Cornell University, Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research

Position ID:Cornell-BCTR-PDACOMMENG [#21852, WDR-00031617]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate - Community Engagement | Cornell University
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14850, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Learning
Higher Education Research / Social Sciences
Community Sociology
Human Development (more...)
Appl Deadline: finished (2022/06/02, finished 2023/07/15)
Position Description:    

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Cornell University
Postdoctoral Associate -- Community Engagement

We seek a candidate to join a vibrant and diverse group of colleagues interested in investigating the transformative impact and influence of community engagement initiatives and programs. The successful candidate for the postdoctoral research associate position will work closely with Dr. Richard Kiely in the David M. Einhorn Center for Community Engagement and Dr. Anthony Burrow, Director of Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research (BCTR) and Provost Fellow for Public Engagement, and will play a leading role in an exciting new initiative to understand the impacts of community-engaged learning activities at Cornell University. 


Job description: 


The successful candidate will work in a research project that aims to assist Cornell and the broader field of community engagement and public scholarship to understand the impact of community-engaged learning at Cornell. Working in collaboration with an advisory board of leading community engagement scholars, the Einhorn Center for Community Engagement and the Einhorn Collaborative, the postdoctoral associate will play a leading role in the design and implementation of an effort to evaluate the impact on individuals who design and participate in community-engaged learning programs at Cornell University. This research will include the formulation of a theoretical framework for the project, the development of research protocols, the implementation of the research effort, and the analysis of data related to program outcomes. Working with the larger team, the successful applicant will be expected to develop a theory-driven research plan, oversee analysis of existing data, collect new data as needed, conduct data analysis, and disseminate findings in peer-reviewed outlets and conferences, and to share findings with those most affected by the work through presentations and tools for practitioners. The research will inform the design of programs, as well as deepen the understanding of stakeholders and thought leaders interested in how diverse populations of young adults, faculty and community partners are impacted by participation community engagement at Cornell. The position will be based in Ithaca, NY; however, there will be a stipend to allow the postdoc to travel for research purposes. 



•      PhD in social sciences field with expertise in program evaluation 

•      Experience working with diverse groups of people and with the use of inclusive and equitable research practices 

•      A strong and shared cultural fit with the partners’ values, missions, and community 

•      Working knowledge of literature in community-engaged learning/experiential learning, community service and volunteering 

•      Strong background in quantitative and qualitative research methods, including methods of analysis and statistics 

•      Ability and desire to work collaboratively and independently 

•      Willingness to mentor undergraduate students in research 

•      Strong thinking, theorizing, and writing skills required to leading first-author papers 

•      Experience managing complex projects requiring strong time management and communication skills 

•      Enthusiasm to learn (because this project will involve many moving pieces that require working with a team of representatives from multiple organizations, integrating and applying many different research areas, ability to grow surpasses extensive experience in any one of the above areas) 


This is a full-time 12-month academic position with benefits for two years, with the potential for an additional year of support, depending on successful performance, funding, and available work. The desired position start date is August 2022, subject to negotiation. 


Reviews of applications will begin July 29, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. To apply, visit and submit a cover letter detailing your interest in this position, including how this position relates to career plans; curriculum vitae; Statement of Contributions to Diversity; and contact information for three professional references.  


If you have any questions about this position, please contact Dr. Richard Kiely ( 


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Pay Ranges:

The hiring rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria:

  • Prior relevant work or industry experience.
  • Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position.
  • Academic Discipline (faculty pay ranges reflects 9-month annual salary)
  • Unique applicable skills.

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Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research
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Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853