Job Opportunities

Job Opportunities


Learning Ethnographies of New Engineers (LENE) - NSF REAL grant 2014-2018

Northwestern University seeks applicants for a one-year post-doctoral research fellow starting immediately. This is a research fellowship working with Principal Investigator Reed Stevens.

This research fellow will work on data analysis, writing, and potential follow up interviews with research participants in the Learning Ethnographies of New Engineers (LENE) project funded by the National Science Foundation (see The leading goal of the project is to understand and compare the learning and work experiences of new engineers: recently graduated engineering students in their first jobs. The rich project data is already collected and has been partially analyzed and written about, but many opportunities for further analysis and writing abound in the data corpus. This is an opportunity for a post-doc to focus on further development of qualitative analysis and writing, with the likelihood of multiple first and co-authored publications.

Required qualifications include an earned Ph.D. in a social sciences discipline with significant training in qualitative fieldwork (e.g. learning sciences, science studies, anthropology, sociology, engineering/STEM education). The primary work expectation for this project is research analysis and writing, so those skills (rather than ethnographic data collection) will be given priority in the application review process. There are possibilities for follow-up interviews with research participants, which would be mutually decided by the Principal Investigator and the post-doctoral fellow. Familiarity with engineering or other technical disciplines is desirable but not required.

The postdoctoral fellow will develop further expertise in ethnographic research analysis, video-based interaction analysis, and theoretical perspectives on embodied knowledge, situated learning, and identity formation. The postdoctoral fellow will participate in research group meetings and ongoing professional development opportunities in the target areas of the project, and will have opportunities to participate in Northwestern’s internationally recognized Learning Sciences program as well as in the intellectual environment of Northwestern more broadly.

Compensation: This is a full-time, 12-month position with full benefits. The budget also includes conference travel funds for the postdoc.

Interested applicants should submit the following materials: a cover letter addressing your qualifications and career history, as well as how the postdoctoral position with LENE fits with your career goals; a Curriculum Vitae; the names and contact information of three scholars who can serve as references; and two samples (published or unpublished) of your scholarly work, one of which you identify as a research paper that best represents your potential as a scholar with qualitative data analysis and the goals of the LENE project.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Email your applications materials to with the subject line “LENE postdoc 2018”. Northwestern University is located in an attractive lakefront community adjacent to Chicago.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.


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Assessment Coordinator


The Assessment Coordinator is responsible for managing all aspects of the student assessment and talent identification programs of the Center for Talent Development, including the creation of related talent development advising materials for schools and families. This person will provide leadership and support in developing, implementing, monitoring, and sustaining a comprehensive student data and assessment system that connects assessment to instruction and facilitates the use of assessment results to inform instruction and program development. The Coordinator supports best practice at CTD in the areas of student talent identification, learning progress and outcomes, and program evaluation. The Coordinator works in collaboration with the admissions and outreach group, program teams, and school services staff to support systematic and continuous assessment and talent development opportunities at CTD.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive above-grade-level assessment system that includes the following elements:
    • Regular review and evaluation of current and potential assessment tools for all grade levels of students;
    • Identification of potential new assessments, evaluating their efficacy for use with advanced/gifted students;
    • Development of yearly assessment calendar to efficiently guide implementation;
    • Oversight of logistics for assessment administration and relationships with vendors;
    • Use of technology to efficiently collect, assess, analyze, and utilize assessment data
    • Engagement in research on above-grade-level assessment;
    • Professional development on assessment and testing for staff and external clients;
    • Development of interpretive and academic planning materials for use in the online portfolio/toolbox;
    • Building an outreach network that includes state leaders of gifted education, leaders of other centers, universities and colleges that offer gifted programming, and coordinators, and school leaders for the purpose of supporting and implementing the assessment program;
    • Presentations on talent assessment and talent development of advanced/gifted students to constituents, including state and national conferences;
    • Overseeing testing program for age 4 to grade 3 students including supervision of testers, annual review of instruments, developing and refining new or existing testing protocols.
    • Engaging in marketing and communications efforts with external stakeholders to grow the assessment program (email campaigns, website, print, social, etc.).
  • Serve as the point person in managing vendor relationships with NWEA, College Board, University of Iowa, ACT, etc., including but not limited to annual planning (registration targets, registration process, testing logistics), contract management, program implementation, and evaluation.
  • Manage all aspects of the successful administration of tests at local sites, collaborating with appropriate parties to schedule and facilitate weekend administrations. Work with partners and liaisons on any out-of-town testing.
  • Lead CTD permanent and temporary staff and CTD school clients in integrating above- grade-level assessment in schools and CTD classrooms through the marketing of CTD services; development of collateral pieces, tools, and resources (statistical summaries, documents demonstrating use of assessment data in academic planning and classroom instruction, etc.); and professional development in collaboration with the School Services team.
  • Model and teach best practices in data quality, analysis, and reporting. Facilitate the cleaning, validating, and reporting of student assessment data to support CTD priorities.
  • Plan strategically with the Associate Director and family and school services staff members to expand the scope and reach of the assessment program to include best practices in assessing student learning and outcomes and program evaluation.
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Masters or equivalent or advanced degree in education, program evaluation, public policy, or equivalent fields from accredited college or university preferred; Have at least five (5) years teaching/administrative experience, preferably working with high-ability/gifted students;
  • Possess strong knowledge of types and purposes of assessment and how to effectively analyze and use assessment data;
  • Experience and understanding of best practices in assessment of learning and assessment for learning;
  • Skill, knowledge, and ability to communicate with a broad constituency including parents, educators, and administrators;
  • Demonstrated experience working with a clientele similar to CTD's: children, parents, and teachers.

Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)

  • Background and experience in gifted education;
  • Experience administering a tuition or fee-generating program, demonstrating accountability for the reconciliation of student or other financial accounts.

As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

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MSLOC Full-Time Lecturer

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY'S Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change (MSLOC) program invites applications for a full-time, benefits-eligible, teaching-track (non-tenure eligible) appointment as MSLOC Lecturer, beginning August 1, 2018.

We seek applications from candidates with excellent academic records, outstanding writing and editing skills, and experiences that demonstrate their potential for excellence in teaching. A successful applicant must have a Ph.D. in a related field (e.g., I-O psychology, organizational behavior, organizational development, etc.) and strong experience as a learning and organizational change practitioner. We prefer those applicants who have at least three years of LOC practitioner experience, as well as those who have prior teaching experience. We encourage applications from those who would add to the diversity of our faculty.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop a program of scholarly research, contribute to instruction in the department (teaching the equivalent of six courses per year), and perform service. MSLOC courses are taught in the evenings and on weekends. Our full-time faculty also are expected to play a substantive role in the MSLOC program by assisting with program strategic planning, curriculum design, student advising, adjunct faculty development, and by actively engaging with students and alumni in our community. Successful applicants will be extraordinary teachers and mentors. They will bring not only deep knowledge of learning and organizational change, but also passion in their desire to convey that knowledge to our students in the classroom (in-person, hybrid and online) by creating environments that motivate students to engage, collaborate, learn, and apply their learning to their careers and for the benefit of our society.

The initial appointment is for a one-year contract beginning in August 2018, with the potential for renewal to successive multi-year contract terms. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

The search committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue to consider them through June 1 or until the position is filled. Qualified applicants should submit (1) a cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) three letters of reference which can speak to the applicant’s teaching abilities or professional expertise, (4) statement of teaching philosophy, (5) recent teaching evaluations (if available), and (6) a teaching demonstration or presentation video (if available).

About Northwestern and the MSLOC Program

Northwestern University is one of the world’s leading research centers, a top-ranked choice for graduate and undergraduate study across the arts and sciences, and a leader in professional education. The School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) has approximately 400 undergraduates and 300 graduate students total.

The MSLOC Program is the largest of the three professional graduate degree programs offered by SESP. We teach our community of 130 full-time and part-time graduate students how to be effective leaders of learning and change in complex environments across a wide range of industries.

The MSLOC curriculum is built around our pillars of learning & performance (individual, team and organizational learning and effectiveness), change & design (strategic change management, designing change, leading global change), networks & strategy (organization design, culture, engagement, knowledge creation and sharing, strategic thinking) and research & practice (research methods, measurement, analysis, consulting, and coaching).

MSLOC classes and events are held in the evenings and on weekends. Our students have an average of 12 years of work experience, and we draw students from across the United States through our innovative hybrid course design. Our students pursue full master’s degrees as well as graduate certificates in Organizational & Leadership Coaching and Designing for Organizational Effectiveness.

Most of our students are employed by corporations and consulting firms, specializing in organizational development and effectiveness, change management, talent management, and other human-centric roles.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

Please read ALL instructions and make preparations before proceeding to the application page:

  • Applications will only be accepted via online submission (see link below).
  • Please prepare all documents in advance as Adobe PDF files, and please be sure all information is entered correctly and accurately (especially names and email addresses), as there will be no opportunity for online revision after your application has been submitted.
  • Please also prepare a list of names and email addresses for your external academic references; your references will be contacted directly by the online system and invited to upload their letters on your behalf.
  • All required fields in the application form are marked with an asterisk and must be filled before clicking the “Submit” button.
  • Be aware that incomplete applications cannot be saved.
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