Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Deadline to Apply:

Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 11:00pm



Clemson, SC
United States

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The Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management at Clemson University is pleased to announce a new Postdoctoral Research Associate position starting in Jan. 2020-June 2022.  The position involves working closely with Dr. Robert Powell and focuses primarily on research supported by a National Science Foundation Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) Research in Service to Practice Grant entitled: What leads to better outcomes in informal STEM-based environmental education programs for youth? The effort is part of ongoing research examining which pedagogical practices tend to lead to more meaningful outcomes for youth-participants in environmental education programs across the United States, in partnership with Marc J. Stern, Virginia Tech; Troy Frensley, Univ. of North Carolina-Wilmington; and Ryan Gagnon, Clemson University.

Primary duties:

Identify and recruit environmental education organizations
Planning and logistical support for national research effort
Provide research design support
Manage and mentor graduate students and research assistants
Manage data collection and entry
Perform quantitative data analysis
Present at conferences and other professional meetings
Co-author peer-reviewed publications
Authorship on other reports


Minimum qualifications:

A PhD in environmental education, informal science education, developmental psychology, positive youth development, evaluation, conservation social sciences, Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management, or other relevant field
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Strong quantitative analysis skills with experience in statistical software programs, such as SPSS, R, and/or MPlus
Experience in database management
Experience in project management
Experience or expertise in environmental education
Willingness to travel for periods of up to 4 weeks.


Additional desired experience:

Experience collaborating on larger research projects with an ability to manage others, including graduate students
Experience with multilevel modeling and other advanced statistical procedures


This is a benefit-eligible, 12-month position (full-time) with an annual salary of $50,000 plus benefits. The position is funded for 2.5 years. Additional teaching and research opportunities exist including evaluation of environmental education programs. The position is renewable annually contingent on performance and funding. Review of applications will begin on Oct. 1, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. 

How to Apply:

Applicants wishing to be considered for the position should submit the following materials via the following link:

Cover letter articulating interest and skills pertaining to the position

Curriculum vita
Names and contact information for 3 academic or professional references

Initial questions should be directed to Dr. Bob Powell at and 864-784-7974.  

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management at Clemson University is one of the largest of its type in North America, with 38 full-time faculty, and approximately 150 graduate students (Masters and Ph.D.) and 500 undergraduates. Clemson University is a selective, public, land-grant university in a college-town setting along a dynamic Southeastern corridor. It is located on the shores of Lake Hartwell in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.


Clemson University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group of individuals on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information.

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