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Unit: Educational Policy Studies
Department: College of Education
Category: Postdoc Res Associate
Close Date: February 15, 2021
The Department of Educational Policy Studies in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago seeks to hire a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Urban Higher Education whose work is aligned with the mission and goals of the UIC College of Education and the department. The College of Education has a reputation for its focus on urban education and educational leadership. The department's work emphasizes the analysis of urban contexts, and understanding and addressing educational problems in those contexts. Its programs prepare students for successful careers in urban educational research and policy analysis, and in transformational leadership of urban schools and postsecondary institutions. The M.Ed. in Urban Higher Education (UHE) program explores issues in the academy related to, and informed by, the urban context – including the opportunities afforded through the education of residents of cities as well as the challenges of equitable access to and success in higher education.
The Bridge to Faculty Post-Doctoral Scholars Program is a University-level initiative to increase the pipeline toward faculty diversity at UIC. The program seeks to advance diversity on the permanent faculty level by encouraging the recruitment, retention, and promotion of outstanding scholars from different backgrounds, with an emphasis on attracting individuals from groups who have been historically underrepresented.
The position is a Postdoctoral Research Associate within the Department of Educational Policy Studies. Subject to satisfactory performance, and University approval, you may be re-appointed for one additional year. Successful postdocs in the Bridge to the Faculty program may have the opportunity to transition to tenure-track faculty at UIC starting in the 2023-2024 academic year. Selected scholars will participate in a mentoring experience, with the opportunity to be a part of a cohort of Bridge to Faculty Postdoctoral Scholars through the Office of Diversity and the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs.
The primary expectation for the postdoctoral scholar will be to begin a program of research.
With the advice of a College mentoring committee, the postdoc should spend some time becoming familiar with the research infrastructure of the College and the UIC campus, and identifying stakeholders with whom they would partner to write a 3 to 5-year research plan.