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School / Campus / College: University of Washington, Bothell

Organization: Educational Studies

Title: Postdoctoral Scholar

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The John I. Goodlad Institute for Educational Renewal in UW Bothell's School of Educational Studies invites applications for one, full-time, Postdoctoral Scholar researcher who is enthusiastic and self-motivated with demonstrated capability and interest in equity-focused research in K-16 science and engineering learning and professional development.

The Goodlad Institute promotes the democratic purposes of education by co-designing and studying processes for continuous renewal with schools, universities, and communities. By developing research-based partnerships that highlight democratic purposes and processes of education, the Goodlad Institute aims to energize a new national conversation about what justice-oriented, high-quality education and learning mean when they are grounded in equity-focused processes inclusive of the voices and lives of those we serve.

While the Goodlad Institute’s primary activities consist of externally funded projects for research, professional development, and service, these activities also provide opportunities for university students to participate in research and professional development projects.

The Goodlad Institute is under the umbrella of the School of Educational Studies, an inclusive community that includes students, faculty, and staff of different backgrounds, including but not limited to age, language, cultural background, disability, ethnicity, family status, gender presentation, immigration status, national origin, race, religious and political beliefs, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and veteran status.

Beliefs, attitudes, and actions that foster understanding of self and others through curriculum, instruction, research, and focused learning activities are a valued component of SES courses and programs.

Faculty create environments and support students to become critically engaged educators and citizens who design and integrate curriculum, instructional, and inquiry practices to promote equity and social justice across educational and community contexts.

Postdoctoral scholars at the University of Washington are engaged in full-time, mentored, advanced training to enhance professional skills and research independence, and perform primarily research and scholarship under the direction and supervision of University faculty mentors. Postdoctoral scholars in the School of Educational Studies have an annual service period of twelve months.

This position is grant-funded and is contingent upon available funding. Postdoctoral scholar positions are non-tenure eligible. This is a one-year renewable appointment up to three years. The anticipated start date will depend on the successful candidate's availability, but will not be later than September 1, 2023.

Postdoctoral scholars at UW are represented by UAW 4121 and are subject to a collective bargaining agreement, unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. For more information, please visit the University of Washington Labor Relations website:


This postdoctoral scholar position is for a newly funded project, Learning in Places PK-5, with the National Science Foundation to design and study the development of interdisciplinary field-based science inquiries that center nature-culture relations, family- and community knowledges and practices, and learning and studying about socio-ecological systems. This position will be housed within the School of Educational Studies' Goodlad Institute for Educational Renewal and will work closely with researchers at Northwestern University and teachers and educators across several states. The successful candidate will be one who is familiar with sociocultural theories of learning, preK-12 learners, educational settings both in and out of school, and equity-centered issues of pedagogy and design in science and engineering education. The postdoctoral scholar will be under the direct supervision of Dr. Carrie Tzou, but will also be part of a larger team that spans UW Bothell and Northwestern University.

The successful candidate will show evidence of a focus on equity-focused research in preK-12 science and engineering learning and professional development. The postdoctoral scholar will be responsible for data collection, analysis, and writing research papers for dissemination to peer-reviewed research and practitioner journals and conferences. Candidates must have a focus on equity-focused research as applied to the design of science and engineering-based learning environments.

  • Execute education research, including the implementation of a research plan, qualitative/quantitative data collection, data processing, and data analysis activities
  • Collaborate with external partners for data collection
  • Utilize excellent writing skills to contribute to the writing of publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Utilize excellent presentation skills to develop conference proposals and presentation of findings at academic conferences
  • Engage in iterative processes of design, research, and re-design of science and engineering learning environments with a commitment to issues of equity, identity, and culture.
The base salary range for this position will be $5459 - $5575 per month, commensurate with experience and qualifications, or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination.



PhD Degree in Science Education, Learning Sciences or related field. Must have experience working successfully with diverse communities in elementary settings. Must have experience conducting research in learning settings and experience in qualitative/quantitative data collection/analysis activities.


Familiarity with participatory design-based research methodologies. Excellent writing and presentation skills, experience in qualitative/quantitative data collection/analysis activities. Ability to manage internal and external partnerships while conducting simultaneous projects and project activities. Familiarity with Dedoose and other qualitative data analysis tools. Experience conducting professional development with practicing teachers and/or teaching elementary science methods courses.

The selected candidate will be required to successfully complete a criminal background check.


To be considered for this opportunity, applicants should upload the following application materials to Interfolio. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

  1. A complete CV
  2. A cover letter including a short statement describing research interests and goals
  3. Names and contacts of three (3) references
  4. Diversity Statement (1 page) describing your contributions to and vision for promoting justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion

Applicants will also be required to compete the following forms in Interfolio:

  1. Sexual Misconduct Declaration: State law requires that the University of Washington obtain the Disclosure of Sexual Misconduct declaration signed by the candidate. The declaration will require you to disclose any substantiated findings of sexual misconduct, to authorize current and past employers to disclose to the UW any sexual misconduct currently being investigated and/or committed by you, and to release current and past employers from any liability.
  2. Vaccine Requirement Attestation

UW Bothell Invitation to Employment

Located in the heart of the Puget Sound region, the University of Washington Bothell is one of the most dynamic public universities in the state of Washington. The campus is committed to increasing access to an excellent UW education and preparing students to be leaders throughout Washington and beyond.

UW Bothell provides students a participatory, cross-disciplinary experience grounded in hands-on learning, community-based research, close relationships with faculty as teachers and mentors, and the personalized support of staff who are dedicated to student success.

The campus offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate degrees. Current enrollment is approximately 6,000 students. More than 90 % of undergraduates are from Washington State, approximately 40% are first-generation college attendees, and more than half are students of color. The University values hiring faculty and staff who have demonstrated experience and ability to work successfully with diverse student populations and who can contribute to a campus culture that promotes equity among colleagues.

Diversity and inclusion are core values at UW Bothell. Our work begins with the acceptance and celebration of the differences that are represented through the many diverse and minoritized communities on our campus and in the surrounding community. We recognize that we are bound together in a collective experience and that our actions impact all in our community. When we focus on the lives of the most marginalized groups among us, we also create conditions of equity, justice and academic excellence for everyone. To learn more about our commitment to diversity click here.

The three priorities of the University’s current Strategic Plan, Increasing Access, Achieving Excellence are to strengthen diversity and equity, enhance community and campus engagement, and advance cross-disciplinary teaching and scholarship.

In addition to having award winning faculty and staff, UW Bothell has been recognized for innovations in academic programming and support services designed to help students graduate on time and debt-free. It has also earned both recognition and awards for its work in the area of environmental sustainability.

UW Bothell is designated as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) that participates in the AANAPISI program. This program provides grants and related assistance to enable MSI to improve and expand their capacity to serve Asian Americans and Native American Pacific Islanders and low-income individuals.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Benefits Information

A summary of benefits associated with this title/rank can be found at . Appointees solely employed and paid directly by a non-UW entity are not UW employees and are not eligible for UW or Washington State employee benefits.

Commitment to Diversity

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint ( /). Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities ( ).

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