Texas Mindset Initiative
The Texas Behavioral Science and Policy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin is looking for a dedicated, detailed-oriented, and trustworthy individuals to help manage and direct our large-scale research projects and a growing diverse team of researchers involved in exciting and cutting-edge mindset science research that has the potential to reduce inequality in education.
Published in Nature (twice!), mindset science is leading the way in helping adolescents and educators navigate the transition to high school and postsecondary education in STEM classrooms and help foster an inclusive climate that helps people learn better. Join us in exploring new frontiers in behavioral science, education reform, and psychology.
The Texas Mindset Initiative (TxMI) is a first-of-its-kind statewide fellowship to foster a supportive and inclusive learning classroom climate by developing & testing evidence-based and innovative teacher training programs. TxMI will empower teachers to learn from a collaborative network of seasoned educators and researchers and enable them to modify their classroom practices via rapid, continual improvement practices. The fellowship will create teacher professional development products that drastically improve student academic outcomes and focus on solutions that narrow equity gaps based on race, gender, and social class, have the potential to scale up, and are very low-cost to improve the chances of implementation in school districts. We strongly believe that our approach of co-developing educational practices with lived realities of teachers that struggle to navigate the challenges of the ever-changing world of STEM education will result in actionable insights that are scalable, cost-effective, and rigorously tested in academic settings for creating highly-engaging teacher practices.
Research Project Manager
- Work closely with eminent scholars like Carol Dweck, David Yeager, Chris Bryan, and Mary Murphy to develop project plans that align with the vision for Texas Mindset Initiative (TxMI),
- Be the point person in managing resources, scope, risks, and collaboration for the Texas Mindset Initiative and lead communication channels between different teams,
- Anticipate project needs, identify bottlenecks by probing into different project directions, use continual improvement plans to update project timelines, and lead discussions to keep the project on track,
- Develop plans and coordinate execution of recruitment plan, student and teacher recruitment, measurement design, data collection, and response rates with project staff,
- Serve as a liaison between project researchers and other collaborators, advisors, or any consultants brought in to shape the work and ensure deliverables are in line with project goals,
- Navigate research and recruitment challenges by executing risk and change management plans, evaluating project successes, documenting feedback, and applying lessons learned throughout the project lifecycle,
- Work with the Communications team to coordinate content creation with researchers, including blogging on our project launching process, and documenting the study issues, challenges, and potential solutions on lessons learned.
- Be an integral part of a diverse and inquisitive team of smart individuals dedicated to the cause of bettering the world of education and making learning fun! No prior experience with mindset science or education is required.
This full-time position is housed at the Population Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin and will be eligible for full benefits offered by the university.
- Oversee the creation and curation of fellowship assets (e.g., content presentations, individual and group activities, the library of resources, protocols for virtual conferences and professional learning institutes, teacher and student interventions and surveys, data reports, and online dashboards) in coordination with the Experimental Research Design Director and the Principal Investigators.
- Recruit, train, and directly manage approximately four staff at TxBSPI who will facilitate fellowship sessions (e.g., professional learning, virtual conferences).
- Plan and lead professional learning institutes in the summer (2-3 days), Fall (1 day), and Spring (1 day), together with staff facilitators.
- Plan and lead monthly virtual conferences with teacher fellows and train and supervise staff facilitators for virtual conference.
- Serve as the primary point of contact for communicating with and retaining teachers in the fellowship program.
- Plan and direct the teacher fellow “alum” network (i.e., for two years after each teachers’ fellowship year), and maintain a partnership with schools and districts.
- Plan and direct an annual conference with alum fellows, school and district leaders, and external stakeholders to showcase the fellowship in coordination with the Director of Research Programs and Outreach and Project Manager .
- Coordinate with the Project Manager and Director of Research Programs and Outreach to ensure progress toward all project milestones and maintain and operate a budget to make strategic decisions about program offerings and staff.
Please contact us for more information. We will be posting available job openings here soon.