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Amherst has taken a leadership role among highly selective liberal
arts colleges and universities in successfully diversifying the
racial, socio-economic, and geographic profile of its student body.
The College is similarly committed to enriching its educational
experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty,
administration and staff.
Amherst College invites applications for a postdoctoral researcher
to work in Prof. Kate Follette's research group on the NSF-funded
Quantitative Reasoning for College Science (QuaRCS) study .
The position is a two-year, full-time, year-round position (job
group and level RI-2).
The QuaRCS project aims to identify, study, and disseminate best
practices for the teaching of numerical skills through introductory
science courses for non-majors. These crucial courses are often a
student's final STEM course in life, and are an important venue for
improving the skills that will make them savvy consumers,
conscientious citizens, and discerning voters. Numerical skills are
also a barrier to entry to STEM careers, and as such, this study
has implications for improving equity and inclusion in STEM.
Given Amherst's distinction as one of the most diverse liberal arts
colleges in the country, the successful candidate will demonstrate
the ways in which they bring value to and will work towards
supporting a broadly diverse community.
Duties and Responsibilities
We seek an education researcher with experience in qualitative
and/or mixed method educational research who will help us to bring
the QuaRCS study into its next stage, advancing our mission of
helping reduce barriers to entry to STEM careers and identify best
practices in facilitating the development of quantitative reasoning
skills in the STEM classroom. This will include contributing to
several (depending on interest and experience) of the following
tasks: coordinating and conducting a national study, helping to
assess and improve the cross-cultural relevancy and accessibility
of the assessment, analyzing study data, developing a course
observation protocol, conducting site visits, and/or facilitating a
pilot faculty learning community.
Annual travel, professional development, and publication funds will
be provided. The postdoc will be a full member of the broader
QuaRCS research team and will have many opportunities for learning
and growth, including gaining experience in quantitative research
methodologies and undergraduate research supervision, as well as a
window into faculty positions at small liberal arts colleges.
Amherst College is pleased to provide a comprehensive, highly
competitive benefits package that meets the needs of staff and
faculty and their families. Benefits are an important part of our
overall compensation, so it is critical that you review all of the
options to ensure it meets your total compensation requirements.
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- Candidates must have experience in qualitative or mixed-method
educational research methodologies, the drive and discipline to
work independently, strong communication skills, and the ability to
work closely with undergraduate researchers involved in the
- Candidates must have a doctoral degree in education, a STEM
field, or a related discipline by July 1, 2022.
- Experience in and a commitment to diversity, equity and
inclusion, and to contributing to an intentionally inclusive
Amherst College requires all employees to be fully vaccinated
for COVID-19 (medical and religious exemptions may
Candidates should submit a resume/CV (including contact
information for at least two references), and a cover letter online
- Experience in STEM education research.
- Experience with classroom observations.
- Experience with supervision of undergraduate research.
The cover letter should describe:
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- Why they are interested in the position
- The ways in which their previous work prepares them to excel in
an independent project conducted as part of an interdisciplinary
- Their experience with or interest in mentoring of undergraduate
students in research
Review of applications will begin January 15, 2021, and continue
until the position is filled.
Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages
persons of all genders, persons of color, and persons with
disabilities to apply. The college is committed to enriching its
educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its
faculty, administration, and staff.
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