The University of Pittsburgh’s Learning Research and Development Center is recruiting PhD students for the Fall of 2024 for the PhD in Information Science program. Working with Dr. Angela Stewart, the research goal is to create technology-rich educational environments that support learning, increase agency, and promote social change. The work uses human-computer interaction, learning science, and artificial intelligence approaches to understand and model social phenomena in educational spaces. The work also employs a lot of design-based research and co-design methods to create technologies that support both learners and teachers. Students will work with community organizations across Pittsburgh to codesign STEM programs and technologies for their particular context. PhD students are begin recruited under the recently awarded NSF Racial Equity in STEM Education grant.
Students who wish to apply should be interested in topics of justice-oriented computing education, social technologies that affirm learners’ diverse identities, and flexible modeling of engagement and identity for historically excluded populations. Students from a variety of backgrounds are encouraged to apply, including computing/informatics, cognitive science, and community engagement/social work. BIPOC and queer scholars are also encouraged to apply.
There will be a Zoom information session on October 18 at 2 PM EST. Register here.