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Project Overview

The MIT Teaching Systems Lab in partnership with the Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning is creating a new STEM teacher education program. This presents a rare opportunity to bring creative and innovative ways to reimagine what and how teachers learn. We are looking for a creative design researcher who will join an interdisciplinary team of learning designers and teacher educators to lead and implement design-based research projects collaborating closely with the Academy team. The primary responsibility of this position will be to create prototypes for practice spaces--playful and game-like learning experiences that allow teachers to enact the skills required to solve authentic problems of teaching and learning--and inform the design team’s work with in-depth literature reviews of the best practices in teacher education. The design researcher will also lead design research of the practice spaces by iteratively refining them based on empirical evidence.


  • Collaborate closely with the Woodrow Wilson Academy team to prototype practice spaces and research them in the context of the program and other teacher ed programs
  • Immerse in the landscape of teacher education to research and synthesize innovations in teacher education and inform and educate the design team
  • Lead and manage design-based research projects working closely with a game designer, MIT undergraduate students, and WWA design fellows
  • Publish journal articles and present at national conferences to share our work to the broader education research community



  • Candidates must have a PhD or EdD in Learning Sciences, Curriculum and Instruction, Cognitive Science, STEM education fields, or equivalent.
  • Awareness of the affordances of different approaches to learning, including non-traditional
  • Vision of how learning and teaching can be improved
  • Must have experience working with K-12 students and educators, from both formal and informal learning environments
  • Must have prior experience of conducting and leading design-based research
  • Proven record of leading and managing a project with interdisciplinary teams
  • Proven record of scholarly work and academic publication
  • Preference will also be given to candidates with design-based education research experience in the context of teacher education and game-based learning

Review of applications will begin on January 1, 2018; however, the position will remain open until filled. For additional information about the position, please contact YJ Kim at

This is a temporary, one-year appointment renewable on an annual basis. 

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability.