Lecturer in Qualitative and Mixed Methods

Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership

Job Overview

The Graduate School of Education at University of Pennsylvania seeks part-time lecturers to teach courses in the Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership during the 2022 - 2023 academic year.  The Program serves experienced working P12 educational leaders from across the country (e.g., principals, superintendents, etc.) in a cohort-based executive format program with classes held one weekend per month. In the coming academic year we are interested in instructional support in qualitative and mixed methods research.  Responsibilities include leading monthly discussions, holding off-weekend consultations with students, and grading student papers. Appointment duty time will depend upon student enrollment, and any available position is expected to begin during the Fall semester of 2022.

Essential Qualifications

A Ph.D. or Ed.D. in education or a related field is required, along with a minimum of one year of teaching experience with diverse students and working professionals in a graduate program.  Expertise in qualitative and mixed methods research is also required.

Please provide a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching interest, and the names and contact information for three references. Due to the volume of applications, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No letters of recommendation are required until the interview stage. Applicants should apply online at: apply.interfolio.com/108148

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Education, Culture and Society, LCIE division

Job Overview

The Literacy, Culture, and International Education division at The University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education (GSE) seeks applicants for a lecturer position in the area of Education, Culture and Society. The successful applicant would be a part of our small foundations group, and will be responsible for teaching core courses such as Qualitative Reseach Methods, Anthropology and Education, and School and Society. Additional courses could be offered based on the applicants’ interests and programmatic needs, and the overall load is expected to be 2-3 courses per semester. The position will also require helping with our general programmatic needs  including master’s level application review and master’s level advisement.

Competitive candidates for the position should have demontrated experience in graduate-level teaching and advising, and some relevant publications or research experience. Applicants must have earned a doctorate (Phd or EdD) in a related field with an emphasis on culture, social foundations and/or qualitative research methods in education. This appointment is a full time position for one academic year, and can be renewed twice for a total of three years, contingent upon a satisfactory performance evaluation after each year, and programmatic needs.  We will begin reviewing applications immediately, and will continue to consider new applications until the position is filled. We intend to fill the position prior to the upcoming academic year (fall 2022).  Please submit a letter expressing your interest and related experience and qualifications; curriculum vitae; and the names and and contact information for three references.  Questions may be directed to Dr. Alex Posecznick (alpos@upenn.edu).  Please apply using the following link: apply.interfolio.com/107602 .

We seek faculty members who will create a climate that embraces excellence and diversity, with a strong commitment to teaching and mentoring. Penn is an equal opportunity employer and adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Learning Sciences and Science Education

Job Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education (PennGSE), invites applications for a post-doctoral fellow position in the learning sciences and science education. The position entails work on two NSF projects that focus on delivering high-quality professional development (PD) to high school science teachers.

The first project investigates the impact of a high school curricular unit on student learning and participation outcomes. The curriculum builds bioinformatics and data literacy through the collection and analysis of urban environmental air-quality measures. Teachers learn essential pedagogical strategies centered on place-based and culturally relevant learning theories. Students use mobile apps to collect data and then learn how to interpret the data in order to make evidence-based decisions on actions they can take in their communities.

The second project examines scientific epistemic practices of data investigations using computational complex systems models with a focus on transfer of those practices to evaluate controversial socio-scientific issues. The central goal is to understand how teachers and students teach with, and demonstrate, adaptive epistemic practices. These practices include the ability to determine the veracity of knowledge claims based on fit with evidence – and deciding which kinds of data are needed to construct accurate decisions in situated contexts.

The post-doctoral fellow will support the coordination of research activities with a major focus on data analysis, writing, and publication. They will work on constructing and revising PD activities such as teacher and student-facing curricular materials and the PD delivery platform. They will also contribute to data collection, archiving, and organization of data. We are interested in candidates who have expertise in learning theories, advanced educational technologies, disciplinary knowledge of biology, teaching at the high school level in urban public schools, and teacher professional development.

The position also entails work with the principal investigator and leadership team to develop a rigorous and cutting-edge research agenda that prepares the post-doctoral fellow for their next career steps

Minimum qualifications

  • Doctoral degree in learning science, science education, or a related field
  • Proficiency with mixed methods; complex research datasets, cleaning and managing multimodal data, and conducting analysis
  • Facility in working with educational computational tools such as agent-based simulations and mobile technologies
  • Research on teaching or teacher professional development
  • Interest in issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, particularly as they relate to participation in STEM in urban public schools
  • Early publication record and strong desire to publish
  • Ability to work with large research teams; excellent interpersonal and communication skills; and ability to do creative, independent work

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience in conducting PD in both face-to-face and online modalities
  • Knowledge of the field of educational data science or data literacy
  • Knowledge of the field of epistemic cognition and epistemic practices in STEM
  • Public high school teaching
  • Advanced statistical methods, e.g., multiple regression and nested models
  • Technological skills including video editing, MOOC construction, and graphical programming languages

This is a one-year position renewable up to 3 years.

The University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer; women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Application review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The ideal candidate will be able to start on or around August 1, 2022. Please send an electronic application that contains a) a letter expressing your interest and qualifications; b) CV; c) three samples of academic writing; and d) names of three references, using the following link: apply.interfolio.com/107150.

Postdoctoral Scholar

Education Policy Division

Job Overview

This two-year postdoctoral scholar will be based in the Education Policy Division of the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. The start date for the position is planned for July 1, 2022. The postdoctoral fellow will work closely with Professor Michael Gottfried on projects relating to large-scale data analysis using causal inference to estimate effects, as well as teaching one course (with the option for additional salary of teaching up to three more classes either during the school year or summer). The postdoc would have access to a wide range of enrichment activities at Penn GSE, including networking and seminars as well as mentoring graduate students. Note that this position includes additional funding (beyond salary) for conference travel and meeting scholars across the country.

Key Functions and Expected Performance

The successful candidate will work closely with Professor Michael Gottfried. This includes, but is not limited to, collaborating with Professor Gottfried and other members of research and project teams in conducting data analysis, mentoring and working with graduate students, and working with faculty across institutions. There are opportunities to participate in many research phases including data collection, data analysis, manuscript writing, and research presentations.


An earned doctoral degree in economics of education, education policy, economics, policy, or a related field is required before the start date. Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills are essential. Also highly valued are personal initiative, strong writing skills, and effective collaboration experience. Preferred experience includes work with large data and quasi-experimental designs to estimate effects.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

To apply, please submit a cover letter addressed to Professor Michael Gottfried, curriculum vitae, and three references by following this link: http://apply.interfolio.com/103922

Penn GSE actively seeks and welcomes people of color, women, the LGBTQIA+ community, persons with disabilities, and people at intersections of these identities, to apply. 

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The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class. Questions or concerns about this should be directed to the Executive Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, University of Pennsylvania, 421 Franklin Building, 3451 Walnut Street,  Philadelphia, PA 19104-6205; or (215) 898-6993 (Voice) or (215) 898-7803 (TDD).

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