University of Waterloo

  • CTAPT Research Associate

    Requisition ID
    Job Category
    5620 - Centre for Teaching Excellence
    Job Status
    Temporary Appointment (Contract)
    Hiring Range
    $59,433 - $74,291
  • Overview

    Term: 4 months


    Ideal start date: October 15, 2018


    The primary purpose of the Research Associate position is to provide research support to its Complementary Teaching Assessment Project Team (CTAPT) and to serve as a significant resource to this team. The research component of the position will include, but will not be limited to, a literature review of definitions of “good teaching” across the many modalities of teaching (in class, online, supervisory, graduate, undergraduate, etc.), a literature review on the formative and summative assessment of teaching using methods other than student evaluations of teaching, and a thorough environmental scan of U15 practices on the formative and summative assessment of teaching as well as practices in select international comparators.


    The position will also include working with the established CTAPT in its meetings, consultations, communications to campus, and final report. In parallel with the work of the CTAPT, the position will also work with Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA) to provide research support regarding the assessment of graduate supervision, which is a sub-topic of the work of the CTAPT. This project involves supporting a major change initiative for the University.


    This role is contingent on funding. 


    Evaluation and Research

    • Work with the CTAPT and GSPA to confirm objectives and appropriate research methodologies to be used
    • Literature review on definitions of “good teaching”
    • Literature review across a broad range of sources and disciplines on the assessment of teaching using methods other than student evaluations of teaching, examining both the tools used for assessment and the methods in which their results are interpreted
    • Working with CTAP and GSPA to compare and contrast methods of assessment across various modes of teaching, including undergraduate, graduate, on-campus, online, graduate supervision, undergraduate supervision, clinical teaching, and so on
    • Compiling and documenting a summary of current practices on the University of Waterloo campus
    • Environmental scan of U15 practices on the assessment of teaching as well as practices in select international comparators
    • Interpret results and create high quality, accurate, timely reports and presentations for relevant University meetings (e.g., Senate)


    • Produce interim communications to campus stakeholders
    • Produce short interim feedback mechanisms for campus stakeholders
    • Summarize data from feedback and assist in producing recommendations
    • Assist CTAP and GSPA in producing final reports


    • Completion of a Master’s degree in Psychology, Sociology, Education, Health Studies, program evaluation, or other relevant discipline
      PhD would be an asset
    • A minimum of 3 years designing and executing research and/or program evaluation projects, as well as disseminating their results
    • Proficiency in qualitative research design and analytical research methods
    • Post-secondary teaching experience would be an asset
    • Strong communication skills, both written and oral
    • Knowledge of the research literature on assessment of teaching would be an asset
    • An understanding of the culture and philosophy of higher education as well as of disciplinary differences across a university would be an asset
    • Knowledge of Nvivo (or equivalent) would be an asset
    • Web content writing or WCMS management would be an asset
    • Intermediate proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite


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