Postdoctoral Scholar

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Work type: Post Doc Associate
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Education/Training/Instructional Design, Grant or Research Administration
Department:18050000 - ED-STL SCHL-TEACH / LEARN

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Job Description:

The University of Florida’s Kenneth C. Griffin CS for All Education Initiative seeks candidates for a 12-month, full time postdoctoral scholar position to support the research and development of programs and resources in K-12 computer science teacher preparation. In collaboration with the PI, Dr. Maya Israel, the postdoctoral scholar will engage in research as well as development, organization, and dissemination of programs and activities in support of building a sustainable teacher preparation program in computer science education at the University of Florida and throughout the state of Florida. The postdoctoral scholar will plan and coordinate data collection and analysis for the project.

Works collaboratively with the Principal Investigators and senior personnel to:

  • Plan and lead research studies within the scope of the funding guidelines
  • Design, develop, test, and refine K-12 Computer Science Education (CS Ed.) materials for use in classrooms and as professional development resources
  • Help teach/facilitate preservice computer science teacher prep activities 
  • Supervise undergraduate and graduate research assistants in data collection and analysis 
  • Collaborate on grant writing activities 
  • Write and manage IRBs for studies 
  • Teach or co-teach CS education courses
  • Coordinate and facilitate with web developers and other partners for development of an online community of practice 
  • Assist with social media communications
  • Participate in dissemination efforts to include such as conference presentations, newsletters, and social media outreach
  • Collaborate with faculty around CS integration across disciplines within the UF College of Education
  • Other duties as assigned by the PI

ABOUT THE COLLEGE: The College of Education at the University of Florida, founded in 1906, has consistently been ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the nation in Online Graduate Education for the last six years, 3rd nationally for undergraduate education and 12th nationally among public graduate colleges of education (U.S. News & World Report). Two of the College's academic programs occupy top-20 spots in the U.S. News rankings: Counselor Education (5th) and Special Education (5th). Our Teachers, Schools & Society (TSS) program was named the 2020 Program of the Year by the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED). The College has added 45 faculty in the past three years. Cutting-edge interdisciplinary research and public scholarship—often conducted in partnership with other UF colleges, school districts and communities across the state and nation—are yielding powerful learning systems and models that are helping to transform education in today’s changing world, starting with our youngest learners. The College is engaged in four of UF’s priority research areas—early childhood studies, precision learning, analysis of learning analytics, and artificial intelligence in education. The College has 117 full-time faculty members with distinguished records in teaching, research and service. Faculty researchers last year garnered more than $107 million in awards supporting studies and projects addressing education’s most critical issues. Teaching is one of several areas of study from which UF education students can choose. More than 3,000 education students are enrolled on campus and online in 29 bachelor’s and advanced degree programs and concentration areas, within nine academic specialties: K-12 Curriculum and Instruction • Counseling & Counselor Education • Early Childhood Education • Educational Leadership • Higher Education Administration • Research & Evaluation Methods • School Psychology • Special Education • Student Personnel in Higher Education. To sustain the college's innovative edge deep into the 21st century, heightened emphasis on emerging technologies, advanced graduate studies and interdisciplinary research will effectively prepare tomorrow's leaders in all education disciplines. The College's educator preparation programs have been continuously accredited by CAEP and NCATE since 1954. More than 30,000 UF “EduGator” alumni are located throughout the world. Follow us: @UF_COE (Twitter) and @UF.COE (Facebook)

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY: The University of Florida, founded in 1853, is a public land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant research university and one of the most academically diverse universities in the nation. U.S. News & World Report ranks UF 5th among public universities. National rankings such as 2nd by Kiplinger and 20th in Forbes in their respective lists of “Best Values in Public Colleges” are a result of UF’s commitment to provide the highest quality education at the best value. UF is home to 16 colleges and more than 200 research, service and education centers, bureaus and institutes, and boasts more than 4,000 faculty members, 50,000 students and 415,000 living alumni. Faculty scholars last year generated more than $838 million in research awards. UF recently launched a $70 million AI partnership with NVIDIA, taking the first step toward ensuring equitable access to bringing AI to students and faculty from across campus and the state. The Florida Legislature designated UF as a “preeminent” state university in 2013. UF recently hired almost 500 new faculty.

ABOUT THE AREA: UF is situated in Gainesville in North Central Florida, a progressive college town that blends big-city cultural and athletic offerings with small-town friendliness and charm, along with excellent schools. Gainesville, located about halfway between the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, is often recognized as one of America’s best college towns and is easily accessible to three major metropolitan areas (Jacksonville, Orlando and Tampa). The National Arbor Day Foundation has recognized Gainesville as a “Tree City USA” every year since 1982. Add the allure of Florida’s famous sunshine, tropical breezes, and abundant wilderness, springs, rivers and seashores nearby, and it is little wonder that top-caliber faculty and students find our College and University to be the perfect balance of premier academics and a fulfilling lifestyle.

Expected Salary:

Commensurate with experience and expertise.

Minimum Requirements:
  • Doctoral degree in computer science, computer science education, educational technology, or other related field
  • Experience with qualitative and/or quantitative research methodologies
  • K-12 teaching experience in CS Education or evidence of work with K-12 teachers in non-teaching roles
  • Knowledge of CSTA standards for students and teachers
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience and knowledge of Universal Design for Learning and/or of instructional strategies focused on students with diverse learning needs (e.g., students with disabilities)
  • Strong background and familiarity with research literature on K-12 CS education
  • Experience with managing externally funded projects
  • Ability to translate and communicate complex topics in a variety of forums, tailoring communications to effectively fit and influence the targeted audience
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team structure; manage multiple tasks and be flexible
  • Agility in making and following strategic decisions
  • Ability to plan for long-term sustainability
Special Instructions to Applicants:

In order to be considered, you must upload your cover letter and CV.

Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire.  A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible.  Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.

The University of Florida is An Equal Employment Opportunity Institution. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.

This position is open until filled.  Application review will begin February 14, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.

Health Assessment Required: No


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