Postdoctoral Research Scholar
San Diego State University

San Diego, California

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Postdoctoral Research Scholar

Req No: 2023-15158
Category: Research/Project
Type: JDP/Post Doc
Salary: $5,373.33 - $5,417.00 per month
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The CCHALES Research Collective at San Diego State University is focused on examining the systems, structures, and practices within higher education that hinder racial equity. We conduct policy-relevant and practice-focused scholarship to improve the conditions, experiences, and outcomes for racially-minoritized students, especially in the community college context. We are scholars of color making a difference in our communities, education, and society at large. We give back to the public education systems that shaped our trajectory and helped us become who we are. The CCHALES Research Collective is seeking to add a postdoctoral scholar to support the Student Equity and Action project, a grant-funded study, that examines the implementation of racial equity efforts across 17 California's Community Colleges and supports the institutional leaders with technical support, professional learning opportunities, and development evaluation.

The postdoctoral position will begin in Summer 2023. It is a temporary, fixed-term, one-year position with the potential of reappointment for a second year. The candidate should have earned a doctorate by the time of employment. The candidate will have active mentoring opportunities from faculty involved with the study as well as opportunities to attend workshops and conferences. The Postdoctoral Research Scholar salary is $65,000 and is a full-time benefited position.

Applicants should include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, one sample publication, and contact information for three references. Letter of interest should include: your research agenda, how your work ties to the mission of CCHALES and the Student Equity and Action project, why you are interested in this position, the expertise you bring to the project, and how this position will further your research and career goals.

The Postdoctoral Research Scholar will work directly with Dr. Eric R. Felix, assistant professor in the Administration, Rehabilitation, and Postsecondary Education Department. The scholar will have the opportunity to collaborate and contribute to all project activities. This includes qualitative data collection and analysis, regularly attending planning and project meetings, developing practitioner training curriculum, and writing up/disseminating findings for practitioner and research audiences. The study is designed with an actionable research approach that includes working closely with campus equity advocates and instigating organizational change that leads to improved outcomes for racially minoritized students. The ideal candidate for this position is someone that seeks to use research insight to drive actionable practice, understands the community college context, understands the educational policy process, and is committed to creating more just and equitable institutions of higher education.

The Postdoctoral Research Scholar is responsible for but not limited to:

Position Specific Responsibilities 95%

  • Assist PI with all aspects of managing a grant-funded project
  • Coordinate the day-to-day operations of research studies
  • Development of research protocols; support and coordinate data collection activities; and data management
  • Conduct reviews of relevant literature
  • Contribute to data analysis, manuscript writing, and dissemination and presentation of findings
  • Contribute to writing and submission of competitive proposals for funding
  • Mentor/supervise undergraduate and graduate student research assistants who contribute to all phases of the research process

Professional Growth 5%
  • Participate in profession development activities, including but not limited to grant writing, teaching, diversity equity and inclusion training.
  • Give talks and seminars about research and topics related to research to students and local industry.

Knowledge and Abilities
  • Independent qualitative research experience, including designing and conducting qualitative research studies (e.g., collecting and analyzing qualitative data.)
  • Knowledge of scholarship related to evidence use in public policy, implementation, community colleges, and organizational leadership
  • Prior project management experience
  • Ability to be self-directed with broadly-defined limits on projects
  • A doctoral degree in an appropriate field; such as higher education, policy studies, sociology, ethnic studies
  • 0-5 years of relevant experience

Preferred Qualifications and Skills
  • Advance qualitative skills and/or expertise in educational policy research
  • Extensive, in-depth knowledge of one or more areas of higher education research; not limited to community college, policy implementation, racial equity, and organizational change
  • Experience writing manuscripts for peer-reviewed scholarly journals
  • Experience translating research findings for presentation to scholarly and practitioner/policy audiences
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously while maintaining exceptional attention to detail
  • Experience with project planning and leadership

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