University of Connecticut Job Opportunity: Postdoctoral Research Associate

May 16, 2024

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Search #: 498320                                                                                                                                 Advertised: Apr 11, 2024 Eastern Daylight Time
Work type: Full-time                                                                                                                             Applications close: Jul 01, 2024 Eastern Daylight Time
Location: Storrs Campus
Categories: Postdoctoral Research Associates


Project EAGLE (Eliciting Advanced Gifted Learning Evidence) is seeking a qualitative researcher with math education experience for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position. The person in this position will work on this study of math lessons designed to elicit gifted behaviors in elementary English learners through a dynamic identification approach.


  • Refine the math talent observation checklists and problem-based activities.
  • Develop and provide professional learning sessions.
  • Recruit participants.
  • Conduct interviews and observations.
  • Organize and analyze data to write research results.
  • Be a core team member, able to learn and work independently and collaborate effectively with co-workers.
  • Opportunities to engage in the entire research process and collaborate on research presentations and publications.


  • Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, Mathematics Education, Gifted Education, or a related area.
  • Experience in elementary or intermediate math curriculum and instruction.
  • Experience analyzing and synthesizing qualitative data.


  • Experience with gifted English learners.
  • Fluency in speaking, writing, and translating Spanish.
  • Experience using, measuring, or teaching critical and creative thinking skills.
  • Experience developing and/or delivering professional learning sessions.
  • Experience conducting interviews and/or field observations.
  • Experience with Dedoose or another app to organize and analyze research data.
  • Experience in preparing manuscripts for dissemination and publication.


This is a full-time, end-date, 12-month position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2024. The position may be renewed annually based on funding and performance. The candidate’s appointment will include the possibility of regional and national travel. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.


Please apply online at, Staff Positions, Search #498320 to upload a resumecover letter, and contact information for three (3) professional references.

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on July 1, 2024.

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Professional Learning Videos

May 20, 2023

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Camera person recording video of students working on math

Camera person video recording students working on math.

Video recording teacher teaching math lesson

Camera view of class recording

Video recording Project EAGLE lessons

Video recording Project EAGLE lessons

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The Project EAGLE team is working with the Eyeglue video team to produce professional learning videos featuring the Points of Promise checklist.

Project EAGLE Seeking Postdoctoral Fellow

September 29, 2022

Project EAGLE (Eliciting Advanced Gifted Learning Evidence) at the University of Connecticut is seeking a qualitative researcher with math and gifted English learner experience for a Postdoctoral Fellow position. The person in this position will work on a study of math lessons designed to elicit gifted behaviors in elementary English learners through a dynamic identification approach. This position will be a core team member who must be able to both learn and work independently as well as collaborate effectively with co-workers. There will be substantial opportunities to engage in the entire research process and collaborate on research presentations and publications. For more information and to apply go to or contact Del Siegle (

Project EAGLE funded for $2.9 million

September 20, 2022

Renzulli Center Director Del Siegle (PI), along with D. Betsy McCoach (Co-PI) and Susan Dulong Langley, has received a $2.9 million Javits grant to improve identification of English learners (ELs) for gifted services. ELs are among the most underidentified of underserved populations, while being the fastest growing population. The researchers note that static assessment measures (e.g., IQ and achievement tests) have not been effective in identifying the broad range of gifts evident across diverse populations, including ELs. Project EAGLE (Eliciting Advanced Gifted Learning Evidence) addresses this problem by refining and validating a dynamic identification approach that involves teachers reviewing a list of characteristics that mathematically talented students in Grades 3 and 4 exhibit while they interact with and observe the students engaging in problem-based activities. The grant also provides funding for 15 trainers to provide workshops to teachers on how to implement the no-cost identification system. The researchers will be recruiting a full-time post doc with experience in math education and English learners to assist with the research.

Photograph of Del Siegle Photo of D. Betsy McCoach Susan Dulong Langley Photo