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We’re hiring a Post-doc!

The research fellow will work with Sara Rimm-Kaufman as their primary mentor and will develop a line of research that involves collaboration with one or more secondary mentors. Potential secondary mentors include: Catherine Bradshaw, Julie Cohen, Jason Downer, Bridget Hamre, Amanda Kibler, Jennifer LoCasale-Crouch, Tish Jennings, Natalia Palacios, Jessica Whittaker, Vivian Wong. The incumbents become part of a network of post-doctoral trainees at the Curry School of Education and research centers including, the Center for the Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL), the Center on Educational Policy and Workforce Competitiveness (EdPolicyWorks), and Youth-Nex. The Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning in the University of Virginia in the Curry School of Education seeks highly qualified applicants for two 2-year post-doctoral research associate positions. The positions are part of the VEST Postdoctoral Program, an interdisciplinary program designed to prepare research associates to engage in rigorous research in education science. We seek applicants whose experiences and/or prior research motivates them to engage in research on inequities in education that stem from poverty, racial inequity or other emergent demographic realities in U.S. schools. Incumbents participate in research on projects examining: efficacy of programs and practices designed to improve social and emotional learning; quality of early childhood classrooms; effective teachers and teaching; classroom contexts conducive to science and/or math learning; teacher-student relationships and interactions; classroom practices that redress educational inequity; service-learning and/or project-based learning. Research Fellow will engage in partnership experiences with educational practitioners or policymakers.

A Ph.D. in Education, School and Clinical Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Educational Psychology, or a relevant social science discipline is required by the start date of the position. Evidence of substantive knowledge and background in the field of education and/or developmental science is essential. Strong evidence of expertise in quantitative methods is required. Experience with qualitative and mixed methods work is essential. Strong communication and project management skills are required. Applicants with a track record of publication are strongly preferred. U.S. citizenship or permanent residency status is required.

Research fellows are appointed annually and continuation is dependent upon satisfactory performance and funding. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2018 and continue until the positions are filled.

To apply, visit http://jobs.virginia.edu (jobs.virginia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=83295). For questions about the position or application process, please contact Julie Thomas, [email protected]

The Curry School of Education and the University of Virginia welcome applications from women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities, we seek to build a culturally diverse intellectual environment, and are committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity and to the principles of affirmative action in accordance with state and federal laws.

We’re hiring a Research Specialist!

The Center for the Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) in the Curry School of Education seeks highly qualified applicants for a Research Specialist Senior for the Ethical Character in EL Education (ExCEL) Schools project. The incumbent provides project support by assisting the Primary Investigator in coordination of major program operations. This role leads the implementation of a research project focused on a rigorous study of EL Education Schools. Although EL Education is widely used in the U.S., to date, there has been little to no research exploring how EL Education schools cultivate ethical character in their students. This project will be a quasi-experimental study of the efficacy of EL Education to improve ethical character (i.e., social and emotional skills). Both quantitative and qualitative data techniques will be used to explore how students develop ethical behavior in sixth and seventh grade.

Responsibilities include collaborating with the principal investigator (Sara Rimm-Kaufman, UVA) and Co-PI (Lia Sandilos, Temple University) on project design, leading project implementation, coordinating school-based research activities, engaging in data management, and leading data collection efforts. Incumbent serves as the liaison between the on-site research team, project participants, and the developers of EL Education. In addition, the incumbent will assist with preparing project findings for publication and presentation.

A master’s degree in education, social science, psychology, or related field is required as is at least four years’ experience with research related to children and youth, performing data collection in school settings and working directly with school administrators, program directors, and teachers. A terminal degree is preferred and may substitute for experience.

Substantive knowledge in the field of social and emotional learning, ethical character and/or school climate is strongly preferred. Ability to work cooperatively within an interdisciplinary team and to train and direct the work of others is essential. Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills as well as strong organizational skills, and attention to detail and the ability to multitask are imperative. The ability to follow established research procedures and work independently is required. Knowledge of classroom observation systems, and basic qualitative and quantitative analytical skills are preferred. Position requires travel to EL Education schools for between 6 and 14 weeks per year. Knowledge of Microsoft (Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word) and knowledge of statistical software is required.

**Note that this is a restricted position and continuation is dependent upon the availability of funding and satisfactory performance. Funding is currently secured through September 2021**

To apply visit https://jobs.virginia.edu and search for posting #0624190. Complete a Staff Application online, attach a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references.

Questions regarding the application process should be directed to Bethany Case, Academic Recruiter at [email protected]

The Curry School of Education and the University of Virginia welcome applications from women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities; we seek to build a culturally diverse intellectual environment. We are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employers.


Students working in our lab are enrolled in Educational Psychology: Applied Developmental Science degree programs at the Curry School of Education.

For more information on a M.Ed. in Educational Psychology: Applied Developmental Science, please visit:

For more information on a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology: Applied Developmental Science, please visit: http://curry.virginia.edu/academics/degrees/doctor-of-philosophy/ph.d.-in-educational-psychology-applied-developmental-science

The Social Development Lab also periodically hires research assistants and post-doctoral trainees. If interested, please contact [email protected] to learn about current opportunities.