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The Center for Education Innovation and Learning in the Sciences (CEILS) at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) invites applicants for a position of Postdoctoral Scholar, hereafter referred to as JEDI Fellow. This position is a full-time, 24-month appointment, with a start date of 9/1/2023. Salary range is commensurate with experience.

Overview of the Position

The JEDI Fellow will develop, facilitate and assess CEILS programming and initiatives that support Life and Physical Sciences faculty in preparation for teaching equitably and inclusively using evidence-based and antiracist teaching methods. This position will assist with and assess the CEILS Becoming An Antiracist Educator Conversation Series, the SEA Change Initiative and assist in the development of the CEILS JEDI in Teaching certification program.

Responsibilities JEDI

  • Assist CEILS Directors in evaluating the impact of CEILS JEDI initiatives (e.g., antiracism workshops), identifying areas of strengths and improvement.
  • Assist with scheduling JEDI workshops, participant tracking, organization of workshop materials, and maintaining up-to-date resources and content.
  • Collaborate with a team of instructors that includes CEILS Directors to develop online curricula for equity and antiracism training through different media
  • Assist with departmental engagement in the SEA Change Initiative (STEM Equity Achievement), joining the SEA Change Leadership Team to collaborate with Life and Physical Sciences departmental leadership (faculty, staff and students) to identify and make meaning of equity gaps using equity-minded approach

Responsibilities SEA Change Initiative

Discipline-based education research (DBER) postdoctoral fellows will help support the SEA Change Leadership Team (CLT) by leading assessment projects with departments who have requested interest in examining the course level data that indicates there are differences in student outcomes between students who are underrepresented in STEM and those who are not. These disparity gaps are visualized using a dashboard shared with the department leadership. The
DBER fellow works with the CLT to facilitate conversations with departmental leadership using an equity-minded (not deficit-minded) approach, to make sense out of the data and generate hypotheses. The DBER fellow will create protocols and interventions (e.g. interviews, focus groups) to collect any additional qualitative and quantitative data to test hypotheses, and collaborate with the departments and CTL to share data and formulate next steps in the iterative process with the goal of decreasing equity gaps.

JEDI initiatives and programs implement inclusive and evidence-based strategies. Therefore formative assessment along with program evaluations are key components to advocate for institutional change in pedagogical practices, which will be a primary focus of this position.

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