Position Information

Postdoctoral Research Associate (2 position openings)
The University of Southern California’s Center for Education, Identity and Social Justice
is seeking two postdoctoral scholars.

(1) For the first position (LA Promise BCSI Postdoc), the postdoctoral scholar will work in collaboration with the co-PIs Darnell Cole, Christopher Newman, and Shafiqa Ahmadi on a quasi-experimental evaluation and assessment of the Black College Success Initiative (BCSI) in Los Angeles. This project is funded by the Department of Education’s Education Innovation and Research Program. This position provides a unique opportunity to help structure and conduct an evaluation and assessment of BCSI. BCSI partners with Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) high schools and charter high schools to create a college success pathway that empowers more Black students to complete a Bachelor’s degree. More specifically, the postdoctoral scholar will assist in conducting qualitative data (interviews, focus groups, observations, and document collection) to qualitatively understand how BCSI is implemented and how it impacts Black students’ college awareness/readiness, self-awareness, self-esteem, and self-efficacy enrollment, persistence, and degree attainment. The postdoctoral scholar will also assist in survey administration, survey data collection and analysis, as well as use statistical techniques to analyze the impact of BCSI on Black students' college success. The position will begin in May 2022. It is a temporary, fixed-term, one-year position with an opportunity for a second year. The candidate must have a doctorate degree at the time of employment. For more information and instructions for application, please visit: https://usccareers.usc.edu/job/los-angeles/postdoctoral-research-associate/1209/26438917104

(2) For the second position (LAUSD BSAP Postdoc), the postdoctoral scholar will work in collaboration with the center’s co-Directors and co-PIs, Shafiqa Ahmadi and Darnell Cole on a quasi-experimental evaluation and assessment of the Black Students Achievement Plan in Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). This project is in collaboration with Alice Huguet of the RAND Corporation and is supported by LAUSD. This position provides a unique opportunity to help structure and conduct an evaluation and assessment of BSAP in LAUSD. BSAP addresses the need for culturally responsive curriculum and instruction as the classroom norm, fosters partnerships with community-based organizations with proven track records of success within the Black community, and provides increased staffing support to address the academic and social-emotional needs of Black students. The postdoctoral scholar will organize, manage, conduct, and analyze qualitative data. The USC team will use interviews, focus groups, observations, and document collection to qualitatively understand how BSAP is implemented in the district and in participating LAUSD schools. The postdoctoral position will begin in May 2022. It is a temporary, fixed-term, one-year position with an opportunity for a second year. The candidate must have a doctorate degree at the time of employment. 

(1) LA Promise BCSI Postdoc:



(2) LAUSD BSAP Postdoc:

Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate (2 position openings)
Organization: University of Southern California
Location: Los Angeles,  CA 
United States
Salary:
Posting Start Date: 4/18/2022
Date Posted: 4/18/2022
Requirements Applicants should include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a scholarly publication or dissertation chapter for which the applicant was the main author, an excerpt of code written for statistical software, and contact information for three references.

Please address the following questions when submitting your letter of interest:
1. What are your current research interests and how do they relate to the purpose of this project?
2. What experience do you have with managing and using datasets?
3. What methodological training and/or experience do you have in using mixed methods or quantitative research to improve the educational experiences of low-income and marginalized students experiences?
4. How will your expertise contribute to the project?
5. How will this position further your research and career goals?
Status: This listing expires on: 6/17/2022
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Name:
University of Southern California
Address:
3470 Trousdale Parkway
Waite Phillips Hall Room 602
Los Angeles,  CA 90089
United States
Email:
socialjustice@usc.edu
Phone:
(213) 740-1445
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Contact:
Center for Education, Identity and Social Justice

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