Information about the College of Education and Human Ecology Dean’s Diversity Postdoctoral Fellows Program

The College of Education and Human Ecology Dean’s Diversity Postdoctoral Fellows Program at The Ohio State University seeks to increase the number of scholars who will contribute to the innovation, vibrancy, and excellence in the college. The PFP @ EHE employs a cohort approach to recruiting 3-6 postdoctoral fellows in EHE for 2-year appointments. The expected start date is September 1, 2019. All postdoctoral scholars must be from outside Ohio State.

The mission of the PFP @ EHE program is to prepare graduate students and postdoctoral scholars for tenure-track faculty careers in EHE, with emphasis on those with a demonstrable track record of involvement equity, diversity and inclusion in teaching or research. We also seek scholars whose interests align with OSU Discovery Themes or EHE priority areas: social justice and equity, urban and rural education, global engagement, immigration, inclusive education practices.

The deadline for applications was extended to: January 1, 2019.

One of the proposed postdoctoral fellowship projects focuses on issue areas of the U.S. Social Security Administration: (1) interactions between public assistance and social insurance over the life course; (2) role of health, health insurance, and financial decisions in household financial security; (3) how economically vulnerable households combine work, pensions, and social insurance over the life course; (4) low net-wealth households and retirement well-being, including the role of housing wealth, saving, and debt.

The postdoctoral scholar in this particular project will be advised by:

In addition, the postdoctoral fellow will be affiliated with the U.S. Social Security Administration’s Retirement and Disability Research Consortium at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Financial Security (Wisconsin RDRC, see: https://cfsrdrc.wisc.edu). Through this affiliation, the fellow will be enrolled in the Wisconsin RDRC post-doctoral training program and will collaborate with Loibl, Moulton and Haurin on their RDRC funded research.

The OSU mentoring team, in collaboration with the mentoring team at the Wisconsin RDRC, aims to recruit and select an emerging scholar with the following expertise and interests:

  • The capacity and desire to engage in applied research and related projects that inform retirement and disability policy
  • Experience in analyzing large panel data sets, such as the U.S. Health and Retirement Study
  • Interest in working with mentoring teams at Ohio State, the Wisconsin RDRC, and at a federal agency to build research skills
  • Collaborate with federal agencies on joint research and training activities
  • Willingness to work with the mentoring teams each Spring to submit to the Wisconsin RDRC research projects for funding by the Social Security Administration and willingness to respond to off-cycle, quick turnaround projects issued by the SSA, if topic is of interest.

The mentoring team at Ohio State meets weekly and its role is to provide guidance to and evaluation of all aspects of the fellow’s professional development, research, and teaching. Together with the mentoring team, the postdoctoral fellow will apply each year during Spring semester for a new year of research funding from the Wisconsin RDRC.

The mentoring team at the Wisconsin RDRC will be led by Michael Collins, Wisconsin RDRC Faculty Director.

In this unique postdoctoral model, the OSU postdoctoral fellow will be placed in residence at SSA or a similar agency for an extended period of time. Having fellows on site will give them access to specialized data and real-world operations while also deepening research partnerships between the mentoring team, the Wisconsin RDRC, and the hosting agency. Funding decisions about the federal agency in-residence are currently pending.

About the mentoring team:

The OSU mentoring team of Loibl, Moulton and Haurin has advised a combined 85 Ph.D. students as main advisors and dissertation committee members at Ohio State. As a team, we have together mentored 5 graduate students since we started to collaborate in 2011.

Loibl, Moulton, and Haurin have conducted funded research on the relationship of poverty in older age and access to housing wealth since 2011, with a focus on reverse mortgage borrowing. Together, we have obtained $1.26 million in grant funding. Results of this research are published in the Journal of Urban Economics, the Journals of Gerontology, the Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, and Cityscape. Our current working papers were presented at the Univerity of Michigan Retirement Center and the Federal Reserve Board. This research has received extensive national press coverage, such as in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Consumer Reports, CNBC, The Associated Press and Forbes.

Through their public policy work, Loibl, Moulton and Haurin have well-established relationships with government and non-profit agencies at the national and state level, such as at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Reserve Board, National Council on Aging, National Foundation of Credit Counseling, and Ohio Housing Finance Agency. This network will give the postdoctoral fellow access to policy experts and a platform for presenting research finding to individuals who can translate the findings into practice.

Applications are due on January 1, 2019. Submit an application to this postdoctoral fellowship program here: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_et7PYbxsgwhRLU1

In addition to submitting an application on the website, please also send your information to Dr. Loibl to let her know about your application. All applicants are  encouraged to contact Dr. Loibl at loibl.3@osu.edu prior to submitting their application.

Learn more about the larger initiative here: https://ehe.osu.edu/postdoctoral-fellows?utm_source=ehe-news&utm_medium=email&utm_term=postdoctoral-fellows&utm_content=&utm_campaign=webpage


Visit Dr. Loibl’s official homepage by clicking on this link.