Job Details

Northeastern University
  • Position Number: 1827690
  • Location: Boston, MA
  • Position Type: Laboratory and Research

Senior Associate Director - CATLR

About Northeastern:
Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and a world leader in experiential learning. The same commitment to connecting with the world drives our use-inspired research enterprise. The university offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Our campuses in Charlotte, N.C., San Francisco, Seattle, and Toronto are regional platforms for undergraduate and graduate learning and collaborative research. Northeastern pursues advanced research in security and materials at the Innovation Campus in Burlington, Massachusetts, and in coastal sustainability at the Marine Science Center in Nahant, Massachusetts.

About the Opportunity:
This position will help shape CATLR's strategic engagement with faculty and staff to develop a formative assessment culture throughout the university. This will involve collaborating with individual educators, curricular and co-curricular units, and other university stakeholders to design meaningful assessments across multiple learning environments to ensure that the assessment results inform improvements to advance learning.

The position will require use of traditional quantitative and qualitative methods as well as innovative approaches (e.g., creative mixed-methods and use of analytics) to assess learning and success. The scope of this work will include on-ground, online, and hybrid modalities as well an array of different durations. This work will cross disciplinary and national boundaries, engaging Northeastern educators and units across a global university system.

Candidates from groups historically underrepresented in educational development are strongly encouraged to apply. The Northeastern University system is global, so flexible scheduling is possible.

  • Doctoral degree from an accredited institution in education or other relevant field involving analytical practices
  • At least 5 years of relevant experience, at least 4 of which are in educational development, including faculty and/or graduate student consultation
  • Evidence of substantial and effective teaching experience in higher education
  • Foundational knowledge of the learning sciences as well as the use of technology to promote learning, teaching, and assessment in a range of modalities (e.g., on-site, online, hybrid, synchronous and asynchronous
  • At least 4 years experience in educational development, including faculty and/or graduate student consultation
  • Ability to design research studies using quantitative and qualitative research methods; projects range in scope and require a creative toolbox of data collection methods (e.g., conducting a deep-dive into scaffolding experiential learning, assessing the impact of a university-wide learning initiative on multiple nested populations)
  • Ability to implement research studies, analyze data, present results to multiple audiences (e.g., executive report, white paper, dashboards), and discuss study limitations

Proficiency with:
  • Data analysis software such as SPSS (or other statistical software such as STATA, R, and SAS) and NVivo
  • Survey distribution software such as Qualtrics
  • Highly developed communication skills
  • Ability to engage effectively with faculty across a variety of disciplines
  • Ability to collaborate effectively within work teams and across units
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing and other media
  • A record of excellence in the design, facilitation, and assessment of workshops varying in format and length
  • Successful history of presentations and service at the national level, ideally with peer-reviewed publications (e.g., publication in refereed publications, conference presentations, service on editorial boards, manuscript review for journals)
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, including the ability to craft high-quality presentations, handouts, and other materials
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise a high level of discretion and independent judgment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of using learning analytics, educational data, data mining, and evidence-centered design to inform assessment processes and data
  • Proficiency with FileMaker as a tool to manage existing databases and/or ability to create new databases to facilitate ongoing research and assessment
  • Proficiency with data visualization methods and tools such as Tableau
  • Grant writing and management experience
  • Prior supervisory experience
  • Experience with data science, specifically use of data analytics to inform institutional decisions
  • Experience working with various individuals and groups within an institution of higher education to design research studies
  • Deep knowledge of learning sciences and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
  • Interest in pursuing and supporting grant research into innovative educational models and practices, aligned with strategic priorities
  • Background in and/or experience working with educators in STEM disciplines
  • Expertise in fostering inclusivity and inclusive action practices in higher education

Salary Grade:

Additional Information:
Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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