Research Director

New York City, New York
Competitive compensation package with generous benefits.
Dec 13, 2016
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Job Description: Research Director   The Position:

ACUE seeks to hire an accomplished social scientist to lead the research and evaluation of ACUE’s landmark and nationwide faculty development program.  This position will allow the successful candidate to examine the relationship between faculty development, effective instruction, and student outcomes.

Reporting to ACUE’s Chief Academic Officer, the Research Director will lead ACUE's research agenda, specifically to design and conduct institution-specific and nationwide research studies on the impacts of effective teaching on institutional growth and student success.

The Research Director will have unprecedented access to a new and rich dataset from a wide cross section of institutions offering ACUE’s Course in Effective Teaching Practices.  The findings of this research will play a seminal role in further establishing faculty development and effective instruction as central to the nation’s student success agenda.

Working closely with Offices of Institutional Research from participating colleges and universities and with leading social scientists from affiliated research universities, the Director will be responsible for leading program evaluation studies at each campus and developing ACUE’s larger research agenda.  The Director will also be responsible for coordinating efforts with external research partners; performing a broad spectrum of research and analytical functions; supporting program implementation and review studies, as well as developing findings for partner and community engagement efforts.

The successful candidate will have expertise in quantitative and qualitative analysis and experience presenting findings to higher-education administrators including presidents and provosts as well as foundation and other philanthropic leaders.  The Director will also work closely with ACUE executives and staff across functions.


  • Lead ACUE's research agenda by designing and conducting institution-specific and nationwide research studies
  • Prepare and present findings in a compelling format to various groups including higher-education administrators, investors as well as foundation and philanthropic leaders
  • Work with research partners at the American Council on Education
  • Act as a liaison with Academic, Technology and Content Development teams to ensure that Course data meets cross-team needs and informs a continuous improvement process
  • Act as liaison with campus partners, particularly Offices of Institutional Research, to measure program impact

 Skills and Experience:

  • PhD degree preferred; MA/MS required
  • Experience in collegiate instruction, faculty development, and/or research on pedagogy
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience (including dissertation research) in quantitative research and data analysis
  • Analytical and problem-solving abilities, strong written and oral communication skills
  • Familiarity with the literature on teaching and learning in higher education
  • Strong commitment to advancing college student success through effective instruction


A competitive compensation package will be provided commensurate with experience and responsibilities.  This full-time position includes salary and a generous benefits program.

To Apply:

To apply, please submit:

  • A current CV or resume and
  • A cover letter which expresses your specific interest in and qualifications for this position

Resumes or CVs and cover letters should be emailed to  Please include “Director of Research Opening” in your subject line.  Only emailed expressions of interest will be considered.


ACUE Main Offices, 85 Broad Street, New York, NY and travel to partner campuses and research affiliates as necessary.


This position will remain open until filled.

About ACUE:

The Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) was founded in 2014 by leaders in higher education to advance effective instruction, support college educators, and promote student success. ACUE partners with colleges and universities to implement scalable, research-based faculty development programs.

ACUE’s program is offered in partnership with the American Council on Education.  Founded in 1918, the American Council on Education (ACE) is the major coordinating body for all higher education institutions across the United States, representing more than 1,600 college and university, presidents and related associations, and is a leader internationally in higher education.  ACE provides leadership and advocacy on key higher education issues.

Together, ACUE and ACE are leading a major effort to help universities in the United States and around the world achieve their educational mission through outstanding instruction.  ACUE’s comprehensive Course in Effective Teaching Practices is specifically designed for college educators and was developed with internationally recognized subject matter experts.  It addresses the high-impact teaching practices shown to help students persist in their studies, complete their degrees, and develop the higher-order analytical skills necessary for success in the global knowledge economy.

ACUE Program Offerings:

  • ACUE’s Course in Effective Teaching Practices, endorsed by ACE, helps college educators develop the essential, research-based teaching skills shown to promote student success. This innovative Course showcases exemplary college educators, features leading experts in college instruction, and is designed on the latest research in cognition and adult learning.
  • ACUE’s Certificate in Effective College Instruction, also endorsed by ACE, distinguishes educators who satisfy Course requirements. Course-takers learn about and put research-based teaching techniques into practice.
  • ACUE’s membership-based Community of Professional Practice is a membership-based and moderated social network focused on advancing the scholarship of teaching and learning that educators use to sustain excellence in instruction.

Board of Advisors:

ACUE’s Board of Advisors includes some of the most accomplished leaders in higher education:

  • Molly Corbett Broad, President, American Council on Education
  • Ann Weaver Hart, President, University of Arizona
  • Elmira Mangum, 11th President, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
  • Peter McPherson, President, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
  • Barry Munitz, Chancellor Emeritus, California State University System
  • Eduardo Padrón, President, Miami Dade College
  • Kevin Reilly, President Emeritus and Regent Professor, University of Wisconsin System
  • Charles Rose, Former General Counsel, U.S. Department of Education
  • Benno Schmidt, President Emeritus, Yale University
  • Andy Stern, President Emeritus, SEIU

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