Constellations Fellow/ Research Associate I

Position ID: 41621
Georgia Institute of Technology
College of Computing
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Research Associate I
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Constellations Fellow/ Research Associate I

Constellation Fellows will serve as instructional coaches for the Constellations Center for Equity in Computing. As such, applicants will work on a team with other such coaches to develop teacher support resources and online course materials in support of expanding access to computing. They will assist with creating an implementation plan to increase teacher efficacy in facilitating online courses with effective computer science instructional and engagement methods. During the school year, the Constellations Fellow will coach teachers to build content knowledge and facilitation capacity for online courses implemented in classrooms. They will work with teachers in local classrooms (face-to-face and virtual) as well as work on the Georgia Tech campus collaborating with the Constellations team to complete activities such as but not limited to continuing research, develop curriculum, plan for teacher professional development and assisting to further advance the Center’s mission to democratize computing.

The Fellows will provide professional development to the Constellations’ growing community of computer science teachers, starting at the high school level. This may involve weekend workshops, fall, winter, spring seminars, and summer institutes. They will also build community with teachers facilitating an online teacher community. As a means of sharing their work with the CS education community, Fellows will be expected to attend and present their findings and methods at designated professional conferences as well as publish papers when applicable. This is a full-time 12 month faculty position and carries the expectation of a 40 hour work week minimum. We are currently planning to hire up to 3 Constellations Fellows. 

This job requires an intermediate to advance understanding of computing principles and practical connections to society and global impacts. It is highly preferred that applicants possess intermediate to advance programming skills in multiple languages or be willing to learn high levels of programming concepts in a demanding time frame. Of significance, applicants must have an innate inclination to mentor and coach teachers, to nurture a sustainable professional development process, and to assist teachers who are novices to computing to be successful on their learning trajectory of computer science principles. Applicants must be willing and comfortable with working in urban and rural school settings, speaking with school leaders and administrators at all levels, and conducting classroom-based teacher professional development; work professionally and collaboratively on a diverse team of Constellations Fellows; provide in-person and virtual modes of teacher professional development; develop curricula; and conduct research on the field of computer science education as directed by the Center.

Any special skill set desired: Candidates should have a general understanding of major challenges in computing education, (e.g., access and equity issues, lack of qualified teachers to teach computer science, state policies that impact CS education). It is preferred that candidates possess strong coaching and mentoring skills that will be utilized in building teaching capacity with teachers who are novices to computing. Candidates must be energetic and have a high level of enthusiasm for teaching and working in schools with students who are underrepresented in computing, namely female students and students of color. Experience with teaching Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science Principles or AP Computer Science A or a comparable course to either of these is a plus. Candidates should be able to develop cutting edge online and unplugged computer science curricula and be willing to work closely with high school teachers to build a computer science program.

Years of experience required: At least 2 years of teaching experience is preferred (grades 6-16) and in a computer science, or science, technology, engineering, art or math (STEAM) related field is an advantage. Candidates do not need to currently be teaching computer science but should have been teaching within the last 3-5 years.

Degree required: Bachelor’s in Education; Master’s preferred but not required.

Application Procedure: We invite applications from qualified individuals immediately. To ensure full consideration, all candidates are asked to apply via email by July 15, 2019. Interested applicants should send, an email to Michelle Meadors, HR Manager at with “Constellations Fellow Position” in the subject line. Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, and three recommendation letters (on company/institute letterhead with a signature). This search will begin right away and will continue until the position is filled.

Contract Period: 
12 months
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Computer Science
Computing Support (Admin code)
Computer Programming/Programmer, General
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3 years
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Experience with teaching Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science Principles or AP Computer Science A or a comparable course to either of these is a plus.
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University System of Georgia
Applicant Clearinghouse
278 Brooks Hall
The University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia 30602

Phone: (706) 542-7817
Fax: (706) 542-2822


Janyce Dawkins, Director

Kristopher Stevens, Associate Director

Tafara Makaya, Assistant Director

Kieran Morrow, Assistant Director

Kristopher Bolden, Assistant Director

Thomas Brazzle, System Coordinator