Postdoctoral Fellow in Collective Impact and Social Equity

The NSF INCLUDES Aspire Alliance, titled Aspire: The National Alliance for Inclusive & Diverse STEM Faculty, a $10m five year project, is now entering its 3rd year of a 5 year award, see website here. The Aspire Alliance seeks to develop inclusive and diverse STEM faculty across the nation by aligning and reinforcing professional development, hiring, and retention practices of STEM faculty simultaneously at institutional, regional, and national levels. As a member of the alliance, Northwestern’s effort focuses on the organizational, developmental, and shared knowledge and leadership success of the project by supporting a backbone task group.

We are seeking a postdoctoral fellow to engage in (1) collective impact training and research, where collective impact is the shared leadership and network model the program is employing; (2) social equity and justice training and research; and (3) supporting other organizational and developmental aspects. Aspire is collecting large quantities of data on institutions, departments, and individual faculty and future faculty, and there are many opportunities for research on aligning and reinforcing professional development, hiring, and retention practices of STEM faculty simultaneously at institutional, regional, and national level.

The position is currently funded for one year, renewable for up to two years contingent on funding, and is available immediately.

Qualifications:

Significant research-based social science experience and expertise in manipulating and analyzing data sets with quantitative and qualitative data- learning analytics is a plus;

Significant experience in coding and analyzing with social science tool sets. Experience with R or Python or equivalent a plus;

Strong data visualization and communication skills

Experience in professional development training and facilitation; DEI training and facilitation is a plus

Education:

Social science, learning sciences, education, STEM education or equivalent PhD.

Responsibilities:

Lead, co-create and implement training in collective impact and social equity

Support organizational development, team connections and collaborations, knowledge curation and management and other backbone functions for the Alliance;

Perform basic and advanced statistical analysis on qualitative and quantitative data, particularly on faculty, future faculty and administrator perceptions and behaviors in response to interventions at various scales; create meaning from analysis of data using research frameworks; create text, figures and graphs to demonstrate key findings

Lead and contribute to the preparation of manuscripts, particularly methods and results sections of the manuscripts

Contact: Bennett Goldberg, bennett.goldberg@northwestern.edu; Director of Research in Higher Education, Training and Evaluation at Northwestern University. Position is remote until pandemic is over; generally in-person afterward, with remote as a potential option.