published Dec 13, 2022 8:35am

Postdoctoral Research Associate position at Western Michigan University

The Center for Research on Instructional Change in Postsecondary Education (CRICPE) at Western Michigan University (WMU) is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to join a new NSF-funded project, "Collaborative Research: Facilitating Change in Undergraduate STEM: A multidisciplinary, multimethod metasynthesis mapping a decade of growth" (NSF # 2201792, 2201793, 2201794). In 2011, a subset of the current research team published a synthesis of the literature on change in undergraduate STEM education that set a new standard for understanding change efforts (Henderson, Beach, & Finkelstein, 2011). The goal of this project is to update and expand the prior literature synthesis by conducting a comprehensive metasynthesis of literature in the area of change strategies for improving undergraduate STEM instruction published between 2010 and 2021.

Project PIs are:
Dr. Charles Henderson, Western Michigan University
Dr. Andrea Beach, Western Michigan University
Dr. Danny Caballero, Michigan State University
Dr. Noah Finkelstein, University of Colorado Boulder
Dr. Rachel Renbarger, FHI 360
Dr. Scott Simkins, North Carolina A&T State University

The postdoctoral researcher will be involved in all aspects of this comprehensive literature synthesis and mapping project. We are seeking applicants who have experience and/or interested in systematic reviews, metasynthesis, citation mapping, and STEM education reform. Applicants must have a PhD in a relevant field (such as science education, DBER, research methods, higher education, etc.).

The postdoctoral researcher will join CRICPE, a WMU research center that conducts and supports interdisciplinary research focused on promoting transformative change in postsecondary education (see the CRICPE website for more information). Supervised by CRICPE Co-Directors, Dr. Charles Henderson and Dr. Andrea Beach, the postdoctoral researcher will play a critical role in the coordination and implementation of this project. This includes, but is not limited to, conducting literature searches, article screening, analyzing data, synthesizing findings, and co-authoring and co-editing manuscripts.

The appointment is full time. Salary is competitive within the post-doctoral research fellow (R3) range of the university, depending on qualifications and experience. The start date for the position is expected to be between January and March, 2023 (early preferred) and funding is available for up to three years. Remote work is an option.

To apply for the position, go to the WMU jobs site. This is posting #S095P, search for Position Title = "Post-Graduate Fellow."

You are encouraged to contact us prior to submitting application materials: