Position Information

Postdoctoral Research Associate
The Saint Louis University School of Education is seeking applications for a postdoctoral research associate to lead and conduct a comprehensive program evaluation of the student support services offered by Access Academies. Access Academies is an educational support pathway that starts with students in three middle schools in St. Louis and continues to support participating students through high school and the transition to college and/or career. The programs provided for Access Academies students include after-school and summer programs, high school counseling, college coaching, and scholarship aid.

The postdoctoral researcher will be responsible for leading an ongoing and comprehensive evaluation of the full suite of Access Academies programming. The ideal candidate for this position will have experience conducting program evaluations and designing research projects in educational settings. The results of the evaluation will be used to guide program growth in the future. While leading the evaluation, the postdoctoral researcher will also have steady support from faculty in the School of Education and researchers in the SLU PRiME Center for education policy research.

Salary and Starting date:

Salary will be competitive and includes benefits. This is a two-year postdoctoral position with a starting date of August 2021.

Essential Responsibilities:
  • Develop the overall design of the comprehensive, two-year, program evaluation, with guidance from the project’s Principal Investigator Gary W. Ritter, who serves as a Professor and Dean in the SLU School of Education.
  • Build an evaluation design that considers the effectiveness of middle school enrichment programs, summer sessions, high school counseling support, and college coaching.
  • Conduct a review of the current evidence, or at least guidance from ‘best practices’, regarding programs focused on supporting traditionally underserved students to and through college.
  • Develop (with the support of SLU colleagues) a strategy to estimate the impact of Access Academies programming on high school performance and postsecondary participation & success, using data from existing assessments, the National Student Clearinghouse, or other relevant sources.
  • Collect qualitative data through various means such as surveys, classroom observations, interviews, and/or focus groups to develop a deeper understanding of the effectiveness of the Access services and the perceptions of participating Access students.
  • Ultimately, write up and present interim (Year 1 and Year 2) evaluation reports, along with a comprehensive final report of Access programs.
  • Attend and/or present at meetings such as Program Committee meetings, Access Board meetings, etc. as assigned or requested.

Application Process:

Applicants must submit a letter of interest stating qualifications in conducting evaluations of educational programs and current curriculum vitae. All application materials should be submitted in PDF format directly to the SLU PRiME Center via email at prime@slu.edu. For full consideration, all applications should be submitted on or before May 16, 2021.

To apply for this position, visit: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1GzscTYKaNRRaQWQGawDxE7o1GBd6CYi3/view
Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate
Organization: Saint Louis University
Location: St. Louis,  MO 
United States
Posting Start Date: 4/29/2021
Date Posted: 4/29/2021
Requirements Required Qualifications:
  • Earned doctorate in education research, higher education, or a closely related field (i.e. sociology, social work). A.B.D. will be considered for exceptional applicants.
  • Experience in conducting program evaluations in school-based, university-based, and/or non-profit-based settings.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience leading or co-leading an evaluation through all project steps including design, implementation, data collection, analysis, and dissemination of results.
  • Experience writing project reports and presenting results to a variety of audiences and stakeholders.
  • Methodological expertise in mixed methods research design, implementation, and analysis.
  • Experience designing and conducting surveys as well as observing classroom practices at the middle school, high school, and/or post-secondary levels.
Status: This listing expires on: 6/28/2021
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Saint Louis University
3500 Lindell Boulevard
Suite 033
St. Louis,  MO 63103
United States
(314) 977-5381
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