Post-Doc Research Associate - Disabilities
Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate - Baylor Center for Developmental Disabilities (BCDD)
Specialization: Faith, Disability, and Flourishing
We are launching a new interdisciplinary initiative at Baylor University focused on disability and faith. Our goal is to carry out research, training, resource development, and leadership that promotes the flourishing of people with disabilities, as well as their families and faith communities. We will be launching new lines of research focused on the religious and spiritual lives of people with disabilities, the postures and practices of local congregations, the impact of inclusive ministry models, and creative partnerships between faith-based organizations and disability service systems. Additional areas of inquiry will be identified by our team members, advisory board, community partners, and needs assessments. This Associate will work directly with Dr. Erik Carter and other faculty affiliated with the initiative. We are seeking two postdoctoral research associates with expertise and interest in partnering on the design, delivery, and dissemination of these and related studies. This two-year, full-time fellowships will provide rich opportunities to deepen one’s research program, develop new topical and methodological expertise, forge new collaborations, and advance inclusive and accessible ministry. Although the start dates are flexible, fellowships must begin no later than Fall 2024.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
- Ph.D. in fields related to disability (e.g., special education, disability studies, rehabilitation), health sciences, sociology, religion/ministry, or related fields [Applicants who are ABD are invited to apply if their degree is conferred by the start of the fellowship]
- Prior experience related religion, disability, and/or their intersections
- Prior experience working on and leading research projects
DESIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
- Expertise in at least one research methodology
- Willingness to learn additional approaches to data collection and analyses (e.g., qualitative, quantitative, mixed method)
- Ability to engage relevant contemporary literature in religion and disability
- Strong communication skills
- Knowledge of key issues faced by people with disabilities and their families
- Desire to see faith communities increase their accessibility and hospitalit
- Ph.D. with experience related to religion, disability, and/ or their intersections is required. This position also requires a Christian faith. This is a two year assignment.
- Contributing to the design and implementation of core initiative studies
- Designing supplemental studies aligned with one’s individual interests, including measures, recruitment procedures, methods, and data analyses
- Recruiting, supporting, and retaining study participants
- Working with community and ministry partners to inform this work
- Conducting systematic and other literature reviews
- Developing applications for federal and foundation funding
- Disseminating findings for both scholarly and lay audience
- Making presentations at state and national conferences
- Contributing to or leading data analyses
- Collaborating with other team members on all aspects of this research
- Cover letter detailing your research interests, personal connections, and prior experiences related to this position and our faith & disability initiative
- Resume or CV
- Contact information for three people who can speak to your interests and potential contributions to this work
- Up to two writing samples (e.g., book chapter, dissertation chapter, journal article, work under review, work in progress)
For questions about the position, please contact Dr. Erik Carter at Erik_Carter@baylor.edu
Application is through Baylor: https://ejof.fa.us2.oraclecloud.com/hcmUI/CandidateExperience/en/sites/BaylorCareers/job/15199/?utm_medium=jobshare
ABOUT THE BAYLOR CENTER FOR DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES (BCDD):
The Baylor Center for Developmental Disabilities invests in research, training, outreach, and clinical services that promotes the flourishing of people with disabilities, their families, and communities. The Center hosts a growing number of programs, clinics, projects, and events focused on supporting individuals with intellectual disability, autism, and an array of other developmental disabilities. Likewise, we are committed to helping schools and communities welcome and support the full participation of people with disabilities and their families.
About Baylor School of Education:
For more than 100 years, the School of Education has advanced Baylor University’s mission across the globe while preparing students for a range of careers focused on education, leadership, and human development. With more than 60 full-time faculty members, the school’s growing research and outreach portfolio complements its long-standing commitment to excellence in teaching and mentorship. Baylor School of Education’s undergraduate teacher education programs have earned national distinction for innovative partnerships with local schools that provide future educators with deep clinical preparation. Likewise, the school’s graduate programs have attained national recognition for their exemplary preparation of research scholars, educational leaders, innovators, and clinicians. Graduate enrollments continue to rise, with more than 700 students pursuing advanced study and professional preparation through 17 different graduate program options including MA, MSEd, Ed.S., Ed.D., and Ph.D. levels.
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