Harvard University seeks applications and nominations for the position of Associate Provost for Institutional Research/Senior Lecturer in Education. Reporting to the Deputy Provost and serving as a faculty member at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), the Associate Provost/Senior Lecturer in Education leads a team ofsenior statisticians and analysts who provide both external and internal reporting expertise for the University. As a 50% time faculty member within HGSE, core responsibilities include teaching two graduate courses per year (equivalent of 8 credits) and performing institutional service, such as student advising and faculty committee work. Course topics would focus on research methods, institutional research, using data/evidence in educational settings, and/or other methods-focused topics within the lecturer’s area of expertise.
As the leader of Harvard’s Office of Institutional Research (OIR), the Associate Provost/Senior Lecturer will serve as the central internal liaison for the office with other Harvard departments, provide evidence to the Office of the President and Provost (OPP) in support of strategic priorities, and provide analysis capacity to the broader HarvardUniversity community on behalf of OPP. The incumbent will ensure ongoing review and shaping of the office’s policies and practices to reflect the changing needs of the department’s core functions and provide leadership for the office’s projects, programs, and reporting methodologies that support key stakeholders. Additionally, the position will be the University’s key contact for and coordinator of the University’s accreditation process.
The Associate Provost/Senior Lecturer will focus attention on critical research and policy issues by setting the strategic direction and content for the office’s projects, data governance policies, and communications; serving as the key contact for the office with other Harvard departments and leading meetings as the senior department leader; enhancing and extending the office’s influence by providing strategic management of partnerships, research convenings, and events; representing the office at local and national conferences and on committees; supervising, coaching, and developing a team of analysts and interns; providing leadership to ensure Harvard’s delivery of accurate and timely reports to the Federal Government and to key data exchange organizations; presenting the work of the office to senior leadership and others within Harvard and to external peers; and in general, developing and implementing creative new ways to support and advance the office’s mission and functions to ensure that OIR’s work moves forward and is integrated into the larger priorities of the University.
The Harvard Graduate School of Education seeks candidates who have the potential to make a powerful contribution to the core curriculum for our master’s and doctoral programs by teaching required courses and recommended elective courses as part of specific program pathways. The ability to convey conceptual as well as practical knowledge beyond one’s own specific expertise is crucial. High-quality teaching is highly valued at HGSE, and the school has made a strong commitment to cultivating and supporting strong teaching practices among faculty, primarily through the work of the school’s Teaching and Learning Lab. HGSE faculty at all ranks advise students and participate in institutional governance and service. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to HGSE initiatives focused ondiversity, equity, and inclusion.
In addition to offering courses, the Associate Provost/Senior Lecturer will provide regular, intensive statistical consultation for faculty and graduate students on research projects. The lecturer may be asked to direct and evaluatesenior theses and to advise students on research and career interests.
Candidates are required to have a PhD or an equivalent terminal degree in economics, business, education, sociology, statistics, human development, higher education or other quantitative field. Candidates must have a strong teaching andresearch background.
- Significant leadership and management experience in institutional research, planning, assessment, and/ordecision support;
- A strong track record of leading research design, data collection and retrieval, survey design, data visualization, statistical analysis and reporting, and developing an organizational strategy for a research or data analyticsbusiness unit that supports senior- level decision making;
- Familiarity with and experience in data governance and integrity, peer benchmarking, and University-widetechnology initiatives;
- Ability to design and execute complex research projects with an understanding of federal reporting requirements;
- Experience with the statistical analyses needed for short- and long-term trends critical to strategic planning, financial decision making, and reporting to internal and external constituencies;
- Intellectual curiosity, and ability to think outside the box, and the creative approach necessary to lead novelanalyses of large sets of data;
- Deep understanding of higher education and the major issues and trends that may impact the University;
- Excellent communication skills with a range of constituents;
- Past success presenting complex information in different formats to various audiences, including seniorleadership, faculty, staff, and external constituents;
- Proven leadership skills, the ability to work collaboratively and entrepreneurially across an institution, andexperience developing relationships with new organizational partners;
- Demonstrated ability in building consensus among diverse constituents;
- Experience leading, directing, and mentoring a diverse team to meet project goals;
- A strong sense of professionalism, integrity, and a commitment to excellence;
- The discretion to successfully manage data regarding sensitive and confidential issues;
- Demonstrated excellence in teaching and designing courses;
- Ability to effectively advise students;
Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Special Instructions. Please submit:
- A cover letter that describes your teaching experience, including teaching philosophy, goals, methods, and experience with course design, if applicable;
- Evidence of teaching experience and success (teaching evaluations);)
- Sample course syllabus/i;
- Three letters of recommendation, at least two of which are from people who are knowledgeable about your teaching experience.
To apply, visit: https://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/11035