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Research Associate-Fixed Term

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Arts And Letters
Department: Al Research And Scholarship 40000801
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

Working/Functional Title

EDLI Research Associate-Fixed Term

Position Summary

The Enhanced Digital Learning Initiative (EDLI) at Michigan State University is hiring three fixed term research associates. Successful candidates for each of these 2-year positions will work with the EDLI team and its collaborators to conduct educational research and evaluation on digital learning initiatives.

You will join a diverse team of professionals dedicated to studying digital learning, educational innovation, and addressing challenges in the 21st century classroom and beyond.

This is a full-time, 12-month position with an appointment period of 2 years that reports to the EDLI Co-Director team. Successful candidates will work with the cross-disciplinary core EDLI team, consisting of members of the College of Arts & Letters, College of Natural Science, Broad College of Business, MSU Information Technology, and MSU Libraries. They will work with the team to conduct research within EDLI's focal research areas, and to support and promote EDLI’s work on the MSU campus and beyond. Example focal research areas include (but are not limited to) augmented/virtual/mixed reality, multimodal/hyflex teaching and learning, microcredentialing, course objective mapping, ethical use of artificial intelligence in learning contexts, and promoting student success in large classrooms.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Work with EDLI team members to design, implement, and evaluate research projects focused on digital teaching and learning
  • Lead or co-lead research teams in one or more research areas
  • Collaborate with other team members as part of research teams
  • Assist faculty members with classroom research projects and interventions
  • Document successful classroom implementation of research themes for adoption on campus and publication and / or presentation more broadly.
  • Collaborate with the MSU Center for Teaching and Learning Innovation to deploy successful EDLI projects across campus.

The EDLI Team and Michigan State University promote an academic and organizational culture that actively seeks out and strengthens diverse voices and perspectives among its members to achieve excellence. We are interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that intellectual leadership is achieved through open access and proactive inclusion. We seek candidates with integrity and a strong work ethic, who possess an understanding of what it takes to continuously improve and maintain research projects within a major academic research institution. 

We are looking for candidates who have an interest in contributing to the mission of EDLI and a drive to learn new knowledge and skills through engaging with an interdisciplinary team of EDLI members and collaborators. Therefore, we welcome candidates across different academic disciplines to consider applying. We invite you to apply even if you have not currently mastered all of the skills listed. We seek someone with the ability to collaborate and to expand their skill set in creative ways; we’re happy to discuss whether you’ve got the skills we need for this role.

We invite you to find out more about this position and EDLI on our website at

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


Minimum Requirements

Successful applicants for these positions will demonstrate:

  • A track record of leading and participating in educational research studies
  • Experience and skills in quantitative and qualitative research
  • Experience and skill in program, project, or classroom evaluation and assessment
  • Project Management skills
  • Effective oral and written communication skills

Desired Qualifications

The ideal candidate for this position:

  • Is a recent graduate of a PhD. or EdD program in any field or a Masters of Library Science program
  • Has a high level of quantitative and/or qualitative research skills
  • Has a desire to pursue an engaging, creative career outside the classroom but within the academic environment.

Required Application Materials

Qualified applicants should submit:

  • a cover letter, including a description of your alignment with EDLI’s mission
  • a current curriculum vitae or résumé
  • links to examples of prior research work
  • a 1-page summary of the candidate’s philosophy of diversity, equity, and inclusion as it pertains their intellectual leadership in the areas of teaching/curriculum development, research/creative activities, service, outreach, advising, and/or administration.
  • email addresses of 3 potential references

Together-we-will Statement

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at:

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin 11/1/2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources website Posting number 799957. 

For more information, contact Scott Schopieray, Chair of the Search Committee, at

Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.

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Department Statement

The College of Arts & Letters recognizes that only an academic and organizational culture, which actively seeks out and strengthens diverse voices and perspectives among its members results in true excellence. We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. The College of Arts & Letters is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that intellectual leadership is achieved through open access and pro-active inclusion.


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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