We are searching for a Hmong research professional who can support a new project that will design and scale new measures of early language and literacy in Hmong. This position is well suited for someone with interest in language and early literacy; experience in school- and community-based research and a commitment to rigorous research; efficient operation, and a collaborative and nurturing work environment. This position will engage in measure design, recruitment efforts, scaling and analysis and field study implementation of a new federal project in at least three locations: Minnesota, California and Wisconsin. Expertise in, early literacy assessment, measure scaling and analysis, and preschool language development and Hmong culture, will allow the research professional to apply their skills and knowledge to project aims and goals.
This part-time, 12-month, (50% FTE), Research Professional 1 (8325P1) position will begin as soon as the position is filled. The person hired will work directly with the IGDILab principal investigators and a team of project partners to develop Hmong language items, engage in coordinating literature reviews, participate in data collection, recruit sites and data collectors, scale items and participate in analyses and disseminate findings across the course of the research project. This position is part of IGDILab, where our work focuses on General Outcome Measures of language and literacy development among preschool children and related technology and application development. The individual in this position will work directly with the principal investigators who will guide their objectives and expected outcomes in relation to the project goals.
Under PI direction, manage development of new assessment items and efficient plans for testing, reviewing, and refining these items. Write technical reports and contribute to peer reviewed journal articles.
Recruit research sites and develop relationships with Hmong early education locations across CA, WI and MN
Participate in data collection with Hmong preschool age children
Develop and maintain detailed research plans for each distinct data collection effort
Investigate research questions and complete inquiries regarding each project’s objectives and milestones.
Conduct literature reviews of planned domains of assessment, and maintain up-to-date reports of related research.
Engage in advanced item scaling and produce psychometric analyses using Rasch modeling.
Draft regulatory reports for the awarding research agencies as required.
Apply to and present research findings at national conferences and other peer reviewed venues
This position will be affiliated with the IGDILab, a research group within the Department of Education Psychology at the University of Minnesota. IGDILab engages in research that couses on the design, evaluation, dissemination, and application of cutting-edge assessments of language, early literacy, and related domains for young children.
*All required qualifications must be documented on application materials for fullest consideration.
Bachelor’s degree, plus additional coursework and experience in educational psychology, special education, school psychology or other related disciplines
At least 2 years of research experience, with demonstrated proficiency working directly for principal investigators
Experience participating in multi-year research projects including contributing to study design, data collection facilitation and management of a large pool of site participants.
Experience in contributing to an applied research team, including conduct of community engagement/outreach activities related to research
Experience in building and maintaining collaborative relationships with both university-based research partners and Hmong community-based early childhood research participants (e.g. schools, childcare centers etc.)
Experience completing measurement analyses for research projects that require relatively complex data structures and psychometric analyses
Proficiency developing and evaluating rigorous assessment procedures including fidelity, inter-rater reliability and data security.
Proficiency managing complex data sets and data analysis software packages and procedures
Strong professional writing skills, including research reports, peer reviewed research articles, or other print and electronic publications
ABD or PhD in in educational psychology, special education, school psychology or other related disciplines
Related academic preparation in child development
Hmong language fluency (written and spoken)
Experience in implementing complex data management procedures, including knowledge of Rasch modeling
Experience in grant writing
Experience contributing to Institute of Education Sciences projects that compare in size and scope.
Experience in working on federally funded projects and engaging with project officers
Ability to work well with diverse populations
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