Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University — Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Research on Principled Innovation in Educational Systems

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The ASU Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College (MLFTC) seeks applicants for a post-doctoral fellowship for two academic years, starting during the 2019-2020 academic year. This is a residential fellowship. Salary is competitive, with full benefits included. The appointment will begin no later than August 16, 2019. 

The post-doctoral fellow will focus on researching principled innovation in Arizona K-12 schools and higher education. The MLFTC-derived concept of “Principled Innovation” is central to and undergirds this work. Principled Innovation (MLFTC, 2019) guides student, faculty, and staff responses to complex issues in ways that are reflective, inclusive, and intentional by design. This approach is infused into culture, curricular, co-curricular, and clinical experiences, and supports responsible, ethical, and anticipatory decision-making as we redesign our programs. The post-doctoral fellow will work closely with the MLFTC Design Initiatives team, a group that brings principled innovation to educational systems through collaborative, design-based problem-solving.

A successful candidate will have experience conducting ethnographic research in K-12 environments; a strong grounding in theory combined with a willingness to consider alternate viewpoints and interdisciplinary perspectives; the ability to navigate ambiguity; and a collaborative mindset. This position requires excellent writing and communication skills, including an ability to communicate with and write for varied audiences in traditional and non-traditional formats. The fellow may act as a participant-researcher and contributor to K-12 and higher education learning environments as part of research responsibilities. This work aligns with MLFTC’s mission of effecting positive impact through socially-embedded, deeply collaborative partnerships with Arizona K-12 schools and districts.

In order to have a rich learning experience, the post-doctoral fellow will work on a research collaborative team and participate with senior faculty on research activities including participation in research group meetings. In addition, s/he will work collaboratively with two additional post-doctoral fellows supporting the college’s research around principled innovation. 

Required Qualifications: 

  • Earned Ph.D. or Ed.D. in educational policy and evaluation or related discipline from an accredited university by August 16, 2019
  • Must have at least one related scholarly publication in a peer-reviewed journal 
  • Knowledge of the character development and/or humanistic design approaches for principled educational innovation
  • Experience conducting ethnographic research in K-12 school environments
  • Experience conducting interviews and focus groups
  • Experience with quantitative and mixed research methodologies
  • Strong writing and analytic skills for scholarly publications and general audiences
  • Experience conducting literature reviews and systematic reviews

Desired Qualifications:

  • Career plans for long-term involvement in K-12 or higher education in the areas of teacher education, design thinking, educational policy or educational leadership 
  • A research plan for the post-doctoral fellowship that focuses on studying K-12 and higher education learning environments using ethnographic methods
  • Background in curriculum and instruction, educational leadership, design thinking or teacher education 
  • Experience working in K-12 schools 
  • Knowledge of student-centered pedagogies and authentic assessment approaches 
  • Experience in research methodology, survey design, administration, and Qualtrics

About the College and the University
Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College has been ranked among the best by U.S. News & World Report for twelve consecutive years. The Teachers College benefits from a legacy of excellence in scholarship and research and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of education leaders. The Teachers College focuses on teaching and scholarship that positively impact local, national and global communities and influence PreK-20 education. The College is a recognized leader in teacher education, cultivating mutually beneficial partnerships and using technology to prepare excellent teachers and school leaders who apply evidence-based knowledge that positively impacts students, families, and the community. 

Arizona State University, a respected research institution in the Pac-12 Conference, is developing a new model of an American research university: one that measures its academic quality by the education its graduates receive; one at which researchers, while pursuing their scholarly interests, also consider the public good; and one whose faculty expands the concept of community service by accepting major responsibility for the health, economic and social development of its community.

Application Procedures & Deadline:
Only electronic applications uploaded via Interfolio will be reviewed. In order for your application to be considered complete all of the following items must be uploaded via Interfolio:

Goals and Significance of Your Work: In 500 words or fewer, explain how you would design an ethnographic research study of a K-12 learning envirionment if you were offered the postdoctoral fellowship.

Career History: In 700 words or fewer, explain how your research interests have evolved. Describe your career plans for the next five years and how this fellowship will contribute to your career goals. 

Samples of Scholarly Writing: Submit two samples (published or unpublished) of your scholarly work, one of which should be a research paper that represents your work as an emerging scholar and future career trajectory. The two manuscripts should not exceed a total of forty (40) pages. 

Curriculum Vitae: Include the following information in your CV:

a. Education – From most recent to oldest degrees. Include name of institution, major/minor, degree, date awarded and major professor. 

b. Employment history – From most recent to oldest positions. Include title, organization name, location, and dates. 

c. Honors, awards, or fellowships – Include title and date.

d. Publications, scholarly writings, and sponsored projects.

Reference Letters: Two letters from scholars who are familiar with your work.

The initial application deadline is June 16, 2019. If not filled, applications will be reviewed on a rolling deadline every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed. To submit your application materials, please visit

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