Postdoctoral Research Fellow
About the Position:
This position will support a project executed by a research-practice partnership between the University of Houston and Houston Community College. Our project aims to increase academic success among community college students referred to developmental coursework. Funding for this appointment begins 9.1.20 and concludes 12.31.21.
Improving Equity through Corequisite Remediation: Strategies that Increase College Success among Racial/Ethnic Minority and Low-Income Students.
The purpose of our project is to improve academic performance, persistence, and degree completion among academically underprepared students attending Houston Community College (HCC), one of the nation’s largest and most racially/ethnically diverse community college systems. Nationally and at HCC, nearly half of all first-year community college students are deemed academically underprepared in math and/or English. HCC has implemented several developmental education reform initiatives, including a “corequisite” remediation course model where students cover developmental content alongside content of the first college-level course in that particular subject area. While this corequisite model has shown promise at HCC and at other community colleges nationally, a sizable number of students still struggle to complete developmental coursework. Our mixed-methods project will: 1) identify pathways to success/degree completion for students who do not pass corequisite courses on their first attempt; and 2) identify the how the structural characteristics of a corequisite course (e.g., delivery format, pedagogy, technology support, faculty characteristics) impact academic outcomes for first-year HCC students.
The project is led by 3 Principal Investigators:
- Dr. Lyle McKinney, Associate Professor of Higher Education at UH
- Dr. Andrea Burridge, Associate Vice Chancellor, Research, Analytics, & Decision Support at HCC
- Dr. Catherine O’Brien, Associate Vice Chancellor, College Readiness at HCC
Summary of Duties:
The postdoctoral researcher will coordinate the design and execution of the qualitative components of this mixed-methods project, which include interviews and focus groups with HCC students, faculty, academic advisors, and administrators. Duties include but are not limited to: recruiting study participants, scheduling and conducting interviews/focus groups, facilitating the timely completion of interview transcriptions, analyzing interview data and other relevant documents (e.g., course syllabi), presenting project findings to HCC academic leaders, and co-authoring conference proposals and journal articles.
How to Apply:
Applications should include the following materials:
1. Letter of interest in the position (2-pages single-spaced maximum. Applicants should discuss their research interests, qualitative research skills and expertise, and how this position would advance their research and career goals).
2. Curriculum vitae
3. One writing sample (e.g., publication)
4. Contact information for three references
Review of applications will begin June 22, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. We anticipate conducting virtual interviews in early July. Inquiries about this position can be directed to Dr. Lyle McKinney (email@example.com).
For additional information and to apply for this position, please visit: https://uhs.taleo.net/careersection/ex1_uhs/jobdetail.ftl?job=STA006090&lang=en&sns_id=gmail