KEEN Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Georgia Tech: Postdoctoral position in engineering education; undergraduate curriculum development; instructional design; and/or educational research, evaluation, & assessment.
The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) seeks a full-time, postdoctoral fellow who will work on engineering education projects. We expect to fill the position no later than September 1st 2021 with the potential to begin earlier. The position will support a grant funded multi-school curricula innovation effort to integrate a reflective approach to developing undergraduate engineers’ entrepreneurial mindset.
The grant is funded by the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN). KEEN’s mission is to graduate engineers with an entrepreneurial mindset (EM) so they can create personal, economic, and societal value through a lifetime of meaningful work. EM includes value sensitive design and innovation using entrepreneurial thinking. The KEEN grant involves four schools/departments within the college of engineering (Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering (BME), Civil and Environmental Engineering, Create-X (Electrical and Computing Engineering)), with BME serving as the focal point for coordination of the grant.
The position focuses on research, design, and implementation projects associated with scaling and applying prior work on entrepreneurially-minded learning from KEEN, the BME Department and other sources to the CEE curriculum at Tech. The work will involve application of EM to a vertically integrated sequence of courses for all undergraduates in CEE. The School will adopt and scale a reflective, story-centric, EM framework (described here) across the vertically integrated courses. Working with faculty in CEE and BME, the postdoctoral fellow will assist the School in implementing the framework and improving our understanding of how students develop an entrepreneurial mindset and a self-concept as an entrepreneurially minded engineer. Responsibilities will range from proving support for program/course development and curricula implementation to foundational research in engineering education. The postdoctoral fellow will work as part of a large team involving other postdoctoral fellows involved with the KEEN grant.
This role will include research and implementation of faculty development. It will focus on working with CEE faculty on curriculum design and implementation. It will involve the study of Problem-Driven Learning (PDL), Story-Driven Learning (SDL) and Value Sensitive Design (VSD) and other EML pedagogies and their incorporation into a suite of vertically integrated courses in the CEE curriculum. Responsibilities will also include the implementation of educational evaluation and assessment – assisting the School with evaluating the impact of the EML interventions on the students’ entrepreneurial mindset and entrepreneurial self-concept. The work will include assisting faculty in developing implementation activities for their own courses. The work will include both evaluation for internal continuous improvement uses as well as external reporting and publication. The postdoctoral fellow will work with participating faculty on the development of peer-reviewed publications to disseminate knowledge and findings associated with incorporating EML into the curriculum.
Dates and term: Start Date Negotiable (April 2021 – August 2021), with initial terms of 1 year extensible to up to 3 years. Note, we expect it to be possible for positions to start remotely before shifting to in person in Atlanta GA as appropriate given for safe operation during COVID-19.
Qualifications: Applications are welcome from recipients of a PhD in educational psychology; learning sciences; cognitive psychology; organizational psychology; business psychology; higher education, engineering education, research, measurement, and evaluation; or a related field. Academic and/or professional experience related to the above research areas is strongly preferred. The ideal candidate should have demonstrated the ability to perform work with faculty as well as the ability to take research from ideation to publication. Preference will be given to candidates with prior experience in designing and/or implementing teaching and learning interventions in higher education, particularly if these experiences involved Entrepreneurial Mindset, Narrative Construction, and/or Engineering Education.
In addition to specific disciplinary knowledge and skill competencies, successful applicants will have demonstrated experience in one or more of the following areas: curricula change, faculty development, student development, engineering education research, and/or educational research methods. We are also looking for those with a track record of academic publications, excellent oral and written communications skills, experience working on large scale grants, and implementation-based research projects. The ability to work independently to develop and drive a research agenda without disciplinary support will also be critical.
Stipend Information: The position carries a yearly stipend of $60,000. In addition to stipend, the postdoctoral fellow will be provided with funding for reasonable and relevant research and professional development expenses.
Each applicant should submit by email as a complete packet in one PDF file:
1. A one-page cover letter in typical academic format
2. A statement of interest of no more than 2 single-spaced pages describing in further detail your interest and background as it relates to this position.
3. A short writing sample pertinent to the application
4. An up-to-date curriculum vitae
5. A list of contact information for three references.
Note: reference letters are not needed at application.
A sealed graduate transcript must be submitted at time of hire.
Application materials should be sent as a single PDF file, and questions may be sent to:
School of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Department of Biomedical Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.