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University of Denver I-REECCH Postdoctoral Research and Program Fellowship in Denver, Colorado

The University of Denver is a medium-size (12,000 students) private university located in a thriving metropolis at the base of the Rocky Mountain. The Office of the Daniel L. Ritchie Endowed Chair in Gifted Education is part of the Morgridge College of Education (MCE) at the University of Denver. Activities within the Department of Teaching and Learning Sciences include graduate coursework, research projects, annual conference, monograph publication, professional development and community work in support of gifted education, particularly underrepresented gifted students. Project I-REECCH is a federally funded research project led by Dr. Norma Hafenstein, the Daniel L. Ritchie Endowed Chair in Gifted Education.

Position Summary

The I-REECCH Postdoctoral Research and Program Fellowship is an opportunity to collaborate with leaders in the field to deliver and evaluate a five year federally funded Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Grant. The Postdoctoral Fellow will work collaboratively with the project Principal Investigator, Co-Investigator, Program Evaluator, graduate assistants, advisory board members and rural site leaders. The Postdoctoral Fellow will coordinate all project activities, adhere to project timelines and expectations, and develop and implement research data collection, analysis, and reporting. Opportunities will be available to coordinate and manage a large scale project, conduct professional development, train in culturally responsive curriculum, higher order thinking skills, computer science content, develop tools to collect data, analyze data and report findings in a variety of settings through written reporting and presentations. In addition, the Fellow will have the opportunity to attend national meetings and workshops to extend their knowledge of research and the field overall.

The goal of Impacting Rural Education through Expanding Culturally responsive curriculum, Computer science training and Higher order thinking skill development (I-REECCH), a United States Department of Education Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Grant Program, is to significantly increase identification of and services to traditionally underrepresented gifted and talented student populations in rural Colorado. The project will significantly increase identification of talent and giftedness in traditionally underrepresented populations in rural settings including students eligible for free and reduced lunch, English language learners and students who identify as Hispanic. All students in project elementary schools/classrooms will participate in a computer science/computation thinking module by the end of fifth grade. Classroom practices will be improved through increasing rural faculty implementation of critical thinking skill development and talent and giftedness recognition, and through increasing rural educators ability to implement culturally responsive practices.

I-REECCH Senior Personnel, Norma Hafenstein, PI, Kristina Hesbol, Co-PI and Robert Reichardt, Evaluator, will partner with Fort Morgan School District, Santa Fe Trails Board of Cooperative Educational Services and one other rural administrative unit, yet to be named. Advisory Board members include Dr. Rebecca McKinney, Director of Gifted Education at the Colorado Department of Education and Dr. Muhammad Khalifa, Professor of Educational Administration-Executive Director of Urban Education Initiatives at The Ohio State University. Dr. Kimberly Schmidt and Dr. Brette Garner will serve as faculty consultants. The project begins October 1, 2020 and runs through September of 2025.

Essential Functions

The Fellow will coordinate project activities and collaborate with project personnel. The Fellow will have an opportunity to engage in the following:

  • Take a leadership and management role in a large funded project.
  • Study, develop and deliver resources for in-depth learning and teaching, specifically virtually.
  • Conduct research and development in teaching, learning, assessment, and/or professional development.
  • Produce and disseminate research.
  • Study gifted education, culturally responsive curriculum, higher order thinking skills, computer science content, and other areas as relevant to the project.
  • Collaborate with researchers from varied disciplines.
  • Collaborate with rural school, district and BOCES leadership and personnel.
  • Anticipate and respond to issues in implementation, delivery and evaluation.
  • Apply sophisticated multi-method research techniques to address problems of practice.
  • Collaborate on writing journal articles and conducting regional and national presentations pertaining to this project.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Excellent project management skills.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent professional writing skills.
  • Knowledge of effective adult learning processes.
  • Demonstrated commitment, knowledge and ability to effectively engage individuals from broadly diverse communities.
  • Ability to resolve routine problems using existing guidelines and processes.
  • Ability to make independent decisions and or/recommendations when necessary.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to research, investigate, analyze, reconcile, and evaluate data.
  • Strong MS Office Suite/O365 skills, including Excel.
  • Strong skills in at least one statistical program (e.g., SPSS, etc.).
  • Knowledge of Colorado state education policy, specifically Gifted Education and CLD.
  • Effective skill in improvement management and project leadership.

Required Qualifications

  • PhD or EdD in the field of gifted education; curriculum and instruction; culturally responsive pedagogy, research design, evaluation, and statistics; educational leadership and/or policy studies or other related fields.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Earned doctorate in the field of gifted education and/or curriculum and instruction and/or educational leadership with a specialization in gifted education and/or culturally responsive pedagogy.

Work Schedule Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Application Deadline For best consideration, please submit your application materials by Thursday, November 12, 2020. Applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.

Special Instructions Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Range Salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected candidate balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Writing Sample
  4. Names and contact information of three individuals that can provide letters of recommendation.

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

Job no: 493305

Work type: Postdoc / Research / Fellow

Location: Denver, CO

Categories: Postdoc / Fellow, Research

Advertised: October 29, 2020

Applications close: Open until filled