Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship - Center for Education Efficacy, Excellence, and Equity (E4)

Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship - Center for Education Efficacy, Excellence, and Equity (E4)

About the E4 Center

The Center for Education Efficacy, Excellence, and Equity (E4) is a new SESP applied research center partnering with Curriculum Associates (CA), a leading-edge online education company, and several urban school districts. The E4 Center will address educational excellence and equity through the development of an innovative research/practice partnership geared to produce evidence to improve outcomes for students with the greatest needs, especially given the impact of Covid-19. This unique partnership brings together SESP researchers, CA, and two urban school district partners to explore important research questions on student learning, with access to data and information on over 11 million children in our nation’s public schools who use CA interventions and tools to improve learning outcomes.

Through this collaboration SESP education and social science researchers and the post-doctoral fellows -- along with graduate students and undergraduates -- will explore research questions and projects that have the potential to significantly improve teaching, learning, and student outcomes. The research agenda and subsequent projects will be developed collaboratively by E4 partners on issues such as, but not limited to, how schools teach literacy and mathematics, fade-out effects of certain interventions, how schools operate as organizations, and how schools can effectively address the summer ‘slide’ of performance. The E4 Center will also explore students’ trajectories to learning algebra and what contributes to success in Algebra at middle grade levels. Given the Covid crisis, numerous immediate questions also emerge, including how to help students make up and accelerate their missed learning opportunities. The 4E Center will also equally invest in impact and dissemination through the development of usable knowledge to assist educators and decision makers in their work.

Curriculum Associates’ data includes diagnostic results from assessments students take three times annually and lesson data across several domains in English/Language Arts and Mathematics. The English/Language Arts data includes phonological awareness, phonics, comprehension, high frequency words, and vocabulary. Mathematics data includes numbers and operations, algebra, geometry, and measurement. All data can be disaggregated by gender, race, special education and English-language learner status, and zip code.


General Description

Appointment will be as post-doctoral fellow. This post-doctoral fellow position is a full-time, twelve-month, benefits eligible appointment with a term from 9/1/22 through 8/31/23. The salary is competitive, and the workload will be 15-20 hours per week on E4. We expect that, with this light load, post-docs will have considerable time to pursue their own research agendas; continued development of the post-doc’s research portfolio or line will be self-directed or occur in consultation with the E4 director. The fellow will have access to E4 data to conduct work that reflects the E4 research agenda.


Commitment

Given the needs of E4 Center, those to whom an E4 Fellowship position is offered will be expected, upon acceptance, to commit to a one-year term.


Application

To apply, please prepare the following:

  • A current curriculum vitae or resume limited to five pages that includes PhD attainment date, relevant education, employment, awards, fellowships, and any relevant publications and research.
  • A statement of interest that explains how this postdoctoral fellowship aligns with your research interests and career goals (no more than three pages double-spaced). Please include evidence of your experience/commitment to collaborative research with school practitioners, district leaders, and policy specialists that produces knowledge that is relevant and useful.
  • A statement of research plans for 2022-23 that describes one or more potential projects that you might pursue using Curriculum Associates’ data, recognizing your ideas may shift during the postdoctoral fellowship period (no more than three pages double-spaced).
  • Letter of support from PhD advisor.

Criteria for Selection

Applicants will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Compelling match between possible research and E4 needs
  • Relevance of potential research for school district and policy partners

Contact Information and Application Procedure

For additional information or questions, contact Paul Goren, E4 Director at paul.goren@northwestern.edu.

To apply, email materials as PDF attachment(s) to Davis Caron-Vera at davis.caronvera@northwestern.edu.

Formatting requirement: first word in the file name for all attachments must be the applicant’s last name.

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