The Center for English Language Learning and Assessments is seeking a skilled Associate Research Scientist. The center’s mission is to examine the validity and fairness of the assessments ETS creates and the educational contexts in which they are used, to contribute to the development of new types of assessments that support learning, and to investigate validity-related issues of concern in educational measurement. A primary focus of the center is to conduct foundational research advancing English language assessments for learners around the world, and to provide research support to the program areas of ETS that serve English Language Learners. In particular, work related to tests, such as the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) and the examination of issues surrounding the assessment of English language proficiency for K-12 students in the United States are handled by the center.
BASIC FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Provide scientific and technical skills in conceptualizing, designing, obtaining support for, conducting and managing research, and disseminating results of research studies in the area of English Language Learning and Assessment (ELLA).
Generate or contribute to new or modified theories of educational and psychological processes, research methodology and analytic or interpretative procedures.
Contribute to the development of new products or services for education based on scientific principles drawn from the research literature.
Assist in the design and conduct of scientific studies by accomplishing directed tasks according to schedule and within budget.
Assist in the development of research proposals and project budgets.
Participate in dissemination activities through the publications of research papers in peer review journals and in the ETS Research Report series, the issuing of progress and technical reports, the presentation of seminars at major conferences and at ETS, or the use of other appropriate communication vehicles, including books and chapters, that impact practice in the field or at ETS.
Develop professional relationships as a representative, consultant or advisor to external advisory and policy boards and councils, research organizations, educational institutions and educators.
A Ph.D. or Ed.D. in language testing, language education, cognitive science, psychology, or a related field is required.
Evidence of independent substantive research experience in English Language Learning and Assessment is required. Research experience in the area of human scoring, and/or the use of technology in enhancing language assessments will be a plus.
Keyword: Research, Education, Assessments, ELL, English
From: Educational Testing Service