Postdoctoral Scholar - USC Rossier School of Education

The Joan Herman and Richard Rasiej Mathematics Initiative is a five-year partnership (2016-2021) funded by a generous gift to the USC Rossier School of Education from Joan Herman and Richard Rasiej. The initiative is focused on improving the mathematics knowledge and teaching effectiveness of current teachers in K-5 classrooms. The initiative includes plans for an international symposium to be held in Los Angeles in May, 2017, which seeks to establish a research agenda and build partnerships for research in subsequent years. This project is led by USC researchers Morgan Polikoff (K-12 education policy), Gale Sinatra (Educational Psychology), Laila Hasan (Mathematics Education) and Yasemin Copur-Gencturk (Mathematics Education), working with Visiting Research Scholar Richard Rasiej.

We seek a post-doctoral fellow to further the research and development work of the initiative. This fellowship will provide opportunities for a junior researcher to contribute to the project’s goals while developing a range of research skills. The interdisciplinary initiative bridges education policy, educational psychology, and mathematics education. The fellow will participate in all project activities, including conducting reviews of literature, participating in the symposium, building research partnerships, and conducting design-based research projects. The fellow would also have time for independent and collaborative research. We are open as to methodological orientation but expect that the work we conduct will be mixed-methods.

The project is based at the USC Rossier School of Education, a leading educational research institution, located in Los Angeles, California. Applicants should have a completed doctoral degree in mathematics education or a related field. This position is a full-time, minimum eighteen-month appointment. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Application review will begin December 20, 2016, and the position start date is as early as January 15, 2017. This position provides opportunities for mentored teaching, professional development, and funded travel to present at national conferences.

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