Postdoctoral Researcher Project EDDIE, Center for Mathematics Science and Technology (CeMaST) at Illinois State University

published Jan 22, 2019 9:53am
We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher who is interested in how teaching science with large datasets helps undergraduate students learn quantitative reasoning and how these inquiry-based activities also affect instructors' approaches to teaching on a larger-scale. The postdoctoral researcher would join a dynamic team of faculty to work within the NSF-funded Project EDDIE (Environmental Data-Driven Inquiry & Exploration). In Project EDDIE, a community of faculty develops modular curricula using large, publicly available online datasets that contribute to improved quantitative reasoning among college/university students. Goals of Project EDDIE are to foster a pedagogical orientation favoring open inquiry with large datasets among faculty, and to identify mechanisms that contribute to shifts in faculty's pedagogical orientation toward inquiry-based teaching. Under Rebekka Darner's mentorship, the postdoctoral researcher's primary tasks will be to create an instrument that measures post-secondary science instructors' pedagogical orientation, conduct and analyze faculty interviews to establish content validity of the instrument, and administer the developed instrument to a national sample of science faculty to establish construct validity. The postdoctoral associate will have opportunity to pursue additional research endeavors within Project EDDIE and the large community of STEM education researchers at ISU. A background in science education is helpful but not required.

More details on the position can be found at the job description and application website below. The position will start as early as spring 2019 and is for 12 months. Illinois State University is an equal opportunity employer.