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The Nashville Partnership for Educational Equity Research (PEER) invites applications for a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Educational Partnership Research. The postdoctoral fellowship is a training opportunity aimed at building research design, analysis, and implementation skills with a focus on addressing barriers to equitable educational opportunities and outcomes. The centerpiece of the fellowship is the opportunity for sustained participation in a research-practice partnership to inform education practice and policy in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools.

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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Educational Partnership Research

The Nashville Partnership for Educational Equity Research (PEER) invites applications for a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Educational Partnership Research. The postdoctoral fellowship is a training opportunity aimed at building research design, analysis, and implementation skills with a focus on addressing barriers to equitable educational opportunities and outcomes. The centerpiece of the fellowship is the opportunity for sustained participation in a research-practice partnership to inform education practice and policy in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools.


About PEER

The Nashville Partnership for Educational Equity Research is a new research- practice partnership between the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) and Peabody College at Vanderbilt University. While the partnership officially launched in the fall of 2021, it is grounded in a rich history of collaboration between MNPS and Peabody researchers, and a commitment to centering equity as a focus and way of working. 


MNPS has small team of trained researchers and evaluators, a wealth of data, and a deep bench of educators who are intimately familiar with the challenges of inequity in our city. Faculty at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of Education are recognized for their cutting-edge research in educational policy and practice, including community-engaged, equity focused research. Together, we bring a deep commitment to addressing educational inequity and a conviction that our diversity of experience and perspective is a core strength. In a sign of our joint investment in this partnership, both institutions have dedicated substantial resources to build and grow this partnership.

PEER’s initial research priority areas focus on:
• Understanding and dismantling barriers to equitable access to high quality instruction
• Designing data practices and systems to align resources to student needs
• Designing systems and practices to foster strong student-adult relationships

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to play a leadership role in pursuing research within these broadly defined areas.


About the Fellowship


Potential candidates for the postdoctoral program are Ph.D graduates with an interest in becoming independent researchers who focus on education practice and policy in academic or professional research organizations.

PEER aims to recruit candidates with a strong background in quantitative methods whose past research or areas of study have focused on issues in educational practice and policy. We welcome applicants from the field of education as well as other social science fields.

Postdoctoral scholars will have opportunities to work with and conduct rigorous, mixed-methods research through access to well-developed, district level data systems. This work will occur in a highly collaborative environment with multiple researchers, doctoral students, faculty members, and MNPS partners. The fellowship will provide numerous opportunities for postdoctoral scholars not only to develop as independent researchers, but also to learn to participate effectively in research teams and build connections with researchers, practitioners, and policy makers – and to help shape education policy and practice in Nashville. Postdoctoral scholars will be encouraged and mentored to develop a research agenda that leads to published products for academic, policy, and practice audiences.

Review of applications will begin in March 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. The fellowship will begin in summer 2022, and fellows are required to relocate to Nashville, Tennessee.

Applicants should submit: a cover letter addressing their qualifications, interest, and fit with the description of the position; curriculum vitae; 1-2 writing samples; and the names and contact information of three academic references.

Interested applicants can contact Dr. Marcy Singer-Gabella, Professor of Education and Faculty Director of the Partnership for Educational Equity Research, at m.singer-gabella@vanderbilt.edu for more information.

Vanderbilt University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We strongly encourage applications from all qualified candidates, without regard to race/color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

Marcy Singer-Gabella
: m.singer-gabella@vanderbilt.edu
: (615) 972-0848
2022-02-14 14:38:16

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