The Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning (VPTL) is accepting applications for a Program Director on the Science Of LEarning Research Initiative (SOLER).
Through SOLER, Columbia University will conduct publishable experimental and non-experimental studies, in traditional classroom settings and online learning platforms, that will be directed at discovering effective methods of instruction that enhance student motivation and learning. The goal is both to find ways of translating research findings into strategies that can enhance the teaching and learning experience on campus, and to conduct studies that are publishable and will provide the basis for seeking funding.
Reporting to the Assistant Provost for Online Education and working closely with the SOLER faculty committee and relevant personnel at the University, the Program Director will curate events and plan the delivery of the program and its activities in accordance with the mission of the University. Additionally, the incumbent will also develop new initiatives to support the strategic direction of the SOLER Program.
Manage an internal seed grant program offered by SOLER designed to stimulate faculty research on methods to enhance teaching and learning. This includes but is not limited to designing the proposal process, reviewing submissions, coordinating distribution of grant funds, and tracking progress of awardee projects.
Collaborate with faculty, CTL staff, and research assistants to advance research in designing, testing, and developing experimental and non-experimental evaluations to measure the effectiveness of faculty-designed and CTL-designed initiatives, and valid and reliable measures of teaching and learning; disseminate the results to the wider community via publications, conference presentations and others.
Develop and implement long-term goals and objectives to achieve successful outcomes of the Program. Develop program evaluation frameworks to assess the strengths of the Program and identifies areas for improvement.
Lead SOLER projects by liaising between faculty and researchers with the University IRB office, Research Training and Compliance, the Columbia Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), and the Office of General Counsel to ensure research integrity and compliance with Columbia policies.
Oversee project and event budget management, tracking the progress of SOLER initiatives, in coordination with the Assistant Provost, faculty, and other constituencies at Columbia. Implement and administer all aspects of ongoing programs, including planning, organizing, staffing and leading program activities (e.g. speaker series and various conferences). Comprehensive management of all pre-and post-event logistics
Develops and monitors timelines and deadlines related to all aspects of the SOLER initiative, ensuring that information is communicated with staff and other constituents.
Recruit, train and supervise postdocs and/or research assistants, and oversee the collection, maintenance, and storage of quantitative and qualitative data for SOLER research projects.
Manage external and internal communications by drafting press releases, newsletters, and various other channels.
Work with the Assistant Provost and CUIT in determining software and hardware needs to support SOLER projects and help determine the initiative budget and resource allocation.
Assists with other duties as needed.
Candidates are asked to include three relevant publications/working papers, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation for consideration with their online application. Members of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.
Bachelor's degree required. Minimum 5 - 7 years related experience designing and carrying out evaluation work in related areas.
High level of discretion and ability to maintain the confidentiality of sensitive information. Ability to work with all levels of administrative staff, faculty, and external constituents. Demonstrated track record of providing project management, data analysis and/or research support. Excellent writing skills required, including the ability to write well for various audiences. Skilled in the use of Excel and PowerPoint. Proficiency with social media and developing compelling data visualizations in an academic environment desirable. Initiator and self-motivator who requires minimal day-to-day supervision. Ability to travel and work flexible hours, as needed.
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