Research Scientist-Senior Manager, Research and Design (62967)

Florida, United States
Salary Not Specified
Jul 28, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

The Lastinger Center for Learning is an education innovation hub within UF’s College of Education focused on creating equitable education systems that improve teaching and learning across early childhood and K-12 education. The Lastinger Center for Learning is seeking a Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Research Scientist-Senior Manager, Research and Design. Specifically, the Center targets kindergarten readiness, 3rd grade reading proficiency, and algebra proficiency as critical milestones in children’s educational trajectory that are predictive of success in school and life. The Center works at the nexus of research, practice, and policy to develop sustainable systems that leverage educational technologies and improve the implementation of research-based practices. Housed in one of the nation’s elite public research universities, the Center operates as a dynamic, entrepreneurial workplace focused on executing against UF’s service mission to strengthen the human condition and improve the quality of life.

Research and Evaluation

• Coordinate, manage, and complete all research and evaluation designs, data collection, analysis, and reporting for Lastinger Center projects.

• Monitor feedback loops for evaluations for user experience and quality control; analyze data, document changes needed, and disseminate to the Executive Leadership, Client Managers, Project Leads, and staff members for iterative project improvement.

• Develop and maintain an effective data management system that includes acquiring, validating, storing, protecting, and processing data to ensure accessibility, reliability, and timeliness of data for both internal and external users.

• Create codebooks to provide structure, contents, and layout of all data files.

• Work with the technology team to create systems for exporting data from the proprietary learning management system (Flamingo Learning Management System).

Research Reporting, Grant-writing, and Dissemination

• Develop the Lastinger Center Research and Evaluation team to promote external contracting and revenue streams, and create and manage an independent evaluation product line.

• Secure external funding, in collaboration with the Center Leadership, to fund salaries of the Research and Evaluation Team.

• Complete and work with Lastinger post-doctoral students and graduate assistants to conduct data analyses, write reports, and present research findings to colleagues, stakeholders, and the education community.


• Serve on the Leadership Team.

• Supervise Research and Evaluation staff members, including coordinators, post-doctoral and doctoral student.

• Serve as the liaison between Chief Academic Officer and Content Area Principals (i.e., Early Learning Principal, Literacy Principal, Mathematics Principal, Technology Principal) to ensure research and evaluation systems meet the needs of each area.

Other Duties as Assigned

  • PhD with an emphasis in research
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize and manage work, adhering to critical project timelines
  • Ability to handle multiple projects at once
  • Ability and commitment to approach all work with a culturally responsive lens and equity-based stance
  • Proficiency with quantitative analysis software
  • Experience with non-linear data clustering techniques, such as Topological Data Analysis

Applicant should upload all materials to the University of Florida’s employment website . There is a possibility that multiple job offers will be made from this posting. If you need any technical assistance, please contact Interfolio at (877) 997-8807. Please provide: (1) a letter of application addressing qualifications, (2) a curriculum vitae, and (3) email addresses and phone numbers from three colleagues who will be contacted to provide letters of reference. Applicants should reference requisition 62967, position number 00035873. Inquiries about the position can be addressed to Search Chair, Dr. Paige Pullen at Review of candidates will begin August 15, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. Applications received after this date will be reviewed at the discretion of the search committee.

Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at .

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.

The University of Florida is An Equal Employment Opportunity Institution. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.

ABOUT THE COLLEGE: The College of Education at the University of Florida, founded in 1906, is ranked No. 1 in the nation in Online Graduate Education (U.S. News & World Report), 8th nationally for undergraduate education (USA Today), and 15th nationally among public graduate colleges of education (U.S. News). Three of the College's academic programs occupy top-20 spots in the U.S. News rankings: Counselor Education (3rd), Special Education (7th), and Elementary Teacher Education (16th). The College has added 45 faculty in the past three years. Cutting-edge interdisciplinary research and public scholarship—often conducted in partnership with other UF colleges, school districts and communities across the state and nation—are yielding powerful learning systems and models that are helping to transform education in today’s changing world, starting with our youngest learners. The College of Education is immersed in three of UF’s designated priority research areas in UF’s state-funded Preeminence initiative—early childhood studies, precision learning, and analysis of learning analytics. The College has 108 full-time faculty members with distinguished records in teaching, research and service. Faculty researchers last year held more than $128.5 million worth in awards supporting studies and projects addressing education’s most critical issues. Teaching is one of several areas of study from which UF education students can choose. More than 3,729 education students are enrolled on campus and online in 29 bachelor’s and advanced degree programs and concentration areas, within nine academic specialties: K-12 Curriculum and Instruction • Counseling and Counselor Education • Early Childhood Education • Educational Leadership • Higher Education Administration • Research and Evaluation Methods • School Psychology • Special Education • Student Personnel in Higher Education. To sustain the college's innovative edge deep into the 21st century, heightened emphasis on emerging technologies, advanced graduate studies and interdisciplinary research will effectively prepare tomorrow's leaders in all education disciplines. The College's educator preparation programs have been continuously accredited by NCATE and CAEP since 1954. Almost 30,000 UF “EduGator” alumni are located throughout the world. Follow us: @UF_COE (Twitter) and @UF.COE (Facebook)

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY: The University of Florida, founded in 1853, is a public land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant research university and one of the most academically diverse universities in the nation. U.S. News & World Report ranks UF 7th among public universities. National rankings such as 2nd by Kiplinger and 20th in Forbes in their respective lists of “Best Values in Public Colleges” are a result of UF’s commitment to provide the highest quality education at the best value. UF is home to 16 colleges and more than 200 research, service and education centers, bureaus and institutes, and boasts more than 4,000 faculty members, 50,000 students and 415,000 living alumni. Faculty scholars last year generated more than $838 million in research awards. The Florida Legislature designated UF as a “preeminent” state university in 2013. UF recently hired almost 500 new faculty

ABOUT THE AREA: UF is situated in Gainesville in North Central Florida, a progressive college town that blends big-city cultural and athletic offerings with small-town friendliness and charm, along with excellent schools. Gainesville, located about halfway between the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, is often recognized as one of America’s best college towns and is easily accessible to three major metropolitan areas (Jacksonville, Orlando and Tampa). The National Arbor Day Foundation has recognized Gainesville as a “Tree City USA” every year since 1982. Add the allure of Florida’s famous sunshine, tropical breezes, and abundant wilderness, springs, rivers and seashores nearby, and it is little wonder that top-caliber faculty and students find our College and University to be the perfect balance of premier academics and a fulfilling lifestyle.

The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information and veteran status in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training.

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