Job posting for CER Postdoc in Yezierski Group at Miami University


The Yezierski Research Group is one of two CER groups in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at Miami comprising a productive, collaborative, and supportive CER division. This project involves planning and facilitating a teacher professional development institute, investigations of teacher learning, and a national study of teacher practices and student learning outcomes. The project team will establish a sustained community of practice including teachers skilled in the VisChem Approach and a group of new teaching and research scholars with expertise in building conceptual understanding through the effective use of molecular-level visualization. Three chemistry teacher cohorts (*N* = 64) will participate in annual intensive institutes to learn the research foundation and pedagogical moves for the VisChem Approach. The approach uses Dr. Roy Tasker’s carefully produced dynamic visualizations with teaching strategies informed by a cognitive learning model. Key to VisChem is communication of internal visualizations using storyboards (drawings with explanation) of chemical and physical changes. The project will use an iterative design research method to examine teacher learning in the institute and how teachers implement the VisChem Approach in classrooms. Data collected will include teachers' storyboards, classroom videos, and pre/post student assessments. The postdoctoral researcher will work with Yezierski, graduate students, and undergraduate students in the group along with Tasker and an esteemed advisory board.


The position is full-time for one year (beginning in winter, spring, or summer 2020) with renewal for up to two additional years, dependent upon satisfactory annual review and funding.


Duties: Assist in data collection and analysis; prepare presentations and papers to be presented at national conferences; mentor graduate and undergraduate students in the Research Group; work independently or as part of a team to design, implement, and disseminate research aligned with the program’s research agenda; serve as first author on reports and publications; implement the professional development.


Required: Ph.D. in chemistry education research (or a related field) by date of appointment; evidence of presentation and publication skills; excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills for a variety of audiences.


Desired: Candidates with interests in teacher learning, teacher professional development, design research, and/or high school chemistry.


Submit cover letter and curriculum vitae to


Direct inquiries to Ellen Yezierski at


Screening of applications begins October 4, 2019 and continues until position is filled. Miami University, an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, encourages applications from minorities, women, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Miami University prohibits harassment, discrimination and retaliation on the basis of age (40 years or older), color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, military status, national origin (ancestry), pregnancy, race, religion, sex/gender, status as a parent or foster parent, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, programs or employment practices. Requests for reasonable accommodations for disabilities related to employment should be directed to or 513-529-3560. As part of the University’s commitment to maintaining a healthy and safe living, learning, and working environment, we encourage you to read Miami University’s Annual Security & Fire Safety Report at:, which contains information about campus safety, crime statistics, and our drug and alcohol abuse and prevention program designed to prevent the unlawful possession, use, and distribution of drugs and alcohol on campus and at university events and activities. This report also contains information on programs and policies designed to prevent and address sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Each year, email notification of this website is made to all faculty, staff, and enrolled students. Written notification is also provided to prospective students and employees. Hard copies of the Annual Security & Fire Safety Report may be obtained from the Miami University Police Department at (513) 529-2223. A criminal background check is required. All campuses are smoke- and tobacco-free.


Ellen J. Yezierski, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Teaching Excellence (317 Laws Hall)

Professor, ACS Fellow, and 2021 CERP GRC Chair

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (360B Hughes Laboratories)

Miami University

651 E. High Street

Oxford, OH 45056

Phone: 513-529-2819; Fax: 513-529-5715


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