Associate Director of UROP Research Mentor Engagement
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Internal Number: 221264
This associate director position is interdependent with posting 221257: LEO Adjunct Lecturer (Curriculum Support), which involves teaching ALA 380 (Let's Talk Undergraduate Research: Communicating Scholarly Inquiry Within Academia and Beyond) You must apply to both job postings and be qualified for both positions in order to be considered as a candidate. (Please see Job Posting 221257, which describes the LEO Adjunct Lecturer position, for the specific application requirements of that position.)
To apply for the associate director position, a cover letter should be attached as the first page of your resume or CV. Please address your specific interest in the position available and outline your skills and experience that is directly related to the description. Applications with no cover letter will not be considered. These materials must be submitted through the U-M Careers Website.
The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) is one of the largest programs of its kind serving 1400 undergraduate students and has engaged undergraduate students in research, scholarly, and creative inquiry for 35 years. By providing opportunities for students to work on research and creative projects with University of Michigan researchers and community partners in all academic disciplines, UROP creates conditions for an equitable, inclusive, and supportive educational environment where every person feels valued and has an opportunity to add value. UROP encourages students towards a life-long appreciation for discovery and the social benefits of diversity, for building understanding across differences, and critically examining information in the world around them. This nationally recognized program has been acknowledged as one of the leading programs that engages diverse students in research.
The Associate Director of Research Mentor Engagement will be an integral part of the overall leadership team. They will work closely with the UROP Director and will serve as the lead in providing organizational and administrative leadership regarding research project recruitment and the main point of contact to research mentors as it relates to mentor’s role in student success. They will serve as the lead of curriculum development and teaching for ALA 380 (Research Scholars), including working with UM colleagues on the University of Michigan Undergraduate Research Journal (UMURJ). The Associate Director of Research Mentor Engagement will oversee the professional research skill-building workshops and the recruitment of qualified instructors that will train UROP students on multiple research skills. They will work with the entire UROP team on the coordination of the Annual Spring Research Symposium, including supervising the Events and Communications Coordinator on logistics of the symposium. The successful applicant will be an experienced professional with expertise in conducting research, student academic affairs and demonstrated background in academic program development. The successful applicant should also have experience with diverse student populations including first generation college students, underrepresented students and community college students and knowledge of and experience with transition issues facing students. We are looking for an individual who has experience with research, curriculum and program development in higher education, as well as program evaluation and assessment with a particular focus on faculty-mentor training.
This is a full-time, 12-month staff position with an interdependent part-time adjunct lecturer position with an 11.11% appointment in the fall and winter terms of the academic year. The effort associated with this staff position will decrease to allow for the instructional effort in the Lecturer appointment. The instructional appointment is structured to allow the Associate Director of UROP Research Mentor Engagement to serve as instructor-of-record for a variable-credit course about Undergraduate Research and Communicating Scholarly Inquiry Within Academia and Beyond.
Administrative Management of Research Mentor Recruitment and Program Communication (30%) This position will have lead responsibility in developing and implementing strategies for communication and recruitment of a diverse set of research mentors from all UM, schools, and colleges and work closely with the Associate Director of Community Research and Engagement in expanding research opportunities in the community. The Associate Director recruits over 1,000 research mentors, or more, annually or roughly 1,200 research projects for UROP students. The Associate Director will plan and direct research project recruitment and develop a recruitment plan for ensuring continued program growth in all academic areas, ensuring equitable representation of all areas of academic study. This position works with potential mentors to design effective undergraduate research projects to meet student interests and ensure academically strong research experiences for students and successful research partnerships. They are responsible for developing marketing, recruitment and informational materials for potential research mentors and develop and run orientation programs for mentors. They develop clear periodic communication with mentors throughout the year including program requirements, timelines, and processes; including working with mentors and UROP staff (such as the Associate Director of Retention and Curriculum) to resolve conflicts with students and performance issues. The Associate Director will work with LSAIT staff on updating mentoring agreement needs and ensuring that students and mentors understand the process of project-student pairing. The Associate Director views and approves supplementary funding applications from mentors and works with the UROP accounting staff in ensuring an effective funding transfer process. They work with the Director on establishing processes and procedures related to mentor supplementary funding and establishing protocol as it relates to funding eligibility and allocation of funds.
The Associate Director of Research Mentor Engagement is a key player in UROPs provision of academic support to research mentors and will play a key role with the Director in developing a robust training for research mentors, in collaboration with campus partners. They work with UROPs Associate Director of Retention and Curriculum on communicating research mentor concerns regarding student’s progress and participation on the research project and in the research setting and will work with the Associate Director of Retention and Curriculum and other staff members on resolving problems that arise in research partnerships. They are responsible for developing training modules for new research mentors, in collaboration with the Director, on effective mentoring of undergraduate researchers. The Associate Director will perform internal assessments to create strategic plans to further develop research mentor training, as well as the professional research skill-building workshops provided to UROP students.
The Associate Director also assists the training and functional supervision of UROP office staff and assists as need in interpreting UM guidelines and policies and resolving problems related to student research and related issues. The Associate Director of Research Mentor Engagement contributes to the long-range vision for the program and its implementation by working with the Director by creating, supporting, and participating in special events and taking on duties as assigned. They will provide back-up for the UROP Director, along with the Associate Director of Curriculum & Retention in the unit, in the Director’s absence and provide functional supervision for administrative and student services staff.
Lead Curriculum Development of Research Scholars Program (20%) Direct UROP's Research Scholars Program for UROP students returning to research for a second year in a more advanced role. This includes student recruitment for Research Scholars, student selection,, and program evaluation. Work with campus partners to create unique opportunities for Research Scholars to publish, present, or exhibit their research in different formats and through various media.
Lead of Research Skill-Building Workshops and Co-Lead of Spring Research Symposium (15%) UROP provides numerous research skill development workshops each year from GIS, MATLAB, RefWorks, SPSS, R Programming, Laboratory Research Safety, etc. These workshops contribute to the student’s professional development and meet our goal in providing faculty with trained research assistants who can participate fully in the projects. The Associate Director of Research Mentor Engagement will develop collaborations with the University Library, OSEH, and qualified independent instructors across UM campus to run these research training sessions. They will identify qualified instructors to teach specific training workshops that have been identified by UROP research mentors and supervise the full-time Events and Communications Coordinator who handles all the logistics and student registration for the research training workshops. The Associate Director will regularly check-in with research mentors on professional skill-building workshop topics that are recommended and/or required by research mentors and develop strategies for online training that students can easily access.
The Associate Director of Research Mentor Engagement co-leads the operations of the Annual Spring Research Symposium with the Director and UROP staff and oversees the Research Scholar student presentations. They will be responsible for providing general oversight for planning efforts of the Spring Research Symposium, supervising and working with the Events and Communications Coordinator who handles all of UROP’s event logistics such as the Annual Spring Research Symposium. The Associate Director communicates with mentors and the Associate Director of Retention and Curriculum to ensure that students have permission to present their research. They lead the recruitment efforts for poster judges and works with the Director of UROP on seeking nominations for mentor awards, selecting winners, and planning the faculty-mentor award ceremony.
Diversity-Equity-Inclusion (DEI): Coordinator of Research Mentor Training and Development (15%) UM faculty and researchers have long been committed to including undergraduate students on their research teams and to providing high-quality engagement to UROP students. Effective research mentoring relationships are critical to not only developing the next generation of faculty and researchers, but also, retaining UROP students by providing them with quality guidance and training. Working with the UROP Director who will lead the initiative, along with interested colleagues from Rackham, CRLT, Michigan Medicine (MICHR), and other campus partners, the Associate Director will work on creating a robust Faculty-Research Mentor Training Workshop series to improve the research mentoring relationships for mentees and mentors in all fields of study. The focus of the workshop series will be around Diversity-Equity-Inclusion (DEI) such as implicit bias, microaggressions, intersectionality/identity, power dynamics in a research setting, and more. The goal is to collectively train junior faculty and future faculty (post docs, grad students) and anyone mentoring diverse students in an undergraduate student research setting.
The Associate Director will work with the Director to develop a framework and assessment tools that UROP (and departments, schools and college) will be able to use to measure undergraduate researchers’ learning experiences and the nuance of the experience based on the field of study, culture of department, mentors background, and other variables to account for. This will provide useful information for improving the research experience for both undergraduate mentees and their mentors. Some of the goals would be: facilitate research mentor training for research mentors at all career stages; develop and study new approaches and resources for advancing mentoring relationships; promote cultural change that values excellence in research mentoring; and advance diversity in the research enterprise.
Assessment of Mentor-Mentee Research Partnerships (10%) Assist in the assessment and evaluation of mentor-mentee research partnerships. Monitor UROP program effectiveness, along with the Associate Director of Retention and Curriculum, through the implementation of evaluation tools including surveys and the use of focus groups and develop additional evaluation and learning analytical tools. The Associate Director of Research Mentor Engagement will focus on evaluating the professional skills building workshops and mentor- mentee research partnerships. Make recommendations for workshops and mentor training based on evaluation findings. In consultation with the Director of UROP, develop measurable outcomes that will assist in determining the effectiveness of the mentor-mentee partnerships and use those outcomes to modify and enhance mentor training, specifically for new research mentors. Develop and implement systems for tracking/measuring outcomes in relation to faculty/research mentor interactions with students, student progress in research, and collaborate with the Director of UROP and the Associate Director of Retention and Curriculum on instruments and evaluation protocols.
Coordinate Summer Fellowship (5%) Working with staff from University of Michigan’s Stamp’s School of Art & Design, the Associate Director will coordinate the summer UROP-STAMPS Scholar Summer Research Fellowship program. Duties include student recruitment, supervising summer peer facilitators, and working with STAMPS’ staff on student progress, stipend disbursement, and writing end-of-program reports.
Liaison to other units (5%) The Associate Director of Research Mentor Engagement will serve as the liaison to campus partners such as UMOR, CRLT, and Rackham, to develop strategic collaborations to support mentor- mentee research partnerships and research mentor training efforts.
Master’s degree in Higher Education or related field.
3-5 years supervising students and regular staff.
3-5 years experience working in an academic student setting.
Experience in curriculum development for undergraduate students.
Ability to prioritize multiple competing demands and work in a fast-paced environment.
Experience and commitment to working with a diverse, multicultural student population and superb interpersonal relationship skills.
Professional demeanor and excellent interpersonal skills, including written and oral communication skills.
Demonstrated project management and organizational skills; strong attention to detail.
Ability to set priorities, work simultaneously on numerous tasks with multiple staff, and meet deadlines.
Excellent analytical, problem solving and decision-making skills.
Prior experience is required in student success services, such as academic advising, mentoring, learning support programs, and applied, experiential learning programs.
Effectively supervise programs for academic, social and personal support services as enrichment for students.
Classroom instruction or lesson-plan facilitation preferred.
Deep understanding of college student development and its impact on the college learning experience and the retention of students.
Doctorate degree in Higher Education (or in a related field).
Strong relational database management and strong information technology experienceAble to analyze both statistical and qualitative research related to mentorship and use interpretations of these data sets to creatively identify practical responses in programming or systems modification.
Strong academic experience, with knowledge of academic resources on campus.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively with broad sections of UM faculty and staff.
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