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Educational Research Associate

Date: November, 2013
Reports to (Job Title): Senior Instructional Developer, Curriculumand Programming
Jobs Reporting (Job Titles): None
Location: Main Campus


35 hr/wk

Primary Purpose

The primary purpose of the ERA role is twofold: enhancing educational research at Waterloo, as well as implementing CTE’s collaboratively-planned program evaluation for understanding the impact and quality of our own work. This role supports the efforts of the Instructional Developer, Research and Consulting, especially with regard to the annual conference and the grants program.

Key Accountabilities:

Primary responsibilities:

Secondary responsibilities


Position Requirements


Completion of a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline, with exposure to educational research.


Proficient in quantitative research design and analytical research methods, capabilities in qualitative research methods and mixed methods; experience undertaking research and supporting others in developing associated skills. At least two years’ experience in independent and collaborative research, including research design, grant writing, data collection, quantitative and qualitative analysis, reporting/dissemination of results.  Competencies include communication and facilitation skills, project management, working both independently and collaboratively with guidance from multiple project supervisors. Experience teaching at the university level is considered essential.


MS Word Excel PowerPoint Other
Intermediate Advanced

MS Access or other DB


SPSS or similar

NVivo or similar


Web Content

writing, management

Nature and Scope

Interpersonal Skills:

Works internally to Waterloo closely with the Director of CTE and the Instructional Developer, Consulting and Research as well as with faculty members and staff members engaged in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) and program evaluation. Liaises within networks of SoTL supporters at Ontario universities and beyond.

Level of Responsibility:

This position is responsible for implementing collaboratively-planned internal program evaluation, as well as university-wide processes pertaining to grant program and conference organization.

Decision-Making Authority:

Responsible for some communications decisions with regard to institutional and educational research and events, with and without guidance.

Physical and Sensory Demands:

Minimal demands typical of an office environment.

Working Environment:

Minimal exposure to disagreeable conditions; some exposure to stressful situations at major events with numerous participants. The ERA works in the CTE office suite, with meetings across campus as well as  occasional travel for professional development and networking purposes.