Assessment and Educational Research Associate
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center
Job #: MB2013-EE1866
Open until filled. Application Screening Begins:
California State University, Monterey Bay is distinctive in serving the diverse people of California, especially the working class and historically underserved communities. The identity of the University is framed by substantive commitment to a multilingual, multicultural, intellectual community which enables students, faculty and staff to cross institutional boundaries for innovative instruction, broadly defined scholarly and creative activity, and coordinated community service.
CSUMB is an equal opportunity employer and committed to building a pluralistic university by hiring personnel with competencies and experience related to the regional and State population.
California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) is committed to attracting, retaining, and graduating students from diverse backgrounds, and to equipping these students with the skills they need for successful careers. To that end, CSUMB developed the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center (UROC) to train, support, and engage students in rigorous undergraduate research. UROC students from a wide range of majors work on relevant and innovative research projects at CSUMB, and at regional, state, national, and international research institutions. Their work is guided by a research mentor, supported by UROC staff, and augmented by extensive training in research proposal writing, presentation skills, communication skills, professionalism, and graduate school preparedness. Students are also given the opportunity to communicate their work to the academic community through conference presentations and peer-reviewed publications. Taken together, these experiences prepare our students for successful academic and professional careers.
Bringing an extensive knowledge of assessment and educational research in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) disciplines, the Assessment and Educational Research Associate will guide UROC's efforts to deeply understand, assess, and improve research-based learning and undergraduate research programming. Under the general direction of the Assistant Director of UROC, the Research Associate will have three primary responsibilities: 1) designing and implementing UROC's research and evaluation agenda at the student, course, and program levels; 2) disseminating UROC's findings to the broader undergraduate research community through conference presentations and scholarly journals; and 3) assessing UROC-related curriculum and programming (both formal and informal). And, true to UROC's mission, the Research Associate will mentor an undergraduate researcher(s) in a project that contributes to UROC's assessment and educational research agenda.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Develop and implement a research agenda for UROC related to undergraduate research programming, interventions, and curricular enhancements. This will include a survey of existing research; identifying relevant and applied research questions; determining research feasibility; and managing UROC's Institutional Review Board application and documentation.
- Communicate UROC's research findings via talks, conference presentations, and publications.
- Develop curriculum assessment tools for UROC- based and UROC-funded curricula.
- Research, develop, and submit funding proposals that advance the vision and mission of UROC and CSUMB.
- Monitor, support, and collaborate with staff and faculty to capture and disseminate the results of grant- funded courses and tutoring.
- Collaborate with faculty on grant-driven activities, such as course and assessment development, instructional models, and assessment of research writing.
- Oversee assigned grant documentation, tracking, and reporting with support from UROC staff.
- Provide regular oral and written progress and summary reports as needed.
- Attend committee and planning meetings on an as needed basis.
- Provide professional guidance, advice, and general direction to UROC Curriculum and Research Coordinators in support of program activities.
- Collaborate with UROC's external evaluator on all evaluation activities, including Data-Based Decision- Making.
- Identify and initiate special projects that capitalize on UROC evaluation and program results that may include special reports, campus updates, conference presentations, and publications.
- Collaborate with staff on designing and delivering UROC's Undergraduate Research Seminar (RSCH) series.
- Develop, in collaboration with the Assistant Director of UROC, appropriate UROC communication materials (e.g. website language, presentations, mentor guides, campus communications, etc.).
- Lead training activities, such as assessment workshops and evaluation of undergraduate research, as needed.
- Build and maintain collaborative relationships with faculty, CSU Monterey Bay programs, and external partners (e.g. agencies, universities, and community colleges).
- Mentor and provide research support to undergraduate researchers.
- Carry out responsibilities in accordance with Corporation, CSUMB policies and procedures and applicable Federal, State, and local laws.
- Perform other duties as assigned by the Assistant Director.
- Promote and maintain an atmosphere of excellent internal and external customer service.
- Develop and maintain an atmosphere of teamwork.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Extensive knowledge of modern developments, trends, and theories in educational research, assessment, evaluation, particularly in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) disciplines.
- Knowledge of the principles and practices of educational research, program evaluation, course assessment, curriculum development, and strategic planning.
- Extensive knowledge of Human Subjects in Research protocols and Responsible Conduct of Research principles.
- Superior writing, critical assessment, and synthesis skills.
- Knowledge of standard measures and statistical tools used in psychology, educational research, assessment, and evaluation.
- Ability to lead complex projects, work independently as well as collaboratively, and develop and adhere to project timelines.
- Demonstrated knowledge of higher education.
- Knowledge and ability to produce research articles worthy of peer-review publication and professional conference presentations.
- Ability to think creatively and conceptually, and to apply independent judgment, discretion, and initiative to address problems and develop practical, thorough, and creative solutions.
- Ability to maintain effective working relationships with administration, faculty, students, and community partners.
- Demonstrated communication and interpersonal skills utilizing tact, diplomacy, and patience.
- Ability to present clear and concise information orally and in written reports, proposals, and publications.
- Ability to present complex material publicly at conferences and/or meetings.
- Ability to work within a project management framework of deadlines and deliverables.
- Advanced computer literacy, including word- processing, statistical software, graphics, and database work; relationship database experience a plus.
- Knowledge and familiarity with Federal grant proposals, grant awards, and required documentation and reporting.
- Demonstrated understanding of, and commitment to, the CSUMB Vision Statement and the core values of mutual respect, collaboration, multiculturalism and diversity, community service, and institutional excellence.
- Experience working with diverse and multicultural populations and the ability to guide students of diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds to higher levels of skills development.
Equivalent of a Ph.D. degree in Psychology, Science, Education, or a related field, AND preferably three (3) years of progressive professional responsibility in assessment, evaluation, program planning, or curriculum development. Additional education or experience in a related field, which has demonstrated the acquisition and successful application of the required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be substituted for the required education and/or experience on a year-for-year basis.
SPECIALIZED SKILLS REQUIRED:
Demonstrated ability to address the essential functions associated with this position including the knowledge and abilities identified above.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS :
Management and/or supervisory experience preferred. Demonstrated experience in quantitative and qualitative assessment design and analyses in the STEM disciplines.
SPECIAL CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; to verbally communicate to exchange information; and to occasionally travel to other offices or locations to attend meetings or to pick up or deliver materials.
Commensurate with qualifications and experience. This is a management level position with an attractive benefits package, which includes: a vacation accrual rate of 16 hours per month; an excellent choice of medical, dental and vision insurance; long term disability coverage; life insurance; educational incentives; and retirement benefits. For further information, please visit: Management Personnel Plan. The University Corporation at CSU Monterey Bay also provides access to affordable campus housing, Employee Housing.
A completed online application and resume must be received by Human Resources by 5:00 p.m. on the priority screen date listed above to be guaranteed a review. Application submissions received after the application screening date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University. Materials submitted become the property of CSUMB and will not be returned.
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All employees must be eligible for employment in the U.S.