The Office of Educational Effectiveness (OEE) at the University at Buffalo is seeking applications for a Student Outcomes Assessment Specialist. This position reports to the Assistant Vice Provost for Educational Effectiveness and will liaison closely with, and maintain regular communications with the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Dean’s office staff. The Student Outcomes Assessment Specialist will work collaboratively with faculty and senior administrators in various departments, with a specific focus on the College of Arts and Sciences, to ensure that assessment activities for each of the College’s degree-granting programs are in conformance with the standards articulated by The Middle States Commission on Higher Education and provide support and guidance to each of the College’s academic departments around articulating, assessing, and reporting student learning and program outcomes.
The Student Outcomes Assessment Specialist will serve as the assessment data reporting specialist with the following key duties and responsibilities:
- Assist departments with developing, maintaining, and conducting effective assessment activities and in the development or selection of assessment instruments, strategies and rubrics to measure program outcomes and the effectiveness of the curricula;
- Provide faculty with guidance on Middle States standards and requirements as well as on best assessment practices in higher education;
- Assure compliance with all Middle States standards;
- Work with department chairs to assure follow-through on assessment protocols once established;
- Propose plans for assessment of learning outcomes for new degree programs as they are developed;
- Meet regularly with the Associate Deans for Graduate and Undergraduate Education in the College to communicate progress.
- Work collaboratively with the faculty and senior administrators in the College of Arts and Sciences to ensure that assessment activities for each of the College’s degree-granting programs are in conformance with the standards articulated by The Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
- Provide support and guidance to each of the College’s academic departments around articulating, assessing, and reporting student learning and program outcomes.
- Create and maintain Assessment Data Tables from a variety of sources, including the university data warehouse and data systems, survey results, and completed assessment reports;
- Create and maintain Assessment Data Visualizations;
- Maintain and further develop Comprehensive Program Review Dashboards.
- Provide data and assessment support for offices with the Division of Educational Affairs as required.
The Office of Educational Effectiveness, built on a strong foundation of skill and capacity in assessment and an institutional-level repository of knowledge, strives to ensure high quality, systematic, continuous, and rigorous assessment of student learning and success and instructional and program effectiveness. Our small but mighty team of personnel have content expertise in program review and evaluation, educational measurement, and assessment methodology and will employ these assessment skills to provide:
- Learning Assessment Oversight and Support;
- Management of Comprehensive Program Review;
- Assessment of Teaching Effectiveness;
- Outreach and Training of Faculty and Staff; and
- Assessment Support, Collaboration and Consultation.
Working at UB comes with benefits that exceed salary alone. There are personal rewards including comprehensive health and retirement plan options. We also focus on creating and sustaining a healthy mix of work, personal and academic pursuit – all in an effort to support your work-life effectiveness. Visit our benefits website to learn about our benefit packages.
University at Buffalo is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and, in keeping with our commitment, welcomes all to apply including veterans and individuals with disabilities.
Master’s degree in a relevant field (higher education, educational psychology, data analytics) with 1 year of experience working in the area of curricular assessment and accreditation or assessment data reporting in a higher education setting. A successful applicant should have excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with faculty and administration, proven ability working with Microsoft Office productivity software, including Excel and Access, as well as statistical analysis software (e.g., SPSS),the ability to manage multiple and competing priorities, and solve problems independently and in a team environment.
Ph.D. in a relevant field (higher education, educational psychology, data analytics) and 3-5 years of experience working in the area of curricular assessment and accreditation in higher education. Familiarity with the accreditation standards of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) and experience developing accreditation self-studies. Experience with Tableau visualization software is highly desirable.