Specialist - Research-Fixed Term

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Working/Functional Title

Associate Director

Position Summary

The Department of Educational Administration at the College of Education at Michigan State University (MSU) is seeking an Associate Director for the MSU Education Policy Innovation Collaborative (EPIC), a new policy lab dedicated to the analysis of longitudinal data for the scientific studies of K-12 students, teachers and schools. EPIC is part of a new partnership between the College of Education, the State of Michigan and the University of Michigan. The express mission of this partnership will be to provide access to data for researchers engaging in high-quality, timely, relevant scholarship in support of education policy and policy makers.  The associate director will enter as a Specialist-Research on a fixed term 12-month appointment for one year, with the option of annual renewal after the initial appointment.


The Associate Director will coordinate and participate in the activities of Center research, including: 

  • preparation of policy reports and oral briefings to state decision-makers and public readership

  • work with MSU faculty and staff on the development of long-term research projects consistent with Center and state strategic research priorities

  • work with MSU faculty, administrative and development staff to manage Center budget and secure long-term financial support from private philanthropies and public agencies

  • collaboration with peers and lead faculty at the University of Michigan on joint activities and deliverables


Required Degree


Minimum Requirements

A PhD in education or public policy, economics, sociology or other field. Strong quantitative and data management skills—including experience with Stata or similar statistical software.  Expressed interest in pursuing independent and collaborative policy-oriented research in the field of public education.  Experience managing teams.

Desired Qualifications

Minimum qualifications and evidence of securing external research support, and experience collaborating with academic faculty and research staff and doctoral students.  Experience working with state educational agencies.

Required Application Materials

Interested candidates should submit a C.V./resume with the names of three references, as well as two writing samples (preferably academic papers and/or policy briefs).


Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin June 5, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.  Please contact the center Faculty Director, Prof. Joshua Cowen, [email protected] 517-355-2215 at the MSU College of Education for questions.




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Posted: 9/22/2017
Application Due: 9/22/2018
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