Position Information

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.

Project Title:
Improving Equity through Corequisite Remediation: Strategies that Increase College Success among Racial/Ethnic Minority and Low-Income Students.

Project Overview:
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.

Principal Investigators:
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 (llmckinney@uh.edu).

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
Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Organization: University of Houston
Location: Houston,  TX 
United States
Posting Start Date: 6/10/2020
Date Posted: 6/10/2020
Requirements Qualifications and Skills:
• Doctoral degree in higher education or related field (completed by August 2020).
• Extensive experience/training in qualitative research methods, conducting interviews and focus groups, and coding large amounts of qualitative data
• Research expertise and understanding of literature related to community colleges, developmental education, and/or underserved student populations
• Demonstrated record of scholarship and the ability to publish research papers
• Strong interest in writing for publication
• Experience working at a community college or other institution of higher education
• Experience with project planning and coordination
• Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality
• Ability to work independently and meet deadlines
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills
Status: This listing expires on: 8/9/2020
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Organization Information
University of Houston
3657 Cullen Blvd- 481 Farish Hall

Houston,  TX 77204-5023
United States
(713) 743-1784
Lyle McKinney

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