Opportunities

Biology Education at FIU is growing!  Come join our team.  

We are looking for both Postdocs and Graduate Students to join our lab.

Undergraduates with an interest in education research are always welcome!

 

  

Postdoctoral Position in Biology Education

 The Biology Education Research Team at Florida International University (FIU) is recruiting postdoctoral fellows to join a dynamic group dedicated to improving and diversifying undergraduate biology education. Our research interests cover a wide range of biology education topics, including:

(1) social dynamics of small group work in college level active learning classrooms with the goal of creating interventions to increase equity in participation

(2) the relationship of different sources of motivation on student undergraduate and career pathways

(3) the analysis of a scientific writing exercise and the skills it provides participants

(4) the use of annotated primary literature in a teaching and learning setting

The successful applicant will be encouraged to develop projects based on their own interests and will have opportunities to interact and collaborate with nine discipline-based education faculty across multiple STEM fields.  The position requires either a PhD in biology with a demonstrated interest in education; science education; educational psychology; or other related fields.  Candidates should also have familiarity with active learning pedagogies, experience with quasi-experimental study design, strong statistical analysis experience, and evidence of scholarly writing skills.

The appointment is for one year with possible renewal for a second contingent upon satisfactory performance.  Review of applications will be on a rolling basis.  Start date is flexible, but ideally the successful candidate would start by July 1st 2017.

The position is a joint appointment between the Department of Biology and the STEM Transformation Institute.  The STEM Transformation Institute is a multidisciplinary collaboration across the Colleges of Arts, Sciences & Education, and Engineering & Computing, for the research and development of effective educational practices that lead to substantial increases in the number of well-prepared STEM professionals, including teachers, graduating from FIU.  FIU is a public, urban, minority-serving research institution serving over 55,000 students located in Miami, FL.

Any questions about this position can be directed to Dr. Sarah Eddy (sarah.eddy@fiu.edu) or Dr. Melissa McCartney (mmccartn@fiu.edu). To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, a one page summary of education research interests, and the names of three references.

 

 

Graduate Studies in Biology Education

The Biology Education Research Team at Florida International University (FIU) is recruiting graduate students to join a dynamic group dedicated to improving and diversifying undergraduate biology education. Our research interests cover a wide range of biology education topics, including:

(1) social dynamics of small group work in college level active learning classrooms with the goal of creating interventions to increase equity in participation

(2) the relationship of different sources of motivation on student undergraduate and career pathways

(3) the analysis of a scientific writing exercise and the skills it provides participants

(4) the use of annotated primary literature in a teaching and learning setting

Accepted students will be encouraged to develop projects stemming from these interests and will have opportunities to interact and collaborate with nine discipline-based education faculty across multiple STEM fields.  The position requires either a bachelors degree in biology with a demonstrated interest in education; science education; educational psychology; or other related fields.  Candidates should also have an interest in engaging in active learning pedagogies, in learning quasi-experimental study design and advanced statistics, and in developing both scholarly writing and grant writing skills.

Students can earn a degree in Biology from the College of Arts, Sciences, and Education while conducting research in biology education. Support in the form of research assistantships and/or teaching assistants is available for interested graduate students.

Accepted students will become members of the STEM Transformation Institute.  The STEM Transformation Institute is a multidisciplinary collaboration across the Colleges of Arts, Sciences & Education, and Engineering & Computing, for the research and development of effective educational practices that lead to substantial increases in the number of well-prepared STEM professionals, including teachers, graduating from FIU.  FIU is a public, urban, minority-serving research institution serving over 55,000 students located in Miami, FL.

Applications are due to FIU in January, 2018:  http://biology.fiu.edu/graduate/

Any questions about this position can be directed to Dr. Sarah Eddy (sarah.eddy@fiu.edu) or Dr. Melissa McCartney (mmccartn@fiu.edu).