Postdoctoral Scholar in STEM Education



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Job description

Job Posting Number: 20203PF

Job Location: San Marcos

Department: Honors College

Position Description

We are seeking applicants for a Postdoctoral Scholars (post-doc) position related to instructional change in undergraduate STEM. The position is associated with a recently awarded NSF grant: “Building Capacity: Creating Faculty-Student Communities for Culturally Relevant Institutional Change”. During this five-year project, we aim to engage faculty and students across Texas State University’s College of Science and Engineering in workshops, departmental self-assessments, redesign of lower-division gateway courses, and project-level decision making.

Participating STEM departments will receive intellectual, material, and logistical supports to empower faculty-student teams in developing sustainable communities of practice focused on culturally relevant instruction. The project will also involve three research strands that focus on communities of practice among faculty and students, STEM student trajectories at Texas State, and student graduation rates and STEM workforce outcomes for Texas State and other Hispanic Serving Institutions.

The selected candidate will be primarily focused on enacting and managing the programmatic aspects of the project. This will include expanding a well-established Learning Assistant program.

In collaboration with the rest of the project team, the selected candidate will be expected to engage in programmatic activities such as: designing and facilitating workshops for STEM faculty; facilitating conversations within STEM departments about students’ perspectives on their courses; designing and facilitating summer institutes and weekly preparation meetings for faculty-student course redesign teams; teaching a STEM pedagogy course for students; contributing to project-level meetings with emerging faculty leaders from across the college; and performing other management and administrative tasks as needed. Exact activities will vary depending on the stage of the project. The selected candidate may also engage in research activities related to faculty-student community development. Co-PIs Close and Olmstead will be the co-advisors for this position.

Candidates who identify with underrepresented minority groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

Required Qualifications

  • PhD in a STEM and/or Education field;
  • Commitment to counteracting systemic inequities in STEM;
  • Motivation and ability to engage with diverse students and junior researchers;
  • Motivation and ability to engage with STEM faculty; and
  • Enthusiastic and motivated learner.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience designing and facilitating workshops for STEM faculty;
  • Experience facilitating conversations within STEM departments about students’ perspectives on their courses; and
  • Experience designing and facilitating summer institutes and weekly preparation meetings for faculty-student course redesign teams.

How to apply

Only applications submitted through the Texas State University website will be accepted and considered,

Interested candidates should submit a 1-3 page cover letter and a CV . The cover letter should explain the candidate’s interest in the position and why they are a good fit based on alignment with the required qualifications and any other desirable qualifications (e.g., past experience relevant to the job responsibilities). The cover letter should also specify a preferred state date and, if the candidate has not yet received their PhD, when they expect to receive it. If the candidate is requesting a remote work arrangement, this should also be specified in the letter. The CV should include a list of professional experiences, publications, and contact information for three professional references. Shortlisted candidates may be asked to submit a writing sample and three letters of recommendation.

The selected candidate will be required to provide official transcripts from the highest degree granting institution.

Proposed Start Date: Summer 2020

Review Date: 05/14/2020

Open Until Filled?: No

Legal Notices

Texas State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, committed to inclusive thought and action in support of our diverse community. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups and all those who share our commitment to inclusivity and passion for the strength of our diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.

Employment with Texas State University is contingent upon the outcome of record checks and verifications including criminal history, driving records, education records, employment verifications, reference checks, and employment eligibility verifications.

Texas State University is a tobacco-free campus. Smoking and the use of any tobacco product will not be allowed anywhere on Texas State property or in university owned or leased vehicles.

Texas State University is a member of the Texas State University System. Texas State University is an EOE.

Why Work at Texas State?

Texas State University is home to more than 38,000 students and 2,000 faculty members in the growing Austin-San Antonio corridor. A member of the Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity Carnegie classification, the university creates new knowledge, fosters cultural and economic development, and prepares its growing population of diverse students for the endless possibilities that await them as citizens of Texas, the nation, and the world.

Bolstered by research with relevance and innovation in creative and scholarly work in a full range of academic disciplines and a spirit of inclusiveness, Texas State seeks outstanding candidates for a variety of faculty positions.


Texas State's 34,225 students choose from 96 bachelor’s, 87 master’s and 12 doctoral degree programs offered by the following colleges: Applied Arts, McCoy College of Business Administration, Education, Fine Arts and Communication, Health Professions, Liberal Arts, Science and Engineering, University College and the Graduate College. As an Emerging Research University, Texas State offers opportunities for discovery and innovation to faculty and students.