Research Assistant

Lawrence, Kansas, United States

Job description

Auto req ID: 9975BR

Position Number: 00004718

Department: Achievement & Assessment Inst

FTE: 1.0

FLSA Status: Nonexempt

Employee Class: U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Work Schedule M-F 8-5

Conditions of Employment
Contingent on Funding

Position Overview
The Center for Assessment and Accountability Research and Design (CAARD), is recruiting for a full-time Research Assistant to work on the Enhanced Learning Maps (ELM) program, a research project that will support teachers and students in four states by providing learning maps and research-based instructional materials for grades 2-8. The Research Assistant will consult the learning map structure, academic content standards, relevant research, and instructional best practices to guide the design and development of instructional resources, including lesson activities, student assignments, and associated guides for evaluating student work products. The Research Assistant will collaborate with the other researchers and project advisors to create instructional materials that reflect the cognitive development recommended in the literature and suggested in the learning map and to support teachers in using the learning map resources in their instruction. This work will advance the validity of the learning map and its usability by educators to plan and implement effective instruction. Finally, the position will entail communicating this work in professional presentations and publications.

This position is anticipated to last through September 30, 2018, and is contingent upon funding.

Job Description

60% – Collaborate with project staff and teachers to design learning map based instructional tasks.

  • Identify learning maps for single and groups of academic standards.
  • Describe scholarly recommendations for instruction.
  • Develop lesson plans and student activities that emulate recommendations from the literature.
  • Create solution guides and rubrics that help teachers diagnose student learning in terms of the learning map structure.
  • Revise lesson plans and student activities based on project feedback.

20% – Conduct literature reviews of how students learn specific topics in English Language Arts. Conduct literature reviews for student learning, learning map structures, cognitive development, and other relevant topics.

15% – Work with project and support staff to prepare for, organize, and conduct meetings and training events with internal and external participants, stakeholders, and consultants to increase their understanding of project goals and activities. Create materials to support teachers in using the learning map resources in their instruction.

5% – Produce professional documents and presentations for dissemination to the larger scientific and educational community, i.e., manuscripts submitted to peer reviewed journals and presentations to national conferences.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a discipline related to education or human behavior such as Early Childhood or Elementary Reading Education, Literacy, Special Education, Educational Psychology, or Cognitive Psychology.
  • Minimum of five years of experience teaching English Language Arts, where ELA was the majority of the candidate’s teaching load during each year.
  • Minimum of two years of professional or academic experience developing materials in the area of literacy, or assessment of ELA as described in application (e.g., cover letter, resume, CV).
  • Minimum of one year of experience on a grant-funded research project.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Reading Education, or equivalent.
  • Experience developing ELA curricular materials for elementary grades.
  • Knowledge of the skills and abilities contributing to developing literacy and proficiency.
  • Knowledge of child development and the impact of disabilities as related to developing literacy.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team based environment.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Data management and analysis expertise.
  • Facility with technologies, including MS Office, Sharepoint, and cloud based platforms such as Google, Dropbox, etc.

How to apply

A complete application includes an online application, cover letter, resume highlighting pertinent experience relative to the required and preferred qualifications and contact information for three professional references. Only complete applications will be considered.

Application deadline is September 24, 2017.

Contact Information to Applicants
Kevin Liu,

Advertised Salary Range: $32,000-$40,000

Application Review Begins: 25-Sep-2017

Anticipated Start Date: 08-Oct-2017

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