Associate Researcher - 22407BR

Associate Researcher

Achievement & Assessment Inst
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
Work Location Assignment: 
Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

ATLAS promotes learning and improved outcomes for all students and their educators. Our primary focus is supporting students with disabilities and struggling learners. We create technology-based learning and assessment systems that are accessible and academically rigorous.

We specialize in map-based learning systems, informed by research on skill development, assessment design, and teacher professional development. Every program and project in our diverse portfolio of operational and grant-funded research strategically aligns with our student- and educator-focused mission. Our work is also supported by multiple strategic partnerships with organizations that share our focus and commitment to quality learning experiences for all students.

In addition to grant-funded research projects, ATLAS develops and delivers state assessments. Our largest assessment system is the Dynamic Learning Maps® (DLM®) Alternate Assessment System. DLM alternate assessments are designed to assess students with the most significant cognitive disabilities in English language arts, mathematics, and science. We also offer custom social studies alternate assessments. Our broader state assessments include the Kansas Assessment Program and the Kansas English Language Proficiency Assessment.

ATLAS is seeking an associate researcher to support the development of cognitive learning map models that represent students’ knowledge, skills, and understandings in English language arts (ELA), from birth through high school with a focus on K-12 instruction and assessment. Additional responsibilities will include collaborating with test development and research teams on various projects, including funded research, development of assessments, and design and development of instructional materials. This unclassified position is full-time (40 hours/week) at the Lawrence campus, with occasional off-site meetings; however, working on campus is not required. We will consider remote employment.

KU offers great benefits to employees with up to 176 hours of paid vacation per year, 72 hours of sick leave earned per year, nine paid holidays plus one discretionary day, a retirement program, medical & dental insurance, life and disability insurance, other benefit plan options and State of Kansas discounts offered by various vendors. KU also offers employees educational and professional development opportunities. KU is a great place to work! See to learn more.

Job Description

40% - Support the designing, planning, and implementing of ELA learning map projects. Activities include:
  • Representing formal learning structures in proprietary map-building software in response to program priorities.
  • Collaborating with research, implementation, and content teams to coordinate internal and external reviews of ELA learning maps.
  • Reviewing internal and external panel feedback and adjusting ELA maps in response to feedback and new research findings.
  • Producing technical documentation of map development projects.

30% - Collaborate with test development and research teams to develop high-quality, accessible, map-based educational materials to support the teaching and learning of ELA for all learners. Responsibilities include using K-12 academic content education knowledge to review instructional guides, professional development materials, and other documents to support teaching and learning mathematics.

20% - Conduct research syntheses in K-12 education. Evaluate empirical literature, including summarizing results and preparing written reports.

5% - Contribute to the development of proposals for funded research projects and communicate with external audiences, including state departments of education and professional organizations. Present information related to learning maps to technical and non-technical audiences.

5% - Other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements

  • This position is full-time (40 hours/week) at the Lawrence campus.
  • Ability to attend occasional off-site meetings and 2-3 on-site visits per year.
  • Working on campus is not a requirement.
  • Remote employment from home (telework) is an option for this position.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in education, psychology, curriculum and instruction, or a related field.
  • Minimum three years’ experience in instruction, research, or assessments that serve diverse learners
  • At least 1-year academic or professional experience conducting, documenting, and synthesizing ELA research (i.e., reading, language, comprehension, or writing).
  • Ability to use complex spreadsheets and databases as evidenced by previous work history or professional training.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills for scholarly and practitioner audiences, as evidenced by application materials and interview process.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in education, psychology, curriculum and instruction or a related field.
  • Experience with evidence-centered development of alternate assessments for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities.
  • Knowledge of principles of universal design for learning and assessment.
  • Knowledge or experience using contemporary academic content standards (e.g., Common Core State Standards) in research, instruction, or assessment.
  • Record of research on a topic related to acquiring academic knowledge and skills.
  • Successful experience working in a multidisciplinary, team-based environment as evidenced by work history, professional training, or both.
  • Prior experience in a leadership or supervisory capacity, especially the leadership of complex projects.

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application includes:
  • Online application
  • Résumé
  • Letter detailing your professional experiences that align with the required and preferred qualifications
  • Names and contact information for four professional references.

Only complete applications will be considered.

The review will begin on Monday, June 27 and will continue until a pool of qualified applicants has been received. For first consideration please apply by review date.

Contact Information to Applicants

Cynthia Perez

Advertised Salary Range

$55,000 minimum – commensurate with experience

Work Schedule

M-F; 8-5

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Achievement & Assessment Inst
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University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
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