Research Study Coordinator

Research Study Coordinator

The Center for Education Efficacy, Excellence, and Equity (E4) at the School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) is partnering with Curriculum Associates (CA), a leading-edge online education company, to address educational excellence and equity through the development of an innovative research/practice partnership geared to produce evidence to improve outcomes for students with the greatest needs, especially given the impact of Covid-19.  This unique partnership brings together SESP researchers and CA, which works with schools and districts nationwide, to explore important research questions on student learning, with access to data and information on millions of children in our nation’s public schools who use their interventions and tools to improve learning outcomes. 

Through this collaboration SESP education and social science researchers -- along with graduate students, undergraduates, and the data analyst -- will explore research questions and projects that have the potential to significantly improve teaching, learning, and student outcomes. The research agenda and subsequent projects will be developed collaboratively by Center partners on issues such as, but not limited to, how schools teach literacy and mathematics, fade-out effects of certain interventions, how schools operate as organizations, and how schools can effectively address the summer ‘slide’ of performance. Given the Covid crisis, numerous immediate questions also emerge, including how to help students make up and accelerate their missed learning opportunities. The 4E Center will also equally invest in impact and dissemination through the development of usable knowledge to assist educators and decision makers in their work.

Coordinates collection, analysis, processing and reporting of data, and assists E4 Center Director and collaborating researchers in using data obtained from Curriculum Associates, an online education company in regard to social-behavioral education research study(ies) of limited complexity involving co-investigators, multiple campuses &/or universities.  Completes all activities by strictly following Good Clinical Practices (GCP) & all relevant current local, state, & federal laws, regulations, guidance, policy & procedure developed by the NU Institutional Review Board (IRB), Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), & the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH).

Please Note: Supervisor provides objectives, deadlines and specific instructions only for new, difficult, and/or unusual work.  Work is reviewed upon completion and only occasionally to verify technical accuracy and compliance with practice, policy, and procedures.  EE informs supervisor of on-going progress and/or potentially controversial matters. 

Specific Responsibilities:

Technical

  • Participates in the planning & conduct of research studies study using Curriculum Associates data and potentially including participant recruitment and retention.
  • Obtains informed consent when necessary from partnering school districts
  • Collects, compiles, tabulates & processes data provided by Curriculum Associates
  • Gathers information. 
  • Extracts & analyzes data from the Curriculum Associates data base and data provided by participating school districts

Administration

  • Collects, records, reviews & summarizes research data.
  • Collates relevant mathematical results & prepares tables, charts & graphs reflecting relationships of multiple tests.  
  • Prepares reports for investigators and sponsors on pertinent study data.
  • Writes portions of grant applications & co-author scientific papers. 
  • Completes documents associated with current local, state, & federal regulatory guidelines, requirements, laws & research protocols.

Finance

  • May process payments for research participants per study protocol. 
  • Works with industry representatives to negotiate tentative grant funding. 
  • Coordinates reimbursements for expert panel travel, consultant pay, additional gift card orders, etc. & ensure costs remain within allotted grant budget. 

Supervision

  • May provide work direction &/or train other research staff.
  • May act as a mentor in regard to education of junior coordinators.

Miscellaneous

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Questions?

For consideration, current employees must submit an online application. For specific questions about this position, current employees may contact Andrea Chowallur at andrea.chowallur@northwestern.edu. External candidates should be directed to apply via Northwestern’s career site at careers.northwestern.edu

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