Research Associate

The City University of New York (CUNY) - New York, NY (30+ days ago)4.0

Conducts academic research in connection with CUNY programs; may assist faculty, staff, and students in conducting research and lead research efforts involving others.

Develops research plans and proposals and participates in acquiring funding

Collects, analyzes, and assures validity of data

Writes progress reports; writes and publishes findings

Collaborates with internal and external colleagues

Adheres to standards for safety and hygiene and ethical conduct as defined by the University and relevant outside parties


Research Associate




The Graduate Center, CUNY is the focal point for advanced teaching and research at The City University of New York (CUNY), the nation's largest urban public university. With over 35 doctoral and master’s programs of the highest caliber, the Graduate Center fosters pioneering research and scholarship in the arts and sciences and prepares students for careers in universities and the private, nonprofit, and government sectors. The Graduate Center’s commitment to research and scholarship for the public good is exemplified by its more than 30 centers, institutes, and initiatives, including its Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), a 200,000 square-foot facility in upper Manhattan, designed to promote collaboration among scientists in five areas of global research and innovation: nanoscience, photonics, structural biology, neuroscience, and environmental sciences.

The Graduate Center (GC) benefits from highly ambitious and diverse students and alumni—who in turn teach hundreds of thousands of undergraduates every year. Through its public programs, the Graduate Center enhances New York City’s intellectual and cultural life.

The Graduate Center’s Teaching and Learning Center (TLC), now in its third year, creates and connects opportunities for GC students to grow as educators and scholars within the nation’s largest public urban university system. As one of the few teaching centers dedicated to working with graduate student instructors, the TLC prepares new college teachers for their entry into the classroom, guides developing teachers as they refine their practices, and helps experienced teachers think through how to best apply what they’ve learned in the next stages of their careers, whether those careers be inside or outside the classroom. TLC supports GC students through a range of programs, each of which is informed by and productive of scholarly research in a variety of fields, including pedagogy, demographics, educational psychology, educational technology, composition and rhetoric, the digital humanities, critical university studies, and more. The TLC’s programs are explicitly designed to generate, engage with, and integrate the concerns of the students whom it serves, and GC’s students take an active role in shaping the Center’s priorities and areas of focus. The TLC is one of several programs at the GC that is working to consciously infuse administrative structures at the University with the latest in scholarship about graduate education, equity and access in education, and career readiness.

With generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Graduate Center and LaGuardia Community College of the City University of New York (CUNY) have established the CUNY Humanities Alliance, an ambitious partnership dedicated to training Ph.D. students in the most successful methods for teaching humanities courses in some of the country’s most diverse undergraduate classrooms while simultaneously broadening and strengthening access to and engagement in the humanities for Community College students. The CUNY Humanities Alliance offers unique fellowships to doctoral students at the GC to train with LaGuardia Community College master faculty and receive robust professional development from faculty and administrators at both LaGuardia Community College and at the Graduate Center, before implementing their newly-acquired skills to teach their own classes at the college.

Based in the TLC, the Research Associate/Post-Doctoral Fellow will extend the Center’s reach by supporting new and existing programs, carrying out research that enhances the pedagogical training available to GC students, and acting as a liaison to the Humanities Alliance. The Research Associates/Post-Doctoral Fellow will publish their own scholarly work, including revising their dissertations into publications, while beginning new research projects. They will also develop additional programs or special projects related to their research interests, as part of a broader effort to integrate scholarship on teaching and learning into doctoral education across the disciplines, and to promote connections between teaching and research activity across CUNY. The position will work closely with TLC Staff and bring their scholarship to bear on a range of initiatives, including the Open Teaching Initiative, TLC Grants program, the Teach@CUNY Handbook, the Teach@CUNY Institute, the TLC blog Visible Pedagogy, and Focused Inquiry Groups (FIGs).

The position is an annual appointment with funding for two (2) years. The position begins in Fall 2018 and report to the TLC Director.

Duties include but are not limited to:
Conducts independent research;

Contributes to the teaching and learning programs in the department; meets with and supervises graduate students on matters related to their research and teaching;

Identifies sources of funding and contributes to the process of securing funds;

Develops and/or leads workshops, webinars, and web resources on a range of scholarly topics including writing across the curriculum and writing in the disciplines, quantitative literacy, integrating digital tools into the classroom environment, developing online/hybrid courses, classroom management, assignment design, the theory and practice of critical pedagogy, and preparing teaching portfolios for the job market;

Perform other duties as assigned.


Doctoral Degree in a related field and demonstrated research ability.


Ph.D. in humanities, the social sciences, or the sciences (degree awarded prior to start date).

Active research agenda related to graduate education, equity and access in education, and career readiness, research interest in pedagogy, educational technology, or a related field.

Familiarity with the Mellon Humanities Alliance and its mission.

Demonstrated excellence in teaching; varied college teaching experience.

Familiarity with emerging trends in digital, hybrid, and online instruction.

Experience teaching with open educational resources, designing experiential learning opportunities, and an understanding of accessible educational practices.

Knowledge of curriculum development at both the course and program level.

Commitment to public higher education.

Excellent research, writing, and communication skills.


Salary commensurate with education and experience.


CUNY offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees and eligible dependents based on job title and classification. Employees are also offered pension and Tax-Deferred Savings Plans. Part-time employees must meet a weekly or semester work hour criteria to be eligible for health benefits. Health benefits are also extended to retirees who meet the eligibility criteria.


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May 31, 2018


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Job Title: Research Associate (Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow) Teaching and Learning Center

Job ID: 18797