Lead Researcher

University Of Wisconsin Madison Madison , WI 53706

Posted 2 weeks ago

The Discussion Project is an existing program in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison that was developed through an intensive design research process. The primary purpose of The Discussion Project is to teach higher education instructors (faculty, academic teaching staff, and graduate student teaching assistants) how to create and facilitate high-quality discussions in undergraduate and graduate courses. The Discussion Project has received funding from the Mellon Foundation for a two-year study to rigorously investigate the effects of the program on instructors and their students at both UW-Madison and at other institutes of higher education, including one HBCU (historically Black college or university) and one HSI (Hispanic-serving institution). The Lead Researcher will be a Co-P.I. with Professor Diana Hess. A program director will be responsible for organizing and leading the professional development workshop.

Position Duties:

List of Duties

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Ph.D in Education, Social Sciences, or related field.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

  • Experience working on a large mixed methods study in education or social sciences.

  • Experience designing qualitative and quantitative instruments and protocols.

  • Experience collecting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data.

  • Experience with developing and writing research articles.

  • Experience conducting research interviews.

  • Knowledge of the effects of teaching discussion in higher education is a plus.

Additional Information:

The candidate will join The Discussion Project, which has just received a grant to fund a two-year mixed methods study on the effects of teaching discussion in higher education. This position serves as the project co-principal investigator.

The salary for this position is negotiable depending on the candidate's qualifications and years of experience.

For more information on the details of the study, please contact Carrie Welsh at cawelsh@wisc.edu



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:




ANNUAL (12 months)

Instructions to Applicants:

To apply for this position, please upload a cover letter addressed to Professor Diana Hess, a current CV or resume, and a document with the names and contact information of three professional references.

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