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Postdoctoral Fellow - Developing Mathematical Inquiry Communities (A316-17CA)

Institute of Education, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

We are seeking a postdoctoral fellow who will be a contributing team member in the Developing Mathematical Inquiry Communities (DMIC) project. Our ideal candidate will have or be about to complete a PhD in Education or a related discipline.
You will be keen to publish our DMIC research collaboratively with other members of the team.
Enquiries about this position should be addressed to the project leaders Associate Professor Bobbie Hunter (R.Hunter@massey.ac.nz) and Dr Jodie Hunter (j.hunter1@massey.ac.nz).

Location:Albany
Term:Fixed Term of 3 Years
Grade:Postdoctoral Fellow
Salary:$68,945 - $83,228 pa
Applications close:11:45 p.m. on 23 October 2017

Position overview

We are seeking a suitable candidate for a postdoctoral fellow position who will be a contributing team member in the Developing Mathematical Inquiry Communities (DMIC) project.

The essence of this project is a model of ambitious mathematics teaching founded in equity and social justice, which incorporates an advanced form of complex instruction. The focus has been on developing teacher expertise, culturally responsive learning, pedagogical leadership, what it takes to develop in-class mentoring expertise, and conditions for sustainability and ongoing improvement. This approach drives the kind of productive collaboration that is critical for accelerated achievement in mathematics’ classrooms and in communities of learning.

The DMIC programme was initially developed more than fifteen years ago through collaboration with teachers in schools in high poverty urban areas in Auckland with predominantly Māori and Pāsifika students. Subsequently, a gradual roll out of schools involved in DMIC has resulted in the current involvement of 52 schools. Altogether, approximately 950 teachers are formally included in the project although throughout New Zealand many other schools have informally joined. The successful candidate will need to engage with the extensive data gathered over the past years as well as collaborate in establishing new research foci around this programme.

Our ideal candidate will have or be about to complete a PhD in Education or a related discipline.
You will be keen to publish our DMIC research collaboratively with other members of the team.

The salary will depend on experience - appointment will be for a term of three years.
When submitting your application, you need to include a full CV, cover letter and the names of at least three refereees. Enquiries about this position should be addressed to the project leaders Associate Professor Bobbie Hunter (R.Hunter@massey.ac.nz) and Dr Jodie Hunter (j.hunter1@massey.ac.nz).

Job description

Purpose statement

The Postdoctoral position is dedicated to the Professional Learning and Development research programme and specifically to a project on Developing Mathematical Inquiry Communities.
The roles and responsibilities of the Fellowship relate to the project objectives.

Responsible to

Dr Jodie Hunter

Key accountabilities

  1. Undertake research on the project “Developing Mathematical Inquiry Communities”.
  2. Author and co-author papers for publication.
  3. Undertake any other duties as specified by the Project Leaders.
  4. Co-supervise and mentor research students.
  5. Maintain accurate and tidy research records.
  6. Ensuring that research is of a high ethical standard according to the Principles of Research Integrity detailed in the Massey University Code of Responsible Research Conduct.
  7. Participate fully in the academic activities of the Institute.
  8. Provide a written report to the Project Leaders on the research progress to date and plans for further study every six months, from the commencement of the position.
  9. Devote full time to University duties.
  10. Ensure safety of self and others, including compliance with health and safety requirements relevant to the location involved.
  11. Maintain confidentiality both during and after the employment as Fellow.

Person specification

Qualifications

Applicants should have or be about to complete a PhD in Education or a related discipline.

Experience

• Experience of research in education or similar field of study
• A proven record of producing research to a high publication standard as evidenced by publications in the scholarly literature.
• Experience contributing to postgraduate student supervision
• An understanding of mixed methods approaches to research
• Possession of the technical skills and expertise required to analyse quantitative and qualitative data

Personal attributes and behaviours

• Takes responsibility for effective and timely completion of own work.
• Ability to effectively communicate research in written and oral form.
• Works co-operatively with other team members to meet collective goals and performance milestones
• Behaves in a fair, honest, consistent and ethical manner
• A strong background in classroom situations or an equivalent educational environment
• A high degree of skill and experience using the Microsoft office suite of products
• Has demonstrated cultural awareness and commitment

 

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