[Rasch] Job opportunity

Stuart Luppescu slu at ccsr.uchicago.edu
Fri May 20 00:42:39 AEST 2016

Hello fellow Raschies, I'm semi-retiring, so we are looking for someone
to take over at least some of my work. Please forward this to whomever
might be interested.

University of Chicago
Consortium on School Research

Job Summary:	
The Psychometrician will be responsible for leading Consortium work on
the measurement of phenomena related to student learning and school
improvement, using data such as surveys, administrative data and
standardized tests. S/he will lead efforts to create, monitor, and
validate scales based on item responses to large-scale surveys of
administrators, teachers, and students using Rasch analytic methods.
The Psychometrician will also participate in research studies providing
psychometric and methodological expertise. 

About the Consortium:
University of Chicago Consortium on School Research (the Consortium) is
one of four units of the Urban Education Institute (UEI). The
Consortium conducts research of high technical quality that seeks to
identify what matters for school improvement and student success. The
Consortium seeks to deepen communication among researchers,
policymakers, and practitioners to encourage the use of research in
policy action and improvement of practice. As part of this work, the
Consortium has developed surveys of teachers and students that measure
critical aspects of schools as organizations. These surveys are an
important part of both Consortium research and individual school
reports created by UChicago Impact, another UEI unit. Chicago and
schools across the country use 5Essentials survey reports to support
school improvement efforts.


Develop new survey measures using Rasch analysis and validate and
monitor the quality of existing measures over time. 
Conduct statistical analysis of large-scale databases using SAS, R, or
Stata in a UNIX environment using multivariate statistical methods
including multiple regression, logistic regression, event-history, IRT,
econometrics, and advanced features of HLM.  
Create and validate indicators of educational practices and progress
for school-level reporting and research studies.  
Equate and scale standardized assessments. 	
Serve as a resource for Consortium staff in identifying appropriate
statistical techniques and provide constructive, thoughtful feedback on
analyses, reports, and articles of colleagues.
Serve as a resource for UChicago Impact staff in assessing and
monitoring the quality of data provided to schools.
Contribute to and author Consortium reports and presentations geared
toward a broad audience (e.g., scholars, practitioners, policymakers),
journal articles for a scholarly audience, grant proposals and data
reports for schools.  


Advanced degree in statistics, biostatistics, or measurement with
several years of research experience required; Doctorate in one of the
above fields, preferred
At least three years of experience in psychometrics and conducting
social science research required
Experience in urban education, education research, policy and practice
Training at the advanced level on Rasch analysis, IRT methods, test
equating, and survey data analysis required
Knowledge and demonstrated use of multivariate statistics required
Familiarity with statistical software (e.g., SAS, R, Stata) required
Ability to use or learn how to use SAS in a UNIX environment required

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and
level of the work being performed by people assigned to this job. They
are not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities
associated with it. 

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity

Please apply at: 
Requisition number: 100537

Stuart Luppescu
Chief Psychometrician
UChicago Consortium on Chicago School Research

lupp at uchicago.edu

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