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Postdoc Opportunity in Professional Development and Postdoctoral Affairs – Boston University

Posted by on Thursday, November 18, 2021 in Job Opportunities .

Professional Development and Postdoctoral Affairs (PDPA) at Boston University invites applicants for a postdoctoral associate to support PhD Progression, a micro-credentialing professional development curriculum for doctoral students at Boston University. The postdoc will assist the PDPA team in developing, organizing, implementing, and assessing a doctoral professional development curriculum tied to a digital-badging and tracking system, on the Badgr Pro Pathways platform. This program enables BU doctoral students to earn microcredentials as markers of their acquisition of core professional skills, monitor their progress through various learning pathways, share benchmarks in their individual development plans, develop a practice of career planning and lifelong learning. We will also be piloting the use of three EMSI tools in the expansion of this program in 2022.

The successful applicant will work with PDPA and other stakeholders at BU, as well as our partners at Badgr and EMSI. They will develop relationships locally at Boston University with PDPA, Digital Learning & Innovation, current doctoral students, and relevant departments and programs to help facilitate and implement a robust and coherent professional development curriculum for PhD students. The postdoc’s primary responsibilities will be to:

  • Collaborate with PDPA team to develop, implement, research, and evaluate the doctoral professional development curriculum and online learning pathways

  • Co-facilitate in-person/virtual groups for doctoral students enrolled in the program

  • Assist in organizing curriculum content, evaluating and tracking student progress, and issuing badges

  • Lead the program evaluation work and contribute to research on the program, including producing scholarship related to the program

  • Collaborate with campus stakeholders to build supportive partnerships for the project

  • Provide logistical and administrative support for pilot

These activities will provide valuable experience for the Postdoctoral Associate in learning design, program development, program evaluation and research. This training position is ideal for those interested in careers within academic administration, learning design, career development, or at university centers for teaching and learning. The successful candidate will be co-supervised by the Assistant Provost for Professional Development & Postdoctoral Affairs and the Assistant Director for PhD Student Professional Development.

This is a full-time, benefits-eligible appointment for one year with an anticipated start date of February 1, 2022. To apply, please send a cover letter describing your background, qualifications, future goals, and why you believe you would be a strong fit for the position to the PDPA team at gradpd@bu.edu. Please be prepared to provide three references and a writing sample. Application materials will be considered on a rolling basis, but for full consideration, all materials must be received by December 17, 2021.

Applicants should have completed a PhD before starting the position, and have a strong interest in academic administration, academic and/or professional development programming, and program evaluation. The ideal candidate will have experience with curriculum design, qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and/or program evaluation. Candidates must have experience using both the NVivo and Blackboard softwares. Preference will also be given to candidates who are also familiar with learning design tools like Articulate 360. Candidates with a demonstrated publication record, involvement in professional development or teaching-related projects, program evaluation are preferred. The individual should be able to work proactively and independently and must be comfortable managing competing project activities, deadlines, and deliverables. They also must possess strong communication skills, be familiar and facile with online collaboration, able to work collaboratively across remote teams. The candidate should have an interest in working across disciplines and be able to collaborate with colleagues across a range of academic fields.

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