Cornell University, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Position ID:Cornell-Ecology and Evolutionary Biology-POSTDOC [#19170, WDR-00027498]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Appl Deadline: finished (2021/08/26, finished 2021/12/16)
Position Description:    

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Cornell University
College of Arts and Sciences

Postdoctoral AssociateEvaluating how open educational resources facilitate implementation of Vision and Change principles across diverse institutions

Applications are invited for a fulltime postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) at Cornell University. The successful candidate will advance undergraduate biology education by examining how Vision and Change (V&C) principles are being enacted in biology courses across a variety of undergraduate institutions. This project is part of a collaboration that includes Dr. Brian Couch (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) and Erin Vinson (University of Maine).

This project will focus on the use of open educational resources (OERs), which are educational materials that are available in the public domain. The research will involve conducting a scoping review of OER article content from a variety of journals (e.g., CourseSource), surveying authors and users to determine their engagement with OERs, developing student assessments, and observing instructors teaching with OERs in a variety of classrooms. The primary duties and responsibilities include leading the scoping review, developing and deploying surveys, designing protocols to observe instructors teaching with OERs, and analyzing student and instructor data. There will be opportunities to engage with instructors in professional development activities. The successful candidate will disseminate the results through publications and presentations at meetings. 

Discipline-based education research is an important area of study at Cornell, with collaborators (faculty, postdocs, and graduate and undergraduate students) in physics, biology, and other STEM fields. The successful candidate will have an opportunity to mentor and work with many individuals and participate in weekly education journal clubs and research meetings with the larger EEB and Cornell community.


  • Ph.D. in biology, biology education research, or closely related field
  • Experience with education research methods, including quantitative research methods and statistics (e.g., proficiency in multilevel statistical modeling using R) and/or experience with qualitative research approaches such as analyzing survey and interview data
  • Knowledge of and interest in the potential OERs have to affect undergraduate education
  • Ability and desire to work collaboratively, mentor graduate and undergraduate students, and function independently
  • Demonstrated project leadership, time management, communication, and writing skill

The Postdoctoral Associate will be appointed for a one-year period with the possibility of extension for additional years based on satisfactory performance. 

To apply: Applicants should submit their cover letter, CV, a 1-2 page research statement including relevant background and experiences, a statement of contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as the names and email or phone contacts of three professional references to:

Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2021.

Please contact Dr. Smith ( with any questions.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University's heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations.

Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Cornell University
Corson Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853