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Oklahoma State University
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Posted: 03/6/2017
Director of University Assessment and Testing

The Director of University Assessment and Testing at Oklahoma State University reports directly to the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and facilitates programs and services that enhance the educational experiences of OSU’s students through an effective and nationally-recognized university assessment program.  Specifically, the Director assists faculty, department, and college assessment coordinators in assessing the educational impact of programs and using the results to improve instructional quality; coordinates all aspects of the University’s assessment program including providing feedback on assessment plans; analyzes data and writes reports in response to requests from the OSU administration, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, and others; coordinates activities of the Assessment and Academic Improvement Council and the Committee for the Assessment of General Education; oversees services for national and local tests; administers budgets; and assists with special projects as assigned. 

The Director is responsible for managing the Office of University Assessment and Testing (UAT). UAT supports placement assessment, general education assessment, program outcomes assessment, assessment of alumni and student satisfaction, and provides Testing Services for over 7,500 exams for students and community members each year. The Director serves as a liaison among UAT and the OSU administration, OSU Assessment and Academic Improvement Council, faculty, students, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, accrediting agencies, and the public on assessment related topics.  Incumbent is responsible for managing the financial resources of the office (funds generated from student assessment and testing fees), as well as hiring, evaluating, supervising, and promoting the professional development of UAT personnel. 

Travel to professional meetings is required several times per year, such as the annual meeting of the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. Time and locations of meetings may vary. The Director represents the institution in relevant on- and off-campus matters and reports on matters related to placement assessment, general education assessment, program outcomes assessment, assessment of alumni, and student satisfaction, and provides Testing services for over 7,500 exams for students and community members each year.  While appropriate duties and proportionate authority may be delegated to others, the Director may neither delegate nor relinquish responsibility for results.  Commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

Minimum qualifications:  Candidates should possess an earned master’s degree in Assessment; Research, evaluation, Measurement and Statistics; Statistics; Social Sciences; Higher Education Administration; or a related area, with an outstanding record of achievement in student and program assessment and a minimum of three years of administrative experience in a university setting.

This position requires extensive work with faculty members and administrative leaders across campus for the purpose of conducting, coordinating, disseminating information about, and reporting on assessment activity. The individual is responsible for providing information and resources to department heads and assessment coordinators for program outcomes assessment; coordinating the reporting of all assessment activity for use in accreditation and as required by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education; collaboration with Institutional Research professionals on assessment projects; collaboration with Admissions personnel and academic advisors for entry level and placement assessment, and work with multiple faculty committees on other areas of assessment, including general education assessment and alumni and satisfaction surveys. The director also provides oversight and direction for the Testing Center, resulting in a high quality testing experience for students and community members that continues to meet or exceed the National College Testing Association's standards.

Preferred qualifications include a doctorate and proven ability to work with various and diverse constituents at all levels of the University as well as external constituents to develop and implement successful assessment programs; persuasion and negotiation skills, interpersonal relations, confidentiality, excellent oral and written communication abilities; ability to handle multiple assignments at any given time; ability to respond in a helpful and sensitive manner to questions and concerns of internal and external constituencies; systems thinking/development; customer service and program evaluation/assessment; problem solving; demonstrated leadership abilities, including the abilities to relate to people, manage funds, generate resources for use by the Center, and delegate responsibilities and authority; and willingness and ability to take responsible risks and to make decisions. Experience related to assessment in a higher education setting in addition to minimum requirements. Familiarity with assessment requirement of the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

A complete application will include a letter indicating the applicant’s interest, experience and qualifications for the position, a resume, and the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of five professional references who will not be contacted without prior notification.  Candidates selected for interview may be asked to provide official transcripts. 

Apply online at for consideration. Please include a letter of application, resume, and names of five references, including phone numbers and email addresses. For full consideration, complete applications should be submitted by March 31, 2017. For assistance with the on-line application process or to request an accommodation to enable application, contact OSU Human Resources, 106 Whitehurst, Stillwater, OK 74078 or call 405-744-7401.  Oklahoma State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/E-verify employer committed to diversity and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or other protected category. OSU is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and desires priority referrals of protected veterans for its openings. OSU will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)