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The University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa
Date Posted 07/21/2021
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Requisition # 3582
Position Basics
Advertising Ends on:Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021
Advertising Started on:Tuesday, July 20th, 2021
College:College of Education
Department:Belin-Blank Intnl Center

Salary:$53,760.00 - $53,760.00

Position Details
Full/Part Time Status:Full Time
Percent Time:100%
Position Description:
The University of Iowa College of Education Belin-Blank Center
Postdoctoral Scholar

The postdoctoral scholar in the Advancing Informal STEM Learning Research in Service to Practice Project funded by the National Science Foundation will contribute to the research projects that are part of  Implementing the STEM Excellence and Leadership Program to Understand the Role of Local Agency in Broadening High-Potential, Rural Students’ STEM Participation and Achievement. This 4-year project has been extended due to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and we are seeking a postdoctoral scholar to support efforts to meet the two objectives of the project: 1) understand how informal STEM learning shapes the academic and psychosocial outcomes of rural, high-potential students, and 2) identify key characteristics of successful informal STEM learning environments for rural, high-potential students and their teachers.

The project team uses a mixed methods approach, integrating comparative case study and mixed effects longitudinal methods, to study the STEM Excellence program. Data sources include teacher interviews, classroom observations, and student assessments of academic aptitude and psychosocial outcomes. The analysis and evaluation of the program are grounded in understanding the local efforts of school districts to build curriculum responsive to the demands of their high-potential student body. This project aims provide significant insights in how best to design, implement, and support informal out-of-school learning environments to broaden participation in the highest levels of STEM education and careers for under-resourced rural students.

The postdoctoral scholar will contribute to the team’s research and dissemination activities related to the project by assisting the PIs and methodologist with data entry, coding and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data, and preparing documents for presentations and publications.

About the Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development

The Belin-Blank Center was founded in 1988 and quickly developed into an internationally-respected powerhouse providing innovative programming for gifted and talented students in addition to our groundbreaking work with teachers. As we grew, the Center added counseling services and programming for twice-exceptional children—those who are both gifted and have a diagnosed disorder that impacts their learning or social-emotional development. Located in the Blank Honors Center , the Belin-Blank Center is an integral part of the University of Iowa’s College of Education.

Education Requirement:

Candidate must have a PhD in an education, psychology, or youth development related field

Required Qualifications:

Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Authorship on a peer-reviewed pre-print or published manuscript and a conference presentation.-please provide a writing sample (journal publications or thesis with methods chapter/section)

Ability to start on or before September 1, 2021.

Desirable Qualifications:

Experience with SPSS
Experience in K-12 settings.

Online Application Required Documents
 Curriculum Vita
Name and Contact Information of References
Letters of Interest
Writing Sample
 Number of References:  3

To start the Online Application process for this position, click the "Apply for This Position" button located below the Contact Information.

Contact Information
Contact:Lori M Ihrig - lori-ihrig@uiowa.edu
Cedu-Belin-Blank Gifted Center
Blank Honors Center
221 North Clinton
605 BHC
Iowa City, IA 52245
Phone: 319-335-2393
Department URL: https://belinblank.education.uiowa.edu/

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