Postdoctoral Fellow: Early Childhood Mathematics Policy

Postdoctoral Fellow: Early Childhood Mathematics Policy

We seek a Postdoctoral Fellow to participate in an innovative study of districts’ efforts to create greater alignment preschool through grade 3 in mathematics. The multi-level, longitudinal study investigates the relationship between district policy efforts and students’ experiences, learning opportunities, and mathematics learning. The study is being carried out under the auspices of the DREME Network (Development and Research in Early Mathematics Education), an interdisciplinary network of scholars dedicated to conducting innovative research and development on early childhood mathematics funded by the Heising-Simons Foundation.1 The preK – 3 alignment study is a collaboration of scholars from Northwestern University, UCLA, University of Denver, Stanford University, and Vanderbilt University. The Postdoctoral Fellow will work most closely with Cynthia Coburn (Northwestern University) and Megan Franke (UCLA).

The 18-month position begins as early as July 1, 2020 and as late as September 15, 2020. It has the possibility of extension for an additional 6-18 months, pending funding. We seek applicants with expertise in early childhood or instructional policy, the relationship between policy and practice, mathematics teaching and learning, or district and school change. It requires strong preparation in qualitative research methods and exceptional analytic and writing skills. Knowledge of quantitative/mixed methods is a plus, as is the ability to speak Spanish. The postdoctoral fellow will participate in all current aspects of the project, including: final data collection and school relations, data analysis, feedback sessions with district and school partners, and the publication of results. The principal investigators will encourage the postdoctoral scholar to develop publications that build on their emerging research agenda. The postdoctoral scholar must be able and willing to travel to research sites; work both individually and as part of a multi-campus team; and provide supervision to undergraduate and graduate research assistants.


Applicants should have an earned doctorate in education (or related field) with a focus on educational policy (especially instructional or early childhood), mathematics teaching and learning, or school and district change. The position carries a competitive salary plus health insurance coverage and has the possibility of renewal, conditional upon performance and available funding. The position is located at Northwestern University in Evanston Illinois, but will work very closely with Megan Franke at UCLA. Applications are due June 1st 2020, but review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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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.

1 Members of the DREME Network include: Deborah Stipek, Stanford University (Director); Amy Claessens, University of Wisconsin; Doug Clements, University of Denver; Cynthia Coburn, Northwestern University; Eric Dearing, Boston College; Dale Farran, Vanderbilt University; Megan Franke, UCLA; Herb Ginsburg, Columbia University Teachers College; Susan Levine, University of Chicago; Michele Mazzocco, University of Minnesota; Deborah Phillips, Georgetown University