The Department of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech seeks applications for a Postdoctoral Associate to take on a leadership role within the S-STEM Organizational Partnerships Research Hub. This new research hub funded by the National Science Foundation and based at Virginia Tech will focus on inter- and intra-institutional partnerships that systematically support low-income engineering students. The Postdoctoral Associate will work closely with the VT Hub leadership team (Drs. David Knight, Walter Lee, Jake Grohs, Sarah Rodriguez, and Bev Watford) on overall hub coordination, will help spearhead much of the new data collection and integration around organizational partnerships that support low-income engineering students, and will engage in all analysis and dissemination activities.
The Hub’s integrated core activities, each designed to engage the full institutional diversity of NSF’s S-STEM programs with a core element focused on low-income engineering students, will include the following: 1) organizational partnerships community of practice building, with activities including research accelerator grants and summer research institutes, 2) cross-S-STEM program data collection and integration, and 3) broad dissemination of easy-to-access products (e.g., research, policy, and practice briefs) as well as traditional scholarly output (e.g., journal articles). The Postdoctoral Associate will be a key member of our VT Hub leadership team for all of these activities and will join the vibrant, collaborative Department of Engineering Education community.
At Virginia Tech, we recognize the valuable contributions that postdoctoral associates make toward research and scholastic endeavors at the university. We are committed to connecting postdoctoral associates to resources to allow them to thrive during this critical training period and help them launch their careers, post-postdoc. Postdoctoral associates at Virginia Tech are categorized as research faculty and have access to the same retirement, health insurance, and other benefits as other faculty and staff at the university. For more see: https://www.hr.vt.edu/benefits.html
Diversity and inclusion are critical to the success of the Department of Engineering Education, the College of Engineering, and Virginia Tech. The selected candidate will be expected to foster an environment that is supportive and welcoming of all groups.
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• Doctorate in Engineering Education, Higher Education, or a related field. PhD must be awarded no more than four years prior to the effective date of appointment with a minimum of one year eligibility remaining.
• Experience publishing in engineering education or education journals
• Experience presenting at engineering education or education conferences
• Experience using qualitative and quantitative research methods
• Project management experience
• Knowledge of organizational theory, change, research literature within engineering education and/or higher education contexts
• Knowledge of a variety of higher education institutional contexts
• Prior experience conducting research on broadening participation in engineering and/or research focused on low-income and/or minoritized student populations
• Prior experience mentoring teams or individuals