Friday, May 17, 2013

Researcher in Understanding Teaching Quality @ ETS

ETS's Research & Development division has an opening for a researcher in the Understanding Teaching Quality (UTQ) Center. The Center focuses on studies that examine a range of potential measures of teaching quality, including classroom observation and protocols, new measures of content knowledge for teaching, and measures based on student achievement. The studies investigate a wide range of approaches to measuring teaching quality; however, all the studies are focused on contributing to existing knowledge about which aspects of teaching and the context of teaching contribute to student learning and success.

Some key responsibilities of the position are:
Take responsibility for conceptualizing, proposing, obtaining funding for, and directing moderately sized projects and/or assisting in major ones such as directing foundational research on the development and testing of new assessments for teaching, with initial emphasis on studies supporting the redesign of teacher licensure.  Small research and development projects typically have minimal budgets, few or no staff other than the project director, a timeline or a year or less, and a single deliverable that is relatively narrow in scope. Major projects have substantial budgets, involve the coordination of many individuals internal and possibly external to ETS, may run across years, and may produce multiple deliverables. Moderate projects fall in between these two types.

Be a key collaborator in generating or contributing to new knowledge or capability, and in applying that new knowledge and capability to existing and/or new ETS products and services. New knowledge may take the form of new or modified educational or psychological theories; new research methodology; new development methodology; new statistical, analytic or interpretative procedures; new test designs and item types; new approaches to scoring examinee responses; and new approaches to reporting. New capabilities include developing software to instantiate new and existing knowledge.
Document and disseminate the results of research and/or development projects through an emerging collection of publications and presentations. Publication includes peer-review journals, peer- review conference proceedings, patents, books and book chapters, and other print media. Presentation may be at international, national, or regional conferences, client meetings, and ETS seminars.
Required Experience:
A Ph.D. or Ed.D. in education or closely related discipline is required.

Three years of progressively independent research and/or development experience focused on assessments for teaching, particularly related to studies that inform licensure, certification, and other policy-relevant questions and issues; teaching quality; teacher cognition; and/or teacher education.

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