campus.
  • As a researcher, the postdoc will engage in all aspects of the project’s research activities, including:
    • Collecting qualitative and quantitative data.
    • Developing expertise in analyzing both qualitative and quantitative data.
    • Developing and utilizing instruments.
    • Assisting in the dissemination of findings.

Required Job Qualifications

- PhD in a STEM discipline with significant experience in scholarly teaching or education research
- PhD in education or related discipline with significant experience in a STEM field.

Preferred Job Qualifications

Preferred qualifications include experience in at least one of the following areas:

  • facilitation and collaboration.
  • STEM education reform efforts.
  • quantitative and/or qualitative social science research methods.
  • instrument development.
  • organizational change.

Diversity Statement

Ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities.

Essential Duties

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Research outputs will include:
1. A facilitator’s guide and departmental case studies for others who wish to use adopt the DAT model.
2. Research publications and conference presentations of project findings.
3. Instruments for measuring cultural and structural changes within departments and TLCs.

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The postdoc will actively support departmental change through facilitation of DATs. Additionally, the postdoc will partner with faculty professional development experts in facilitating efforts as well as institutionalizing the DAT model on campus. Responsibilities will include:
* Developing expertise in organizational change and group facilitation strategies.
* Collaborating with colleague facilitators from campus Teaching and Learning Centers.
* Supporting DATs in defining and achieving their goals (facilitating meetings, linking DATs with campus and national resources, encouraging positive group dynamics, etc).

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Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

All applications must be submitted through the Colorado State University jobs site. For full consideration, applications should include: a cover letter illustrating how the candidate meets the qualifications outlined in the job description. Please discuss any experiences that would be relevant to the project; a current cv; and 3 letters of reference.

References will be contacted for a letter of reference upon submission of application.

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

Search Contact

Mary Pilgrim

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

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