Duke University, Sanford School of Public Policy - NRR

Position ID:Duke-SSPP-NRR-CCFPRS [#23991, 1826]
Position Title: Research Scientist
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Public Policy
Appl Deadline:2023/02/15 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2022/12/12, listed until 2023/02/15)
Position Description:    

Duke University
Sanford School of Public Policy
Center for Child and Family Policy
Research Scientist

Occupational Summary

The mission of the Center for Child and Family Policy is to contribute to solutions to important problems affecting today’s children and families, through an integrated system of scientific research, debate and dissemination, public service, and teaching. The Center emphasizes the bridge from research to policy and practice.

The Center for Child and Family Policy has received funding from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) for an efficacy trial of a teacher professional development program in elementary schools in North Carolina and for a development project to create an online version of the teacher PD program for national dissemination.

This comprehensive teacher PD program provides English as a second language (ESL) and classroom teachers with a framework for collaboration, skills for implementing high-impact instructional strategies, and approaches for incorporating families’ cultural wealth into the classroom. The PD program is based on research supporting teacher PD and includes the Teacher Workshops, ongoing implementation coaching, and weekly collaboration sessions between the ESL and classroom teachers. The new project is focused on creating an online PD program with micro-credentials. Please see this short video about the project on YouTube: https://tinyurl.com/ELstudyDuke.

Position Description

The Duke Center for Child & Family Policy is seeking a researcher with expertise in online learning, culturally responsive teaching, early literacy development, and multilingual learners to contribute to design, implementation, and evaluation of an online teacher professional development program.

This Research Scientist position will serve as part of a multi-disciplinary team with opportunities for conducting data analyses and writing papers on cultural wealth/culturally responsive teaching among other topics. The ideal candidate will combine an expertise in equity-related education with a background in teaching, teacher education, curriculum development, early literacy, qualitative and quantitative data analysis, and online learning. The position is full-time but could be part-time depending on the needs of the Research Scientist. This is a two-year, grant-funded position contingent on grant funding.

Work Performed

 A detailed description of functional areas and tasks follows:
• Support the design and delivery of online teacher professional development modules on integrating students’ cultural wealth into literacy instruction in the early elementary grades.

 • Conduct focus groups with school administrators, teachers, and parents to support the development of the online teacher professional learning program.

 • Lead data management for survey data, student assessments, and interviews and focus groups.

• Analyze qualitative and quantitative data; create tables, graphs, and charts; contribute to the development of manuscripts for publication, funder reports, school district reports, and policy briefs.

 • Provide instructional design expertise for the development of online learning modules for teacher professional development, especially related to cultural wealth in the classroom.

• Support field staff in collecting classroom observation data and student assessments in English and Spanish.

 • Lead/participate in research team meetings, provide organization support including developing meeting agendas, task assignments, and work plans.

Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein. The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification.


 Position requires a PhD in a field related to education, curriculum and development, child psychology/child development, education policy/equity, or educational psychology.

 • Spanish/English bilingual preferred. Expertise in cultural wealth/culturally responsive teaching, ESL instruction, early literacy, teacher micro-credentials, and teacher collaboration preferred.

In addition, the successful candidate will possess the following qualities/attributes:
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
• Strong skills as a trainer/presenter
• Knowledge of educational and/or early education systems
• Experience with both qualitative and quantitative data analysis
• Experience in public education
• Ability to work well with diverse teams
• Experience with English as Second Language (ESL) preferred

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
Sanford School of Public Policy
201 Science Drive
Durham, N.C. 27708