Research Curriculum Associate

Seaside, California
Sep 15, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Research Curriculum Associate

(Administrator I)


Apply Today!  Open until filled.  Application Screening Begins: Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017


Under the general direction of the Associate Director, the Research Curriculum Associate is responsible for designing and delivering curriculum and program services for the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center (UROC) scholars program, and will contribute to ongoing efforts to bring undergraduate research opportunities to scale through the development of course-based research across campus. UROC curriculum content areas range from research methods and ethical research to graduate school applications and professional networking. Delivery methods include in-class, via workshop, and through online modules. Competitive candidates will have content knowledge in biology, ecology, chemistry, environmental sciences or psychology. We are especially interested in candidates whose research focuses on teaching and learning, learner-centered teaching strategies, and evidence-based teaching, learning and assessment practices at the undergraduate level. This position is part of the California State University Management Personnel Plan.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. UROC Curriculum Development, Delivery, and On-line Presence.

  • Develops and delivers a robust two-year, four semester, research seminar curriculum that prepares students for undergraduate research experiences, conference presentations, peer-reviewed publications, scholarship and fellowship awards, and graduate school acceptance.
  • Develops and delivers workshops and online trainings, including research ethics, graduate school and fellowship applications, personal statements, and conference presentations. Provides support, including conference presentation and graduate school preparation, to undergraduate students affiliated with UROC and any of its programs.
  • Collaborates with UROC’s Writing and Professional Communication Associate to develop an effective writing curriculum for the undergraduate research seminar series.
  • Collaborates with UROC’s Assessment and Educational Research Associate to assess the effectiveness of UROC’s curriculum.
  • Collaborates with UROC’s Outreach Specialist to connect with regional community college programs and students interested in undergraduate research.

2. Academic Partnership for the Development and Implementation of Course-Based Research.

  • Advises on the design, implementation, and assessment of new and current faculty-driven course-based undergraduate research experiences.
  • Collaborates with faculty to collect and incorporate data from classroom observations, faculty observations and relevant literature in order to guide faculty efforts to successfully implement course-based undergraduate research experiences.
  • Facilitates communication between faculty and leadership in the design and implementation of program-level goals for course-based undergraduate research.
  • Designs and implements programs and services for faculty to foster professional development in pedagogy, course and curriculum development, mentorship, and academic success.
  • Collaborates with faculty and leadership of First Year Seminar programs to develop course-based research opportunities for first and second year students and incoming transfers.
  • Collaborates with UROC’s Research Associate to identify undergraduate research mentor training needs, and develop and deliver training workshops for faculty, graduate students, and research partners.
  • Serves as a resource for faculty and departments about the current literature and best practices for course-based undergraduate research.

3. Program Administration.

  • Manages and oversees the UROC scholar application process, and assists with student application reviews and interviews, and mentor selection.
  • Manages the organization of workshops, field trips, and events.
  • In coordination with UROC Outreach Specialist, manages UROC communications, including website and social media. Supervises UROC outreach and media intern.
  • Assists with program evaluation, UROC participant tracking, and reporting. Supervises student evaluation researcher.

4. Dissemination

  • Develops and delivers conference presentations, peer-reviewed journal articles, and reports about UROC’s curriculum programming and mentor training models.
  • Collaborates with faculty and UROC staff to develop and deliver conference presentations, peer-reviewed journal articles, and reports related to the development, delivery and assessment of course-based research.

5. Proposals and Fundraising.

  • In collaboration with UROC Directors and Faculty partners, may prepare public and private funding proposals related to curriculum development, delivery, and assessment.
  • Participates in UROC’s outreach and fundraising events.

6. Other Functions:

  • Performs other duties as assigned by UROC leadership.
  • Promotes and maintains an atmosphere of excellent internal and external customer service.
  • Develops and maintains an atmosphere of teamwork.
  • In all functions carries out responsibilities in accordance with Corporation, CSUMB policies and procedures and applicable Federal, State, and local laws.


Extensive knowledge of: the research process, graduate school preparation, and professional development; higher education pedagogies, particularly evidence-based learning, and their theoretical frameworks; curriculum development and teaching experience, particularly with university-level undergraduate students; and technology-rich pedagogical initiatives such as "flipping the classroom," and on-line learning. Knowledge of educational self-efficacy/self-belief, goal setting, commitment, resilience, student leadership, and career development.

Skills: Advanced computer literacy; excellent writing skills and knowledge of writing pedagogies; superior critical assessment and synthesis skills; supervisory skills; and demonstrated communication and interpersonal skills utilizing tact and diplomacy. Knowledge and experience with grant proposal writing, grant awards, and required documentation and reporting.

Ability to: maintain effective working relationships with administration, faculty, students, and community partners; identify, develop, and maintain collaborations with faculty, administration, and UROC partners; think creatively and conceptually, and to apply independent judgment, discretion, and initiative to address problems and develop practical, thorough, and creative solutions; manage complex projects, work independently and collaboratively, and complete tasks on time; present clear and concise information in oral presentations, and in written reports, proposals, and publications; and work within a project management framework of deadlines and deliverables.


Master’s degree required; Ph.D. degree in Education, Higher Education, Psychology, Science or a related field, and five years of progressively responsible work in curriculum development, teaching, undergraduate research, and proposal writing preferred. 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.


  • A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with CSUMB.  Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current employees who apply for this position.
  • 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. 
  • This position will have a duty to report to the Campus Title IX Officer information pertaining to victims of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, and stalking as required by CSU Executive Order 1095.
  • This position is required to comply with confidentiality requirements outlined in the Department of Education’s Family. Educational Rights and Privacy and California’s Educational Code Chapter 13 regarding sensitive student issues.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid license to drive in the State of California, pass the Defensive Training Class, and be insurable under the University's liability coverage.
  • Occasional evenings and/or weekend work may be required.


Office environment with standard equipment and tasks. Position requires working at a computer and desk for extended periods of time. 


Salary is expected to be in the low 70,000’s/annual. 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.


Please be aware of the following important dates: 

Tentative Timeline:

Phone/Skype Interviews 11/1-11/3

In person interviews - 11/6-11/10

Potential start date Spring 2018

For full consideration, submit the required documents by 5:00 p.m. on the priority screen date listed above.  For assistance or if you require an accommodation, please call (831) 582-3389.  For computer/online access you may visit the Tanimura & Antle Family Memorial Library (map).  Please check the links provided for the respective hours.

CSU Monterey Bay is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to: Age, Disability, Race or Ethnicity, Gender, Gender Identity or Expression, Nationality, Religion, Sexual Orientation, Genetic Information, Veteran or Military Status.

All employees must be eligible for employment in the U.S.