SEPN Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
College of Education
DESCRIPTION: The College of Education, University of Saskatchewan, Canada, is seeking applicants for a one or two-year postdoctoral fellow to join a national study on sustainability in educational policy and practice in early childhood to grade 12 education (EC-12) and post-secondary education (PSE) in Canada. This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience working with an active, vibrant group of researchers, community-based organizations, and graduate students committed to furthering environmental sustainability through education.
PROJECT: The Sustainability and Education Policy Network (SEPN) is a six-year SSHRC Partnership Grant study researching sustainability in education policy and practice in Canada (EC-12 and PSE). SEPN is led by Dr. Marcia McKenzie and housed in the Sustainability Education Research Institute (SERI) at the University of Saskatchewan, a research centre with the overarching goal of furthering research and action on land, place, environment, and sustainability in relation to educational research, policy, and practice.
The postdoctoral fellow will take a lead role in coordinating data collection and analyses for site analyses to be conducted across Canada in years 3 and 4 (2014-2016) of the SEPN project. The site analyses will examine existing place and community practices as they inform understandings of the impact and gaps of sustainability policy in education in multiple sectors. Six site analyses are expected to be undertaken at each of the EC-12 and PSE levels with the goal of obtaining a deeper understanding of sustainability policy and practice in Canadian formal education.
DUTIES: The postdoctoral fellow will take a lead role in developing and coordinating the site analyses research; assisting in the coordination and daily operation of a large research project and national sustainability education research network, including overseeing the research activities of Master’s and PhD students, collaborators, and partners; developing relationships at different sites to facilitate data collection; participating in various research activities and meetings; offering conceptual contributions to the study framing and analysis; presenting in various forums on the project; and preparing manuscripts for publication.
QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum qualifications include a PhD or EdD with a background in Education, Policy Studies, Sociology, and/or related areas in the Social Sciences. Applicants should have a strong knowledge of theoretical and empirical research in the fields of social theory, cultural geography, and/or related fields, and be able to engage in conceptual analyses of the data. Applicants should also have expertise in qualitative data collection and analyses methods, and ideally experience with community-based research. The ability to take direction, work independently, and collaborate effectively; strong written and oral communication skills; as well as a proven publication record are also required.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Knowledge of the research literature in critical education policy studies is preferred, as is experience with quantitative research methods, and a demonstrated ability to work in a multidisciplinary research team. Knowledge of research on sustainability and environment in relation to the fields of environmental education, sustainability in higher education, or related areas is also preferred, as is an established personal and professional commitment to addressing environmental and sustainability issues.
CONDITIONS: This term position is expected to commence May 1, 2014 or September 1, 2014 for either a one or two year term. The fellow will be based at the University of Saskatchewan, with a salary of $35,000 - 48,000/year plus benefits, depending on level of experience. The continuation of appointment is dependent upon satisfactory performance.
CLOSE DATE: Applications accepted until position is successfully filled. Only candidates that are interviewed will be notified.
HOW TO APPLY: Please send a cover letter stating how your background and qualifications match the position; full curriculum vitae (CV) detailing your education, awards, publications, research experience, and grant management experience; and a writing sample to:
c/o Nicola Chopin
SEPN Project Manager
College of Education
University of Saskatchewan
28 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, SK S7N 0X1 Canada