Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Qualitative Research and Curricular Engagement Fellow
Department: Engaged Pluralism Initiative
Duration of Position: Temporary
Position Type: Administrator
Posting Date: 06-15-2019
Posting Removal Date: Open Until Filled
Posting Number: 1001635
About Vassar College Located in the scenic Mid-Hudson Valley, Vassar College is a highly selective, residential, coeducational liberal arts college. Vassar is strongly committed to fostering a community that reflects the values of a liberal arts education and to promoting an environment of equality, inclusion and respect for difference. Vassar College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, and applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged. Vassar College is a smoke free/tobacco free campus.
Position Summary and ResponsibilitiesA key task for Vassar College today is to move beyond an emphasis on diversity and access to a focus on inclusion, equity, and community transformation. Toward that aim, in 2017, the Engaged Pluralism Initiative (EPI), supported by an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant and matching Vassar College resources, became one of the College's key resoulitative resources in that effort. EPI centers the experiences of students from historically underrepresented and marginalized groups, and seeks to ensure that all members of the College community, including employees, can belong and thrive. As the effort toward community transformation has gained clarity and momentum, the need has emerged for an administrator who can focus on research and assessment, as well as curricular support for the work of inclusion, belonging, and engaged pluralism. For this reason, Vassar seeks a Research, Development, and Curricular Engagement Fellow.
The primary responsibility of the Research, Development, and Curricular Engagement Fellow is to provide support to the director, develop a plan of research, and work with EPI leadership, working group members, and students, to better understand the experience, influence, and reach of EPI and what will best maintain its energy and impact into the future. The fellow will use qualitative methods, including interviews, focus groups, and observational research, to contribute to collective thinking about curricula and programming. Through assessment, documentation, and communication, the fellow will also contribute to promoting EPI and its activities to members of the campus community. Secondary responsibilities of the fellow include working with the director to provide greater support for facilitating the articulation of student perspectives on inclusion and belonging at the College.
This is a limited-term position starting on or about June 15, 2019 and ending on or about July 1, 2020. This position is full time (37.5 hours/week).
Qualifications Qualifications: Bachelor's degree required; Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail; Experience conducting qualitative research, preferably on inclusion and belonging; Experience with group facilitation (for the purpose of research); Experience working in higher education, preferably with historically underrepresented groups; Excellent interpersonal skills; Excellent written and oral communication skills; Ability to take initiative and realize projects and goals with minimal supervision; Experience planning, facilitating, or managing research projects is a plus; Ability to interact with, and act as a liaison between, members of the Vassar community who occupy different roles in the college, including students, faculty, staff, and administrators at various levels of the organization; Fluent in social and digital media communications.
Required Applicant Documents Resume Cover Letter Contact Information for 3 References
Optional Applicant Documents
Special Instructions to Applicants To complete your application, you will be required to attach your resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references (Word or PDF format required.) Review of applications will begin immediately. This position will remain open until filled.
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Vassar is strongly committed to fostering a community that reflects the values of a liberal arts education and to promoting an environment of equality, inclusion and respect for difference. Vassar College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, and applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.
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