Investigator Position Pre-K Evaluation Projects



Investigator Position

Pre-K Evaluation Projects

FPG Child Development Institute

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Job Description

This investigator would be a key member of a pre-k evaluation research team at a premier university-based early childhood research institute.  This ongoing research is now in its 15th year, and has offered a stable source of funding, including rich longitudinal datasets and the opportunity to conduct policy-relevant research in early education.  These evaluation projects involve annual studies of the effects of the pre-k programs, including examination of short-term and longitudinal child outcomes, the quality of classroom practices, and characteristics of the programs and the children served.  The investigator position involves managing these ongoing projects to evaluate the statewide pre-kindergarten programs.  Responsibilities include overseeing the day-to-day operations of the projects, including monitoring project procedures, goals, timelines, and budget; and recruiting, training, and supervising project staff (project coordinators, research assistants, graduate students, and data collectors).  The investigator also will collaborate with other key project personnel in designing and modifying procedures and measures for data collection and analyzing evaluation data.  The investigator will play a key role in disseminating study results through technical reports, peer-reviewed publications, and scientific presentations.  Finally, the investigator will be expected to participate in writing grant proposals to secure funding to support research. 


Ph.D. in Education, Psychology, or related area.


To be a good fit for this position, an investigator would have strong skills in research methodology, knowledge of early education, experience with child assessment and classroom observation measures, good writing skills, understanding of statistical analysis, and a willingness to work as part of a larger team.  Specifically, candidates should possess extensive knowledge of child care and early education issues, pre-k evaluation, and/or early childhood development.  Candidates should have strong skills in research techniques and program evaluation, including experience coordinating large-scale research projects, and expertise in assessment procedures for young children, observation procedures for assessing environments for children, and survey methods.  Candidate should possess strong management skills, including experience supervising research staff.  Candidates also should demonstrate evidence of good analytic and writing skills, including experience writing grant proposals and evidence of scholarly dissemination, including scientific publications and presentations.





FPG Child Development Institute

Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) serves as one of the nation’s leading early childhood research centers offering excellent opportunity for collaborative work, including other researchers within the Institute, University faculty, and national researchers in multiple disciplines. FPG promotes collaboration across disciplines as well as the translation and dissemination of knowledge to help children live healthier and more productive lives. FPG has a particular focus on the study of vulnerable populations, such as those at risk for or who have disabilities and those who are disadvantaged.

Our Institute is one of the nation's oldest and largest multidisciplinary centers devoted to the study of young children and their families. FPG was created in 1966 by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to support its mission in research, public service, and teaching in the area of child and family development. About 300 researchers, implementation and technical assistance specialists, staff, and students work on more than 75 projects related to developmental disabilities; early care and education; physical and social health; professional development, technical assistance, and implementation science; public policy and evaluation; and racial, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, and socioeconomic diversity. Our work crosses many disciplines, including anthropology, audiology, education, special education, psychology, psychiatry, and public health. The Institute has several key core support units:  Data Management and Analysis Center, Outreach and Dissemination, IT Services, IT Web Services, Business Administration, and Facilities Services. Our Institute reports to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development.


Interested candidates are invited to submit an application to:

Applications for this position will be accepted beginning April 25, until the position is filled.

For further information, please contact Dr. Ellen Peisner-Feinberg, Search Committee Chair:


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and welcomes all to apply, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.