Director of Assessment

 

About Harrisburg University:

Harrisburg University offers an applied science and technology education for students who want a degree and a dedicated pathway to a career. Our focus is to educate career-minded individuals in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM careers), giving them the tools to succeed, while helping to shape their communities, locally and beyond. Our goal is to help stimulate economic growth in our region by establishing a STEM educated workforce — a necessary resource in today’s economy.

Mission:

The Harrisburg University of Science and Technology offers innovative academic and research programs in science and technology that respond to local and global needs.  The institution fosters a diverse community of learners, provides access and support to students who want to pursue a career in science and technology, and supports business creation and economic development.

Position:

Harrisburg University (HU) seeks applications for the position of Director of Assessment. This role will report directly to the Provost and will play a crucial role in the academic community within HU.

HU seeks a Director of Assessment who is able to engage faculty and academic units in an open communication style and has the ability to monitor and manage complex processes and operations. They are responsible for leading the planning, development and implementation of assessment for the University. This position is responsible for creating and maintaining an environment of assessment, management of the accreditation process and the review and distribution of all assessment data. The successful candidate will be responsible for generating assessment reports, oversee the curriculum mapping process, edit any accreditation reports and serve as the leader of computer based testing.

Regular duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Collaborate closely with the Provost and the AVP of Planning and Institutional Research, in the development and implementation of a comprehensive system for assessing effectiveness of University academic programs and services
  • In collaboration with academic programs and support services, coordinate the development and regular revision of learning outcomes, educational assessment plans, and action plans derived from assessment results
  • Support continuous academic program assessment (curricular and co-curricular) and improvement of student learning through consultation, mentoring, and hands-on training, and offer support to academic discipline-specific accreditation responsibilities and to the General Education Committee
  • In collaboration with the Provost and the Office of Institutional Research, analyze and report on assessment data for internal (e.g., academic program review and prioritization) and external purposes
  • Promote internal and external communication of assessment results, with particular emphasis on the quality of the assessment efforts and findings that influence institutional decision-making and policy development
  • Serve as member of administration committees on issues related to assessment and accreditation and work closely with the University Curriculum Committee and the General Education Committee to ensure compliance with university academic policies and state and federal regulations
  • In collaboration with the Provost, support the planning, development, facilitation, and evaluation of undergraduate academic programs and curricula, including o Assisting academic departments in the development of new program/curriculum proposals.

 

Required Experience:

  • Strong record of overseeing programmatic assessment with experience in assessment methodology, educational research design, accountability issues and student learning outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and collegiality with faculty, administrators and staff across all divisions and diverse groups.
  • Proven experience in the design, organization and management of complex projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to interpret and disseminate institutional assessment data and use of results.

 

Preferred Qualifications:

Harrisburg University seeks dedicated professionals who have the experience and desire to work in an active, innovative and collaborative environment that stresses high quality service delivery, entrepreneurial spirit, and close contact with a diverse group of internal and external constituents. HU is committed to the support and encouragement of an inclusive environment and seeks candidates who can make a positive contribution.

Additionally, the ideal candidate will possess:

  • Experience in an academic leadership role (e.g. program director, assessment coordinator, department chair).
  • Experience providing written and oral reports on assessment plans, strategies and results.
  • A record of successful service leading a curriculum and/or assessment committee or similar shared governance group.
  • Qualified applicants will possess a Doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution with an emphasis on educational research, outcomes assessment, or program evaluation. Prior experience in assessment in higher education / pharmacy academia and external accreditation process is expected.
  • Participation in accreditation and program review processes.
  • Experience in the analysis, interpretation and implementation of academic policies.

 

Harrisburg University: At a Glance:

  • Only science and technology-focused comprehensive university between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh
  • Private, non-sectarian, not-for-profit, urban, teaching university
  • Located in the city of Harrisburg in the county of Dauphin
  • Incorporated in Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: December 12, 2001
  • Chartered by Pennsylvania Department of Education: January 20, 2005
  • Inaugural class arrived August 29, 2005
  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, June 22, 2009
  • 250 full- and part-time employees
  • Signature 16-story, $73 million, state-of-the-art Academic Center

 

Student Population:

  • The University’s total student enrollment for undergraduate and graduate degree seeking students is 3200 as of May 1, 2016.
  • Undergraduate Student Body is 49% female, and 53% minority
  • 98% demonstrate financial need
  • Ranked in top 20 of US News & World Report’s ethnic diversity category for Best National Liberal Arts Colleges
  • HU places 92% of its graduates in family-sustaining careers in their fields of study within six months of graduation.
  • HU undergraduate student average debt upon graduation is $7,000 less than the national average student education debt.

 

Academics:

  • Full-time faculty with Ph.D. or Terminal Degree: 100%
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees awarded in Analytics, Biotechnology and Biosciences, Computer and Information Sciences, Interactive Media, Management & eBusiness, Geospatial Technologies, and Integrative Sciences
  • Master of Science Degrees awarded in Analytics, Information Systems Engineering & Management, Learning Technologies and Multimedia Systems, Computer Information Sciences, and Project Management
  • Trimester system

 

Interested candidates should forward a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy and a research statement, to the attention of:

 

Erin Hill, Executive Recruiter

Harrisburg University

326 Market Street

Harrisburg, PA 17101

717.901.5130

EHill@harrisburgu.edu