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Assessment & Instructional Support Specialist

The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) seeks a creative individual to serve in the position of Assessment and Instructional Support Specialist in the Leonhard Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Education. The Leonhard Center has been a critical source of educational innovation, assessment, and education-related faculty development in the College of Engineering at Penn State for more than 30 years. The Leonhard Center is comprised of a small team of dynamic, creative individuals who offer a wide range of expertise from engineering writing to psychometrics. This team provides teaching & learning workshops, courses for graduate teaching assistants as well as the design and evaluation of educational innovations.

The Assessment and Instructional Support Specialist provides assistance across the College of Engineering for initiatives relating to teaching and learning by working with faculty members and departments. In addition, the individual provides assessment support for both funded and unfunded educationally-related projects. Specific responsibilities of the position include:

  • Lead workshops and teach courses for faculty and teaching assistants;
  • Conduct classroom observations and evaluations to improve classroom effectiveness;
  • Work with faculty to design, develop, and assess courses and curriculum enhancements;
  • Develop materials and resources relating to teaching and learning;
  • Develop and implement assessment plans for grant-funded or unfunded projects;
  • Provide support for large events hosted by the Center, such as large workshops or conferences;
  • Author or co-author papers within appropriate journals or conference proceedings; and
  • Actively engage with the community of engineering education researchers and practitioners at a national level.

The ideal applicant should possess a master’s degree or PhD in engineering education, educational psychology, higher education, or related field. Evidence of successful teaching at a college-level is desirable. Applicants should have skills in faculty development and assessment, ideally with experience in both qualitative and quantitative data analysis. They should also have interest and experience in faculty development as it relates to teaching. Knowledge of research and topics relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion as they apply to faculty development are highly desirable.

The Leonhard Center provides a highly creative and exciting environment. The work environment of the center is very positive and encourages a healthy work-life balance. Individuals in the Center have the opportunity to explore research or project areas that are of specific interest to them, provided they fit within the mission of the center to improve engineering education at Penn State.

This position is a fixed term, 10-month non-tenure track faculty position with excellent possibility of funding for additional years. Applications should include a curriculum vita, the names of three professional references, and a cover letter highlighting the candidate's strengths and interest in the position. Review of applications will begin on 8/15/2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

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