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Research Associate (Post-Doctoral Fellow) – Teaching & Learning

CUNY Graduate Center
New York City, New York
Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Mar 21, 2023

Position: Research Associate (Post-Doctoral Fellow) – Teaching & Learning

Job ID: 26552

Compensation: $65,000-$70,000/year. Salary commensurate with education and experience.

Closing Date: April 16, 2023

Position Details:

The Graduate Center, CUNY is the focal point for advanced teaching and research at The City University of New York (CUNY), the nation’s largest urban public university. With over 35 doctoral and master’s programs of the highest caliber, the Graduate Center fosters pioneering research and scholarship in the arts and sciences and prepares students for careers in universities and the private, nonprofit, and government sectors. The Graduate Center’s commitment to research and scholarship for the public good is exemplified by its more than 30 centers, institutes, and initiatives, including its Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), a 200,000 square-foot facility in upper Manhattan, designed to promote collaboration among scientists in five areas of global research and innovation: nanoscience, photonics, structural biology, neuroscience, and environmental sciences.

The Graduate Center (GC) benefits from highly ambitious and diverse students and alumni—who in turn teach hundreds of thousands of undergraduates every year. Through its public programs, the Graduate Center enhances New York City’s intellectual and cultural life.

The Graduate Center’s Teaching and Learning Center (TLC), founded in 2015, creates and connects opportunities for GC students to grow as educators and scholars within the nation’s largest public urban university system. The TLC prepares new college teachers from nearly 50 academic programs at the Graduate Center for their entry into the classroom, guides developing teachers as they refine their practices, and helps experienced instructors think through how to best apply what they’ve learned in the next stages of their careers, whether those careers be inside or outside the classroom. The TLC is staffed by a combination of full- and part-time scholars from a range of disciplines.

The Research Associate/Post-doctoral Fellow will extend the Center’s reach by developing research and outreach projects and producing publications about teaching and professional development for graduate students. The Research Associate will possess a commitment to inclusive pedagogy, demonstrated ability to craft and explain faculty development projects, and the desire to critically consider the role of such programming within a public university. Qualified candidates will have a Ph.D. in the humanities, the social sciences, or the sciences, demonstrated excellence in teaching, and a research interest in pedagogy, graduate student professional development, cultural foundations of education, or a related field. All applicants must have excellent research, writing, and communication skills.

The Research Associate will publish their own scholarly work while also assisting the TLC with identifying, developing, and carrying out projects that support graduate students teaching across the university. The Research Associate will lead workshops, guide focused inquiry groups, and develop additional programs or special projects related to their research interests and promote connections between teaching and research activity across CUNY. Additionally, the Research Associate will actively seek out and apply for grants and will take on a mentorship role to support TLC fellows with research and writing projects. The position will work closely with TLC staff on TLC initiatives including but not limited to the Teach@CUNY Handbook, the Teach@CUNY Institutes, the TLC’s workshop series, Focused Inquiry Groups, and Visible Pedagogy (the TLC’s digital publication). 

This position is an annual appointment with funding for two (2) years, with the possibility of extension. The position will begin in Fall 2023 and end in August of a given year. The incumbent will report to the TLC Director.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Contribute to the teaching and learning support offered by the TLC;
  • Conduct independent research and engage in writing projects for publication;
  • Develop and lead projects that theorize and explore faculty and professional development for graduate students in the contemporary university;
  • Meet with and assist graduate students on matters related to their research and teaching;
  • Create materials and guides for fostering inclusive teaching practices across a variety of disciplines;
  • Identify sources of grant funding and contribute to the process of securing funds;
  • Assist the TLC in identifying and developing SoTL projects;
  • Engage in discussions and critical analysis of the role of teaching and teaching centers within a public university setting;
  • Manage the TLC’s editorial projects, including the Teach@CUNY Handbook and Visible Pedagogy
  • Participate, design, and reflect upon various mentoring projects within the university setting;
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

All full-time and part-time CUNY staff are expected to work in-person at their campus office 70% of their work time. For full-time staff, this is equivalent to 7 out of 10 days of in-person work in a two-week period (e.g., 7 days in-person, 3 days remote). This hybrid work schedule is subject to change.

Candidates will be required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment. Exemption (medical or religious) requests to this requirement will be considered in accordance with applicable law. Being fully vaccinated is defined for this purpose as being at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. Final candidates must be fully vaccinated as of their first day of employment. 

Minimum Qualifications:

Doctoral Degree in a related field and demonstrated research ability.


A preferred candidate should have:

  • Active research agenda in any field, with the ability to make connections between their field and pedagogical trends 
  • Experience with, or interest in the scholarship of teaching and learning 
  • Familiarity with emerging trends in digital, hybrid, and online instruction and accessibility practices.
  • Experience teaching and designing inclusive and experiential learning opportunities, and an understanding of accessible educational practices.
  • Knowledge of curriculum development at both the course and program level.
  • Commitment to public higher education.
  • Excellent research, writing, and communication skills.
  • Experience with grant proposals and grant project management.
  • A commitment to interdisciplinarity and collaboration.


CUNY offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees and eligible dependents based on job title and classification. Employees are also offered pension and Tax-Deferred Savings Plans. Part-time employees must meet a weekly or semester work hour criteria to be eligible for health benefits. Health benefits are also extended to retirees who meet the eligibility criteria.

CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Health Plan Coverage for Employees Hired on or after October 1, 2022, City of New York employees and employees of Participating Employers and their eligible dependents hired on or after October 1, 2022, will only be eligible to enroll in the Emblem Health HIP HMO Preferred Plan and must remain in the HIP HMO Preferred Plan for the first year (365 days) of employment.

After 365 days of employment, the employee will have the option of either remaining in the HIP HMO Preferred Plan or selecting a different health plan within 30 days before the end of the 365th day period.

If a new health plan is selected, the new plan will be effective on the 366th day.

Only after the 365th day can the employee participate in any Annual Fall Transfer Period. An employee who needs to request an exemption from the required enrollment in the HIP HMO Preferred Plan can do so by submitting a HIP HMO Opt-Out Request Form to Emblem Health. An employee, or eligible dependent, must meet certain criteria and the request must be approved by Emblem Health before the exemption is granted. The HIP HMO Opt-Out Request Form and HIP service area are available on the Emblem Health website.

How to Apply:

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Equal Employment Opportunity:

CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

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