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Research Asst Professor

Posting Numberreq20643
Employment TypeFaculty
Faculty TypeVisiting
Hiring DepartmentChemical and Biological Engineering (326A)
Academic LocationSchool of Engineering
CampusMain - Albuquerque, NM
Benefits EligibleThe University of New Mexico provides a comprehensive package of benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. In addition, UNM offers educational benefits through the tuition remission and dependent education programs. See the Benefits home page for more information.
Position SummaryThe research assistant professor will collaborate closely with Dr. Vanessa Svihla on the FRAME Project (, supported by the National Science Foundation CAREER program. The FRAME project introduced the construct, framing agency, defined as making decisions that are consequential to how design problems are framed, and therefore, consequential to learning and designing. To date, we have developed a linguistic toolkit for characterizing framing agency in talk, as well as a survey for measuring framing agency. We have developed and tested a constellation of tools for supporting framing agency, including the Wrong Theory Protocol (WTP). Ongoing studies leverage these developments to build theory about how framing agency develops, its role in innovative design and professional identify formation, and how it is entangled with structural, cultural, and disciplinary power relations. The individual hired will contribute to ongoing research studies that investigate how framing agency develops, how it relates to innovative design and professional identify formation, or how it is entangled with power; these studies span multiple methods. More specifically, the person hired will contribute to studies based on their existing methodological expertise in either (a) discourse analysis or (b) confirmatory factor analysis/SEM. They will attend project meetings and mentor graduate students, present at relevant conferences, and collaborate on manuscripts, proceedings, and reports.

Minimum Qualifications: The minimum qualifications must be consistent with Higher Learning Commission standards and compliant with the faculty hiring guidelines.

  • A doctorate in the learning sciences, engineering education research, or a closely related field by date of appointment.
  • Experience with a focal educational research method relevant to the project is required. Only those ready to direct analysis using at least one of the focal methods should apply:

*discourse analysis of in situ, conversational data 

  * confirmatory factor analysis or structural equation modeling 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • be knowledgeable about and experienced with research on design problems, methods/practices, and learning - especially in the context of engineering design
  • have experience with project and data management 
  • be interested in mentoring and learning with collaborators, including graduate students 
  • be comfortable working with low-cost or open software to support qualitative analysis (e.g., incorporating Excel formulas or R packages) or quantitative analysis (e.g., R packages like lavaan or others as appropriate for SEM and CFA) 
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities.
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For Best ConsiderationFor best consideration, please apply by 6/24/2022. This position will remain open until filled.

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