Associate Director, Research & Assessment: Office of Quality, Curriculum, & Assessment

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), the leading national higher education organization committed to improving the quality of undergraduate education, seeks a talented, self-motivated, productive, and creative individual for the position of Director of Research and Assessment in the Office of Quality, Curriculum, and Assessment (OQCA).

OQCA has primary responsibility for AAC&U’s Signature Initiative VALUE (Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education) and the VALUE Institute ( The successful candidate will report to the Assistant Vice President for Research & Assessment, directly supporting the VALUE Institute by conducting research, developing resources, and engaging with higher education institutions to build institutional capacity to advance quality and equity in student learning.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Assistant Vice President for Research & Assessment and in close collaboration with the Vice President of Strategic Planning and Partnerships, the Director will:

  • Provide high level methodological, analytical, logistical, and implementation support to the AAC&U VALUE Institute (
  • Contribute to efforts to assess the theoretical frameworks and psychometric properties of the VALUE rubrics, surveys, or other data collection tools
  • Provide research support for AAC&U through the development of resources and conducting research on issues related to student learning and equity
  • Collaborate in designing and executing analyses in support of the VALUE Institute, as well as other AAC&U research projects
  • Prepare analytical reports and research papers for the VALUE Institute and other AAC&U research initiatives, as needed
  • Present research at workshops and/or professional conferences
  • Contribute to efforts utilizing database metrics for AAC&U and VALUE Institute research

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • Doctoral degree in educational research, educational psychology, higher education, the social or behavioral sciences, or a related field.
  • 3+ years’ experience in a leadership role for advancing student learning outcomes assessment and institutional effectiveness in an assessment, evaluation, center for teaching and learning, and/or institutional research office
  • Deep knowledge of research design and data analysis, to include one or more of the following: multivariate statistics, survey methodology, psychometric theory, qualitative research design, and/or mixed methods design.
  • A clear understanding of and commitment to the values of AAC&U
  • Experience with large datasets
  • Experience designing, creating, and/or managing relational databases.
  • Demonstrated ability/experience fully executing a research project, from conceptualization through reporting of results, preferably in the form of a peer-reviewed manuscript.
  • Strong skills in contemporary research tools, including, but not limited to QSR, NVivo, SPSS/STATA, Excel or other statistical software.
  • Ability to take direction, assume increasingly independent responsibility, and provide appropriate follow up on project-based work.
  • Strong analytical, communication, and interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications and Experience

  • Demonstrated experience in designing and evaluating professional development opportunities for faculty.
  • Deep knowledge of the literature on learner-centered assessment and evaluation, general education, rubrics as an assessment tool, and high-impact practices.
  • Experience with institution-wide and/or multi-institution educational reform efforts (e.g., general education reform, accreditation work, etc.)
  • Experience working on multi-institutional/multi-organizational projects
  • Experience providing evaluation support to grant-funded initiatives
  • Experience teaching at the college level
  • Strong data visualization skills

Application Instructions

Application materials should be forwarded to Review of applications will begin on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. Required materials include: 1) a cover letter outlining qualifications and skills; 2) most recent CV; 3) a writing sample that showcases original research (can be coauthored but prefer 1st or 2nd author); 4) contact information for three references; and 5) salary requirements.

AAC&U believes that a broadly diverse staff is critical to achieving excellence as a national higher education association. We seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. We are fully committed to equal employment opportunity and compliance with the full range of fair employment practices and non-discrimination laws.