Associate Director for Faculty Engagement in Action Research @ University of Illinois at Chicago

December 1, 2020

The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) invites applicants for a position of Associate Director for Faculty Engagement in Action Research to support the CTE’s mission to engage all members of the UIC community who have a teaching role, including faculty, teaching assistants, and postdoctoral scholars, in professional development opportunities that promote instructional innovation and inclusion in the classroom.


Reporting to the CTE Executive Director, the Associate Director will systematize efforts by UIC instructors and academic leadership to use education research (institutional data, survey research) and data analytics (campus dashboards) to inform pedagogical and curricular improvements aimed at increasing student academic achievement, closing equity gaps, and improving students’ self-efficacy and sense of belonging. The Associate Director will build institutional capacity for making research-based changes to teaching practices and curriculum by facilitating faculty learning communities (FLCs) within and across departments that engage instructors in action research and help them to develop reflective and scholarly teaching practices. The Associate Director will collaborate with campus assessment and institutional research professionals to support assessment-informed classroom innovation by instructors participating in FLCs. Responsibilities also include consultations with individual instructors, deployment of online resources, and facilitation of professional development programs that leverage quantitative and qualitative student data and campus dashboards to encourage the adoption of evidence- based teaching practices and inclusive curriculum design. In addition, the Associate Director will employ analytic skills in data science to structure reports and generate visualizations documenting the CTE’s campus impact.


This position is a full-time, 12-month appointment, with an anticipated start date of March 1, 2021. Salary range is from $75,000 to $90,000, commensurate with experience. Candidates for the Associate Director for Faculty Engagement in Action Research must have a Ph.D. in higher education or a quantitative field such as data science, statistics, or information management; 1-2 years of professional experience (or 1-2 years relevant postdoctoral experience) in student learning assessment in postsecondary education; ability to use statistical and predictive modeling methods to analyze educational data; and skill in engaging instructors and nontechnical audiences in meaningful discussion about student data as it relates to classroom assessment and developing reflective teaching practices.

To apply:

Posting close date: January 21, 2021

Please complete an electronic application, including a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three professional references. Candidates may also submit up to five pages in materials from their portfolio that they feel would assist the search committee with an evaluation of their application.  Examples of such materials include a statement demonstrating a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education; a record of past teaching experiences using educational technology and student- centered instructional practices; and/or a summary of educational research undergone in an educational setting.


Please direct nominations and questions or concerns regarding the search and/or application process to Casey Tangonan ( Confidentiality will be observed in the academic search process.


The University of Illinois at Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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