Director of Assessment and Educational Effectiveness
Develop and employ assessment strategies and tools to support creation of an inspiring learning environment that prepares our students to be prepared for successful real-world practice.
Reporting to the Vice President, Academic Affairs (VPAA), the Director of Assessment and Educational Effectiveness is responsible for assisting faculty and other associates in developing and sustaining a culture of assessment that facilitates achievement of student learning outcomes at Life West Chiropractic College (LCCW). Incumbent will provide one-on-one and group guidance, tools, resources and support to enhance instructional effectiveness and student learning. Will encourage innovation, value scholarly discourse and strive to create a community of educators whose focus is on excellence in the learning, teaching and assessment processes. Will work closely with the Director of Institutional Research (DIR) to ensure system-wide academic assessment (student and programmatic) occurs in a systematic manner. Provide leadership in the continued development and refinement of the college’s annual planning (in support of the strategic plan) and the assessment planning processes.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
- Creates and implements a systematic plan for ensuring that the LCCW community improves its competence in assessment activities, most notably in the use of evidence-based decision making leading to positive change.
- Working with academic and clinical administrators, coordinate assessment activities and systems for the college.
- Assists departments in routine course and instructional observations, providing feedback to department chairs and the VPAA where a lack of alignment is observed. These observations include syllabi review, signature assessments and online companion use.
- Coordinates and updates assessment content across multiple programs.
- Develop uniform assessment instruments across the college including; design, delivery, data collection and feedback for improvement. Work with institutional research to assure that data collected “loops” back and informs academic, clinical, and all college processes, procedures and planning. Works closely with the DIR to manage data and training on the College’s Learning Outcome Management System and reports on attainment or gaps of outcomes by analysis of data and assessments. Work with college administration and faculty in the development and measure of programmatic and institutional outcomes. Work with faculty and departments in the development and measure of department and course outcomes. Works with department chairs and others to help create and support areas of expertise across campus related to assessment of student learning outcomes. With department chair and VPAA, determines intervention plans for instructors or courses that may require assistance. Oversee the Student Success Program
- Assess current program
- Develop program as a functioning “learning community” for the pre-clinical program
- Gather data on ongoing basis and report program outcomes internally and externally
- Assist in the regular reporting of the college, monthly to the president and as required to outside agencies. Maintain catalog of assessment tools/instruments and the associated data. Train faculty in effective student assessment including: understanding of student assessment, assessment tools/instruments, and pedagogies. Train faculty in the use of data to improve student learning. Participate in self-studies and other accreditation report writing and development. Serve on Academic Planning Group, Faculty Development Committee, and Strategic Planning Committee. Participation in educational conference/s. Assists the VPAA in his/her duties as needed and assigned
ADDITIONAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Report monthly on department activities
- Assist VPAA with development and management of department budget
Education, Training and/or Experience
- Master’s Degree in Education (MSEd), Doctorate preferred
- Minimum of five years of relevant experience focusing on higher education and accreditation.
- Extensive knowledge of creating, implementing and measuring student learning outcomes at the institutional, programmatic and course levels.
- Extensive knowledge of adult learning theory, pedagogical approaches and assessment processes.
- Understanding of higher education and regulatory issues.
- Knowledge of regional accrediting standards, especially as they apply to assessment and continuous improvement.
- Knowledgeable with computers, instructional technologies and database schemas, especially as relates to outcome and assessment hierarchies.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Personal Characteristics
- Strong analytical and organizational skills
- Strong computer skills
- Strong creative skills
- Ability to manage and delegate multiple and varied tasks with frequent high levels of urgency or sensitivity
- Ability to work collaboratively and foster strong team environment
- Ability to work independently and autonomously, and as a team player
- Excellent communication skills, written and verbal
- Strong interpersonal skills, as well as a high level of sophistication in social and professional settings
- DC degree or experience with chiropractic preferred