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Application Window

Open date: May 9th, 2022

Next review date: Friday, Jun 10, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, Oct 31, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

Applicants are invited to apply for a full-time postdoctoral position in the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine to support a research-practice partnership project focused on teacher adaptive professional development (PD) in elementary mathematics.

This is a full-time postdoctoral researcher position funded by the WT Grant Foundation, Reducing Inequalities program (PI: Rossella Santagata; Co-PI: Adriana Villavicencio). The study “Reducing Inequalities in Opportunities to Learn Mathematics through Adaptive Teacher Professional Development” will examine how different elementary school sites design and enact an adaptive PD model that integrates Cognitively Guided Instruction and asset-based, culturally responsive teaching to improve the mathematics learning opportunities of their Latinx students. The project will also examine the tensions and system-level barriers that characterize the work of the research-practice partnership and the Design-Based Implementation Research (DBIR) process, as well as how adaptive PD supports teacher learning and the mathematics learning opportunities of their Latinx students.

Position start date is flexible between July 1, 2022 and January 2023, with the exact start date contingent on the availability of the applicant. This is a 1-year position with possibility of renewal for additional 1-2 years.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• Coordinate research project implementation at two school sites, including scheduling meetings, maintaining communication between UCI, Orange County Department of Education, and schools and district office; designing data collection protocols; managing and organizing qualitative and quantitative data; and overseeing and contributing to data collection and analyses.
• Oversee a team of graduate students and undergraduate students working on the project.
• Assist with report writing and other written communications to the district and the public, including maintaining a project website.
• Support teachers and school leaders at the school sites through classroom coaching and staff PD meetings
• Collaborate with project PIs, graduate student researchers, and project partners on conference presentations and manuscript writing.

Minimum qualifications:
● Ph.D in elementary mathematics education or a closely related field by start date of position
Preferable qualifications:
• Expertise in Mathematics Common Core Standards and Cognitively Guided Instruction
• Teaching experience at the elementary school level
• Expertise in asset-based, culturally relevant pedagogy
• Experience conducting research on mathematics teaching and learning
• Experience working or conducting research with multi-lingual learners, specifically Spanish-speaking students
• Fluency in spoken Spanish
• Experience conducting research in partnership with schools and districts
• Expertise in design-based implementation research, qualitative, and mixed-methods research
• Record of publications in math education or math teacher education
• Experience leading teams of university students in research tasks
• Experience leading teacher PD and/or supporting teacher instructional improvement

To Apply: Applications should be submitted online at

Please include: (a) a cover letter explaining your relevant background, interest in this project, and your career goals following postdoctoral work, (b) CV, (c) one page summary of your doctoral dissertation, (d) 1-3 writing samples, and (e) names and contact information of three references (letters will be solicited only for finalists)


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D in elementary mathematics education or a closely related field by start date of position

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - Please provide a cover letter explaining your relevant background, interest in this project, and your career goals following postdoctoral work.

  • One Page Summary of Your Doctoral Dissertation

  • One to Three Writing Samples

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
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Campus Information

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

Job location

Irvine, CA