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Researcher/Scientist III (Extended Temporary)

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, 85724
Laboratory and Research

Posting Number: req18360

Department: Educational Psychology

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The Tekno (Teacher Knowledge) Research Lab in the College of Education at the University of Arizona is looking to fill a staff position. The Teachers as Learners - Teachers as Thinkers: Improving Classroom Communication in Mathematics project, funded by the James McDonell Foundation (JSMF), is a 3 -year longitudinal study that seeks to improve classroom communication through an intervention focused on exploration. As part of this project, extensive data are being collected and quantified. The successful candidate will be part of the research team and engage in a variety of research tasks and data processing of observational and free response data.

This is an Extended Temporary Employment (ETE) position.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

Contribute to the development of observational rubrics that capture quality of classroom communication in videotaped mathematics lessons as a member of the code development team
* review videotaped mathematics lessons and identify markers or quality of classroom communication to create a blue print for observational rubric
* refine and finalize observational rubric through application to new lessons
* practice applying the rubric reliably
* complete inter-rater reliability

Apply developed observational rubrics to videotaped mathematics lessons
* code assigned lessons
* double-code assigned lessons to check for coder drift
* document uncertain lesson moments in uncertainty review spreadsheet
* participate in reliability meetings to address coding disagreements in double-coded lessons and resolve uncertainty reviews

Crop video segments for coding from videotaped mathematics lessons
* determine in and outpoints of relevant lesson segments using curriculum materials
* use software to crop relevant segments in videos
* process cropped video segments by placing in relevant folders
* update progress sheet
* engage in quality control and review process

 Develop and apply scoring rubrics to written responses that capture teachers' usable knowledge.

Communicate with study participants
* contact study participants to obtain permissions for participation in research
* contact study participants regarding completion of study related tasks
* contact study participants regarding data collection
* respond to student participants requests for help or support
* provide technology support when needed

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelors in Educational Psychology or related field.
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience, or equivalent combination of education and work experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Masters in Educational Psychology or related field.
  • 2 years experience in developing and applying observational rubrics capturing quality of mathematics teaching to classroom videos.
  • 2 years experience in processing and cropping classroom videos.
  • 2 years experience in communicating with study participants.
  • 2 years experience in developing and applying rubrics that quantify open-ended responses to video-based measures.

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.00

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Research

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: $59,404 - DOE

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



Career Stream and Level


Job Family

Researchers & Scientists

Job Function


Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Expected End Date: 12/31/2026

Contact Information for Candidates

Nicole Kersting

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume and Cover Letter

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As a Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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