Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow
Postdoctoral Teaching Fellows at the University of Kansas are key contributors to the School of Engineering Engaged Learning Initiative. The position is intended for individuals with an interest in teaching in their discipline at the higher-education level, and is similar to post-doctoral positions in research except that the emphasis is on teaching and scholarly activities pertaining to teaching. The Postdoctoral Fellow will collaborate with faculty to implement mechanisms for improving student learning and engagement in engineering courses, analyze the effects of these efforts on student learning, and support key aspects of the School of Engineering Engaged Learning Initiative. Faculty across every department in the School of Engineering are involved in this collaborative effort to transform educational practices.
This two-year position involves collaborating with faculty in the School of Engineering in the development, implementation, and scholarship of evidence-based instructional approaches, associated materials and laboratories, as well as analyzing and documenting student learning in key undergraduate courses. Teaching innovations may involve using online resources to cover course material outside of class time and releasing face-to-face class time for diverse forms of active learning by students. This position also involves collaborating with multi-department project groups in the School of Engineering on proposals, conference papers and presentations, and projects related to innovation, student learning, and retention in the School.
The position also includes collaborating with School of Engineering leadership on administering the School’s Undergraduate Teaching Fellows (UGTF) program, which is aimed at incentivizing and supporting active learning in undergraduate engineering courses. The School of Engineering Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow also supports the development of STEM graduate students as effective teachers, and teaches/co-teaches graduate courses in effective educational practices. The Postdoctoral Fellow will also work with faculty to generate engineering education proposals for external funding, and to publish results of the fellowship.
Postdoctoral Teaching Fellows in the School of Engineering will also be a part of a KU Center for Teaching Excellence (KU CTE)-sponsored community of faculty, teaching specialists, and postdoctoral fellows who are exploring strategies for pedagogical improvement, teaching scholarship, and educational leadership.
In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education.
25% – Partner with faculty members to develop educational materials to improve student learning and engagement.
10% – Develop tools to demonstrate student achievement of learning outcomes in key engineering courses; partner with faculty to analyze student learning outcomes and support the development of reflective teaching practices.
20% – Collaborate with faculty members to foster growth in the scholarship of teaching and learning and making the results visible at KU and beyond.
10% – Partner with faculty members to generate engineering education proposals for external funding and publish results of the fellowship.
5% – Engage in opportunities presented by the KU Center for Teaching Excellence (KU CTE) to enhance knowledge of best-practices and collaborate with similar initiatives in other departments on campus and at other universities
10% – Partner with School of Engineering leadership to administer the School’s Undergraduate Teaching Fellows (UGTF) program and support the development of UGTFs as ‘expert learners.
15% – Teach or co-teach graduate courses in engineering education to support the development of STEM graduate students as teachers.
5% – Perform other related duties as required of this position
Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) descriptions of work experience and educational experiences in letter of application, (2) record of accomplishments and productivity addressed in CV, and (3) information provided from professional references.
Ph.D. in engineering or a closely related discipline.
Strong communication skills as evidenced in application materials.
Demonstrated experience in course design and development.
Interest in pedagogical design and improvement in course teaching.
Teaching experience at a university/college setting.
Ph.D. or graduate certificate in engineering education.
Experience with development of innovations that enhance student learning.
Experience with implementing mechanisms for improving student learning and engagement in engineering courses.
Experience with pedagogical design and improvement in course teaching.
Evidence of publication and grant writing experience in engineering education.
Contact Information to Applicants
Additional Candidate Instruction
A complete application consists of the following documents:
Completion of online application, CV, a list of three references, and a teaching statement that summarizes the candidate’s teaching experience, innovations in enhancing student learning, philosophy for improving student engagement and learning in large courses, and long-term career goals.
In addition, applicants must arrange to have three letters of recommendation that evaluate pedagogical potential/achievement and teaching sent to: Engineering Postdoctoral Teaching Fellows Search, c/o Caroline Bennett, 1530 W 15th Street, 2150 Learned Hall, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66045, or electronically via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Only complete application packages submitted online will be considered. In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant’s contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU’s mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following questions at the time of application. Each response must be within 4,000 characters or less.
Please describe your experience, approach or methodologies to create and implement inclusive teaching and advising practices, pedagogical techniques and course materials to create an inclusive classroom environment.
In your current and/or previous role, please provide an example outlining how you demonstrate your ongoing commitment in working with diverse groups/populations.
Application review begins March 26, 2020, and continue until a pool of qualified applicants is received.