Executive Director of Assessment/Director of MS Degree in Social Justice

Tennessee, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Sep 15, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

POSITION SUMMARY The person selected for this position will be responsible for oversight and management of institutional assessment and accreditation. The individual also serves to direct the master’s program in Social Justice. The selected must have requisite academic qualifications to attain appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or professor. The Executive Director is responsible for the development and maintenance of a comprehensive institutional research program including the systematic collection, evaluation, and distribution of university data to provide a complete picture to guide decision-making and support institutional improvement, planning, and reaccreditation. The individual serving in this position works productively with all university stakeholders—both internal and external—and builds on the diversity of ethnic and cultural backgrounds toward the achievement of institutional effectiveness goals.


  • Lead in meeting the university's obligations for institutional effectiveness and outcomes assessment reports for accreditation and other purposes.
  • Lead in preparing narratives and evidence for the institutional effectiveness standards in SACSCOC reports.
  • Manages staff who complete and submit IPEDS surveys.
  • Ensures that IPEDS reports are completed in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Oversee the course evaluation process (student evaluation of instruction) and provide reports to Academic Council and other stakeholders.
  • Stay abreast of trends in institutional effectiveness, outcomes assessment, and survey research; seek personal professional development and actively participate in relevant professional organizations.
  • Work closely with appropriate university units in research and statistical analysis needed for various projects in areas such as human resources, curricula, instruction, payroll, collective bargaining, facilities, or finance.
  • Demonstrate competence in a range of statistical tools, software, techniques, and design appropriate to the research and analytical needs of the university.
  • Demonstrate competence in use and training in the use of institutional assessment software, such as Watermark or Xitracs.
  • Direct Master’s program in Social Justice, implementing and developing a curriculum that emphasizes the values of equal rights, equal opportunity, and equal treatment.
  • Lead faculty and students to identify relevant service-learning opportunities in social justice and link experiential learning to academic progress.
  • Conduct and lead faculty and students in meaningful academic research that is consistent with the history of social justice in the immediate vicinity and potentially impacts social justice nationally and globally.



  • Proven excellence and ability to lead institutions to compliance with SACSOC Principles of Accreditation.
  • Skill in leading the process of systematic reporting institutional and academic program effectiveness. Proven ability to plan, design, interpret, and report evidenced-based research.



  • PhD in Social Justice or Sociology
  • Significant undergraduate teaching experience in social justice and/or sociology
  • Significant understanding of accreditation principles, with an emphasis on SACSCOC.
  • Experience in survey design, methodologies, data collection, interpretation, and reporting.
  • Proficiency with statistical packages and Microsoft Excel
  • Demonstrated success working effectively with senior leadership
  • College or university leadership experience in institutional effectiveness and/or research


Additional Requirements:

A background and/or credit check will be required of the successful applicant. An official transcript (if applicable) and names, addresses and phone numbers of three (3) references will be required of the successful applicant.