Research Postdoctoral Fellow

 Job Title: Research Postdoctoral Fellow: Quantitative Policy Research on Teacher Education & Teacher Quality

 Full/Part Time: Full-Time

 Regular/Temporary: Regular

 FLSA Status: Exempt

 Organizational Group: University of Michigan School of Education

 Posting Begin/End Date: April 23, 2014 / TBD

 Salary: $50,000

A cover letter and resume are required for consideration for this position. The cover letter should be included in the same document as your resume and should specifically address your interest in this position and outline particular skills and experience directly related to this position. Please also include contact information (email and phone) of three references. 

Please note: this is a two-year position. 

Postdoctoral researcher needed to work on studies of teacher preparation and teacher quality policy using large-scalequantitative methods. The candidate’s primary responsibility will be a state-level analysis of teacher preparation program quality. The candidate will use state teacher evaluation and administrative data to develop measures of teacher preparation program quality intended to inform program improvement. In addition, the candidate will assist with at least one other study, depending upon the areas of expertise and interests that the candidate brings. The other possible studies include, but are not limited to: 1) An analysis of whether different kinds of pre-service student teaching experiences during initial teacher preparation predict program graduates’ job application, employment, and teacher effectiveness outcomes or 2) An evaluation of a state-level intervention where participating districts select one of three different student assignment strategies aiming to improve the likelihood that students, especially low-performing and special needs students, are taught by high quality teachers and receive better educational opportunities. 

Doctoral degree completion in education, public policy, economics, sociology or related field is required. Experience with the preparation, management, and analysis of large-scale, administrative data sets using STATA is required. Other desirable knowledge and skills: Knowledge of teacher education (program design, policy, and literature), experience with large-scale survey development and administration, some background in measurement/psychometrics, and strong written and verbal communication. 

Dr. Matthew Ronfeldt, Assistant Professor of Educational Studies, will advise the candidate on all of these projects. Please email Dr. Ronfeldt (ronfeldt@umich.edu) with any questions.