Research Associate - Institutional Effectiveness

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 Institutional Effectiveness

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 Institutional Effectiveness (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 Institutional Effectiveness will proactively identify and develop research and analytical studies geared towards faculty activity, program review and institutional effectiveness, and work with faculty and staff to develop and maintain mechanisms for institutional effectiveness database systems.  The individual will play a major role in assessment, accreditation and institutional effectiveness data collection efforts by managing the UConns faculty activity (Digital Measures) and productivity (Academic Analytics) data; identify trends, opportunities and concerns through the analysis of data from faculty activity and productivity systems; communicate with faculty and staff to gather additional updates to be performed for faculty activity reporting system; document, analyze and recommend improvements to Digital Measures reporting system and communicate with Digital Measures technical team to implement updates and changes as needed; effectively communicate analysis through formal presentations, narratives, and written reports tailored to the target audience; identify additional sources of information from academic and administrative units to integrate with faculty activity reporting data; stay at the forefront of emerging issues in higher education research and administration 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 2015059)


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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