Director of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness


Position: Director of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness
Department: Academic Affairs
Location: Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, AR
Deadline: 3/16/15
Hire Date: 4/2015

The Director of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness is a 12 month, tenure-track, leadership position at Arkansas Tech University (ATU) reporting to the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. This position promotes a university-wide culture of inquiry and assessment by leading and supporting the development, implementation, validation and reporting of student learning outcomes assessment and institutional effectiveness efforts. The Director works directly with academic, administrative and student services units at ATU to plan, implement, and sustain its efforts to improve institutional effectiveness with emphasis on direct assessment of student learning at the institution, program and course-levels on an ongoing basis.

The Director is responsible for researching and planning, in collaboration with a faculty-led outcomes assessment team, appropriate university-wide assessment tool(s) and developing recommendations based on the assessment results. S/he will design authentic assessment measures of student learning and implement and analyze assessment findings. The successful candidate will provide consultation on institutional effectiveness planning processes and recommend methods of sustaining good assessment practice and strategies to improve student learning. S/he will coordinate professional development activities for faculty and staff, work with the ATU academic deans to create appropriate reports on student learning, and maintain and assist college-wide units in creating and using comprehensive assessment and institutional effectiveness databases.

This is a tenure-track position at the assistant or associate professor rank. As such, the individual will be expected to teach one course in his/her discipline during each regular semester and will be responsible for research and service activities expected of other tenure-track/tenured faculty.

Required Qualifications: Doctorate in Educational Psychology, Educational Research, Higher Education Administration, or other appropriate academic discipline offered by the university A minimum of 4 years professional experience in Higher Education Expertise in learning outcomes assessment and institutional effectiveness in a college setting for both campus and online based instruction Applied and advanced knowledge of research and assessment methodology, curriculum development (campus and online), assessment design and implementation, and accountability issues Knowledge of various types of assessment programs and accreditation standards for programs and institutions Strong organizational skills with the ability to prioritize and manage multiple task/projects at multiple campuses Strong leadership skills to facilitate and coordinate teamwork among faculty, staff, and administrators Strong presentation skills to communicate assessment plans and results effectively with a wide range of audiences Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) Ability to exchange and present information and facilitate dialogues with colleagues within the University Ability to work in a multi-project, fast-paced office environment and able to meet concurrent deadlines Ability to compute, evaluate and communicate general principles used in evaluation and assessment Ability to prepare reports, analysis and summary tables using a statistical software package Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate as part of a team with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in a diverse multi-ethnic and multi-cultural university communityPreferred Qualifications: Knowledge of TracDat Knowledge of Higher Learning Commission or other regional accrediting body requirements

Additional Information:Ability to work a flexible schedule that may include evening and weekend assignmentsPlease submit a letter of application outlining your qualifications, current resume and contact information for three references to Dr. David Underwood, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, 1509 North Boulder Avenue, Administration 200, Russellville, AR 72801 or email at kriddell@atu.edu. Closing date for accepting applications is March 16, 2015.

This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal background check. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Arkansas Tech University is an AA/EOE employer committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment.