A three-year Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistantship is available (beginning August 2017) working with Dr. Stephen Chrisomalis at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.  Applicants should be interested in pursuing doctoral research in cognitive or linguistic anthropology relating to mathematics, STEM education, numeracy, or cognitive aspects of knowledge systems.

This assistantship will be funded under an interdisciplinary grant, ‘Developing and studying the replication of Math Corps’ funded by the National Science Foundation to evaluate the replication of the Math Corps program.  This research will use a variety of social-scientific approaches, including discourse analysis, cultural models, and ethnomathematics, to work with a middle-school mathematics informal learning program.  The GRA will be involved in fieldwork, data collection and analysis, and dissemination of research findings at conferences and in publications, throughout the duration of the assistantship.  The successful applicant may develop a doctoral project based directly on this work with the Math Corps (http://www.mathcorps.org), or develop an independent project in one of the subject areas listed above.  

The successful applicant will have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in anthropology, linguistics, or closely allied field, and should demonstrate an ability to participate in an interdisciplinary research environment as well as a capacity to work independently.  No particular advanced training in mathematics is required.  Applicants will apply to the Ph.D. program in anthropology at Wayne State University (http://wayne.edu/admissions/graduate) and will otherwise meet the criteria for admission to that program.  The Wayne State anthropology program is a four-field anthropology program with strong methodological training and a focus on practicing anthropology.

The assistantship is a three-year award (estimated 20 work hours / week through the academic year), subject to yearly performance reviews, with a salary of $18,885 in 2017-18 and an approximate 2.5% annual cost-of-living increase, plus graduate tuition of up to ten credits per semester for fall and winter, plus subsidized benefits throughout the term of the assistantship.   Additional funding may be possible following the end of the assistantship.  The successful applicant will be expected to apply for external funding in support of their dissertation research.  Students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the academy are particularly encouraged to apply.

For more information, please email Stephen Chrisomalis at chrisomalis@wayne.edu, and attach a current CV.

 

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