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Dr. Emily Phillips Galloway (Vanderbilt University) is seeking a post-doctoral fellow for the coming academic year to collaborate on various projects in the area of multilingual literacy and language development. This position will also afford the fellow the opportunity to gain experience teaching within the English Language program in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Vanderbilt University.

Teaching and Learning

This post-doctoral position would primarily support Project TRANSLATE (Teaching Reading And New Strategic Language Approaches To Emergent bilinguals), which is a Spencer Foundation-Funded project that will evaluate a comprehensive translanguaging instructional approach that provides teachers with the means to access all of the language of their students learning English. In TRANSLATE, students are taught to identify key excerpts from language arts texts and to use selected cognitive, linguistic, and social strategies to facilitate translation and comprehension of that text. While the TRANSLATE project study will employ a mixed methods design, the post-doctoral fellow will primarily work collaboratively with the TRANSLATE research team to design qualitative data collection protocols to capture aspects of teacher and student learning about translanguaging in participating classrooms. Preference will therefore be given to candidates with experience collecting qualitative data in classroom settings. In addition to the support of project TRANSLATE, this post-doctoral position will also support an IES-funded project that aims to measure academic language development in multilingual youth. A candidate with experience researching multilingual language development, bi/multiliteracies, critical language awareness, academic language/literacies or translanguaging will receive preference. 

This post-doctoral fellow will also teach one course per semester in the Department of Teaching in Learning at Vanderbilt University. These courses broadly focus on English learning and multilingual development and will aim to develop linguistically just and anti-racist educators. Candidates with prior experience teaching at the university-level are encouraged to apply, as well as those who have an interest in developing excellence in teaching. 

The fellow's professional development will be supported through on-going mentoring from Dr. Emily Phillips and Dr. Robert Jiménez of Vanderbilt University, opportunities to attend conferences, and to participate in our active research group. In addition, the fellow will have the chance to participate in Vanderbilt's vibrant post-doctoral community and in the Department of Teaching and Learning.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest that details qualifications for the position, including prior research in bilingual/multilingual settings, and in university teaching. Letters should also address the candidate's near-term professional goals. In addition, candidates should provide a CV and the names and contact information for three referees. Candidates should have an earned doctorate by August of 2021. This information should be emailed to 

Any questions about the position can be directed to Dr. Emily Phillips Galloway (

Emily Phillips-Galloway
: (615) 322-6465
2021-03-29 19:40:27

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