Open Postdoc at the Searle Center, Northwestern University

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As we celebrate our 30th anniversary, The Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching at Northwestern University is excited to launch the search for our next Postdoctoral Scholar. Searle’s wide range of programs and services support all instructors— faculty, postdocs, and graduate students—across Northwestern’s Schools/Colleges in their efforts to create effective learning environments and enriching experiences for their students. This is an excellent professional opportunity for a recent PhD, who may be considering a career in higher education/educational development, to work in a distinguished center committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice (DEIJ).

With a reporting line to the Center Director, the Postdoctoral Scholar will build a portfolio of inclusive, evidence-based, and innovative educational practices. Searle Center colleagues specializing in pedagogical and curricular development, assessment, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), engaged learning, and DEIJ, will provide additional mentorship.

In this role, the postdoc may:

  • Consult with instructors about inclusive, evidence-based teaching and learning strategies as well as engagement with SoTL
  • Follow emerging research in educational development to curate resources and strategies to enhance teaching and deepen student learning
  • Develop interactive workshops and help facilitate programs
  • Contribute to efforts to evaluate our reach and impact
  • Collaborate with campus partners on learning and teaching related initiatives

We are open to exploring ideas that interest the candidate and are aligned with our strategic goals. To reduce economic barriers to scholarly engagement, we provide funding for professional organization memberships and conference participation. We hope that our culture of inquiry and active scholarly engagement will inspire the postdoc to explore SoTL, collaborate, and disseminate their educational development research.


  • PhD or doctorate degree in any discipline, awarded within the five years immediately preceding the appointment
  • Experience teaching in a postsecondary institution with evidence-based pedagogical practices

Desired Attributes

  • Exhibits curiosity, cultural humility, and desire for continued professional growth
  • Demonstrates ability to work in a professional manner as both a self-starter and as a collaborative team member
  • Possesses effective organizational and time management skills, with the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines
  • Displays exceptional interpersonal skills that promote positive workplace engagement and sustains an inclusive and collaborative work environment for persons of diverse backgrounds
  • Communicates clearly in both oral and written form
  • Incorporates a range of disciplinary approaches and interdisciplinary perspectives
  • Familiarity with educational development, inclusive pedagogy, and assessment

This is a one-year, full-time, benefits-eligible position with a tentative start date of September 1, 2022 with the possibility of renewal. In recognition of individual needs and circumstances, we can be flexible with the work beginning remotely and/or delaying the start date by up to two months. The expectation is that Center staff typically work three days on-campus with flexible hours, in combination with remote work.

To apply, please email ( a CV and cover letter describing your qualifications, professional goals, and why you believe you would be a strong fit for the position. We will begin to review applications upon receipt.

If you have any remaining questions, please contact the Director and Chair of the Search Committee, Dr. Jennifer Keys.