Designing Culturally sensitive Affirming STEAM Learning Experiences through Healthy Food


Job description:

We seek a full-time, 1.5 -year postdoctoral researcher to help lead a longitudinal study of elementary school youth (1st-5th grade) to understand local STEAM participation patterns in in-school courses and afterschool clubs. The postdoc will lead the data collection and analysis for an NSF-funded Phase II project, where we focus on developing culturally sensitive affirming STEAM learning ecosystems in Silicon Valley. The postdoc will focus on developing and researching both the impact of culturally sensitive material and the use of gamification features created by the research team, with the goal of creating inclusive programming and environments that are welcoming to girls of color, immigrants, and in particular, Latinos‘ engagement in their children’s STEM interest development.

Roles and responsibilities for the postdoc include:

Leading a mix-method data collection strategy including, but not limited to: site observations, interviews with youth, parents, and other community stakeholders (organizations, mentors, program leaders), design workshops with parents and organizations, and student participation and log data from the online learning system; contributing to team conversations regarding the design and analysis of the project’s research questions; helping to develop a framework of learning support roles; creating a framework for developing culturally-affirming STEM environments; communicating findings via written academic articles; writing short blog entries; presenting internally to the Chef Koochooloo team, and at local, national and international conferences.


Applicants should have an earned doctorate in learning sciences, sociology, information sciences, or a related area of research; evidence of both strong qualitative and quantitative analysis skills; strong written and verbal communication skills; background/understanding of technology systems; experience with the IRB process and IRB certification (or willing to become certified); interest in education and learning technologies.