Postdoctoral Position at Johns Hopkins University – School of Education

Candidates are invited to apply for a postdoctoral fellowship with the Johns Hopkins University School of Education. This position is a joint appointment supported by The Baltimore Education Research Consortium (BERC) and the National Science Foundation Math Science Partnership STEM Achievement in Baltimore Elementary Schools (SABES) award. This is anticipated to be a two year position (contingent on satisfactory performance, research contributions and funding). Opportunities beyond two years may develop.

The Baltimore Education Research Consortium (BERC) a partnership among Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the Baltimore City Public School System (City Schools), Morgan State University, and several Baltimore-based non-profit agencies was launched in November 2006. JHU, the lead university partner of BERC, is seeking applicants for a half-time position as a Postdoctoral Fellow to be located at Johns Hopkins University. The individual would work on evaluating a three year I3 intervention in a summer school middle grades math and science camp intervention, conducting observations, developing pre- and post-surveys, as well as longitudinal quantitative studies of educational processes and outcomes using school district data and contextual information about neighborhoods and social services. The individual would collaborate with BERC’s principal investigators (Faith Connolly and Tracy Rone) and other affiliated researchers (including Robert Balfanz, Phil Leaf, Martha Mac Iver, and Ray Winbush). The individual will collaborate with Baltimore City Schools and other city or state agencies to work on an integrated educational and social service data set and develop new ones for project-specific analyses.

The SABES award is a partnership between JHU (WSE, SOE and KSAS) and BCPSS. The position requires collaboration with Baltimore City Public School colleagues and across three JHU schools: the Whiting School of Engineering, the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Education. Nine elementary schools in 3 neighborhoods will participate (1 per neighborhood the 2nd year, 2 per neighborhood the 3rd year and 3 per neighborhood the 4th and 5th years). Specific duties include assisting in the management of the SABES Partnership and supporting the research component of the project.

Management of the SABES Partnership: Assisting the project leadership team with coordination of the SABES grant including the master teacher coursework and the summer professional development offerings.

Research Initiatives: Working with researchers across in the School of Education, The Whiting School of Engineering, and the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences to carry out the SABES research plan and working with the SABES leadership team in activities related to dissemination of research findings.

The applicant should have:

  • A record of research in one or more of the following areas: issues affecting students in high-poverty schools, urban education, STEM Education, social organization of schools and its relationship to assessment and achievement
  • Experience with qualitative data analysis, advanced statistical methods and proficiency with SPSS, STATA, or comparable software
  • Additional expertise in database architecture is desirable though of secondary importance
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, as writing and disseminating findings for scholarly and policy audiences are expected
  • Doctorate in education or relevant social science field should be held by time of employment

To apply, please submit a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, writing sample, and names of three references to:
BERC/SABES Postdoctoral Fellowship Search Committee c/o: Carolyn Parker at Carolyn.parker@jhu.edu.

Review of applications will begin March 21, 2014 and will continue until position is filled.

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