Oregon State University is seeking two Postdoctoral Scholars to work with a transdisciplinary team focused on enacting and researching institutional and organizational change towards improved postsecondary STEM education at OSU through various curricular and instructional reforms. Both positions are funded by a newly acquired NSF-WIDER grant Enhancing STEM Education at OSU (ESTEME@OSU). Our team consists of STEM educators and researchers, spanning the Colleges of Engineering, Science, and Education.
OSU is a national leader in postsecondary STEM education with a strong practice of transdisciplinary work through the Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning, the Center for Teaching and Learning, with significant capacity and expertise in discipline-based educational research. The OSU campus sits on 500 acres in Corvallis, Oregon, a vibrant university town of 53,000 in the heart of western Oregon’s Willamette Valley, located about 90 miles south of Portland and one hour from the Pacific Coast and the Cascade Mountains. Corvallis is consistently ranked among the best and safest cities to live in the U.S. as well as among the top ten environmentally responsible and recreational cities in the country. Corvallis also has the highest Peace Corps volunteers, the most green buildings and highest education level per capita in the country. OSU and the Corvallis region are known for the quality of their outdoor programs and opportunities, enabling a range of research, sports, and recreational activities in the Cascade Mountains, the Willamette and McKenzie Rivers, and the Pacific Ocean.
The two Scholars will work together, under the direction of the project PIs and in close communication with the project manager, project graduate students, partnering faculty and departments to 1) facilitate STEM faculty communities of practice towards the creation of project-funded curricular and instructional innovations, and 2) conduct significant research in the designated position focus area, including developing project research protocols and tools, collection and analysis of data, and writing and presentation of findings. Each Scholar will work under the direction of a team of faculty with relevant research expertise and commitment to postdoctoral scholar mentoring.
Position 1 – Organizational Change
This scholar’s focus will be to research the project's attempt to secure wider organizational change (at the level of faculty, departments/programs, colleges, and institution). The candidate should have demonstrated achievement in qualitative research methods, including participant-observer research techniques, research concerning organizational change, and conducting and analyzing interviews via grounded theory.
Position 2 – Student Gains
This scholar’s focus will be on student gains with respect to project activities. The candidate should have demonstrated achievement in quantitative research methods, including survey design and implementation, multivariate statistics, and computer modeling.