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Director of Academic Assessment

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Categories: Staff
Department: Off Teaching Learning and Research

Davidson College is a highly selective liberal arts college committed to:

  1. reimagining the liberal arts through curricula based on students doing original work;
  2. educational excellence and access in an inclusive community; and,
  3. helping students discover their passion and talents to make a disproportionate impact on the world.

We strive to build on the successes of our academic and co-curricular programs so that we can continually improve the student learning experience at Davidson.

The Director of Academic Assessment will play a major role in helping guide Davidson's future by assisting faculty and staff in evaluating our students' learning in the classroom and beyond the classroom. This person will:

  • promote best practices in academic assessment strategies and tools,
  • develop and disseminate new strategies and guidelines for programmatic assessment in Academic Affairs,
  • assist in program design and data collection plans, and
  • consult with academic units (academic departments and programs, including the Center for Teaching and Learning, undergraduate research programs, and institutional program grants that fall within Academic Affairs) to help them develop and maintain the capacity to assess student learning outcomes.

The Director of Academic Assessment will report to the Associate Dean of Faculty and will work closely with the Associate Vice President for Planning and Institutional Research.

Essential duties:

  • Assessment Strategies and Tools (20%). Consults with faculty and staff to develop assessment strategies, tools (including metrics of success) and processes for defining and collecting data to assess learning outcomes.
  • Program Evaluation, Reports and Analyses (30%). Develops evaluation plans related to the Center for Teaching and Learning, existing and new institutional initiatives and institutional grants in Academic Affairs. Works with faculty and senior administrative staff to prepare reports and analyze data re: academic departments, initiatives, and programs.
  • Education Innovation (20%). Provides leadership and support for enhancing short and long term goals for teaching and learning through research, data collection and data analysis.
  • Research in Assessment and Educational Innovation (20%). Actively engages in the scholarship of learning assessment, attends conferences and educational workshops. Researches and identifies new trends and techniques as applicable. Assists with SACSCOC accreditation processes.
  • Committee Work (10%). Serves on the College's Academic Assessment Committee. Supports the Dean of Faculty, the Associate Dean of Faculty, Department Chairs and faculty with developing successful assessment strategies for existing and new initiatives. Participates in other relevant policy, project, or planning committees as needed to provide guidance and to identify benchmarks and data requirements. 

Minimum Qualifications

Master's degree in social sciences, educational research or related field.

 Four or more years of direct experience in higher education assessment.

 The ability to navigate multiple priorities and excellent organizational and communications (verbal and writing) skills. 


Preferred knowledge, skills and abilities:

Ph.D. in social sciences, educational research, or related field.

Interest in scholarly research related to educational assessments or program evaluations.

Experience in regional accreditation processes.  

Demonstrated knowledge and proficiency in the areas of assessment, program evaluation, qualitative and quantitative research methods, research design, report writing, survey design, and statistical analysis.

Demonstrated effectiveness in oral and written communication; excellent presentation skills with the ability to present information to diverse audiences.

Ability to work effectively with a variety of constituents.

Ability to manage multiple, ongoing processes where accuracy, attention to detail, and timeliness are essential

Demonstrated independent judgment and initiative; ability to exercise leadership, work both independently and part of a team.

Apply online at http://employment.davidson.edu  and attach a C/V and cover letter.

Davidson College is a highly selective, residential, four-year liberal arts college, located 20 miles from Charlotte, NC.  The College is consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country. Davidson faculty enjoy a low faculty-student ratio, emphasis on and appreciation of excellence in teaching, outstanding research facilities, and a collegial, respectful atmosphere that honors academic achievement and integrity.  Davidson is strongly committed to achieving excellence in cultural diversity, and welcomes applications from women, members of minority groups, and others who would bring additional dimensions to the College's mission.



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Director of Academic Assessment
The Director of Academic Assessment will play a major role in helping guide Davidson’s future by assisting faculty and staff in evaluating our students’ learning in the classroom and beyond the classroom.