Johns Hopkins University seeks a postdoctoral fellow for an appointment in the Center for Social Organization of Schools (CSOS), School of Education (SOE) for Fall 2023. The fellowship will be under the direction of Robert Balfanz, PhD, Professor and Director of the Everyone Graduates Center (EGC) at CSOS. Scholars who have completed a Ph.D. in education or a related field and strong quantitative or mixed methods methodological skills are invited to apply to work on cutting edge research and development to advance our understanding of how to increase post-secondary success rates of historically underserved students.
CSOS and its Everyone Graduates Center is dedicated to understanding the obstacles historically underserved students face in graduating from high school and earning post-secondary degrees or certifications, developing and testing solutions to these challenges, and creating environments supportive of their use. CSOS and EGC work collaboratively with students, schools, districts, and state across the nation in co-understanding, co-developing, and spreading effective evidence based practices.
Fall 2023 fellowship focus: Fellows are expected engage full-time on research projects that aligns with the CSOS/EGC research themes noted abovewith an emphasis on three related on-going projects a) the Pathways to Adult Success Collaborative which involves school districts, state departments of education, institutions of higher education, and local community partners in efforts to improve outcomes for all youth, by better creating supported pathways through k-12 schooling, into and out of post-secondary schooling and training to employment which provides a family supporting wage, b) the GRAD Partnership which works with schools, districts, intermediaries, and states to support the use of student success systems which combine positive relationships, actionable data, improvement science and student-centered mindsets and build on existing models (early warning, on-track, MTSS etc.) to create stronger and more effective students support systems and c) on-going data analysis to understand which student populations in what locales continue to be under-served and under-supported.
Interested candidates will provide a brief proposal that articulates how their research interests align with the goals and projects of the Center.
Final goals and objectives will be jointly established at the start of the fellowship, and will include elements of research design, data collection and analysis, grant writing, mentoring experience, interacting with school, district, and state partners, preparation of publications, and career development. The Fellow will work closely with the other members of the research and development team (researchers and practitioners) and have opportunities to learn about and collaborate with research teams in CSOS and throughout the JHU community in a collaborative and interdisciplinary research environment.
The fellowship provides a competitive stipend, a conference and travel stipend, and other benefits for a one-year, renewable position annually for a total of two years. The selected candidate will be appointed as a postdoctoral fellow through the School of Education where training will include access to the rich academic environment (seminars, colloquia, teaching opportunities, etc.) and conduct research as part of the CSOS/EGC research team.
Must have a PhD or equivalent degree in a relevant field of study.
PhD must be completed prior to acceptance. Students in the process of completion must provide assurance that degree will be complete prior to start.
Experience in educational research.
Demonstrated background in research design and statistics
Facility with statistical software and willingness to learn additional platforms
Comfort with working in online platforms for research and collaboration
Experience and scholarship in curriculum and instruction
Knowledge of field of Gifted and Advanced Learning
Experience working with K-12 students/schools
Light programming/coding in one or more languages (R, Access, Java, SQL, etc.)
To apply, please us the links below to complete the application and submit the following documentation:
Cover letter expressing interest in the fellowship
Current curriculum vita
Statement of Research Interest & Career Goals
Research proposal of up to 1500 words (approx. 3 pages)
List of three references who can speak to the relevant skills & interests
Deadline: We will begin reviewing applications April 25, 2023.
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