SLU School of Education: Â Postdoctoral Research Associate
The Saint Louis University School of Education is seeking applications for a postdoctoral research associate to lead and conduct a comprehensive program evaluation of the student support services offered by Access Academies. Access Academies is an educational support pathway that starts with students in three middle schools in St. Louis and continues to support participating students through high school and the transition to college and/or career. The programs provided for Access Academies students include after-school and summer programs, high school counseling, college coaching, and scholarship aid.
The postdoctoral researcher will be responsible for leading an ongoing and comprehensive evaluation of the full suite of Access Academies programming. The ideal candidate for this position will have experience conducting program evaluations and designing research projects in educational settings. The results of the evaluation will be used to guide program growth in the future. While leading the evaluation, the postdoctoral researcher will also have steady support from faculty in the School of Education and researchers in the SLU PRiME Center for education policy research.
Develop the overall design of the comprehensive, two-year, program evaluation, with guidance from the projects Principal Investigator Gary W. Ritter, who serves as a Professor and Dean in the SLU School of Education.
Build an evaluation design that considers the effectiveness of middle school enrichment programs, summer sessions, high school counseling support, and college coaching.
Conduct a review of the current evidence, or at least guidance from â˜best practices, regarding programs focused on supporting traditionally-underserved students to and through college.
Develop (with the support of SLU colleagues) a strategy to estimate the impact of Access Academies programming on high school performance and postsecondary participation & success, using data from existing assessments, the National Student Clearinghouse, or other relevant sources.
Collect qualitative data through various means such as surveys, classroom observations, interviews, and/or focus groups to develop a deeper understanding of the effectiveness of the Access services and the perceptions of participating Access students.
Ultimately, write up and present interim (Year 1 and Year 2) evaluation reports, along with a comprehensive final report of Access programs.
Attend and/or present at meetings such as Program Committee meetings, Access Board meetings, etc. as assigned or requested.
Earned doctorate in education research, higher education, or a closely related field (i.e. sociology, social work). A.B.D. will be considered for exceptional applicants.
Experience in conducting program evaluations in school-based, university-based, and/or non-profit-based settings.
Experience leading or co-leading an evaluation through all project steps including design, implementation, data collection, analysis, and dissemination of results.
Experience writing project reports and presenting results to a variety of audiences and stakeholders.
Methodological expertise in mixed methods research design, implementation, and analysis.
Experience designing and conducting surveys as well as observing classroom practices at the middle school, high school, and/or post-secondary levels.
Salary and Starting date: Salary will be competitive and includes benefits. This is a two-year postdoctoral position with a proposed starting date of August 15, 2021.
Application Process: Applicants must submit a letter of interest stating qualifications in conducting evaluations of educational programs and current curriculum vitae. All application materials should be submitted in PDF format directly to the SLU PRiME Center via email at [email protected] For full consideration, all applications should be submitted on or before May 21, 2021.
Context:Saint Louis University (SLU), established 1818, is the oldest institution of higher education west of the Mississippi River and is a world-class Catholic, Jesuit institution with an enrollment of nearly 14,000 students. SLUs 230-acre urban campus located in midtown St. Louis, providing students, faculty, and staff a close-knit community in the middle of a lively city. The School of Education (SOE) shares in the 470-year-old Jesuit tradition of excellence in education, focusing on the growth of the whole person and developing men and women for and with others.
Access Academies, a St. Louis 501(c)3 organization, partners with Saint Louis University and propels underserved middle school students through high school and on to college and career success with enrichment, counseling, and scholarships.Â Access currently has partnerships with three middle schools in the St. Louis metropolitan area: St. Cecilia, St. Louis Catholic Academy, and Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School.Â At these partner middle schools, Access funds after-school enrichment programs and summer school.Â Graduate Support Directors, funded by Access, follow middle school students through high school, and a College & Career Counselor, also funded by Access, supports these students through college and to their first career position.
Saint Louis University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for the position applied for without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military/veteran status, gender identity, or other nonâmerit factors. We welcome and encourage applications from minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities (including disabled veterans). If accommodations are needed for completing the application and/or with the interviewing process, please contact Human Resources at 314â977â5847.
Saint Louis University(SLU) is a private, co-educational Jesuit university located in St. Louis, Missouri, United States. Founded in 1818 by the Most Reverend Louis Guillaume Valentin Dubourg SLU is the oldest university west of the Mississippi River. The University has campuses in St. Louis, Mo. and Madrid, Spain. SLU values academic excellence, life-changing research, compassionate health care, and a strong commitment to faith and service. For nearly 200 years, the University has gone beyond teaching facts and figures, encouraging students to form ideas and identities. Today, SLU students are nearly 14,000 strong. The University has invested vast resources to advance academic programs and enhance the student experience. SLU also is a major research institution where premier researchers tackle local and global challenges. And the University's commitment to community service has earned it national acclaim and bolstered its status as a character-building college.