Post-Doctoral Researcher Position (Center for the Transformation of Schools)


Job Summary

The Center for the Transformation of Schools (CTS) at UCLA serves as a thought partner and critical source of support for schools, districts and county offices of education across the country in fulfilling their mission of ensuring that all children receive the education they deserve. CTS’ research and tools helps school systems, government leaders and community members reimagine the ways in which they can raise academic achievement by getting students more motivated and involved in learning, building on their strengths and the cultural resources of their families, and using education as a means to break cycles of poverty.  CTS, along with Orange and Butte counties, has launched a state pilot aimed at reducing suspensions through a training curriculum based on a multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) model. MTSS is an approach being utilized in school districts throughout the country and in California that addresses learning and behavioral needs through a variety of non-punitive, educational interventions.

The CTS Post-Doc will conduct research on the quality of the statewide training and the impact of the training on district practices, student motivation, school suspension rates, referrals, and learning outcomes. Incumbent will also conduct school district and county-wide case studies to capture the implementation process for individual educators and school systems inside and outside of the network. Additionally, the Post-Doc will help the Project Director develop a set of recommendations for the evaluation report and case studies to be presented to the State Legislature, Governor, and State Board of Education. Other responsibilities include supporting the development of the pilot program and curriculum.

Applications are due by November 1, 2018. To apply, email a cover letter and CV to Nancy Giang, CTS Program Manager, at giang@gseis.ucla.edu.

Desired Experience & Expertise

Candidates should have deep experience working in schools and with a variety of education and community stakeholders and a strong professional track record with the following characteristics:

  • Expertise in school discipline issues, critical race theory and the school-to-prison pipeline
  • Expertise in the academic, social and emotional development of children from diverse backgrounds
  • Familiarity with large and district level data systems
  • Ability to conduct literature reviews and synthesize research findings for a lay audience
  • Strong quantitative training and comfort with programs like Sass, State and SPSS
  • Experience writing summary reports for policy and education audiences
  • Collaborative work style
  • Ability to work independently but in strong coordination with colleagues