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Learning To Transform (LiTT) Video Gaming Lab PostDoctoral Associate

University of Colorado
Boulder County, Colorado
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Jan 14, 2022

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Learning To Transform (LiTT) Video Gaming Lab PostDoctoral Associate
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Boulder, Colorado
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Job Summary
The School of Education at CU Boulder encourages applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate! This is a full-time position with full benefits, beginning in January 2022. This position is part of a collaborative research partnership to help build models for equity-centered teacher and student learning through the design of deeper relationships between informal and formal educational environments. The anticipated end date of this project is May 2023, with the possibility of extending the appointment should additional funds become available.
The Postdoctoral Associate will work with The Learning To Transform (LiTT) Video Gaming Lab, a social design-based experiment that supports undergraduates, community members, and Black and Latinx high school students in jointly re-imagining the role of everyday video gaming contexts as robust learning environments. The central focus of our project is to understand how to co-design expansive forms of learning in an intergenerational and interdisciplinary learning context. More broadly, we want to understand how and if young people and adults identify and collaborate together, as they use valued cultural tools and practices in resolving dilemmas that they experience across their everyday lives.
The LiTT Video Gaming Lab is based in the following program areas in the School of Education: Learning Sciences & Human Development and Teacher Learning, Research & Practice. In addition, we are a partnership between the Youth Empowerment Broadcasting Organization (YEBO) and University of Colorado, Boulder faculty, Dr. Arturo Cortez and Dr. Tiera Tanksley.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.
Who We Are
The mission of the CU Boulder School of Education is grounded in a lived dedication to democracy, diversity, equity, and justice. We teach and conduct research to make a positive difference with and in schools and communities. The work of our faculty, researchers, staff, and students leads to evidence-based policy and practice. We aim for our graduates to be engaged and informed educators, researchers, policymakers, and community leaders.
We offer ground breaking, engaging teacher preparation ( , innovative undergraduate programs ( , and Colorado's top-ranked graduate education in multiple program areas: Educational Foundations, Policy & Practice ( , Equity, Bilingualism & Biliteracy ( , Learning Sciences & Human Development ( , Literacy Studies ( , Research, Evaluation & Methodology ( , STEM Education ( ., and Teacher Learning, Research, and Practice ( .
What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
The Postdoctoral Associate will work with an interdisciplinary and intergenerational team of researchers, high school students, undergraduates, and community members to co-design and study young people's and educators' learning in the context of a video gaming ecology. We expect that the Postdoctoral Associate will use design-based research methods, socio-cultural approaches to learning, and research on teacher education and teacher learning to contribute to our research program. Moreover, the Associate will participate in research group meetings and ongoing professional development opportunities in the target areas of the project. In addition, we expect that the Postdoctoral Associate will also build and take the lead on a new area of inquiry as part of their collaboration with the team.
The research will take place at CU, Boulder, and will include collaboration with our partners at Northwestern University.
What You Should Know
All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement ( . New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.
What We Can Offer
The annual salary range for this position is $60,000 - $65,000.
The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits ( , including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder ( .
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Be collaborative. Be dynamic. Be Boulder.
What We Require
An earned Ph.D. in the Learning Sciences or a related social sciences field (e.g., education, gaming studies, anthropology, psychology).
What We Would Like You To Have
- Experience in developing and designing games is highly desirable.
- Extensive knowledge of co-designing and leading projects that involve a variety of partners from non-dominant communities, including young people, teachers, after-school educators, and community members.
- Experience with design-based research, ethnography, interaction analysis, teacher learning.
- A strong interest in justice-focused learning.
- Pedagogical background in critical literacies.
- Applicants with an extensive educational experience and an interest in helping build robust models of teacher education and teacher learning will be given top priority.
Special Instructions
To apply, please submit the following materials:
- Cover Letter addressing your qualifications and career history, as well as how the position fits with your goals as a scholar. The cover letter should include a discussion of your pedagogical experience/approach to working with youth, and your approach to studying student and teacher learning.
- Curriculum Vitae.
- Two samples (published or unpublished) of your scholarly work, one of which you identify as a research paper that best represents your expertise and fit with the position (combined into one PDF file).
- Optional: Proof of Degree
- If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version (if applicable) as an optional attachment.
During the application process you will need to enter contact information for three references who will be contacted to provide letters of recommendation and additional materials, if needed, as the search progresses.
Application received by October 31, 2021 will receive full consideration. Position will remain open until filled.
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs ( .
Posting Contact Information
Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources
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The University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, pregnancy, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.
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