Director, Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium

Virginia Commonwealth University - VCU
Richmond, Virginia
Dec 27, 2018
Jan 31, 2019
Full Time


Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium

School of Education, Virginia Commonwealth University

The Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium (MERC), a VCU School of Education affiliated center, seeks applications for the position of Director, with a start date of July 1, 2019. This is a twelve-month, term faculty position. At VCU, we believe different perspectives and expertise enhance possibilities and solutions. This philosophy drives our recruitment process, so we welcome applicants with diverse experiences and backgrounds, who will contribute to an already diverse community of faculty, staff, and students.

The mission of the Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium (MERC) is to plan, conduct, and disseminate community-engaged applied research that will inform and improve both practice and professional knowledge. MERC's commitment is to bridge the gap between educational research and policy-making and practice, with the ultimate goal of increasing the impact of research on educational outcomes in local public school districts. As a partnership between VCU School of Education and seven Richmond area school divisions (districts), the consortium encourages long-term, collaborative, field-based research that addresses current as well as enduring educational problems and supports decision-making by connecting the professional expertise and wisdom of school leaders with the research interests of university faculty and students. MERC's mission includes providing VCU faculty and students access to field data and experience with program evaluation. MERC plays a critical role in maintaining cooperation between VCU and local school divisions for conducting research.

Position Description

The Director will provide overall leadership for the center to ensure that activities and accomplishments are consistent with the need to promote, conduct, and produce rigorous research that leads to improvements in educator preparation and ongoing professional development and PK-12 student learning outcomes; seek external funding from federal, state, and local sources; facilitate a research to practice dialogue between practitioners and researchers; provide meaningful research experiences for students; and enable SOE faculty and students to access school populations for research.

In addition, the Director will: 1) teach one class each year in the School of Education and participate in departmental, school, and doctoral education activities; 2) secure federal, state, and/or local funding to advance research and program evaluation efforts. Supervise and be responsible for all research and dissemination of research, including working closely with school division and SOE personnel to plan, execute, and evaluate activities; 3) serve on SOE department and school-level committees; and 4) provide overall management, guidance, and quality control of the Center, including supervision of staff, coordination of work with other units within the School of Education and University, manage externally funded projects, manage the Center budget; maintain responsibility for an annual conference and website; represent MERC locally, regionally, and nationally.



The ideal candidate will have:

  • A Ph.D. degree in educational research, educational leadership, or related discipline;
  • Significant hands-on experience planning and conducting funded research and/or program evaluations;
  • Strong quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods design and data analysis skills;
  • Strong writing and interpersonal skills;
  • Experience working in or with pk-12 schools;
  • A strong record of scholarly publications;
  • Experience obtaining external funding;
  • The candidate must have demonstrated commitment and experience to diversity, inclusion, and equity, through lived experience or work, with underrepresented minority populations including faculty, staff, students and members in community.


  • Strong record of federal research funding;
  • Higher education teaching experience;
  • Experience conducting action research;
  • Experience working within a school/university research partnership with responsibility for directing program evaluations.

About VCU

Virginia Commonwealth University is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research. VCU is designated as a research university with very high research activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and is recognized as a community-engaged institution by the Carnegie Foundation. Located in downtown Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students in 226 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Recently voted as the “Best River Town in America” by Outside magazine, Richmond is a vibrant, prosperous metropolitan area of approximately one million people within a short driving distance from Washington, D.C., Virginia Beach and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

About School of Education

The VCU School of Education aims to be the leader in urban education through leveraging existing resources and talents among our faculty, centers and institutes, and relationships with agencies in the community to expand innovation, excellence, and impact in schools, communities, families, and children. We prepare effective and highly skilled teachers, counselors, school administrators, higher education faculty, and other education professionals committed to challenging urban and high-needs schools, agencies and other high-need learning environments. The VCU School of Education focuses its teaching, interdisciplinary research, and development efforts on issues of educational equity, social justice and the complexities of poverty that impact student learning and family engagement.

The School of Education recognizes that trust among all members of its community is the foundation of a positive work climate. The following principles are meant to guide the SOE in renewing and strengthening trust.

  • The SOE realizes that our wellbeing as an institution depends on the wellbeing of our members
  • The SOE community respects all members, new and continuing, regardless of status
  • The SOE community values honest communication and finding ways to respectfully address difficult issues
  • The SOE community strives to listen without bias and search for common understanding
  • The SOE is committed to equity, fairness and a level playing field for all its members
  • The SOE community thrives because of diverse viewpoints and areas of expertise
  • The SOE fosters collaboration, collegiality and mutual support among all members of its community

Application Process

To be considered for this position, application materials must be submitted online through VCU eJobs and must include all of the following documents:

(a) Letter of application addressing the applicant's qualifications (b) Curriculum vitae; (c) Names, email addresses, and telephone numbers for three professional references.

Application materials must be uploaded as one PDF document (in the “Other Document” field) to for review by the Search Committee.

Questions may be directed to Dr. Kathleen Rudasill, at

If selected as a finalist for the position, candidates must agree to current and prior employers being contacted.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position closing date, February 19, 2019.

For additional information and to apply, please follow this link:

Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action university providing access to education and employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran's status, political affiliation or disability.



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