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FSU - Florida Institute for Child Welfare
Tallahassee, FL, United States
30+ days ago
FSU - Florida Institute for Child Welfare
Tallahassee, Florida, United States
30+ days ago


The primary responsibilities for the 22-23 academic year will be supporting an evaluation of the Institute’s Advanced Certifications (AdCerts) for the child welfare workforce, led by Dr. Boel-Studt. AdCerts are part of the ALIGN initiative at the Institute’s GROW Center.

You can learn more about these initiatives at

Additional responsibilities will include assisting with or leading ongoing quantitative and qualitative research, writing and reviewing reports, and translating research findings into policy recommendations for state legislators. Fellows will have the opportunity to collaborate with leaders at state and community-based agencies as well as the Institute’s faculty and research affiliates around the state. Fellows will be encouraged to write for publication and to present at state, national, and international conferences.

The fellowship is designed to support early career scholars who have an interest in child welfare research and policy.

The Fellow will:

• Be supervised by the Program Director of Research at the Institute and mentored by Dr. Shamra Boel-Studt

• Have opportunities to network with child welfare policymakers, Florida Department of Children and Families’ leadership, community-based care agencies, and statewide faculty and research affiliates

• Gain direct experience translating research findings into policy recommendations for state legislators and other child welfare stakeholders in Florida.

The Fellowship will be in place September 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023, with the possibility of annual renewal each July 1st, depending on performance and available funding, with a maximum total tenure of four years. An earlier start date will be considered based on the successful candidate’s availability.

About the Institute

The Florida Institute for Child Welfare, housed at the Florida State University College of Social Work ( in Tallahassee, Florida, seeks to promote safety, permanency, and well-being among the children and families of Florida that are involved with the child welfare system. To accomplish this mission, the Institute sponsors and supports interdisciplinary research projects and program evaluation initiatives that contribute to a dynamic knowledge base relevant for enhancing Florida’s child welfare outcomes. The Institute collaborates with community agencies across all sectors and other important organizations in order to translate relevant knowledge generated through ecologically-valid research, policy analysis, and program evaluation. This is best achieved through the design and implementation of developmentally targeted and trauma-informed strategies for children and families involved in the child welfare system. For more information about the Institute please visit our website: 


 Applicant must have received a PhD from an accredited graduate program in social work or related field within the past 5 years of the appointment start date. If the applicant is a current student, a confirmation of eligibility must be submitted. Exceptions can be made on an individual basis when justifiable and accompanied by supporting documents with prior approval from the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.

 If the applicant is a current student, the applicant must submit a letter from their doctoral program director or dean confirming eligibility for the Florida Institute for Child Welfare Postdoctoral Scholar Fellowship.

The letter must be on university letterhead with signatures and confirm the following about the applicant:

All coursework and preliminary or qualifying exams have been completed;

Prospectus (or equivalent) has been approved by the dissertation committee;

Actively working on dissertation (include defense date if known);

In good academic standing;

Projected graduation date is by August 31, 2022. Confirmation of Eligibility should be emailed as a signed PDF to Dr. Lisa Magruder, Dr. Magruder will respond within 48 business hours to confirm receipt.

Please use subject line: Postdoctoral Candidate Eligibility – [Full Name of Candidate].

How To Apply

If qualified and interested in a specific job opening as advertised, apply via

If you are a current FSU employee, apply via 

Applicants are required to complete the online application with all applicable information. Applications must include all work history up to ten years, and education details even if attaching a resume.

All applicants must upload the following documents in their application:

 Cover letter

Curriculum Vitae

Statement of Research

Two writing samples (e.g., peer-reviewed publications, reports, research briefs)

Contact details for two academic or professional references (not written letters of recommendation)

Job Information

  • Job ID: 63517149
  • Location:
    Tallahassee, Florida, United States
  • Company Name For Job: FSU - Florida Institute for Child Welfare
  • Position Title: Postdoctoral Scholar
  • Practice Area: Researcher
  • Job Function: Post Doctoral Student
  • Job Duration: 09/01/2022
  • Min Education: PhD
  • Min Experience: 1-2 Years
  • Salary: $26.50 - $29.00 (Hourly Wage)

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