Robert Curvin Postdoctoral Associate in Urban Studies
Location: New Brunswick, New Jersey
Internal Number: 206794
The Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies is pleased to announce a
Postdoctoral Associate position to study schools and districts which are positive outliers for vulnerable subgroups of students in the state of New Jersey. The Associate will conduct qualitative research to understand the promising practices that enhanced these schools' and districts' ability to respond to students' needs during the pandemic. The Associate will work with a team of researchers from the Cornwall Center and the New Jersey State Policy Lab at Rutgers (NJSPL), New Brunswick. We are seeking an Associate who specializes in qualitative research in schools with backgrounds in educational research, theory, and practice. The Associate position will be awarded for a 16-month period beginning in September 2023 through December 2024. The position carries a stipend of $65,000 per year, health benefits, and $3,000 in research funds. The Postdoctoral Associate must be committed to using research as a tool for achieving social equity. The Associate will primarily work on research that supports statewide efforts to more effectively use data to support school change and improved youth outcomes. Experience with place-based research, particularly with a local research-practice partnership would be very advantageous, as would familiarity with the design and maintenance of databases. Familiarity with continuous improvement/improvement science models would be very helpful. Practical experience working in an urban context and in schools or school districts serving traditionally underserved students is highly desirable.
The Associate will prepare IRB applications, develop research protocols, oversee and conduct interviews and focus groups, engage in participant observation (e.g., ofmeetings, classrooms, and professional development sessions), manage transcriptions, archive data, code and analyze findings, design compellingvisuals, conduct literature reviews, contribute to multimedia case studies, and draft academic manuscripts and stakeholder and public-facing reports that explain the key findings of the research and its relevance to stakeholders and the broader public. The associate will help plan convenings around study findings and make presentations at numerous gatherings. The associate will also lead a small team of part-time researchers.
As a major public university in New Jersey's largest city, Rutgers University-Newark provides students with the knowledgeand preparation necessary for leadership roles in an increasingly complex society, with particular attention to its public mission and building a civic dialogue. The campus is the most diverse national university in the United States and is ranked twelfth among doctoral degree-granting small universities in the country. Total enrollment is more than 13,000 students. The Cornwall Center is one manifestation of the University's commitment to building, in partnership with residents, a more vibrant community. Its specific mission is conducting research and demonstration projects that improve the quality of life in metropolitan New Jersey, especially for the most vulnerable residents.
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national public research university and the state's preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Rutgers is dedicated to teaching that meets the highest standards of excellence; to conducting research that breaks new ground; and to turning knowledge into solutions for local, national, and global communities. As it was at our founding in 1766, the heart of our mission is preparing students to become productive members of society and good citizens of the world. Rutgers teaches across the full educational spectrum: preschool to precollege; undergraduate to graduate and postdoctoral; and continuing education for professional and personal advancement. Rutgers is New Jersey's land-grant institution and one of the nation's foremost research universities, and as such, we educate, make discoveries, serve as an engine of economic growth, and generate ideas for improving people's lives.