Director of Assessment

Wilmington, North Carolina
May 03, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Title: Director of Assessment
Department: College of Arts and Sciences Admin - 32000
Vacancy Number: E167
Position Number: 6823
Location of Workplace: Main UNCW Campus

Summary of Position:
The Director of Assessment for the College of Arts and Sciences helps ensure that the assessment plans created by the members of the College are designed to foster student learning and enhance the effectiveness of our academic programs while meeting the standards and best practices of the academic assessment community. In consultation with CAS administrators, department chairs, and faculty, the Director coordinates and serves as the primary resource for the development, implementation, and refinement of program assessment plans. The Director works closely with each CAS department to promote the understanding, articulation, and documentation of student learning outcomes. The Director is also responsible for assisting with regional and specialized accreditation activities, keeping abreast of assessment best practices nationally, and helping to foster a collaborative culture emphasizing continuous improvement in the quality of education at UNCW.
The primary purpose of the position is to provide leadership & guidance to the faculty in the area of assessment of student learning, by
• Providing leadership to the College faculty in the area of assessment of student learning
• Providing guidance to faculty and administration in creating assessment plans and evaluating student learning using the best practices of academic assessment
• Helping ensure that department and program assessment plans are designed, implemented, analyzed and reported on in a manner that fosters student learning, is useful for curricular and program improvement, and meets UNCW reporting needs
• Collaborating with all members of the UNCW community working on the assessment of student learning to assure that the university meets its strategic goals
• Maintaining electronic assessment records and training faculty on that system;
• Serving as the CAS representative to the Learning Assessment Council.

Minimum Requirements:
Masters degree in associated area. Three years of experience in higher education student-learning-outcomes assessment and educational program review; Knowledge of program assessment processes, including those related to regional and specialized accreditation; Leadership approach with strong collaborative, interpersonal and team-building style for establishing and maintaining collegial working relationships with faculty and administrators; Excellent communication skills both verbal and written; Excellent skills in data collection, management and analysis, project and program management, and the technology skills required to support these activities. Familiarity with assessment and accreditation software.

Preferred Qualifications:
Doctorate preferred, with a specialization in education assessment, measurement, program evaluation or a related field

Primary Function of Organizational Unit:
The College of Arts and Sciences is UNCW’s largest academic unit, awarding approximately three quarters of the university’s academic credits. It is a comprehensive arts and sciences college comprised of the arts, the humanities, the mathematical and natural sciences, and the social and behavioral sciences. The College’s twenty-one departments offer a variety of undergraduate majors and minors. Many of the College’s departments also offer graduate programs. In addition, the College is chiefly responsible for the curriculum that comprises the university’s Basic Studies Program, through which all UNCW undergraduates gain a foundation in the liberal arts and develop the transferable skills essential for life in the twenty-first century. The College strives to nurture creative thinking, intellectual curiosity and academic integrity in students while providing them with a solid foundation of knowledge in their chosen fields.

College/School Information:
The College of Arts and Sciences is UNCW’s largest academic unit, employing 450 full-time and 150 part-time faculty members and awarding approximately three-quarters of the university’s academic credits. Ours is a comprehensive arts & sciences college comprising the arts, the humanities, the mathematical and natural sciences, and the social and behavioral sciences.
(Mission) The College of Arts and Sciences is committed to the life of the mind and the enrichment of the human spirit. In our practice as a college, we
• educate students for lives of personal, civic, and professional fulfillment in a world increasingly defined by change,
• advance knowledge and creativity in the arts and sciences, and
• serve the betterment of the region, state, nation, and the world.
As the academic core of the University of North Carolina Wilmington, the college provides the vital foundation for the university’s pursuit of excellence in teaching; research, scholarship and artistic achievement; and service.

University Information:
The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to learning through the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. A public institution with over 15,000 students, the university is known for its superb faculty and staff and powerful academic experience. With an array of high-quality programs at the baccalaureate and master’s levels, and doctoral programs in marine biology, educational leadership, psychology and nursing practice. UNCW is consistently recognized at a national level for academic excellence and affordability by publications like U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and The Business Journals. UNCW also recently earned the 2015 Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, bestowed to higher education institutions dedicated to community involvement.

EEO Statement:
UNC Wilmington actively fosters a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment and is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified men and women from all racial, ethnic or other minority groups, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Months Per Year: 12 Months
Position Type: Permanent
Job Posting Date: 05/03/2017
Priority Consideration Date: 06/02/2017

Priority Consideration Information:
Priority consideration will be given to applications received by the Priority Date; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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