Closing date: Jun 19, 2022
Description: The American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) is a non-profit organization that represents the global academic veterinary medical community. AAVMC members promote and protect the health and wellbeing of people, animals, and the environment by advancing the veterinary medical profession and preparing new generations of veterinarians to meet the evolving needs of a changing world.

The AAVMC is looking for an individual with the knowledge and skills to assist in our educational research and evaluation work primarily related to the AAVMC Spectrum of Care Initiative. This individual will apply his/her advanced knowledge of educational research methods and analysis to inform educational models and implementation guidelines. The primary responsibilities of the Educational Researcher will focus on the needs of the Spectrum of Care Initiative including the study design, implementation, data collection, analysis, and reporting of data collected through surveys, focus groups, one-on-one interviews, on-site visits, and observations. Secondary to this work, the researcher may have the opportunity to collaborate or assist with other AAVMC research projects as assigned by the Executive Director of the Spectrum of Care Initiative.

The ideal Educational Researcher for this position will apply their advanced knowledge of educational research methods and statistics as well as work experience to produce data that informs evidence-based recommendations for instruction and assessment strategies in veterinary education. The primary duty of this position is to take a scientific approach to studying spectrum of care as a practice and as an educational model in the veterinary profession. This will involve synthesizing existing data, evaluating the efficiency and impact of educational policies, applied instruction, and implementation procedures as well as creating new recommendations based on experimentation, data collection, and rigorous data analyses. The Educational Researcher will aim to investigate how instruction related to spectrum of care is best designed and applied by considering questions such as the impact of veterinary education on social and patient needs, how perceptions of knowledge affect learning, and how ethical and social issues as well as veterinary academic and workplace culture can affect education.

The Educational Researcher will be heavily involved in literature reviews, research syntheses, survey development, data synthesis and analysis, writing reports (e.g., white papers, abstracts, manuscripts for publication), delivering presentations, as well as other tasks as required. Ultimately, the evidence produced by the Educational Researcher will be used to guide the development of a new education model and the associated recommendations and guidelines for implementation of curricula related to spectrum of care for veterinary doctor and nurse programs throughout AAVMC member institutions.

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The primary responsibilities of the Educational Researcher include, but are not limited to the following:
• Working on cross institutional educational research and evaluation projects with a variety of faculty and staff members from veterinary and science education programs.
• Identifying and/or developing and evaluating data collection instruments that produce valid and reliable data.
• Contributing to the design, development and implementation of research and evaluation plans that include various designs (including systematic reviews) and mixed methods.
• Collecting data through a variety of methods including but not limited to designing and conducting surveys, interviews, documentation reviews, and observations.
o Conducting one-on-one interviews and focus groups, as well as managing recruitment, logistics, note-taking, and reporting.
o Conducting occasional observations and site visits either virtually or in-person to locations nationwide and rarely internationally.
• Conducting the appropriate statistical and data analysis/synthesis techniques for a variety of research questions, variables, and qualitative and quantitative data.
• Translating data results and developing robust and comprehensive reports to present findings from a range of quantitative and qualitative analytic approaches.
• Writing research proposals and editing documents that are tailored to the target audience for research briefs, curricular recommendations, and implementation guidelines.
• Contributing to manuscripts intended for journal publication by writing methods, statistical, and results sections with contributions to additional sections as appropriate.
• Contributing to grant proposals by providing data and scientific evidence for budgets.
• Creating data visualizations and supporting staff use of data.
• Summarizing and presenting findings at conferences and a variety of stakeholder meetings.
• Contributing to internal research and publishing policies and procedures.
• Contributing to the association’s mission to support and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion among all member institutions.

EDUCATION/QUALIFICATIONS
Required:
• Master’s degree in educational research and evaluation, science or STEM research, or related field.
• Demonstrated ability to carefully and critically analyze qualitative and quantitative data to find patterns and themes, including experience with conducting qualitative analyses (thematic analyses of open-ended responses from surveys and interviews) and quantitative analyses (descriptive and inferential statistics).
• Experience with conducting literature reviews, interviews, and observations.
• Demonstrated experience in survey research including the ability to develop well-constructed questions.
• Demonstrated commitment to cultivating equitable and inclusive learning and working environments for students, faculty and staff.
• Experience with Excel spreadsheets and statistical analyses software (e.g., SPSS).
• Experience organizing and leading interviews and focus groups with different audiences, remotely and in person.
• Proficiency in MS Office Applications: Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Excel, as well as Teams.
• Excellent verbal, oral, interpersonal, and written communication skills, including experience with developing and delivering presentations.
• A strong knowledge of research ethics and ability to apply this knowledge to internal procedures.
• Familiarity of guidelines for publication and a variety of research writing styles, formats, and referencing styles.
• Strong team player with the ability to take initiative and work well independently.
• Demonstrated ability to clearly convey ideas orally and in writing.
• Able to work independently on multiple projects and tasks.

Preferred:
• Ph.D. or ABD in educational research and evaluation, science or STEM research, or related field.
• Experience conducting statistical analyses using regression models, HLM, etc.
• Experience developing and testing data collection instruments for validity and reliability.
• Knowledge of and ability to statistically analyze data from experimental, quasi-experimental, research synthesis designs, and mixed method research designs and case study approaches.
• Experience using a variety of analytical packages and programming languages.
• Demonstrated understanding of the main elements of curriculum design and effective science instruction in medical and/or higher education settings.
• Experience as an instructor and/or researcher in a medical or higher education program.

SALARY
Starting annual salary for this position is $80,000.
HOW TO APPLY
Submit a cover letter that addresses the minimum and preferred qualifications, a resumé or CV, and 3 references to [email protected] Application review begins April 30, 2022, and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Position is open until filled.