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					                         UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
                           AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN

                                     Position Announcement

                        IES-Funded Postdoctoral Training Program:
                        Writing and Assessment in Digital Workspaces

The College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks postdoctoral
fellows to participate in a new educational technology research-training program, funded by the
Institute of Education Sciences (IES), U.S. Department of Education. The two-year position
offers collaborative and independent research opportunities. The program will prepare fellows to
address curriculum, instruction and policy questions relevant to the development and use of
writing and assessment technologies, in a methodologically rigorous manner. They will also be
prepared to serve as leaders in improving U.S. teaching and learning for diverse populations.
Specific research projects will be based upon the joint interests of the fellow and the University
of Illinois faculty mentor(s). Five core faculty members will serve as program mentors: Dr.
William Cope (educational assessment and technology), Dr. Sarah McCarthey (professional
development and writing instruction), Dr. Katherine Ryan (educational assessment and
accountability), Dr. Hua-Hua Chang (psychometrics and tool methodology and development)
and Dr Mary Kalantzis (literacy learning). The program also has seventeen affiliated faculty
members with whom the fellow may choose to work.

The ideal applicant will have expertise in at least one of the following areas: assessment,
educational software development, and writing curriculum and instruction. Desirable attributes
also include strong analytic skills, rigorous research methodologies, experience with educational
software and/or assessment tool methodology and development, and an interest in improving
education for traditionally under-served students. We welcome applicants from the disciplines of
educational assessment, psychometrics, writing curriculum and instruction, educational
technology, computer science and other related fields.

The position begins August 16, 2011. Applicants must possess their doctoral degree before that
date. All qualified U.S. citizens and permanent residents will be considered. Salary is set by IES
at $52,000 annually plus $12,000 in benefits. Additionally, each fellow will have approximately
$10,750 annually for research, training, and conference-related expenses.

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and up to two writing
samples via email to Colleen Vojak at vojak@illinois.edu . Please also arrange to have three
letters of recommendation emailed directly to Dr. Vojak. Applicant review will begin April 16,
2011, and will continue until the position is filled. See: http://education.illinois.edu/jobs/EPOL-
Postdoc3-2011.pdf .

Prospective applicants with questions about the position are encouraged to contact the mentors:
Bill Cope: billcope@illinois.edu See: http://education.illinois.edu/frp/c/billcope
Sarah McCarthey: mccarthe@illinois.edu See: http://education.illinois.edu/frp/m/mccarthe
Katherine Ryan: k-ryan6@illinois.edu See: http://education.illinois.edu/frp/r/k-ryan6
Hua-Hua Chang: hhchang@illinois.edu See: http://education.illinois.edu/frp/c/hhchang
Mary Kalantzis: marykalantzis@illinois.edu See: http://education.illinois.edu/frp/k/kalantzi

The College of Education (COE) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign provide
strong support for research and opportunities for collaboration with leaders in the field, and is
known for its groundbreaking research, innovative approaches to teaching, and service to the
global community. The COE is comprised of four departments, including Education Policy,
Organization & Leadership, Curriculum & Instruction, Educational Psychology and Special
Education. The COE has 90 faculty actively engaged in research and over 650 undergraduates
and 1100 graduate students enrolled annually. More information about the college is available at

      The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

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