Research Educator

Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number: 123667
Title: Assistant Clinical Professor
Functional Title: Research Educator
Category Status: 15-Fac.Non-Tenured,Continuing Con
Applicant Search Category: Faculty
University Authorized FTE: 1.00
Unit: SVPAAP-First-Year Research Program
Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The First-Year Innovation & Research Experience (FIRE) is a major initiative at the University of Maryland, College Park. FIRE provides first-year students research experience, broad mentorship and social connectivity that impacts academic success and professional development.

The Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President is seeking an Assistant Clinical Professor/Lecturer to serve as the Research Educator for the FIRE Phillips Virtual Culture innovation and research stream. The stream Research Educator works in collaboration with the stream-affiliated faculty members to design and implement the group research agenda and is responsible for curriculum, instruction and broad student mentorship. The position affords the recruited individual an opportunity to be immersed in research related to augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and mobile beacon-based technologies with collaborators at UMD and The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., the first modern art museum in the U.S. This trans-disciplinary research is in collaboration with artists, art historians, museum curators, archivists and technologists to develop virtual and augmented reality tools for the Phillips.

Expectations of Position:
• Ability to lead a team of undergraduate peer mentors through clear communication and management.
• Ability to develop instructional curriculum and protocols for research-based inquiry and discipline understanding.
• Ability to effectively teach undergraduate students in lecture and research-based environments.
• Ability to mentor students from research, academic and personal perspectives.
• Ability to assess student learning through development of formative and summative assessments appropriate for inquiry-based instruction.
• Ability to manage research operations including student progress, equipment, consumables and oversight of the fiscal budget.
• Ability to effectively communicate with stream faculty members, undergraduate peer mentors, students and institutional colleagues.
• Ability to problem-solve, prioritize and manage multiple projects and timelines.
• Strong organizational and interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate clearly and effectively.
• Ability to work autonomously and collaboratively.
• Flexibility to grow, adapt and change as FIRE develops at UMD.

Minimum Qualifications:

• Master’s or PhD degree in Computer Science or related field (we will consider individuals with a Bachelor’s degree who have professional experience equivalent to that of a Master’s degree).
• At least one year of prior research experience on augmented and virtual reality or a closely related topic.


• Experience working on funded research projects.
• Prior supervisory experience of undergraduate researchers.
• Interest in fine arts and/or museums, and awareness of current trends in museum technology.
• Record of success in presenting research at conferences and/or publishing research in peer-reviewed journals.
• At least one year experience in teaching undergraduate students (either as the instructor of record or as a teaching assistant).
• At least one year of research team experience with substantial project management experience and organizational skills.

Research-specific Qualifications:
• Expertise with web and mobile application development (iOS and Android).
• Expertise with software development in a variety of programming languages.
• Experience with prototype creation and usability testing.
• Experience with augmented and virtual reality technologies (AR, VR).
• Understanding of best practices in content strategy and information architecture.
• Experience with web and mobile analytics software.

Additional Certifications:
Additional Information:

The Research Educator position will be supported from June 2018 through December 2018 (7 months) with strong potential for annual renewals per positive performance reviews. The position reports to the Director of First-Year Research Programs in the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost.

More information about the FIRE program and the Research Educator position is available at the FIRE website:

To apply for this position please submit the following documents: a cover letter; a curriculum vitae; a list of three professional references including names, addresses and telephone numbers; one publication or research paper (uploaded as required supplemental document 1); and, a statement of your teaching philosophy.

Posting Date: 02/12/2018
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 05/04/2018
Physical Demands
Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Teaching (examples: teaching philosophy, student evaluations)
  4. List of References (no emails sent from system)
  5. Supplemental Document 1
Optional Documents

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