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Georgia College & State University
  • Position Number: 5092269
  • Location: Milledgeville, GA
  • Position Type: Laboratory and Research

Research Associate

Job ID: 268952
Full/Part Time: Full Time

Research Associate

Job ID 268952
Location Georgia College & State Univ
Full/Part Time Full-Time
Regular/Temporary Regular

About Us
Georgia College & State University (GCSU) is the state's designated public liberal arts university, where students learn the essential skills to compete in a fast-paced and technology-driven global society. The university prepares students for successful careers, leadership in communities, problem solving and life-long learning through personalized attention in a residential setting with opportunities for a variety of transformational experiences through its award-winning, high-impact practices. One of only three selective universities within the University System of Georgia and a top 10 ranked public university in the Southeast, GCSU offers undergraduate degrees in more than 40 majors, 34 graduate programs, doctorates in education and nursing, professional certificates and continuing education programs.

As a member of the prestigious Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC), GCSU is committed to fostering a liberal arts environment that values academic preeminence, interdisciplinary inquiry and an inclusive learning community. GCSU enjoys a strong reputation for academic excellence and nationally ranked programs according to US News & World Report, The Princeton Review and Colleges of Distinction - among other ranking sources.

Georgia College & State University takes great pride in combining the educational experience of a private liberal arts college with the affordability of a public university. Faculty and staff are dedicated to student engagement and experiential learning through high-impact practices such as internships, service- and community-based learning, diversity, study abroad opportunities, mentored undergraduate research and a capstone project that fosters intellectual curiosity, reasoned inquiry and critical thinking.

The university's beautiful and historic campus is located downtown in Milledgeville, Georgia, a charming, diverse college town of approximately 19,000 residents in Central Georgia, and only 90 miles southeast of Atlanta. Milledgeville is also the home of noted American author and alumna, Flannery O'Connor, '45, and the college community enjoys many exciting literary arts programs at O'Connor's former home, Andalusia, now owned by the university. Milledgeville is located on the banks of beautiful Lake Sinclair and Lake Oconee, allowing faculty, staff and students to take full advantage of the environmental and recreational benefits of being part of a lake community. For cultural, educational and leisure opportunities beyond Milledgeville - Macon and Atlanta are located within easy driving distances.

Georgia College & State University is committed to protecting academic freedom in addition to supporting the freedom of expression as outlined in the University System of Georgia's <a href=" of Expression and Academic Freedom policy and its Ethics Code of Conduct. For more information, visit us online at

Job Summary
The Sandra Dunagan Deal Center for Early Language and Literacy is charged with advancing research through grant making, conducting original research, and synthesizing new research findings as they emerge to identify and promote effective practices to increase early language and literacy outcomes. Reporting to the Assistant Director, the Research Associate will design and conduct program evaluations, specifically managing, collecting, and analyzing educational data. The Research Associate will provide technical support to the Assistant Director in managing contracts and communication with external researchers engaged to provide research background, evaluation proposals, or evaluation services for models in development or implementation. Under the supervision of the Assistant Director, the Research Associate will collaborate with SDDCELL, colleagues, university faculty, state agency administrators, school system administrators, and non-profits that are seeking to advance literacy to plan and conduct research studies. The Research Associate will support the Assistant Director in seeking external funding for the Center's research activities.


Research - 30
Conduct literature reviews of evaluation/research articles and reports and prepare summary reports highlighting key information.
Develop and implement protocols for data collection activities.
Coordinate data collection efforts.
Conduct analysis of existing databases.
Develop research schedule to monitor the activities of the research team.

Data Management - 30
Conduct data analysis and management.
Create and enforce policies for effective data management.
Formulate management techniques for quality data collection to ensure adequacy, accuracy and legitimacy of data.
Devise and implement efficient and secure procedures for data management and analysis with attention to all technical aspects.
Troubleshoot data-related problems and authorize maintenance or modifications.

Technical Support - 30
Provide technical assistance to external research and evaluation partners engaged in projects with the SDDCELL.
Assist the Assistant Director in providing research-based support for non-profits such as GEEARS, VOICES, Family Connection Partnerships, and the United Way that are seeking to advance literacy in communities across Georgia.
Assist research teams including coordination and collaboration on tasks, establishing project timelines, monitoring budgets, delegating work, and supporting team members.
Assist the Assistant Director in the preparation of materials for submission to granting agencies and foundations.

Collaboration - 10
The Research Associate for the SDDCELL must have a keen attention to detail, be analytical and be able to easily recommend actions based upon the gathered data/facts.

Required Qualifications

Educational Requirements
A Master's degree or 10 or more years of work experience in Social Science, Education, or related field, with an emphasis on mixed-methods research and evaluation methods or comparable experience.

Other Required Qualifications
Effective written and oral communication skills, organizational skills, interpersonal skills, teamwork and professionalism are required.
High energy. Ability to work independently and as part of a team. Ability to manage multiple projects with varying deadlines.
Track record of engaging with a varied set of stakeholders and colleagues to craft a common vision and direction.

Required Experience
A minimum of 3 years of related professional experience is required.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Experience
Experience in research practices and methodologies in Early Language and Literacy Development and/or educational settings. Experience with GADOE data systems and their use in evaluation. Experience publishing research and evaluation findings in journals and presenting at conferences.
Experience preparing Institutional Review Board (IRB) applications.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

Conducting literature reviews
Data collection
Data analysis
Data management
Data analysis
Project management

Data Management
Technical Support

Equal Employment Opportunity
Georgia College & State University (GCSU) is committed to the fundamental principle of equal opportunity and equal treatment for every prospective and current employee. No person shall, on the grounds of race, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information, be excluded from employment or participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination, under any program or activity conducted by GCSU.

Georgia College & State University is a national award-winning institution in areas of student success and achievement. It strives to achieve excellence in the composition of its community, educational programs, university policies, research and scholarship, campus life, employment practices, extracurricular activities, and community outreach. It is a priority of the university to be a welcoming and inclusive environment so that its campus culture will enhance the ability of its community members to succeed in their endeavors, to be respected as individuals, and to feel a sense of belonging. Please visit Equal Employment Opportunity for more information.

Other Information

This is not a supervisory position.
This position will have financial responsibilities.
This position does not require a purchasing card (P-Card).
This position does not require security clearance.

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