published Aug 26, 2022 10:03am

Postdoc in STEM Education - Measuring Institutional Change

Postdoctoral Position in STEM Education Research at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, in association with an NSF Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE), Upholding Active Learning Reform in STEM (UALRS) project(NSF #2142611, Lead PI Mark Baillie; co-PI Michael Moore, Lundon Pinneo, and David Montague). Project goals are to support diversity, equity, and inclusion at UA Little Rock by 1) changing faculty mindset from "sort and select" to "success for all students," 2) support for teaching that improves the success of historically underserved students, 3) supporting the growth of the Learning Assistant (LA) program, and 4) training faculty to utilize evidence-based instructional practices (EBIPs) including learning assistants. The UALRS grant is a 5 year project that is designed to shift STEM faculty mentality from "sort and select" towards "success for all students" through the creation of annual cohorts that participate in 1) a week-long summer institute on scientific teaching (EBIPs), 2) communities of practice for workshop participants, 3) utilization and expansion of our LA program, and 4) formation of faculty communities of transformation. In addition to mentoring provided by the PI (Dr. Baillie). This position will receive mentoring from faculty and staff that are involved with the UALRS project including Dr. Moore (Biology Education) and Dr. Pinneo (Education Researcher).

Responsibilities include conducting qualitative (and/or quantitative) education research and expanding professional development for STEM faculty related to teaching with opportunities for growth. Data collection will involve classroom observations, semi-structured interviews, social network analysis, and surveys. Initial one-year appointment, with possibility of re-appointment of up to 5 total years, contingent on satisfactory performance, and project scope. Opportunities to teach or co-teach STEM-related or pedagogy courses will be available and encouraged.

Desired start date of 10/1/2022 for in person residence in Little Rock, AR. Salary is $45k per year.

For inquiries contact Dr. Mark Baillie at

To apply, submit materials to the position listing.