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Post-doctoral Fellow in IT Education & Homelessness

Employer
Southern Methodist University
Location
Dallas, Texas
Salary
Not Listed
Posted Date
Oct 25, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education
Employment Level
Fellowship
Employment Type
Full Time
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Post-doctoral Fellow in IT Education & Homelessness

Simmons School of Education and Human Development 

Southern Methodist University

About the Position

Seeking a full-time postdoctoral fellow, based at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas Texas, to conduct research at the intersection of homelessness, education, and IT workforce development. The successful candidate will collaborate with Dr. Alexandra Pavlakis and join an interdisciplinary team of researchers and industry partners working on an NSF-funded project, “Work Learn: Examining the use of micro-internships to leverage scalable learning for STEM workforce development among people experiencing homelessness.”

The postdoctoral fellow will play a key role in partnering with homeless shelters, anti-poverty non-profits, and industry partners to understand, implement, and assess a micro-internship intervention with people experiencing homelessness.

Ideally, an applicant should have relevant research exposure in one or more of the areas of: education policy and leadership, IT, computer science, computer education, learning sciences, teacher education, and workforce development. We prefer that the successful applicant have demonstrated expertise conducting semi-structured interviews and/or focus groups, coding and analyzing qualitative data, and disseminating findings from qualitative data. Content knowledge around homelessness and/or working with marginalized groups is also ideal. The successful postdoctoral fellow should be committed to educational equity and be highly motivated and self- driven.

Irrespective of methodology and content focus, we expect an applicant to have strong research ability demonstrated by publications and/or presentations in relevant fields.

The Fellow will benefit from faculty mentorship and graduate student colleagues across three universities and will have opportunities to collaborate with partners from the technology industry and anti-poverty community. Fellows will receive targeted mentoring by project PIs towards achieving a tenure-track appointment at a research college or university or other research- focused position.

This position is a full-time, one-year position with the possibility of extending an additional year.

Essential Functions

  • The Fellow will be expected to take a leadership role in research project management in conjunction with an NSF-funded project. This includes the research process, communications, and relationships related to research and the maintenance and management of data.
  • The Fellow will participate in qualitative data collection (e.g., conducting qualitative interviews with people experiencing homelessness, shelter staff, and industry partners) and analysis of surveys, interviews, documents, and other data. Active contributions to collaborative scholarly dissemination, grant-related and SMU/Bush Institute reporting, and other dissemination efforts are features of the role.
  • We encourage the Fellow to also define their own research agenda; they may have other research opportunities with Dr. Pavlakis or the project team as desired and fitting. The Fellow will also provide mentorship to graduate students and build relationships with community partners.

Required Qualifications

  • Applicants must have earned a doctorate in education policy or educational leadership, teacher education, computer education, learning science, qualitative HCI, sociology, social work or related fields within the past five years or have proof of completion by start date.
  • Evidence of scholarly activity or potential is required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Clear equity focus.
  • Content knowledge, ideally evidenced by publications and/or presentations, around homelessness/poverty, race, and/or marginalized groups, adult education, computer science/IT education, or workforce development.
  • Experience in managing the research process, including communications and relationships related to research and maintenance and management of data.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to collaborate effectively as well as work independently.
  • Knowledge of and experience with qualitative methods and proficiency in a qualitative software analysis program (such as NVivo).
  • Comfortable with (or with learning) project technology platforms and software packages including Qualtrics, Canva, Zoom, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Classroom, and other programs as needed.

Physical and Environmental Demands

  • Sit for long periods of time; bend; reach above shoulders; carry/lift 25 lbs.; handle objects (dexterity); stand; push/pull.

Start date is flexible; January 2023 is preferred.

Applicants should submit their materials online at: https://smu.taleo.net/careersection/exm/jobdetail.ftl?job=SIM00000160&tz=GMT-05%3A00&tzname=America%2FChicago

About SMU

SMU’s more than 12,000 diverse, high-achieving students come from all 50 states and 90 countries to take advantage of the University’s small classes, hands-on research opportunities, leadership development, community service, international study and innovative programs. The University offers a strong foundation in the humanities and sciences and undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs through eight schools.

Now in its second century of achievement, SMU is increasingly recognized for the ways it supports students, faculty and alumni as they become ethical leaders in their professions and communities. On the most beautiful college campus in the country, SMU Mustangs are energized by unbridled opportunities – from teaching, learning and research to creativity, performance and athletic endeavor.

Benefits

  • SMU offers staff a broad, competitive array of health and related benefits. In addition to traditional benefits such as health, dental, and vision plans, SMU offers a wide range of wellness programs to help attract, support, and retain our employees whose work continues to make SMU an outstanding education and research institution.
  • SMU is committed to providing an array of retirement programs that benefit and protect you and your family throughout your working years at SMU and, if you meet SMU's retirement eligibility criteria, during your retirement years after you leave SMU.
  • The value of learning at SMU isn't just about preparing our students for the future. Employees have access to a wide variety of professional and personal development opportunities, including tuition benefits.
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