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Postdoctoral STEM Education Researcher

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: College of Science & Engineering

Position Title Postdoctoral STEM Education Researcher
About the University Western Washington University, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 90,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department

The College of Science and Engineering and the Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education (SMATE) Program support Western's mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.

The department and college are committed to creating equitable and inclusive learning and working environments for their students, faculty and staff.  A number of faculty-led initiatives and committees focus on diversity and inclusivity in the classroom and beyond. The college’s STEM Inclusion & Outreach Specialist, who also teaches in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, maintains partnerships with faculty and inclusion programs locally and nationally that are devoted to recruitment and advancement of underrepresented students in STEM.  New faculty are supported by mentoring both within the department and through university-wide initiatives, and individual faculty involvement in the Faculty Success Program has recently been supported by our department. Student clubs such as SACNAS, Physicists for Inclusion in STEM (PhIS), and Out in Science are also vital to advancing inclusion within the college.

SMATE is an interdisciplinary Science Education Center striving towards the best in science teaching education. Our mission and values guide us to improving teaching and learning through the lens of equity, inclusion and STEM literacy for all. For more information about the SMATE Department please visit our website

About the Position The SMATE department at Western Washington University is looking for an individual with the knowledge and skills to assist us in our research and evaluation work in undergraduate STEM education, science teacher preparation, and K-12 STEM teaching and learning. Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Developing, evaluating, and selecting data collection instruments;
  • Collecting data through surveys, interviews, documentation reviews, and observations;
  • Analyzing and interpreting qualitative and quantitative data; and
  • Summarizing and presenting findings in reports, journal articles, and conference presentations.
  • Contribute to the department’s mission to support and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion among all students.

This position is funded by a grant and funding is anticipated for the next five years, with potential for additional renewed funding.  

Required Qualifications
  • Ph.D. or ABD in educational research and evaluation, science or STEM education, or related field.
  • Demonstrated ability to carefully and critically examine qualitative and quantitative data to find patterns and themes, including experience with conducting qualitative analyses (thematic analyses of open-ended responses from surveys and interviews) and quantitative analyses (descriptive and inferential statistics).
  • Experience with conducting literature reviews, interviews, and observations.
  • Demonstrated commitment to cultivating equitable and inclusive learning and working environments for students, faculty and staff.
  • Experience with Excel spreadsheets and statistical analyses software (e.g., SPSS).
  • Demonstrated ability to clearly convey ideas orally and in writing.
  • Able to work independently on multiple projects and tasks.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience conducting statistical analyses using regression models, HLM, etc.
  • Experience developing and testing data collection instruments for validity and reliability.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the main elements of effective science instruction in K-12 and/or higher education settings.
Special Conditions All employees must comply with our Immunization policies, including COVID vaccination by time of hire and Proof of Rubeola Measles Immunity within 60-days of hire. Please reach out to if you need information regarding medical or religious exemption and applicable accommodations.
Salary Starting salary for this position is $62,000/year, including an excellent benefits package
Bargaining Unit This position is covered by the collective bargaining agreement with United Faculty of Western Washington University
Application Instructions

A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.

Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.

Closing Date Notes Application review begins November 19, 2021. Position is open until filled.

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report: This report is provided pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act ("The Clery Act"). It includes statistics for the previous three calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on Western's campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Western; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report in printed or alternate formats by contacting the Office of the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services at The report can be found at: Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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