Please submit a cover letter (highlighting a few of your relevant achievements and explaining your interest and fit with the position), CV, names and contact information for three references, and a 2-3-page research statement summarizing your research experiences to date, as well as your long-term career goals. Note that all of your application materials must be combined into a single document. If you have any questions, please email Dr. Settles: email@example.com; Please include EE Postdoc in the subject line.
Dr. Isis Settles, in the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan (U-M), is inviting applications for a postdoctoral research fellow to contribute to a NSF-funded study on experiences of epistemic exclusion among STEM faculty. The project name is Increasing Inclusion and Equity of Minoritized STEM Faculty: Examining the Role of Epistemic Exclusion in Scholar(ly) Evaluation Practices.
The postdoctoral research fellow will join a collaborative, interdisciplinary, NSF-funded project examining epistemic exclusion, a form of scholarly devaluation that occurs when disciplinary biases defining what scholarship is valued are coupled with negative stereotypes about marginalized groups (e.g., women, people of color) to produce inequality in evaluation processes (e.g., annual review). The project has two primary research activities to be conducted over 4 years (Fall 2023 – Summer 2027). Study 1 involves surveying 1800 tenure-track STEM faculty at U.S. R1 and R2 universities nationally to examine the relationship between epistemic exclusion and career outcomes. Study 2 involves conducting 12 focus groups with a subsample of Study 1 participants to explore how epistemic exclusion is uniquely experienced, understood, and impactful by career stage (early, mid, senior) and strategies faculty use to mitigate its effect on careers outcomes.
This mixed-methods study is being conducted team members at the University of Michigan (Dr. Isis Settles, Psychology; Dr. Kristie Dotson, Philosophy), Michigan State University (Dr. NiCole Buchanan, Psychology; Dr. Michael O’Rourke, Philosophy; Dr. Maris Rinkus, Toolbox Dialogue Initiative Center), and the University of North Texas (Dr. Martinque Jones). The postdoctoral researcher will be housed in the Department of Psychology at U-M, and primarily advised by Dr. Settles with additional mentoring from all senior team members.
The postdoctoral research fellow will be housed in the Personality and Social Contexts program within the U-M Department of Psychology. Scholars working in this departmental program take a critical and often intersectional lens to research and scholarship, examining the roles of social context, power, and oppression in shaping individuals life experiences. More specifically, the program focuses on how aspects of the individual (e.g., race, gender, traits, social identities) and the social context (e.g., sociopolitical dynamics, inequality, culture, families, organizations) affect their development, life experiences, and well-being. The postdoctoral research fellow will have the opportunity to be part of this vibrant intellectual community through academic and social activities (e.g., brown bag talks, colloquia, lab meetings). Additionally, opportunities for professional development will be provided.
The primary responsibility of the researcher will be to manage the survey research project (Study 1) at U-M, which include:
Scholarly Duties (60%):
- Creation and management of a participant database
- Research survey development, administration, and data analysis
- Data management
- Manuscript preparation
- Scholarly presentations
Administrative Duties (20%):
- Creating and submitting human subject applications
- Website maintenance
- Documentation of the research process
- Report preparation
Human Resource Duties (20%):
- Working with faculty at all institutions
- Coordinating scholarly activities with the postdoctoral scholar at MSU
- Overseeing the work of the graduate research assistants at all institutions
Opportunities for training, professional development, and conference attendance will be provided and time will be allotted for the postdoctoral research fellow to complete any existing independent research projects (e.g., publication of dissertation data).
- Ph.D. in Psychology, Higher Education, or a related field by the start of the position
- Proficiency with quantitative survey design and data analysis
- Proficiency with SPSS or similar software programs
- Proficiency with the Google Suite and PowerPoint or similar software programs
- Relevant research interests (e.g., organizational or applied social psychology; inequality; diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education contexts)
- Strong oral and written communication skills, including a record of some published work and oral presentations
- Proficiency with qualitative research design
- Experience working in collaborative groups or teams
- Experience supervising or managing others
- The annual salary is $56,500. This position is benefit eligible.
- Funding of $4500 is available annually for conference travel and professional development activities.
- This is a full-time, 12-month term-limited position with the possibility of renewal. The anticipated start date is Fall 2023 or early 2024 is preferred.
In-person work is preferred.
- Opportunities for training and career development will be provided by Dr. Settles and the project team, and through programs offered by the U-M Postdoctoral Association and the U-M ADVANCE Program.
- Shared office space in the Department of Psychology will be provided.
- Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
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