Research and Evaluation Associate

Jan 31, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Research and Evaluation Associate

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Department: Center for Project-Based Learning

Position Status: Administrative Exempt Positions

Basic Function:
Jointly report to the Morgan Center for Teaching and Learning and to the Center for Project-Based Learning, with two supervisors—one from each center. Duties involving research and evaluation support will be split roughly 50/50 across the year, with seasonal variations reflecting the centers' activities.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • The Morgan Teaching and Learning Center is a faculty-led unit with the following objectives:
    • To build the teaching knowledge and skills of all instructors in order to promote continual individual growth in teaching effectiveness and enhancement of student learning
    • To support teaching and learning innovations
    • To develop a culture of student learning assessment that guides improvements in teaching practice and curricular change
    • To recognize teaching achievements.

    For the Morgan Teaching and Learning Center, the Research and Evaluation Associate will do the following:
    • Provide support for faculty and professional staff engaging in the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL), through individual consulting and development of a Faculty Learning Community or Community of Practice.
    • Provide evaluation expertise during the proposal development stage for faculty and staff seeking external funding for education-related initiatives. Develop a network of external evaluators for situations when external evaluators are required or desirable.
    • In collaboration with faculty and staff, develop and execute evaluation plans for strategic curricular initiatives (e.g., Grand Challenges Scholars Program, Great Problems Seminars) as well as more established programs such as Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) and externally funded graduate training programs.
    • Support development of an evaluation strategy for the Center.

    The WPI Center for Project-Based Learning is a resource and hub for educators and researchers dedicated to increasing the development and effective use of project-based learning locally, nationally, and internationally. The Center is situated within the Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division of WPI and reports directly to the Provost.

    The mission of the Center has three primary components, as follows:
    • To support excellence in project-based learning at WPI
    • To improve student learning in higher education by helping colleges and universities advance work on project-based learning at their institutions
    • To establish WPI as a world leader in project-based learning

    The Center offers an annual three-day Institute on Project-Based Learning, at which teams of educators from across higher education work intensively to further project learning on their home campuses. The Center also develops and delivers custom project-based learning workshops on other campuses in the US and abroad. Finally, the Center works with faculty and staff across the WPI campus to advance project-based learning through faculty development initiatives and scholarly outreach.

    For the Center for Project-Based Learning, the Research and Evaluation Associate will do the following:
    • Develop and execute an evaluation strategy and plan for the Center, including evaluation support for internal and external Center activities, involving instrument development, data collection, data analysis, report creation, data visualization, and dissemination.
    • Support the development of a research program for the Center with a focus on institutional and cultural change related to project-based learning in institutions of higher education.
    • Support continued engagement with clients regarding impact of their work with the Center and their work in the area of project-based learning.
    • Support data-driven marketing efforts.
    • Support grant proposal development for the Center and for WPI faculty, in general, in the area of project-based learning.

    Position Requirements

    • Master’s Degree
    • Experience in assessment and evaluation
    • Excellent management and organizational skills, with attention to detail
    • Strong interpersonal skills, a collaborator
    • Strong communication skills, especially writing
    • Ability to work in a self-directed fashion and an interest in taking initiative
    • Ability to approach and conduct work with cultural competence
    • Ability to simultaneously manage multiple priorities
    • Proficiency working with Microsoft Office Suite and data analysis software

    • Ph.D. in a relevant field or at least two years experience working in higher education or in a related field
    • Experience with or knowledge of expectations for the scholarship of teaching and learning

    Posting Date: 01/30/2018

    Close Date: 3/15/2018

    Open Until Filled: No

    Special Instructions to Applicants:
    Hiring Range: $60,000-$70,000

    EEO Information:
    WPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability. We are seeking individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to a culture of creativity and collaboration, inclusion, problem solving and change making.

    Criminal Background Check Statement:
    A pre-employment criminal records check is required.

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