Job Opportunities

Community Engagement Postdoctoral Scholar

The Division of Extension and Engagement at Oregon State University seeks a Community Engagement Postdoctoral Scholar to join its team beginning January 2, 2024. We are looking for someone whose research and scholarship focuses on institutional and community impact.
In this role, the Postdoctoral Scholar will be able to design and implement independent research projects to further their own scholarship as well as collaborate on co-authored articles that contribute to the scholarship of community engagement in higher education. The selected candidate will have the opportunity to support OSU’s strategic commitment as a land-grant university to a broader impacts mission, while adding to the research and development of a collective impact framework across OSU’s community engagement ecosystem that includes academic integration, community partnerships, and anchor institution efforts. This position is ideal for someone who is passionate and committed to advancing community engagement in higher education, has a record of publishing in this area, and is completing or holds a doctoral degree.

The Postdoctoral Scholar will work directly with the division’s Associate Vice Provost for Engagement, collaborating with multiple university-wide units to further develop and implement collective impact in community engagement and engaged scholarship. This role includes mixed methods research design, data collection, data analysis, literature reviews, and leading and supporting writing of peer-reviewed journal articles.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Contribute participatory action and translational research to the real-time development of a collective impact framework that includes tracking, assessing, and evaluating activities that connect the university with broader communities.
  • Research and develop systematic methods for collecting community partner data that incorporates community knowledge and expertise, while tracking and monitoring key metrics for community engagement.
  • Develop self-assessment protocols of OSU’s community engagement activities, including contributing to the application for Carnegie Elective Classification in Community Engagement and the application for APLU’s Innovation and Economic Prosperity (IEP) designation.
  • Develop curricula and implement non-credit educational programs on relevant community-engaged teaching and research competencies and that complement and enhance existing faculty development efforts across the institution.

The primary worksite location is the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis, OR and includes a hybrid in-person/remote work arrangement. Travel to other OSU campuses, extension offices, and stakeholder locations in Oregon as appropriate.

Support for professional development opportunities, the presentation of conference papers, and project-related travel, equipment and other research-related expenses will be provided.

This is a full-time two-year position, starting January 2, 2024. Application review will be on a rolling basis until the position is filled, and we will begin considering applications on December 1, 2023. However, please contact Dr. Marina Denny, Associate Vice Provost for Engagement, at if you plan to apply.