• Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Middle Tennessee State University -Tennessee STEM Education Center

The Tennessee STEM Education Center (TSEC) at Middle Tennessee State University has extended the invitation to applications for a Post Doctoral Research Fellow position (#367060 – FILLED, 367070 – OPEN). We seek individuals interested in contributing to K-12 and post secondary level STEM education research and outreach activities, and developing professional skills for future positions in academia or non-academic settings. Successful candidates should have a desire to work in a collaborative, interdisciplinary and cross-departmental, team environment of professional staff, students, faculty, and administrators.


Start date for the position may be as early as September 1, 2020. Initial appointment is for one year with the possibility of extension for up to 2 additional years depending on continued interest, performance, and available funding.


The Tennessee STEM Education Center (TSEC) is a research center aimed at improving K-12 and post secondary level STEM education both locally and nationally. The center conducts STEM education research funded by various organizations including NSF, IES, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The center also fosters partnerships among educators, education researchers, STEM researchers, and policymakers through research and outreach projects in STEM education. In addition to full-time center directors and staff, the center supports four MTSU faculty as fellows and associate directors, four PhD students in the Math and Science Education program, two master’s students, and undergraduate research assistants.


The post-doctoral fellow would be part of the leadership team for one or more grant-funded projects in STEM teacher leadership, professional networks, and classroom discourse at the K-12 and post secondary levels. This position will provide opportunities for an emerging scholar to contribute to the projects’ goals while developing a range of research skills. Projects include researching the influence of K-12 teachers’ professional networks on outcomes such as teacher identity development and retention, the design and impact of online professional communities for chemistry teachers on teacher beliefs and practices, and the influence of task design on classroom discourse in college introductory chemistry courses using active learning pedagogies. Further details of the projects can be found at https://tinyurl.com/yyp46yrp. In addition, the fellow will contribute to the larger TSEC mission by supporting proposals for extramural funding, leading outreach activities, and/or facilitating partnerships.


Duties include, but are not limited to: 1) designing and conducting research within a collaborative setting; 2) analyzing qualitative and/or quantitative data; 3) dissemination of research findings at conferences and in refereed journals; 4) facilitating the development of research proposals to secure extramural funding across diverse STEM learning environments, and 5) developing partnerships with educators, organizations, and researchers to further the mission of TSEC. Depending on the interest of the fellow, the position also provides opportunities for design and facilitation of K-12 STEM outreach activities, mentored teaching, professional development, and funded travel to present at national conferences.


Middle Tennessee State University is a vibrant hub for educating students who are accomplished, civically engaged and globally responsible; an engine for research, innovation, and entrepreneurship; and a nexus of cultural, social, and artistic expression. MTSU, with approximately 21,500 students, is located about 35 miles southeast of Nashville. The Mathematics and Science Education Program, housed in the College of Basic and Applied Sciences, has a strong track record of Discipline-Based Education Research (DBER) and houses the PhD program with concentrations in biological, chemical, mathematics, and interdisciplinary science education.


For more information please visit: https://mtsujobs.mtsu.edu/postings/9476

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