The part-time postdoctoral associate will be funded through the Jobs for the Future Foundation grant, a two-year grant to prepare UB to enroll students incarcerated at Wende Correctional Facility when the federal Pell Grant program expands in 2023. Duties for the part-time postdoctoral associate include:
* Providing information and/or trainings to campus staff and offices (such as financial aid, admissions, career services, advising services, etc.) who are unaccustomed to dealing with this unique student population and the challenges they face as students (such as not having access to computers or the internet), as well as with correctional officers and other prison staff, so that students who are incarcerated feel more supported in their academic endeavors within the prison;
* Creating partnerships with local reentry organizations to provide graduates with additional services and job placement assistance upon release;
* Organizing programs, trainings, and workshops that expand social networks, career opportunities, and improve education and overall well-being for our Wende student population, such as presentations from the UB Career Services office, academic advisors, or local community organizations focused on healthy neighborhoods, parenting classes, library workshops, financial literacy workshops, book clubs, etc.;
* Developing a plan for data collection and analysis related to assessment of the Wende degree program;
* Collaborating with the program’s financial aid team to guide students through the financial aid application process;
* Collaborating with the program director on grant writing for additional funding to sustain the prison education program.
In addition, the position carries meaningful opportunities for mentorship and conducting independent research:
* The program director will mentor the postdoc on the grant writing process, including searching for grant opportunities, writing for impact, and budgeting;
* The post-doc will be invited to participate in the Sociology Department’s “Crime, Law, & Justice” works-in-progress workshops, where faculty and PhD students offer feedback on draft manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals;
* The program director will mentor the postdoc on publishing additional research papers beyond the WIP group;
* Through involvement with the prison education program, the post-doc may have the opportunity to develop independent research on populations (inmates and correctional officers) that are traditionally extremely difficult to access for research purposes.
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