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Adult Literacy Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Georgia State University
Atlanta, Georgia
Posted Date
Jul 27, 2022

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Adult Literacy Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Georgia State University

The Adult Literacy Research Center (ALRC) at Georgia State University invites applications for postdoctoral positions in adult literacy, made available through Institute of Education Sciences funding (R305B200007).

Nearly 43 million U.S. adults (roughly 20 percent) may have literacy skill gaps that make full participation in economic and civic life more difficult. The nation needs researchers with strong methodological and empirical skills to improve our knowledge of and innovations for this highly diverse population. The postdoctoral program at the ALRC will provide you with opportunities to refine your skills and knowledge and to lead the next generation of research for adults.

The ALRC, an interdisciplinary center in Georgia State University’s College of Education & Human Development, includes 18 faculty who conduct funded research and are uniquely prepared to train the next generation of adult literacy researchers in multiple content areas, population-specific nuances, advanced methodology, and the translation of research to practice/policy. As a result of this training, postdoctoral fellows will be prepared to conduct research on adult samples drawn from different education settings, communicate across fields and with technical and nontechnical audiences, and help inform policy and practice relevant to the large portion of the U.S. population who struggles with basic literacy.

Applicants from a variety of educational backgrounds are welcome to apply. We are particularly interested in training researchers who come from non-traditional pathways (e.g., doctorate-holders currently practicing in applied settings with an interest to return to research) and those who may bring a unique lens to adult literacy issues (e.g., researchers from traditionally under-represented communities or from alternative academic fields).


  • An interest in understanding and improving literacy outcomes for adults (16-years old+) with skill gaps
  • A doctoral degree in fields relevant to adult learning and literacy, such as educational/developmental/cognitive psychology, linguistics, adult and life-long learning, and statistics/research methods
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status


To apply, please submit:

  • Academic transcripts Curriculum vita Three letters of recommendation Two-page (single-spaced) personal statement addressing research background, career goals, knowledge of adult learner population, and interest in topics relevant to adult literacy and adult learners Example of a scholarly paper

Please submit your application to Selected applicants will receive follow up information about virtual interviews and depending on pandemic conditions, a potential on-campus interview.


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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.

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