Director of Student Assessment

The successful candidate will lead the design, development, and implementation of ongoing and future assessments for medical and physician assistant (PA) students. Additional roles will include pursuing externally funded grant awards and educational scholarship, supporting medical student achievement in the learner-centered WR2 curriculum, and coaching faculty in the development of formative and summative assessments.  S/he must be an innovative and creative professional educator with a Ph.D. or Ed.D., or equivalent experience, with an established track record of success in health professionals’ education and assessment; a record of educational research publications is preferred. S/he will be familiar with educational innovations and best practices for educational testing and evaluation and have demonstrated strong leadership, communication, presentation and facilitation skills. The Director provides an essential function in monitoring, maintaining, and managing the student assessment components necessary for full accreditation with the LCME and ARC-PA.

Institutional Service:  The individual will represent the School of Medicine on the Assessment committee for the University.

Student Testing:  The successful candidate is responsible for providing support to faculty to design a comprehensive strategy for educational assessments that achieve highest standards of excellence.  The candidate oversees the administration of medical school and physician assistant examinations and oversees the report of results to students as well as to various committees in the medical school.  S/he co-chairs the Student Assessment Committee which provides direction and leadership on educational testing in the School of Medicine. The approach must include preclinical activities (small groups, interprofessional activities, medical knowledge, and clinical skills) as well as clinical rotation activities (clerkship) including workplace-based assessments, teamwork and professional behavior. Current tools in use at the medical school and in the PA program include summative synthesis essay questions, multiple choice questions, reflection essays, portfolios, clinical skills examinations, simulations, and direct observations. The Director will explore the current approach and consider novel tools to aid our competency-based medical education including consideration of entrustable professional activities (EPAs) to measure and track student performance and to ensure each student meets the graduation requirements.

Division of Student Assessment: The successful candidate will direct the Division of Student Assessment within the Office of Curricular Affairs and will report to the Vice Dean for Medical Education as well as work closely with the Associate Dean of Curriculum and the Director of the PA Program.

Educational Research: The successful candidate will participate in educational research in the School of Medicine, partnering with the Office of Program Evaluation and CQI as well as interested faculty educators to contribute to the design of grant submissions and facilitate dissemination efforts. 

Requirements: Doctoral degree in educational measurement, educational psychology, cognitive science or a related field from an accredited institution of higher education.

  • Demonstrated skills in qualitative and quantitative analyses and research
  • Experience with applying software packages commonly used in psychometric work or research (e.g., SAS, SPSS)
  • Demonstrated ability to train and mentor others.
  • Strong technical writing skills as demonstrated through research papers, publications or technical reports
  • Ability to effectively present and summarize technical information orally and in writing to a variety of audiences
  • Project management skills necessary to lead all research-related aspects of multiple programs
  • Communication skills necessary to function effectively with project teams and external collaborators with guidance from more senior investigators
  • Ability to conduct independent research in learning, instruction, or assessment

The Director may be considered for a non-tenure track faculty appointment depending on qualifications and experience.

In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

 

Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at 216-368-8877 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.

 

Interested candidates should send a CV with cover letter to Lia Logio, lxl789@case.edu.