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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 765889
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Education
Department: Counseling, Educ Psych & Spec Educ 10014204
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Education/Training, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Position Summary

MSU’s Rehabilitation Counseling programs are partnering with the Michigan Rehabilitation Services to create new pathways for individuals with disabilities from marginalized groups—particularly those from underrepresented racial groups—to pursue high-demand careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics or medicine, entitled Project STEMM UP.

We are seeking a Research Associate to join the team and contribute to a U.S. Department of Education funded multi-year, multi-site project, starting May 2022. The project team includes Dr. Connie Sung, principal investigator, Dr. Gloria Lee, co-principal investigator, Drs. Hung Jen Kuo, Emre Umucu, Beatrice Lee, co-investigators, staff researchers, postdoctoral research associates, operational staff, affiliated faculty, and graduate assistants. This position will be renewed annually and can be renewed for up to 5 years.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) are essential elements, vital to the culture our team endeavors to cultivate.  This includes providing opportunities and access for all people which incorporate differences of race, age, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, migratory status, disability/abilities, political affiliation, veteran status and socioeconomic background.


Duties and responsibilities:

    • Leading research activities related to need assessments and program evaluation using large-scale longitudinal administrative data from the State of Michigan and collected by the project team in the form of surveys, individual and focus group interviews;
    • Identifying measures and creating protocols in conducting formative and summative evaluation of the project and the effectiveness of the interventions;
    • Providing expertise in quantitative methodologies that includes substantial experience conducting statistical analysis and quasi-experimental design using statistical software;
    • Planning and executing quality assurance and improvement of the project based on findings from program evaluations and recommending program improvement initiatives and recommendations;
    • Recordkeeping and managing data agreement and partnerships with community stakeholders;
    • Overseeing, writing and editing clear and concise reports, publications, manuscripts, policy/research briefs for both academic and general audiences;
    • Responding to ad hoc data and analysis requests, both internal and external;
    • Producing data summaries, tables and visualizations for dissemination to community stakeholders;
    • Collaborating with internal and external program evaluators in conducting formative and summative program evaluations and generating reports required by funding agencies;
  • Collaborating with different groups of individuals, including project directors, investigators, staff researchers, postdoctoral research associates, operational staff, affiliated faculty, graduate assistants, and community stakeholders (rehabilitation counselors, individuals with disabilities and families, and employers);
  • Attending regular meetings to keep up-to-date of the overall flow of the project;
  • Providing training and mentoring to project staff and graduate assistants in conducting tasks related to needs assessment and program evaluations;
  • Performing related work as assigned and appropriate based on the specific interests and expertise of the selected candidate.


The Research Associate will lead the conductance of program evaluations for the project. We are seeking a person who is excited to be a member of an interdisciplinary, dynamic and motivated group, and who is driven by a desire to produce high-quality and practical products aimed at driving improvements for individuals with disabilities. The position, which include benefits, is fixed term annual, 100% time position beginning May 15, 2022 with the potential for renewals in the College of Education.


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Michigan State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Michigan State University is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Rehabilitation, counseling, disability studies

Minimum Requirements

  • A doctoral degree in rehabilitation, counseling, disability studies, education, allied health, social work, economics, statistics, social science or related field;
  • 2-3 years of professional experience in program evaluation in human services fields;
  • Experience in standard statistical models and techniques as well as planning and executing quality assurance on complex analyses using large-scale datasets;
  • Demonstrated knowledge or interest in partner-orientated education research;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite products and statistical software (e.g., SPSS, SAS, NVivo);
  • Highly motivated, self-directed and extreme attention to detail;
  • Have strong organizational, management and problem solving skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills;
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with internal and external team members;
  • Ability to manage multiple project tasks and competing priorities while maintaining flexibility;
  • Willing to travel across the state and be flexible with working hours.

Desired Qualifications

  • Knowledge or interest in partner-orientated rehabilitation research;
  • Experience working with professionals in rehabilitation and/or education
  • Experience in using web-based platform and technology for delivering professional development and conveying specialized content materials to professionals.

Required Application Materials

Interested candidates should send: 1) a letter of application stating qualifications for and reasons for interest in this position; 2) current resume or curriculum vitae; 3) two samples of scholarly writing; and 4) the names and contact information for three references.

Together-we-will Statement

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Special Instructions

Applicants must apply online at: Please reference posting 30239336. Review of applications will begin on April 1, 2022 and the position will remain open until filled. Questions can be directed to Connie Sung at or (517) 353-1638.

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Department Statement

The Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education (CEPSE) at Michigan State University is committed to the study of human learning and development across the life span. CEPSE faculty and students bring an important array of conceptual, technical and therapeutic perspectives to the study of learning in a wide variety of contexts.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

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