Florida International University, STEM Transformation Institute

Position Type: Postdoctoral
Position Location: Miami, Florida 33199, United States [map]
Application Deadline: (posted 2018/11/28, listed until 2019/11/01)
Position Description:    

Florida International University’s STEM Transformation Institute is seeking to fill at least two post-doctoral researcher positions for the Catalyzing Change in Calculus Project as described below:  
  • Implement and conduct research on the Modeling Practices in Calculus (MPC) intervention, a student-centric curriculum where students emulate the practices of mathematicians in the classroom to learn calculus. Recently recommended for funding by the National Science Foundation Hispanic-serving Institution STEM Program, the intervention will directly impact over 15,000 students enrolled at two Hispanic-serving Institutions, where over 80% of students are from historically-underrepresented groups. The specific aims of the project include generating new knowledge on the effectiveness of the MPC curriculum and how the curriculum fosters learning for highly diverse student populations. Further, it will generate knowledge on faculty adoption practices and institutional change as it establishes an institutional culture to sustain and expand the intervention. The position will involve both the teaching of section(s) of calculus as well as planning, analysis and dissemination of the accompanying research study.  

The primary responsibilities of these post-doctoral researchers will be conducting mathematics education research; however, these positions utilize a hybrid design that integrates teaching experience with research activities to facilitate implementation of evidence-based practices and thus preparing the candidate for an academic career. Candidates for these positions should have completed their PhD in mathematics or mathematics education. The ideal candidates will have experience working in undergraduate education research and have strong quantitative research skills and experience including survey and concept inventory data collection and analysis, and classroom observation. Experience with the R software system would be an added benefit.

FIU’s STEM Transformation Institute is dedicated to advancing research and educational change on evidence-based instructional practices, utilizing FIU as a laboratory for the future of STEM, as over 75% of FIU’s 54,000 students come from traditionally underrepresented groups. The Institute currently hosts 15 discipline-based education research faculty in 9 STEM departments and 25 staff / postdoctoral researchers that carry out multidisciplinary collaborative work across the Colleges of Arts, Sciences & Education and Engineering & Computing. Hallmark programs include a Learning Assistant (LA) program that impacts well over 13,000 student enrollments in 10 STEM disciplines each semester; Modeling Instruction at the high school and college levels; and multiple HHMI- and NSF-funded research projects. For more information on programs and research at the STEM Transformation Institute visit: stem.fiu.edu; FIULearn.fiu.edu; and FIUteach.fiu.edu. FIU is the public research university in Miami, Florida and is the only majority minority Carnegie R1 research university in the U.S. 

How to Apply: Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply to Job Opening ID 517353 at facultycareers.fiu.edu, and attach a cover letter and curriculum vitae as a single pdf file. Candidates will be requested to provide names and contact information for at least three references. Please add Catalyzing Change in Calculus Project to the top of your cover letter. 

FIU is a member of the State University System of Florida and an Equal Opportunity, Equal Access Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Contact: STEM Transformation Institute
Postal Mail:
Florida International University
11200 SW 8th Street
Miami, Florida 33199
Web Page: stem.fiu.edu

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