DBER PostDoc at Auburn University

published Mar 22, 2024 11:25am

The Inclusive Design for Enhancing Active Learning in STEM (IDEALS) program aims to develop, implement, evaluate, test, and refine faculty professional development, which pairs inclusive teaching strategies with active learning in undergraduate STEM courses. Each summer, a team of 15 IDEALS faculty fellows participate in a week-long workshop, introducing them to Backwards Design, the Transparency in Learning and Teaching framework, active learning strategies, and inclusive teaching pedagogy.

What is IDEALS

IDEALS is an NSF funded IUSE project which will research:

  • Changes to teaching practice that faculty make because of the professional development program
  • Faculty perceptions of the impact of changes made
  • The impact of these changes on student engagement, sense of belonging, and success outcomes

See the award abstract for more information.

About the Position

We are hiring a postdoctoral scholar to collaborate on the project for 2 years, with a possible 3rd year extension. There are opportunities to teach undergraduate courses in the Postdoc's area of expertise. The postdoc will take an active role in studying the impact of the IDEALS professional development program on faculty teaching practices. They are encouraged to develop their own independent education research program.

  • The ideal applicant will be familiar with case study methodologies, or excited to grow their qualitative research skills in this area.
  • The candidate must have a PhD in Geoscience, Mathematics and Statistics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, or related discipline (if the applicant has an education Ph.D., then they must have a masters degree in a STEM discipline).

About Auburn University

The College of Science and Mathematics (COSAM) at Auburn University is home to a cluster of discipline-based education researchers (DBER). Faculty with research focused on effective education and science communication are embedded in all five departments within the college. Additionally, IDEALS is a collaboration between COSAM and the Biggio Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning. The Biggio Center provides research-based training and support for teachers across Auburn University. The successful candidate will work closely with the Biggio Center and the COSAM DBER community.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter detailing your interest in the position, a curriculum vita, and a statement of research interest and career to one or both of the project PIs, Dr. Stephanie Shepherd and Dr. Melinda Lanius. You are also encouraged to submit a DEI statement.

More Information

If you have questions about the position or application process, Dr. Stephanie Shepherd and Dr. Melinda Lanius would be glad to provide more information or answer questions.

Review of applications begins March 9, 2024 and is ongoing.