Education Specialist, WashU HHMI Inclusive Excellence Project, Center for Integrative Research on Teaching, Learning, and Education (CIRCLE), Washington University in St. Louis

The HHMI Inclusive Excellence project for Washington University in St. Louis is a collaboration between the Center for Integrative Research on Teaching, Learning, and Education (CIRCLE); Cornerstone; College of Arts & Sciences; and the Schools of Arts & Sciences and Engineering. This program, supported by a 5-year grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, encompasses a broad approach to educate 3 key groups (STEM faculty, 4-year advisors and student-affairs professionals, and peer leaders) who work with students in the lower-level STEM courses about barriers to inclusion and academic success in STEM and lack of metacognitive abilities of students. The second part of this approach is to support these key groups in implementing and evaluating social-psychological and metacognitive strategies to ensure that classes, advisor meetings, and peer-support programs become more inclusive.

The HHMI Education Specialist (ES) will work closely with the STEM faculty involved in the project to design and implement classroom inclusiveness strategies, collaborating with Duchek and Frey (PIs of the grant). The Specialist will work with CIRCLE research staff and the HHMI program manager in designing and implementing the evaluation studies for the psychosocial interventions. In addition, the Specialist will be responsible for obtaining the human-subjects approval and collecting the data for the evaluation studies of the course interventions.

This position is a full-time, time-limited (3-year) position. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled.
To apply, please click here or go to, search for position Job ID 39317, and submit a cover letter, cv, and a list of three professional references.

Below are more details about the position.

Major Responsibilities of Position:

o Develop plans for implementing evidenced-based pedagogies into selected courses, in close coordination with faculty instructors.
o Facilitate the development or improvement of course learning objectives and other course design elements, in close collaboration with faculty instructor(s).
o Support course(s) and instructor(s) when implementing evidenced-based pedagogies, including development of materials, teaching approaches, and other technical, practical, or logistical support.
o Observe classes being modified and provide constructive feedback to faculty instructor(s), with special focus on areas the faculty instructor has expressed interest in and that have the greatest potential for improving inclusivity in the classroom.
o Document and archive course materials developed for future implementations of the course by current instructor or other instructors.
o Direct and design research studies on the newly implemented evidenced-based pedagogies by applying knowledge of social-science and discipline-based education research methods, in collaboration with CIRCLE staff.
o Work independently to analyze non-experimental data that require statistical control of extraneous variables, instructor variables, and student variables.
o Work with CIRCLE staff to communicate statistical models and research study results to STEM faculty instructors and departments.
o Work with CIRCLE staff to write, present, and communicate statistical models and research results for peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations.
o Serve as a resource for the STEM faculty involved in the project on effective inclusive teaching in the discipline. Includes reading current literature and sharing knowledge gained through reading literature and conducting evaluation studies during formal (workshops, seminars, etc.) and informal discussions with the STEM faculty.

Required Qualifications
o PhD in a science field (especially biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and psychology fields).
o Experience teaching undergraduate science or mathematics courses or as a teaching assistant for such courses.
o Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to coordinate and manage multiple, simultaneous projects.
o Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to interact with personnel at various levels (faculty, staff, students, and administrators).
o Knowledge of and experience using basic statistical techniques to analyze research data.
o Ability to conduct reviews of current literature.
o Ability to manage and complete multiple time-sensitive projects.
o Ability to work independently and collaboratively, with the HHMI Project Leadership team, CIRCLE’s directors and staff, and with faculty from multiple departments.
o Willingness to build new areas of expertise, including knowledge of evidenced-based and inclusive pedagogies and approaches, and methods for evaluating the effectiveness of these approaches.

Preferred Qualifications
o Knowledge of psychosocial and metacognitive approaches in STEM disciplines at the higher-education level, and of methods for evaluating the effectiveness of these approaches; i.e., knowledge of the issues that affect inclusion and the strategies for improving inclusion.
o Knowledge and training in pedagogy, course design, and evidenced-based pedagogies.
o Experience designing evaluative studies in higher education.
o Knowledge of standard protocols for conducting human-subject research, including IRB-approved protocols for protecting the confidentiality and privacy of participants in behavioral/educational research.
o Excellent data-management and organizational skills, including attention to detail and sensitivity to data quality.
o Experience in applying appropriate statistical techniques to a range of quasi-experimental and correlational research designs, with a strong command of statistical analysis and statistical software, such as SAS, SPSS, or R.
o Excellent critical-thinking and analytical skills.

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