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Association of Public & Land-grant Universities
Office of Academic Affairs
District Of Columbia
Posted: 07/18/2019
Fall Research Assistant, Academic Affairs and Personalized Learning Consortium

Title: Fall Research Assistant, Academic Affairs and Personalized Learning Consortium
Department: Personalized Learning Consortium in the Office of Academic Affairs
Supervisor: Karen Vignare, Executive Director of the Personalized Learning Consortium (PLC)
Status: Part-Time; Non-Exempt
Location: Washington, DC
Salary Range: $20/hour; Part-Time (~20-hour work week)
Application Deadline: August 23, 2019
Assignment Dates: 90-Day Term (with flexible start in September)

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) is seeking applicants for the position of Fall Research Assistant for Academic Affairs and for the Personalized Learning Consortium (PLC) at the APLU. The PLC works with multiple institutions to leverage technology that is designed to improve student success. The position is located at APLU in Washington, DC and is a temporary position for twelve-weeks.

APLU is a research, policy, and advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening and advancing the work of public universities in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. With a membership of 239 public research universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems, and affiliated organizations, APLU's agenda is built on the three pillars of increasing degree completion and academic success, advancing scientific research, and expanding engagement.

Annually, member campuses enroll 4.9 million undergraduates and 1.3 million graduate students, award 1.3 million degrees, employ 1.3 million faculty and staff, and conduct $44.9 billion in university-based research.

About the Personalized Learning Consortium
Operating currently under the auspices of the APLU, the Personalized Learning Consortium (PLC) is a separate membership organization of over 20 universities focusing on advancing the use of information technology to improve student learning, retention, and graduation. Its members cooperate to share experience and expertise, assess the market and identify promising and trustworthy vendors, influence data practices, and organize multi-institutional projects (e.g., to purchase or develop shared learning materials). Currently, the PLC is working on a few projects focused on supporting institutions with the implementation of adaptive courseware.

The Fall Research Assistants are responsible for providing research and administrative support which will include, but not be limited to:

Research duties

  • Reshaping, aggregating, and cleaning data in Excel
  • Using Excel to analyze the data and putting the data into context
  • Conducting literature reviews and writing critical syntheses that address research directions
  • Presenting results of data analyses and provide interpretation of such information
  • Preparing, reviewing and editing project reports, research briefs and papers, and other relevant documents, ensuring they are complete, current and stored appropriately
  • Identifying and collecting reports, professional papers, data, and other relevant information in an organized and proactive capacity
  • Ensuring quality control is maintained through all assigned tasks
  • Developing presentation material for targeted audiences
  • Documenting and processing information using Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and PDF software

Administrative duties

  • Anticipating, troubleshooting, overcoming, and/or escalating project challenges in a timely manner
  • Assisting with project tracking and reporting
  • Supporting external grant writing and project management
  • Providing other programmatic support as needed to support the goals and objectives of the project.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required; coursework towards advanced degree (MA, MS) preferred
  • Demonstrative quantitative and mixed-method research analysis skills
  • Familiarity with data analysis through SPSS and Excel
  • Excellent writing, editing, and analytical skills
  • Accuracy and attention to details in verbal and written communication
  • Experience with digital learning, online education, instructional design, technology enabled education/training, curriculum development and/or professional development
  • Interest in working with digital content and learning technologies
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative, exercise discretion, maintain confidentiality, demonstrate sound judgment, participate as an effective team member, cooperate with co-workers and supervisors, and follow through assigned tasks to completion
  • Commitment to improving education by serving institutions, advisors, instructors, and learners

To Apply
Please send a letter of interest and resume to APLU’s Human Resources Department at with the subject line of Fall Research Assistant no later than Friday, August 23, 2019. Applications will be reviewed as received.

APLU is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.