Applications are being accepted for a fixed-term (postdoctoral) research associate position to work on the ConnectedBio project (https://connectedbio.org), an NSF-Funded project in K-12 biology education research under the direction of Drs. Peter White and Louise Mead at Michigan State University. This position runs through the end of 2020, pending successful annual performance reviews.
The recent synthesis of science education research embodied by the National Research Council’s Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) provides an inspiring vision for the high standards we know to be important for the future success of both our students and our nation. However, few or no curricula exist in the field of biology that have taken on the challenge of integrating these three dimensions (3D) of science: the core ideas of biology, the science and engineering practices, and the crosscutting concepts-to support all students in building toward sophisticated understandings of biological phenomena.
During the initial phases of this project (2017-18), we have been developing 3D interactive learning materials (targeted at grades 10-12) with a focus on two related areas of life science: the molecular basis for genetics and the process of evolution by natural selection. These two areas are documented as being difficult to teach and learn. While these areas are interlinked, spanning multiple biological scales, they have historically been taught separately. The project materials we are developing in the ConnectedBio project are based on the Mouse Fur Color and Pea Taste materials outlined by the Evo-Ed project (www.evo-ed.org). The ConnectedBio curricular units derived from these materials go a step further in that they provide a set of connected set of lessons that can be used as the basis for generating and researching 3D teaching materials aligned with the performance expectations of the NGSS. We are currently in the final stages of development for one of these curricular units and will be moving to our piloting and assessment phases shortly.
Duties and Responsibilities:
A K-12 education researcher is desired to take the lead on researching the impact of the ConnectedBio curricular units on teaching and learning in grades 10-12/AP. This will require versatility and expertise in qualitative research methodologies. The successful candidate will work closely with Drs. White and Mead on the testing of the 3D materials, data collection and analysis, and interacting with teachers. The postdoctoral research associate will be involved in preparing publications arising from the research conducted in this project. They will play a key role in planning manuscripts, collecting and analyzing data, writing manuscripts, submitting to appropriate journals, and responding to manuscript reviewer comments.
A PhD in K-12 education is required.
A fundamental understanding of biological systems is required.
A BSc or MSc in biology is desirable, though not required.
Candidates must demonstrate a working knowledge of K-12 biology curriculum, strong qualitative research skills, and a working knowledge of the NGSS.
Candidates must have excellent communication skills, a track record of publishing articles in peer reviewed journals, and skills relevant to coordinating a study at a national scale.
Required Application Materials
This position is listed on the MSU Applicant Page, Posting #560105. Applications must be uploaded to MSU’s online job application site (http://careers.msu.edu). A complete application will include an application letter, curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy, and complete contact information for three professional references.
Review of application materials will begin on February 18, 2019, and continue until the position is filled. Questions regarding this position should be directed to Dr. Peter White, email@example.com, Lyman Briggs College, 35 East Holmes Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48825-1107.
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