Engineering Education Research Associate

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
22 Oct 2017
End of advertisement period
19 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The CEE Department at CSU is recognized both nationally and internationally for its education, research, and service and outreach programs, and is ranked in the top 40 of such programs in the USA. The CEE Department consists of 36 tenured and tenure-track faculty, 16 research scientists/scholars, 27 research associates, and 11 administrative professionals. Additional information about the CEE Department can be found at Air quality research and teaching at CSU spans several departments, including Atmospheric Science, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences, Soil and Crop Sciences, and the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere. The CSU Partnership for Air Quality, Climate, and Health serves to build community across these units, in addition to engaging key stakeholders so that our work produces beneficial impacts in Colorado, the U.S., and abroad.

Position Summary

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is hiring a full-time, NSF-funded, annual-contract Engineering Education Research Associate, to be converted to Research Scientist upon completion of PhD, to conduct Engineering Education research focused on the design, implementation, transfer and assessment of curriculum and training to produce inclusive climates in colleges of engineering. The position is based at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO and will involve collaboration with researchers at West Virginia University, the University of Denver, and a fourth institution to be determined. For more information on the project,

Required Job Qualifications

Candidates must have

  1. PhD degree in Engineering Education or closely related field OR
  2. Must be currently enrolled in a PhD program in Engineering Education or closely related field and complete the PhD by August 31, 2018;
  3. Engineering or computer science expertise;
  4. Experience with scientific writing (e.g., conference papers, peer-reviewed journals);
  5. Strong oral communication skills;
  6. Demonstrated experience analyzing data (either qualitative or quantitative data); and
  7. Experience working both independently and in a team.

Preferred Job Qualifications

  1. A record of research addressing one or more of the following topics: underrepresentation of certain populations in STEM, diversity and inclusion, or social justice;
  2. Success in publishing scientific research in peer-reviewed literature;
  3. Mixed methods or qualitative data analysis expertise;
  4. Curriculum development experience;
  5. Experience as a graduate teaching assistant; and
  6. Project management skills.

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Research Duty/Responsibility

Conduct Engineering Education research focused on the design, implementation, transfer and assessment of curriculum and training to produce inclusive climates in colleges of engineering.

Interact with instructors at CSU teaching STEM courses to help determine what courses would best implement curriculum pertaining to showing how diversity and inclusion apply to engineering and other STEM fields.

Develop and implement case study curriculum about working in groups and teams and how diversity and inclusion play a role.

Serve as a project coordinator and interact with other institutions (DU and UWV) to implement similar curriculum remotely.

Percentage Of Time 90 Job Duty Category Publications Duty/Responsibility

Publish research results in peer-reviewed literature including journal papers and at conferences.

Percentage Of Time 10

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment

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

Search Contact Stephanie Rosso,

EEO Statement

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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.