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Postdoctoral Scholar - Mary Jane's Legacy Project
Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Scholar at The Ohio State University. The postdoctoral position is being offered as part of the Mary Jane’s Legacy Project (MJLP). The MJLP name honors Mary Jane Patterson, the first Black woman to receive a bachelor’s degree in the United States. This project is supported by the Lumina Foundation for Education Racial Justice and Equity Fund. 
This project will be the first nationwide examination of Black women’s postsecondary and postbaccalaureate pathways and the first national archive capturing these experiences from a wide array of Black women. The project will not only focus on Black women who took traditional routes to college immediately following high school but will also shed light on the diversity among Black women who interact with postsecondary institutions including, but not limited to, re-entry women, justice-involved women, community college attendees, trans women, and adult learners, in an effort to disrupt monolithic notions of Black women’s degree attainment and postbaccalaureate experiences. This project will also be the first to examine Black women’s postsecondary trajectories across various institutional types (e.g., 2- and 4-year colleges, HBCUs, for-profit, single-gender, etc.) and explore how their experiences at these institutions shaped their lives, particularly their careers and economic status post-graduation.
The Co-PIs, Dr. Lori Patton Davis and Dr. Nadrea Njoku, are seeking a motivated, thoughtful, and critical scholar with a demonstrated commitment to centering Black women’s experiences in educational research. The Postdoctoral Scholar will play an integral role in the implementation of this project.
  • Serve as MJLP project manager (including administrative and logistical duties)
  • Coordinating and managing data collection
  • Conducting preliminary data analyses 
  • Contributing to manuscript and conference presentation preparation
  • Coordinating virtual and in-person events
  • MJLP knowledge dissemination & promotion on social media
  • Representing MJLP to internal and external constituents
  • Other duties as assigned
The length of this fellowship is one year with the possibility of renewal for an additional year. Postdoctoral scholars receive a competitive salary and benefits. Remote work for this position is a possibility.

Position: Postdoctoral Scholar - Mary Jane's Legacy Project
Organization: The Ohio State University
Location: Columbus,  OH 
United States
Salary: Competitive with benefits
Posting Start Date: 3/22/2022
Date Posted: 3/22/2022
Requirements Required Experience:
Applicants must have an earned doctorate in education or related field. Although focused on education, this is an interdisciplinary project and applications from scholars in history, humanities, women’s and/or gender and/or sexuality studies, sociology, etc. are welcome. Strong research skills and experience with designing and implementing research studies are required. Strong communication skills, ability to communicate with diverse audiences and experience with writing for publication. Familiarity with social media platforms and strategy. Knowledge of Black women’s histories and participation across the educational landscape, and knowledge of Black feminist theories and frameworks. Must be highly organized with the ability to multitask and manage overlapping priorities. Demonstrated commitment to the centering Black women in research.

Desired Experience:
Desired experience with translational scholarship and/or writing for public audiences (e.g. policy reports, blogs, newspapers). Self-starter with creative ideas. Desired previous experience with project management. Desired experience with creating websites or web design.
Status: This listing expires on: 5/21/2022
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Organization Information
The Ohio State University
29 W Woodruff Ave

Columbus,  OH 43210
United States
pattondavis.1@osu.edu or nadrer@gmail.com
(614) 247-6714
Dr. Lori Patton Davis or Dr. Nadrea Njoku

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