Post-Doctorate Research Team

Jenny Yun-Chen CHAN

Jenny's research examines the mechanisms and the cognitive processes involved in mathematical development. The first line of her work focuses on the effects of perceptual and contextual features in the environment on learning mathematics. The second line of her work investigates the influences of language and executive function skills on mathematical thinking and development. Through her research, she aims to contribute to the efforts in delineating the developmental pathways to mathematical thinking, and inform practices to better support learning and development.

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Ji-EuN Lee

Ji-Eun is a Post-Doctoral fellow of Learning Sciences & Technologies at WPI. Her research interests are largely directed towards applying learning analytics and educational data mining techniques to improve instructional design and student success in mathematics education. She examines data models to produce algorithms that identify student behaviors and mathematical strategies that predict learning outcomes and engagement in FH2T. She received her Ph.D. in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences from Utah State University.

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WE are hiring a postdoc!

The Educational Psychology and Mathematics Learning Lab at WPI seeks to hire a postdoctoral fellow (full time, 12 months, for up to 2 years) under the direction of Dr. Erin Ottmar in the Learning Sciences, Technology, and Psychology programs in Social Sciences and Policy Studies Department .

The postdoc would join an interdisciplinary team to work on a 2 IES funded projects examining the intersections of algebra problem solving math cognition, student errors and strategy use, feedback, technology, and games in learning. There are a lot of opportunities for examining achievement level outcomes and log-level data analysis of student interactions with technology.

The postdoc will be expected to participate fully with all research activities including: designing instructional and assessment materials using the interative math tool, Graspable Math, conduct pilot studies with students and teachers in mathematics classrooms, analyzing quantitative survey, log data, and assessment data, mentoring graduate and undergraduate students, and writing manuscripts for publication. The postdoc will also have opportunities to continue to develop their own independent research in related areas.

The candidate must have a PhD or EdD in psychology, education, or learning sciences, and have substantive knowledge and background in education sciences, math education, and/or cognitive science. The candidate should also be familiar with middle and high school mathematics curricula and have strong quantitative research and writing skills. Given the interdisciplinary nature of this project, I am interested in receiving applications from people who have an appreciation for learning about theories, perspectives, and methodologies from other areas.

The start date is flexible but can begin as soon as June 1, 2020.

Review of materials will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should submit

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Contact information for 3 references

  • 2 Samples of written work

  • Research statement describing your training and research interests, including why your background and interests are a match for this position

Please send questions or materials to Erin Ottmar at erottmar@wpi.edu.