Research Associate - Assessment

University of Connecticut in Connecticut

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted August 29, 2014
Type Administrative
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

Research Associate Assessment

Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness

University of Connecticut



Job Summary:  The Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness, located on the Storrs campus, invites applications for a Research Associate - Assessment (Academic Assistant III).  Founded in 1881, the University of Connecticut serves as the flagship for public higher education and the primary doctoral degree granting public institution in the state and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, five regional campuses throughout the State, a Law School, and Medical and Dental Schools at its Health Center.  The University, a Land Grant and Sea Grant college and Space Grant consortium institution, is consistently ranked the number one public university in New England and among the top 20 public in the nation.  The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 30,000 students, including more than 22,000 undergraduates and nearly 8,000 graduate/professional students.  More information regarding the University of Connecticut and the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness (OIRE) can be found at:


Under general supervision of the Assistant Vice Provost, the Research Associate Assessment will proactively identify and develop research studies geared towards assessment of general education, student learning outcomes, teaching effectiveness, and major fields and work with faculty and staff to coordinate the activities of student evaluation of teaching.  The individual will assist in designing and implementing an assessment process for student learning outcomes for general education, degree programs and curricula, including mapping program learning outcomes to the curriculum and courses; monitor program review plans for various programs to assess student learning outcomes, identify assessment strategies and instruments as appropriate to comply with state and federal laws, serving as a clearinghouse for program review reports; guide university efforts to satisfy the requirements of New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Voluntary System of Accountability, and P20 (Longitudinal Data Sharing); identify or develop survey instruments including observation protocols, focus group questionnaires, rubrics, selection of research design and the preparation of research or analytical reports, leading the online student evaluation of teaching process; provide for the assessment education of faculty and staff by arranging workshops and maintaining a library of assessment methodology, ideas, and materials; assist with developing, maintaining, and improving the OIRE assessment web site; stay at the forefront of emerging issues in higher education assessment and research by actively representing the University at conferences or meetings which may require overnight stays; serve on various university committees as needed or required; and  other related duties as assigned.



Minimum Qualifications: The ideal candidate must have a Doctoral degree in quantitative disciplines such as Educational Research, Measurement or Administration, Public Policy or a related discipline; one year of full time experience in institutional research or assessment related area; experience in using SPSS or SAS statistical analysis programs for decision support; knowledge of data analysis and research design methodologies; capacity for independent and creative thinking and writing on research and statistical problems; ability to work with data from multiple sources; excellent analytical and quantitative skills; and excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.


Preferred Qualifications: Knowledge of programming in SQL or SAS; knowledge of business intelligence and reporting tools such as Tableau, SAS BI, or OBIEE; and working knowledge of ERP such as PeopleSoft, SAP or Banner.


Appointment Terms:  This is a full-time position.  Salary will be commensurate with background and experience and includes a full benefits package.


To Apply: Interested applications should upload a cover letter, resume, and names and contact information of three professional references via Husky Hire (  Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search # 2015058).


At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community.  We actively encourage women, people with disabilities, and members of minority groups to apply.  The University of Connecticut is an EEO/AA employer.

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