Senior Research and Evaluation Associate

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
College of Education
Engineering Education Initiative


The College of Education at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park Campus invites applications for a part-time, hourly Senior Research and Evaluation Associate. Primary responsibilities include contributing to the development of research-based, educative curricula and resources for PK-12 engineering that serve diverse learners. This includes developing learning objectives, reviewing draft curricular units, brainstorming and participating in content creation of educative materials. Responsibilities also involve developing formative and summative research and evaluation instruments to assess the outcomes and quality of elementary and middle school engineering lessons, curricular units, and resources for classroom and out-of-school (after-school and summer camp) settings; leading summative evaluation and research of these materials using qualitative and quantitative measures; and field testing curricular materials in classrooms and out-of-school-time settings (observing lessons, conducting focus interviews, and modifying curricular materials according to feedback). The successful candidate will have at least 10 years of demonstrated experience working on teams to create elementary and middle school curricula for both classroom and out-of-school settings; a proven track record of writing learning objectives, engineering lessons, and assessments that align with national educational science, math, engineering, and English language development standards; experience developing materials for culturally and linguistically diverse students; experience engaging in research-based, iterative curriculum design of educative materials; experience leading formative and summative evaluation of engineering curricular materials; and a proven track record of publishing research reports, articles, and publications related to the theory, instruments, and outcomes of K-12 engineering education. Applicants should have a doctoral degree in Education and strong knowledge of science and/or engineering content, STEM education pedagogy, design-based research, and STEM education research (including qualitative and quantitative methods). Applicants should also have a demonstrated commitment to working with populations that are underserved and underrepresented in STEM fields. Strong organizational, interpersonal, oral and written communication, and team skills are required. Off-site, national travel will be required. Applications should include a cover letter, CV, and the names, e-mails, and phone numbers of three references. Resumes will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled. The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institution benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088