Postdoc job to transform UG courses at Colorado + STEM Center Director in Boston

by Stephanie Chasteen on July 26, 2013

Looking for a postdoc position in science educational research and course transformation?  Two exciting opportunities here at CU Boulder; these are fairly similar positions to my work here in the Science Education Initiative.  I get a lot of queries about where to find such positions, so hopefully this announcement will get out there to the right people!

Also scroll to the bottom for information about a STEM center director in Boston (a much higher-level position)

STEM Education and Assessment Fellows

University of Colorado Boulder

Applications are invited for two post-doctoral associates in the newly formed Center for STEM Learning at the University of Colorado, Boulder. The successful candidates will work on educational transformation through a project focused on institution wide transformation, sponsored by the American Association of Universities. The overall project seeks to promote the use of research based instructional and assessment strategies.  Responsibilities will primarily center on supporting faculty in the change process by identifying appropriate material resources to support assessment of teaching in multiple STEM disciplines, working closely with department leads to provide professional consultations with participating faculty on the use of identified materials, supporting the implementation of assessment measures by managing data collection and analysis, and consulting with faculty to reflect on the results. Associates will also work with project staff to develop an online campus-wide, potentially national, portal to assist faculty in finding libraries of educational measures, easing use of such measures and sharing results.  Opportunities will also exist for working toward promoting the use of evidence-based measures of teaching impact and conducting research on the process of institutional transformation.   The Fellows will collaborate with a broad group of engaging and nationally renowned faculty, post-docs, and graduate students across multiple STEM departments at the University of Colorado.  The overall project also includes studies of institutional transformation, and provides opportunities for postdocs to participate in studies of individual and institutional uptake of new assessment tools and practices.

Qualifications: The successful candidates will have a strong disciplinary background in a STEM area and extensive experience in education research. Experience in physics, biology or mechanical engineering is a plus as these are the initial departments on the project. The appointment is a one-year, renewable appointment with the preference that the successful candidate will be able to commit to the project for 2 years. The salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

Applications will consist of a vita, a statement of teaching philosophy and experiences, and three letters of recommendation and will be submitted through a link soon to be posted at Review of applications is ongoing, and will continue until the position is filled.  A start date of 9/1/2013 is preferred but is negotiable. The University of Colorado at Boulder is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.  For question about the position contact   Dr. Melissa Dancy,


STEM Center Associate Director, Boston

The Associate Director of the Center of Science and Math in Context (COSMIC) will work with the Director to maintain and ensure the sustainability of the center. The Associate Director will also: maintain and identify funding opportunities that match the mission and vision of COSMIC; assist faculty members on the grant proposal process, including proposal preparation and review; assist COSMIC faculty with the Institutional Review Board (IRB) process; develop new Project Directors and assist them with troubleshooting and strategizing; manage all COSMIC grants, which entails serving as project manager or overseeing project managers, ensuring compliance, and checking in with PIs about budget status on a bi-annual basis or as needed; oversee the financial management of the Center; review budgets for each project to ensure that the budget is balanced and closed out at the end of the year; assist staff in the creation of project budgets and ensure that all staff are in compliance with both grant and university policies and procedures; submit annual budget spreadsheets to ORSP and check that budgets are current on PeopleSoft; ensure the sustainability of the Center by identifying and securing grants and foundation monies that align with the mission and vision of COSMIC; work with the ORSP to ensure that all partner subcontracts are current; assist faculty members in setting up new accounts at the University; directly manage individual projects; coordinate the project across multiple institutions and manage project personnel and systems and all external and internal reporting; manage all project-wide communications; report progress on the implementation of the project plan; design event evaluation surveys, oversee data collection and summarize findings; provide analysis and input on annual management information system reporting and documenting for all project activities; participate in implementation planning, execution and prioritization of implementation for all new projects, including projects that are not directly managed by the Associate Director, on as as-needed basis; oversee the management of projects that are the direct responsibility of other Project Managers; review documents and work with Project Managers on budgetary spending; serve as a liaison to the Project Managers to brainstorm new ideas or strategies and to partner in developing project work plans; ensure that the daily operations of the Center run smoothly and efficiently; and other duties as assigned.


Master’s Degree in business, science, or education and three-five years of work experience in project management is required. Examples of managing multiple grants at the same time and working with large data sets are required. Demonstrated experience in project management is required. Experience with public schools is required. Strong proficiency in data management, descriptive data analysis and associated computer applications is required. A minimum of three years teaching experience in grades K-12 is preferred. Knowledge of federal grant processes, both proposal and reporting, is strongly preferred. Willingness to work flexible hours, including occasional Saturdays is required.

  • Ability to work across multiple organizational teams and institutional cultures;
  • Ability to handle multiple projects at the same time;
  • Ability to work with others;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • High degree of initiative, self-direction and resourcefulness;
  • Strong commitment to customer service.

Additional Information:

UMass Boston is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, Title IX Employer. Among the procedures which may be used to select personnel to fill vacant positions are review of work experience, reference checks, and interviews. All appointments and promotions will be effective on a Sunday.

Application Instructions:

Please apply online with your resume, cover letter and list of three professional references.

  • Professional. Union. Benefited.
  • Full time. Grade 33.
  • Normal Hiring Range: $55,600-$61,161.
  • Grant funded, contingent on renewal.
  • Review of candidates will begin following the application closing date.

Closing date for applications: August 19, 2013

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