Lastinger Center Post-Doctoral NSF Math Project (82088)

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University of Florida

The Lastinger Center for Learning is an education innovation hub within UF’s College of Education focused on creating equitable education systems that improve teaching and learning across early childhood and K-12 education. Specifically, the Center targets kindergarten readiness, 3rd grade reading proficiency, and algebra proficiency as critical milestones in children’s educational trajectory that are predictive of success in school and life. The Center works at the nexus of research, practice, and policy to develop sustainable systems that leverage educational technologies and improve the implementation of research-based practices. Housed in one of the nation’s elite public research universities, the Center operates as a dynamic, entrepreneurial workplace focused on executing against UF’s service mission to strengthen the human condition and improve the quality of life.

As a Center entirely funded through contracts and grants, the Lastinger Center is dependent upon its ability to deliver and communicate the impacts of highly effective professional learning programs. The purpose of the PDPD Study is to develop a personalized, scalable professional development approach that centers on and builds from algebra teachers’ practices and individual strengths. The project will focus its PD efforts on instructional actions that are tailored to teachers' existing practice, can be readily adopted, and are easily accessible. We are looking for a qualified post-doc with experience in the areas of secondary mathematics education and qualitative research methodologies.

The Postdoctoral Associate will collaborate with the PDPD Study team in professional development design, qualitative data collection, data analysis, and presentation and publication of results. Travel to study sites is required.

This is a twelve-month position, with possibility of renewal for up to three additional years.


  • Attend weekly team meetings
  • Aid in project management
  • Collaborate with team in professional development design
  • Collect, organize and analyze qualitative and quantitative research data
  • Mentor graduate research assistants
  • Co-author research publications and/or annual reports

Candidates will be evaluated on the following factors:

  • Ability to develop and sustain an independent program of scholarly research
  • Openness to learning
  • Skills in participating in research projects and generating research ideas
  • Ability to co-author publications and grant proposals
  • Expertise in secondary mathematics and mathematics education
  • Experience with qualitative research methods in education
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Research interests that align well with faculty mentor
  • Commitment to equity and social justice


Minimum Qualifications:

  • An earned doctorate in Mathematics Education or related field at the time of appointment.
  • Experience with qualitative research methodologies

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience conducting classroom observations 
  • Writing for publication
  • Proficiency in English
  • Valid U.S. driver’s license


Applicants for the Post-Doctoral Associate position should send: (1) a letter of application addressing required and desired qualifications, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) a sample publication, and (4) contact information for at least three references who may be contacted and asked to send a letter of recommendation through the online application system. Applicants should reference requisition.

Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire.  A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible.  Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.

The University of Florida is An Equal Employment Opportunity Institution. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.

Review of Applicants Begins: 
Monday, September 20, 2021
Contact Name: 
Zandra de Araujo
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