Postdoctoral Scholar


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Job #JPF09285
  • VP OF TEACHING & LEARNING / UCLA Teaching and Learning / UCLA


Position title: Postdoctoral Scholar
Salary range: The posted UC salary scales (https://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/compensation/index.html) set the minimum pay determined by the experience level at time of hire. See Table 23: Postdoctoral Scholar-Employee, Postdoctoral Scholar-Fellow, Postdoctoral Scholar-Paid Direct, Fiscal Year. The salary range for this position is $64,480/yr (Level 0) to $77,327/yr (Level 5).


Open date: April 1, 2024

Next review date: Wednesday, May 1, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Wednesday, May 1, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date.


Holistic Evaluation of Teaching (HET) Research & Support Postdoctoral Scholar at the UCLA Teaching and Learning Center

The Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) invites applicants for a position of Postdoctoral Scholar to support the Holistic Evaluation of Teaching (HET) Initiative. The position, hereafter referred to as HET Research and Support Postdoctoral Scholar, is a full-time, 24-month appointment, with a start date of September 1, 2024. Salary range is commensurate with experience and with University benefits. This appointment is 2 years with the possibility of an extension.

Overview of the Position
The HET Initiative at UCLA is a campus-wide effort to transform the way instructors are recognized and rewarded for their teaching. HET builds department capacity for meaningful teaching evaluation and supports changes in existing materials and processes at the level of instructors, departments, administrative units, the Academic Senate, and the UC system. The HET Research and Support Postdoctoral Scholar is primarily responsible for conducting program evaluation and research that inform the improvement of the HET initiative and disseminating findings. Additional responsibilities may include assisting with program implementation and improvement. This position will be co-supervised by the Program Director for the Holistic Evaluation of Teaching Initiative and the Special Assistant to the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning for the Holistic Evaluation of Teaching Initiative. Opportunities to participate in professional development and mentoring activities will be coordinated by the postdoctoral scholar’s supervisors throughout the appointment.

HET Evaluation and Research
  • Assist HET leadership to design program evaluation and research, including study plans, timelines, and data collection instruments (e.g., surveys, interview protocols, rubrics for document review)
  • Conduct and write up relevant scholarly literature reviews
  • Secure and maintain study approval from UCLA’s Institutional Review Board (IRB)
  • Recruit and consent study participants
  • Collect and analyze qualitative data (interviews, documents) and quantitative data (surveys)
  • Write up and disseminate findings to a range of campus stakeholders
  • May present at professional conferences and support the development of peer-reviewed publications related to the HET program evaluation/research study
HET Implementation and Improvement
  • Assist with the development, monitoring, and improvement of materials and processes that support the HET Initiative, including the resources and support structure provided to departments engaged with HET
  • Assist with the creation of materials to describe and promote HET to a range of audiences (e.g., website content, presentations)
  • Engage with TLC staff to create materials to describe and promote participation in the HET initiative, communicating relevant news, resources, and events via TLC website, newsletter and/or listserv, and social media platforms
  • Assist with the day-to-day logistics of the Initiative, in coordination with HET leadership and the Program Manager
  • Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as assigned and approved by the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning

Applicants who are All But Dissertation (ABD) and will have received their Ph.D. degree by Sept 1, 2024 are encouraged to apply.

To apply, candidates should submit a cover letter expressing their interest in the position, curriculum vitae, sample of academic writing that includes a section on research methods (e.g., article, dissertation), one-page diversity statement, and the names and contact information for three professional references.

This position is represented by the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW): https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/labor/bargaining-units/px/contract.html.
Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Glory Tobiason, Program Director for the HET Initiative, at gtobiason@teaching.ucla.edu.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
Minimum Qualifications
  • A doctorate degree that includes coursework in qualitative and quantitative social research methods in education or a related discipline
  • Experience collecting and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data (e.g., interviews, documents, surveys) for research in education or a related discipline
  • Experience conducting literature reviews of empirical research in education or a related discipline
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills, including the ability to convey complex ideas clearly, tailor communication for specific audiences, and engage effectively with diverse stakeholders


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our EDI Statement FAQ document.

  • Reference check authorization release form - Complete and upload the reference check authorization release form

  • Sample of Academic Writing - A sample of academic writing that includes a section on research methods (e.g., article, dissertation).

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

Contact details for three (3) references

Apply link: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF09285

Help contact: pyau@teaching.ucla.edu


As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.


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