The University of Newcastle, Australia

Investigating the Impact, Mediators and Sustainability of Teacher Professional Development and Transference to Student Outcomes

Closing Date: 12 September 2019


PhD Scholarship

A unique opportunity for statistically trained candidates to engage in, and potentially lead, the burgeoning field of quantitative research within education and policy. Focussing on the statistical aspects, the research supports an Australian Research Council-funded project incorporating the first Australian randomised controlled trial to investigate the impact, mediators and sustainability of teacher professional development and transference to student outcomes – an internationally important phenomenon. High-level and complex statistical modelling skills are fundamental to this position.

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The research will embed within an Australian Research Council-funded project incorporating the first Australian randomised controlled trial to investigate the impact, mediators and sustainability of teacher professional development and transference to student outcomes – an internationally important phenomenon. The broader project will investigate the efficacy, complexity and sustainability of teacher change towards enhanced student achievement; several PhD(Education) projects will support this work. This particular PhD(Statistics) scholarship will support the higher level statistical investigation, modelling and analysis of the randomised controlled trials, and explore multiple mixed methods techniques for the education context. The successful candidate will be well-supported by an interfaculty team across the Faculty of Science & Faculty of Education and Arts, including the Teachers and Teaching Research Centre (TTRC), https://www.newcastle.edu.au/research-and-innovation/centre/teachers-and-teaching/about-us, led by Laureate Prof Jenny Gore. TTRC offers candidates substantial research training opportunities in a dynamic and collegial research environment. Principal supervisor will be A/Prof Peter Howley: https://www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/peter-howley Start date is flexible: preference for October 2019, no later than Jan 2020.

PhD Scholarship details

Funding: This scholarship provides a living allowance of $27,596 per annum (2019 rate) indexed annually. The living allowance scholarship is for 3.5 years and the tuition fee scholarship is for four years.

Supervisor: A/Prof Peter Howley

Available to: Domestic and International students

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Eligibility Criteria

Essential:

  • Masters Degree (Statistics, Biostatistics or related field) or Honours (Statistics) with GPA 6 or higher (equivalent to a Distinction average)
  • Statistical modelling skills
  • Statistical computing skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills (in English)
  • Capacity to work well with and contribute to a team

Desirable:

  • Expertise with hierarchical modelling, longitudinal and mixed methods design and analysis
  • Experience working in collaborative environments
  • Research and/or industry experience

Please also refer to the admission eligibility criteria.

Application Procedure

Email (A/Professor Peter Howley): peter.howley@newcastle.edu.au Please include each of the following in your emailed submission: your CV, academic transcript, explanation of how you address the criteria, a completed (excluding project summary) EOI form and a sample of recent academic writing.

Please send the email expressing interest to peter.howley@newcastle.edu.au by 5pm on 12 September 2019.

Applications Close 12 September 2019


Contact A/Prof Peter Howley
Phone +61 2 49 21 5518
Email peter.howley@newcastle.edu.au

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