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Jerry P. Becker

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Position Announcement: Grad. Student / WSU or Univ. of Idaho
Posted: Jul 18, 2012 2:10 PM
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Sent at the request of Libby Knott, Libby.

An exciting opportunity is available for graduate students who want
to focus their research on supporting 4th-12th grade mathematics
teachers and their students. Making Mathematical Reasoning Explicit
(MMRE), a NSF funded Math/Science Partnership grant, provides funding
for teachers to build their leadership skills and understanding of
mathematical generalization and justification. Project teachers first
work to implement pedagogy that encourages students to make
mathematical generalizations and justification and then to support
other mathematics teachers to use these pedagogical practices.

MMRE is entering the second year of a 5-year mathematics
professional development project involving math teachers of grades 4
- 12, funded by NSF, and is seeking two research assistants beginning
Fall 2012, or Spring 2013 to assist with collecting and analyzing
data, and helping to provide professional development to 4th-12th
grade mathematics teachers in rural Washington and Idaho. This
context would naturally provide opportunities for doctoral thesis

Applicants should be preferably at the post-Masters level and be
ready to embark on PhD studies, beginning Fall 2012, or Spring 2013
Applicants should also be applying to be a graduate student in the
Math Department or in the Teaching & Learning Department at
Washington State University in Pullman, WA, or in the Mathematics
Department or the Curriculum & Instruction Department at the
University of Idaho, in Moscow, ID.

Duties include (but are not limited to):

1. Collecting, organizing, and analyzing research data, such as
video and audio recordings, classroom observations and artifacts,
surveys, consent forms, etc.
2. Assisting with course development and instruction
3. Observing and working with grades 4-12 mathematics classroom
teachers in rural schools.
4. Full time participation in the annual Summer Institute, held
roughly June 18 through July 3 each summer.

A flexible schedule and a driver's license are required, so that you
can visit rural schools an average of twice per month, and
occasionally overnight. Experience with mathematics education
research, data collection and analysis is a plus, as is K-12
classroom teaching experience and work with teachers.

The research assistantship includes tuition waiver, benefits and
monthly stipend. The research assistant is expected to work 20 hours
per week on the project, and maintain a full complement of
course/research work. The initial appointment is for one year,
renewable for additional years upon satisfactory progress towards
degree and in the work of the project.

This is a one year appointment, renewable for additional years upon
satisfactory progress towards degree and in the work of the project.

Applications should include a CV, a short statement of career
objectives, unofficial transcripts, and a letter of interest
detailing why you want this position, and contact information for two
Materials should be emailed to Professor Libby Knott at
<mailto:lknott@wsu.edu>lknott@wsu.edu, by Friday, Aug 3rd, 2012.

Please contact Professor Knott if you have any questions.

Libby Knott
Boeing Distinguished Professor of Science/Math Education
Co-Director, WSU STEM Partnership
Washington State University
Mathematics Department
Neill Hall 301
PO Box 3113
100 Dairy Rd
Pullman, WA 99164-3113

509.335.4122 (phone and voicemail)
509.335.1188 (fax)
406.370.3292 (cell)
Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
625 Wham Drive
Mail Code 4610
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610
Phone: (618) 453-4241 [O]
(618) 457-8903 [H]
Fax: (618) 453-4244
E-mail: jbecker@siu.edu

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