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 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 You can view Dr. Miele’s home page at:

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:

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: March 15, 2017 deadline.

Post-doctoral Fellowship in Education with Dr. Hunter Gehlbach

Open date: February 13, 2017

Last review date: Review of applications will begin immediately.  Applications received by February 28, 2017 will receive full consideration.  Applications will continue to be reviewed until the position has been filled.

Final date: June 30th, 2017

Post-doctoral Research Position: Education

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.

As a secondary focus, the post-doctoral fellow will participate in additional studies investigating the potential for social psychological interventions to address environmental/climate challenges (particularly within educational settings).  For other research being pursued by the Social Psychology in Education & the Environment please visit the SPiEE Lab website.

The proposed projects provide unique opportunities for interdisciplinary research and training in applying social psychological concepts to an array of pressing problems.

Qualifications:  Candidates should have a PhD in Educational Psychology, Social Psychology or a closely related field. The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience conducting field experiments in school settings
  • Strong expertise in quantitative research
  • A background in the social psychological and/or educational psychology literature that addresses social relationships (e.g., teacher-student relationships), motivation, and self-regulation
  • An interest in environmental education

The anticipated start date of the position is April 15, 2017 (this can be negotiable); the position should last for 15 months. The University of California Santa Barbara provides a rich multidisciplinary environment for conducting research.

Applicants can submit a curriculum vita, a statement of research, and arrange three letters of reference all to be sent directly to Dr. Gehlbach. The review of applications will begin immediately but all applications received before February 28, 2017 will receive full consideration.  After that, applications will be considered until the position is filled. Candidates with questions are also free to contact directly Dr. Gehlbach at

The Gevirtz Graduate School of Education is committed to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service.  The school has particular strengths in statistical methods and psychometrics, which can serve to strengthen applicants’ methodological toolkits.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job location
Santa Barbara, CA

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More information about the projects pursued in this lab:


  • Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Statement of Research

3 letters of reference required


Submit nominations for 2017 AERA awards

From AERA President, Vivian Gasden: I am writing to ask your help in urging members of your SIG to submit nominations for the 2017 AERA awards. As you know, the annual AERA awards are our public acknowledgement and honoring of the many contributions that our members make to research, scholarship, and practice; to the association; and to building our field. They are also an opportunity for our members to contribute to the awards process and decision making. Please note that all AERA-wide award nominations are currently due by January 12, 2017. In the interest of providing additional time for nominations, we are extending the deadline to January 20, 2017. Please note the descriptions below for the awards.

  • Early Career Award – Established to honor an individual in the early stages of his or her career no later than 10 years after receipt of the doctoral degree, this award can be granted for study in any field of educational inquiry.
  • Exemplary Contributions to Practice-Engaged Research Award – This award is presented to an education research scholar or scholars in recognition of collaborative project(s) between researchers and practitioners that have had sustained and observable effects on contexts of practice.
  • E.F. Lindquist Award – In recognition of outstanding applied or theoretical research in the field of testing and measurement, the award acknowledges a body of research of an empirical, theoretical, or integrative nature rather than a single study. Particular emphasis will be given to research that has advanced the companion goals of greater understanding and improved use of testing and measurement techniques. This award is co-sponsored by The American College Testing Program (ACT). The winner of this award is invited to give the E.F. Lindquist Award Lecture at the 2018 Annual Meeting in New York, NY. An article emanating from the lecture will be considered for publication in the Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics.
  • Distinguished Contributions to Research in Education Award – This is the premier acknowledgment of outstanding achievement and success in education research. The purpose of the award is to publicize, motivate, encourage, and suggest models for education research at its best. Each year, nominations are invited from AERA members who wish to honor a meritorious colleague, one who is considered by other education researchers to stand out in the profession by meeting the very highest of professional standards of achievement.
  • Distinguished Contribution to Gender Equity in Education Research Award – Established in 2006, the Distinguished Contributions to Gender Equity in Education Research Award recognizes individuals within AERA for distinguished research, professional practice, and activities that advance public understanding of gender and/ or sexuality at any level in the education community. This award will be presented to an individual whose professional career has been devoted in substantial part to the study of gender and/or sexuality in education, and who has significantly advanced the field through extraordinary leadership, scholarship, or professional practice.
  • Social Justice in Education AwardEstablished in 2004, the AERA Social Justice in Education Award honors an individual who has advanced social justice through education research and exemplified the goal of linking education research to social justice.
  • Distinguished Public Service AwardThis award is granted annually in recognition of an individual who has worked to enact or implement policies that are well grounded in education research, or who has been at the forefront of efforts to increase recognition and support for education research.
  • Scholars of Color in Education Award: These awards are intended to recognize (a) scholars at different stages in their careers who have made significant contributions to the understanding of issues that disproportionately affect minor­ity populations, and (b) minority scholars who have made a sig­nificant contribution to education research and development.
    • Distinguished Career Contribution– Presented to a senior-level scholar, usually 20 years or more after his or her receipt of the doctoral degree.
    • Mid-Career Contribution – Presented to a scholar who is beyond the first level of professional appointment and for whom at least 10 years have passed since receipt of the doctoral degree.
    • Early Career Contribution– Presented to a scholar who is within the first ten (10) years of his or her career after receipt of the doctoral degree.
  • Excellence in Media Reporting on Education Research AwardThis award is presented to an individual in the media who has demonstrated excellence in raising awareness, knowledge, and understanding of education research.
  • Outstanding Public Communication of Education Research Award – This award is presented to honor scholars who are exemplary in their capacity to communicate the importance of education research to the broad public, including education communities.

2017 Graduate Student Travel Award and the Paul R. Pintrich Memorial Award

Participation and support for graduate students has been a strong tradition of the Motivation in Education SIG. As such, the SIG sponsors two awards specifically for graduate student members of the SIG.

You qualify for a student travel award if you: (1) are a current graduate student, (2) are a member of the Motivation in Education SIG, (3) have an accepted presentation (of any kind—paper, poster, roundtable) as part of the Motivation in Education SIG program, and (4) are the first-author on that presentation. The amount of the student travel awards for this year has not been determined yet, but recent awards were around $100.  We hope to match that amount this year.

To apply for the student travel award, simply send an email to Dr. Ellen Usher ( with your name, mailing address, an attached copy of your AERA proposal, and an attached copy of all the reviews you received for your proposal. Award application due date: Friday, February 3, 2017.

The proposals and proposal reviews of Student Travel Award applicants will be reviewed to determine a group of finalists who will be considered for the Paul R. Pintrich Memorial Award. Those finalists will then have their proposals and reviews read by an ad hoc committee of senior SIG members. This committee will select the winner of the 2017 Pintrich Award.  All awards will be disbursed during the SIG business meeting, which all are encouraged to attend.  Please forward this message to students who may be eligible.

AERA Education Research Conferences Program – March 7, 2017 Deadline

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) invites proposals for conferences in education research. AERA supports research conferences intended to break new ground in substantive areas of inquiry, stimulate new lines of study on issues that have been largely unexplored, or develop innovative research methods or techniques that can contribute more generally to education research. Conferences may focus on conceptual, empirical, or methodological issues important to understanding the state of the knowledge and charting directions for future research. It is anticipated that research conferences will draw upon diverse disciplines and fields of inquiry where there is relevant scientific and scholarly expertise. The purpose of this program is to foster the accumulation of knowledge, to enhance dissemination, to encourage innovation, and to advance studies of the highest quality in education research. AERA’s Research Conferences Program awards grants of up to $35,000.

The deadline for submissions for Spring 2017 is March 7, 2017. For more information or to submit a proposal, please see the Call and Guidelines for Proposals or email Please visit the AERA website for information about previous awards.

PhD Scholarship: University of New South Wales

Dr. Andrew Martin

The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia is offering Scientia PhD Scholarship in Educational Psychology (‘Exploring the Link between Explicit Instruction and Student Motivation and Engagement’) for a suitably qualified candidate to undertake research studies under Professor Andrew Martin leading to a PhD in education (educational psychology). The proposed PhD is a quantitative study of school students and investigates the links between two seminal areas of contemporary educational psychology: (a) academic motivation and engagement and (b) explicit instruction. This PhD will explore an integration of these two areas, with particular focus on key aspects of motivation and engagement (e.g., self-efficacy, self-regulation, anxiety etc.) and key dimensions of explicit instruction (e.g., structure, scaffolding, worked examples, deliberate practice etc.).Expression of Interest and CV are due November 11, 2016. More information is attached. To commence an application, visit (Fundamental and Enabling Sciences: Educational Psychology link)

PhD Scholarships: Institute for Positive Psych and Education

Dr. Herb Marsh

The Institute for Positive Psychology and Education (IPPE) is seeking two domestic/international applicants for PhD scholarships to study school principal health and well-being. In addition, Professor Herb Marsh is seeking one domestic/international applicant for a PhD scholarship to work on a project entitled, “Citations, Rankings, and the Empirical Landscape of Education and Psychology.” More information on these three PhD scholarships is online here:

For questions, please contact Prof. Marsh: