Postdoctoral Research Associate (Two Positions)

Georgia State University (Middle and Secondary Education - CREATE)
Georgia, United States
Salary Not specified
May 25, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The Department of Middle and Secondary Education at Georgia State University invites applications for two Postdoctoral Research Associate positions for the CREATE Teacher Residency Program (titled Collaboration and Reflection to Enhance Atlanta Teacher Effectiveness), a partnership between Georgia State University and Atlanta Public Schools. One position is a one-year limited-term, grant-funded staff position, with a start date of Fall 2021. Funding is expected through Summer 2022. One position is for a critical ethnographer in a 2-year limited-term, grant-funded staff position, with a start date of Fall 2021. Funding is expected through Summer 2023.

Positions Description: please visit to view detailed job descriptions for both positions.

Primary responsibilities include conducting critical qualitative research associated with the CREATE program. The one-year position will focus primarily on case study research that examine new teacher experiences in the residency, dyadic co-teaching model, and the impact of other CREATE structures, programming and overall efforts. 

The two-year position will focus primarily on conducting a critical ethnography by collecting ethnographic data for a 2-year critical ethnography that examines the overall impact of hybridized roles and programming on CREATE structures, programming and overall efforts on anti-racist, equity-centered supports for new and veteran educators, school and district leaders, and teacher educators.

  Each Postdoctoral Research Associate will focus their work in three areas:

       Research Design and Implementation

  • Research and Project Analysis and Dissemination
  • Program and Individual Work


The successful applicant will have a doctoral degree in education, research methods, or related field (PhD or EdD. The applicant must have expertise with critical qualitative research methods (especially case study design, critical ethnography, and qualitative interviewing) and should demonstrate a record of research that focuses on teacher education, broadly defined. Applicants with expertise in the area of new teacher development and teacher induction are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants who demonstrate a deep commitment to equity and racial justice in their research and other scholarly activities are encouraged to apply. 

 Georgia State University’s CREATE Teacher Residency Program: 

The CREATE program is currently funded through a US Department of Education, Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) grant. The program serves teacher candidates from the university as they move into the field of teaching at Atlanta Public Schools (APS), with an overall goal of supporting critically conscious, compassionate, skilled educators who are committed to practices of teaching that prioritize racial justice and interrupt inequities in schools. CREATE approaches this work from three angles, simultaneously: (1) recruiting and supporting new teachers who want to start and stay in APS schools, (2) developing teacher leaders in APS/CREATE schools, and (3) addressing systemic induction challenges through deeper GSU-APS-community collaboration. To find more information about the CREATE Teacher Residency Program, please visit the program website ( 

 Department of Middle and Secondary Education:

The CREATE program is housed within the Department of Middle and Secondary Education (MSE), and is run collaboratively by faculty in MSE and in the Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education (ECEE). MSE and ECEE faculty are among the leading researchers and teachers in their fields, come from countries around the world and are committed to bettering the human condition. Specific to MSE, the department's mission is to engage in research, teaching and service in urban environments, with people from multiple cultural, ethnic and linguistic backgrounds. Faculty and staff work collaboratively with people in schools, communities and organizations in Atlanta and around the world, and are committed to innovation and creativity and pushing the boundaries of knowledge and practice. We strive to realize our vision of pluralism, equity and social justice where individuals have equal access to meaningful learning opportunities throughout their lives and the chance to apply their knowledge and skills for the greater good. For more information on the Department of Middle and Secondary education, please visit our website:

 Deadline and Process: 

Applicants should submit a letter of interest establishing qualifications for the position, curriculum vitae or resume, one academic research writing sample, and three letters of recommendation from individuals within the field of interest. 

 Applications should be submitted on the GSU employee website:

 1-year position -- Critical Qualitative Researcher:

2-year position -- Critical Ethnographer:

 Applicants may apply for both positions but must submit to each position separately.            

Review of applications will begin June 14, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. The expected start date is Fall 2021. Please be advised that, should you be recommended for the position, the University System of Georgia Board of Regents policy requires the completion of a background check as a prior condition of employment.                                                      

Georgia State University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.