Job Openings

Director of Professional Learning

Position currently on hold

The Director of Professional Learning is a senior administrator in the Jacobs Institute, overseeing all aspects of Professional Learning services, including but not limited to, direction of our new Certificate in Educational Innovation program, EDInnovateLive (our annual conference), workshops and other professional learning programs and events. This is an exciting ground-floor opportunity to spearhead our new Professional Learning services in partnership with the Executive Director. We are seeking candidates that are agile, have an innovator and entrepreneurial mindset, a learner-centered focus, and an emphasis on team and partnership development with a background in building and scaling online and blended programs in higher education.

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Postdoctoral Research Associate/Project Manager

The Postdoctoral Research Associate (Project Manager) will work on the three-year collaborative project “VisMO” funded by the National Science Foundation on visuospatial skill development and mathematical learning, led by Dr. Yaoran Li (JI, School of Leadership and Education Sciences), Dr. Perla Myers (Mathematics Department, College of Arts and Sciences), and Dr. Vitaliy Popov (JI, School of Leadership and Education Sciences) of the University of San Diego and Dr. David Geary (Department of Psychology) of the University of Missouri (see, for more information). The successful candidate will join a productive interdisciplinary team of scientists, educators, and artists from multiple organizations to develop a first-of-its-kind educational program and curriculum to foster elementary school children’s visuospatial skills development using origami. Collaborating with local schools and informal learning organizations, project VisMO consists of design-based research and a rigorous experimental study to explore effective teaching and learning strategies as well as examine the causal link between children’s visuospatial skills development and their longitudinal gains in mathematical competencies. This project has a focus on English Language Learners (ELLs), so we specifically welcome researchers who have the expertise and/or are interested in this student population to apply.
The initial appointment will be of one year, with the possibility of renewal based on performance and funding. The position is open until filled. Supervision received from Dr. Yaoran Li. This position supervises research assistants, as assigned. 

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