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Post Doctoral Research Assistant
Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana
Date Posted 02/24/2022
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Job Summary

The post-doctoral candidate will have instructional and research responsibilities in Leveraging the Lectura y Lenguaje: A Collaborative Scale up of Literacy and Language for ELs in Central Indiana and the Professional and Parental Understanding for Equity in Dual-language Education (PUEDE): An Indiana Scale Up of Dual Language Education. These two projects are funded by a National Professional Development (NPD) grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The purpose of the Leveraging the Lectura y Lenguaje grant is to increase the overall literacy and English language development capacities of elementary pre- and in-service educators, administrators and family liaisons in Central Indiana. Working in partnership with 4 school districts and a community organization, the project aims to: (1) increase the number of in-service teachers though Purdue's English Language Learner licensure program, (2) improve Purdue's pre-service EL teacher preparation, and (3) engage families, schools and community agencies in literacy partnerships, maximizing the role of parents in EL student’s academic achievement and English language learning.


The purpose of the second grant, Professional and Parental Understanding for Equity in Dual-language Education (PUEDE) works in partnership with 2 school districts and 2 community organizations, the purpose of this grant is to increase the number and quality of pre- and in-service dual language bilingual education teachers through Purdue's English Language Learner teacher licensure program, Dual Language Bilingual Education (DLBE) graduate certificate program, and improved Spanish proficiency. The project also aims to engage bilingual families, district family liaisons, teachers, and community organizations to improve DLBE programs, support EL students’ bilingual, biliteracy, and academic development, and form a statewide network to develop and expand DLBE. 


More about the projects can be found here:





Specific responsibilities for the post-doctoral candidate include instruction of EL, bilingual and dual language courses; data analysis including qualitative and quantitative approaches from classroom observations in elementary schools, teacher interviews, and EL family interviews; dissemination efforts including presentations and publications; and coordination with the principal investigators, project directors and other members of the research team.


Ed.D or Ph.D required.

Teaching experience with emergent bilinguals (English learners) in K-12 schools required.

Start Date

Between June 15 and July 15, 2022.



Review of applications will begin in Mid-March and will continue until the position is filled.


Please send a cover letter, resume, three current references. 


Contact Dr. Jennifer Renn at rennj@purdue.edu and/or Trish Morita at tmoritam@purdue.edu with any questions. 

Background Check

A background check will be required for employment in this position.

Equal Opportunity

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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