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  • National Institute on Scientific Teaching

Harvard University


The Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning supports educational excellence at Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. We employ a wide array of approaches in our work, which includes training graduate students in the skills they need as Teaching Fellows, collaborating with faculty to design novel course materials, and inviting undergraduate students to engage as partners in improving teaching and learning. We seek a creative and collaborative Assistant Director who will support the evidence-based work of the Center.

Reporting to the Executive Director of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, the Assistant Director, Assessment, will:

Consult with faculty and Bok Center staff to assess individual courses and assignments. Generate formative feedback about course activities, assignments, and learning experiences developed at the Bok Center. Design protocols and instruments; conduct surveys, focus groups, and observations, as appropriate; analyze data; and write up reports and recommendations.

Conduct assessments of the Bok Center’s programs and services:

  • Design and implement processes to assess the impact of the Center’s programs and services.

  • Develop strategies for making data-informed decisions about the Center’s work, including identifying constituent needs and attitudes about teaching and learning.

  • Collaborate with the Executive Director and other senior staff to disseminate evidence of the Center’s impact.

Develop resources and documentation about assessment for dissemination, including information for the Bok Center website. Offer training and workshops on topics that may include assessment processes, and data analysis and visualization.

For the full job description and to apply, please click here.


  • Master’s degree required

  • 5+ years of experience in research methodology, statistics, and data analysis

  • Candidates with a PhD and at least 2 years of experience may be considered


  • PhD preferred. Advanced degree in the social sciences, education, research/statistics, cognitive or educational psychology, science education, or a related field desirable.

  • At least two years teaching experience at the undergraduate level preferred.

  • Knowledge of quantitative and qualitative methods. Excellent computing skills and proficiency with statistical analysis software. Knowledge of qualitative research methods and design (including surveys, focus groups, interviews). Ability to collect, analyze, and interpret data, and to present results in multiple forms.

  • Experience in designing and implementing strategies for directly and indirectly measuring student learning in higher education.

  • Creative, motivated, and independent. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.

  • Familiarity with the scholarship of teaching and learning or discipline-based education research, preferred. Familiarity with educational development and inclusive teaching.

  • Strong consultation skills, including the ability to listen to partners, create trusting relationships, and identify and frame pedagogical challenges and opportunities. Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with staff, faculty, and students.

Additional Information

We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and abilities to apply to be a part of our community. We believe that an inclusive environment that cultivates and promotes understanding, respect, and collaboration across our diverse workforce enables our success. All formal written offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.

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