Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology at Boston College

The Motivation, Metacognition, and Learning (MML) Laboratory at Boston College, under the direction of Dr. David Miele, invites applications for a postdoctoral research fellowship in applied developmental and educational psychology, with a focus on student motivation and self-regulated learning. The position involves work on several research projects investigating the influence of students’ beliefs and motivation on their use of cognitive strategies in laboratory and classroom settings, as well as the influence of teachers’ motivation on their support of students’ strategy use.

The fellow will work closely with Dr. Miele and his collaborators from across the country to develop new research projects, conduct analyses, present findings at major conferences, publish research papers, mentor graduate students, and write grant applications. An important aim of this position is to further the fellow’s development as a scholar and prepare him or her for a career in academia.

Applicants must have a PhD in a psychology- or education-related field, such a educational/cognitive/social psychology, learning sciences, cognitive science, etc.. Strong consideration will be given to candidates with a track record of conducting experimental studies on motivation, cognition, and learning, experience conducting research in K-12 settings, exceptional academic writing skills, and advanced quantitative skills (e.g., HLM, SEM).

To apply for this position, please visit https://bc.csod.com/ats/careersite/JobDetails.aspx?id=839 and submit: (1) a cover letter that highlights your qualifications for the position, (2) your Curriculum Vitae, (3) up to three representative publications, and (4) three letters of recommendation. 

There is no submission deadline. Review of applications will occur on a rolling basis, until the position is filled. Please direct all inquiries to Dr. David Miele, at d.miele@bc.edu. You can view Dr. Miele’s home page at: http://www.bc.edu/schools/lsoe/facultystaff/faculty/miele.html.

AERA 2017 Annual Meeting-Graduate Student News

  1. Sign up to take part in the Lunch with a Motivation Researcher Program! Every year at AERA, the SIG gives graduate students an opportunity to have lunch with an experienced motivation researcher. This year, we have a great line-up of researchers who will host lunches: Bernard Weiner, Judith Harackiewicz, Reinhard Pekrun, Mimi Bong, Julie Turner, and Akane Zusho.

    This is a great opportunity for graduate to get to know researchers who have defined the field and to talk about shared interests in a fun, informal setting. Advisors, please send this information along to your doctoral students so they can take advantage of this awesome opportunity. Not all students are aware of the program, and we give preference to those who have never attended a lunch before.

    Interested students can click on this link to indicate their first, second, and third choices for lunch. The deadline to sign up for the program is April 3, 2017. Make sure to sign up by the deadline, because the program is very popular!

  2. Looking for more ways to get involved at AERA? There’s still time to sign up to be a mentors or mentees for the Motivation Mentors program! We pair first-time AERA attendees with returning SIG students who can help them navigate the conference. It’s a great chance for students to meet someone with shared research interests and get to know others in the SIG a lot better. Please spread the word to new students in your labs to sign up, and sign up yourself as a mentor OR to be mentored using this link.
  3. Visit http://aera.net to register to attend the Motivation SIG dinner social event. The annual SIG dinner social is a great way for graduate students to talk informally with fellow students and with established motivation researchers on Sunday, April 30, at 8 p.m. at Rio Rio Cantina, 421 E Commerce St, San Antonio (http://riorioriverwalk.com/ ). The cost of the dinner is $35.00. To register for the SIG dinner, visit the AERA registration portal (same place you registered) and simply look for our MotSIG dinner under the “Events” tab on the registration page. This is a popular event, and space is limited, so please register early.
  4. We’ll be joining Div C & Div E on Saturday 4/29 from 9-10:30 pm at the Davenport (203 North Pressa St, San Antonio, TX 78205). All students will get 1 free drink (beer, martini, or cocktail) and can choose to purchase from a variety of food items. It’s about a 15 minute walk to the convention center.

Graduate Studies at University of South Dakota

The University of South Dakota program in Human Development and Educational Psychology is currently accepting applications for the M.A., Ed.S., and Ph.D. to begin in summer or fall 2017. For first consideration, applications should be received by April 15, but are accepted year round. You may apply directly to the Ph.D. program and earn a master’s degree along the way. They provide training with a multidisciplinary focus, aimed at developing student competency in human development, cognition and motivation and research and statistics. They offer a strong, dynamic program, with close mentorship from the faculty. The program provides flexibility for self-directed students to develop expertise in any of the three core fields – human development, cognition and motivation and research and statistics. Human development explores the experiences that shape human growth. Cognition and motivation assesses the complexity of the forces that support learning and motivation. Research and statistics prepares students to evaluate existing research and to conduct their own studies. The program is flexible enough to allow for and encourage an interdisciplinary course of study. Students can tailor their program to their specific interests, strengths and goals.

Program website: http://www.usd.edu/cpe
Application: https://apps.usd.edu/academic/gradapp
Please contact Dr. Gabrielle Strouse: Gabrielle.Strouse@usd.edu.

Motivation Monday Video Series-Dr. Eric Anderman

Today we present the fourth installment of “Motivation Mondays,” our monthly video series in which we interview accomplished motivation researchers and consider their unique perspectives about the field. This month’s interview is with Dr. Eric Anderman and it continues the theme translating research into practice. You can find the video on our website: http://motsig.org/videos/ . Also, please keep an eye out for our April interview with Dr. Avi Kaplan about the role of achievement in motivation research.  Special thanks to Marissa Green and Patrick Beymer for these great interviews!

Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Education with Dr. Hunter Gehlbach

An opening is available for a post-doctoral scholar in the research group of Dr. Hunter Gehlbach in the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at the University of California Santa Barbara. The primary research project will focus on leading a replication and extension of the Birds of a Feather study in middle schools. The post-doctoral fellow will take the primarily lead (in consultation with Gehlbach and with help from students in the lab group) for the design, execution, analysis, and resultant publications from this project. Full information is available on our web site: http://motsig.org/post-doctoral-fellowship-in-education-with-dr-hunter-gehlbach/

Call for Applications – AERA-SRCD Early Career Fellowship in Early Childhood Education and Development

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the Society for Research on Child Development (SRCD) are pleased to announce a joint initiative, the AERA-SRCD Early Career Fellowship in Early Childhood Education and Development. This fellowship provides a collaborative opportunity for early career scholars to participate in a research network focused on early childhood education and development. The call for applications is available here: http://www.aera.net/AERA-SRCD-Early-Career-Fellowship-in-Early-Childhood-Education-and-Development. March 15, 2017 deadline.

Graduate Student AERA News

Motivation Mentor Program Sign-Up
Are you new to the Motivation SIG, or do you know someone who is? Are you a SIG veteran who wants to help others learn the ropes of AERA? Each year the Motivation SIG gives new students an opportunity to connect with other students who have previously attended AERA to get helpful tips navigating the conference and to build relationships with other students. Students are paired primarily based on research interests and will touch base before, during, and after the conference at their convenience. Guidelines will be provided to both mentors and mentees to guide your meetings. The program does not require a large time commitment, just a willingness to meet someone new! If you’re interested in being a mentor OR mentee, please fill out this survey and you’ll be notified of your match by April. We hope you’ll consider participating. Survey Link- Click Here

Lunch with a Motivation Researcher … Is Coming!
It’s almost time to sign up for the very popular Lunch with a Motivation Researcher program! Every year at AERA, we give graduate students an opportunity to have lunch with an experienced motivation researcher, sponsored by the SIG. This year, the six illustrious researchers who will host lunches are: Bernie Weiner, Judith Harackiewicz, Reinhard Pekrun, Mimi Bong, Julie Turner, and Akane Zusho. We will send out a link to sign up for the lunches sometime this month, so please be on the lookout for that soon.

AERA Motivation SIG Business Meeting

A student recently asked whether she should even attend the SIG’s business meeting (which sounded boring). Yes! The business meeting (Sunday, April 30, 6:15-8:00, light refreshments included), enables us to gather together as motivation researchers and discuss ways to improve our special interest group. It’s also a time for us to recognize graduate students who are presenting at AERA and to honor one graduate student who will be the 2017 recipient of the Paul R. Pintrich Memorial Award. Please join us. We’ll try to keep it interesting.

Have something you want to see on the meeting agenda? Write it in the comments section.

AERA SIG Dinner Social – Registration now OPEN

Mark your calendars for our annual SIG dinner social on Sunday, April 30, at 8 p.m. at Rio Rio Cantina, 421 E Commerce St, San Antonio (http://riorioriverwalk.com/ ). The cost of the dinner is $35.00. To register for the SIG dinner, visit the AERA registration portal (same place you registered) and simply look for our MotSIG dinner under the “Events” tab on the registration page. I have attached step-by-step screenshots for how to do this.