The Colorado School of Mines seeks a full-time post-doctoral researcher to work with an NSF grant-funded project called Get the Facts Out: Changing the Conversation around STEM teaching. Get the Facts Out is an innovative partnership led by Mines that includes the American Physical Society, the American Association of Physics Teachers, the American Chemical Society, the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, behavior change researchers, teacher educators, and several colleges and universities which serve as study sites. The grant aims to tackle misperceptions about the teaching profession with the goal of increasing the fraction of physics, chemistry, and math majors that choose to pursue middle and high school teaching as a career.
This position requires travel to the annual project team meeting and a national conference to report on project findings. The post-doc will work with Wendy Adams, Physics Education Research Faculty member, and David May, research manager.
- Conduct research on perceptions of teaching as a profession, including longitudinal analyses of perceptions through surveys, site visits, interviews, and focus groups.
- Conduct teacher recruitment activities at Mines including presentations, advising, and assisting with scholarship decisions.
- Supervise undergraduate research assistants, manage budgets, and report findings through peer-reviewed publications.
- Candidates must have earned a doctoral degree before the position start date in physics, chemistry, mathematics, science education, or communications.
- Candidates can either have a degree in education research or demonstrated interest in education research.
- The successful candidate will have excellent communications skills, strong quantitative skills, the ability to work collaboratively, the self-discipline to work independently, and enjoy multi-tasking.
More information and application instructions may be found here. Please submit your application by September 17 for full consideration.