PhD Graduate Research Assistantship at Auburn University

published Apr 19, 2023 10:49am

Discipline-based education research (DBER) PhD Opportunity in the Geosciences, Auburn University.

The Geomorphology Lab in the Department of Geosciences at Auburn University is seeking a PhD student to work on an interdisciplinary team to study the effect of faculty professional development and active learning infrastructure on the use of inclusive, evidence-based learning approaches by faculty and the resulting impact on both the engagement and success outcomes of diverse students in STEM courses in the College of Science and Mathematics (COSAM) at Auburn. The successful applicant will develop dissertation research within the larger project, but may also, if interested, conduct lab or field-based geoscience research.

Applicants should have an MS in Geoscience, Earth System Science, Environmental Science, or a related discipline. Exceptional applicants with a bachelor's degree will also be considered. Experience or course work in statistics is preferred, but not required.

To apply submit the following by email to

  1. a cover letter that addresses your experiences and goal with respect to this position 
  2. a CV
  3. contact information for three references
  4. copies (unofficial) of your college and graduate transcripts 

Review of applications will begin May 15th and continue until the position is filled. The top candidates will be asked to submit an official application to the Graduate School.

The Department of Geosciences is home to a vibrant graduate program, with MS degrees in Geology and Geography as well as a PhD in Earth Systems Science. Additionally, COSAM has discipline-based education research faculty embedded in every department. The successful applicant will join an active group of researchers dedicated to improving teaching and learning in STEM.

If you would like more information or have questions about the position, contact the project PI, Dr. Stephanie Shepherd (