Senior Educational Researcher: Psychometrician Statistician Specialist
Wheeling Jesuit University - Wheeling, WV

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Wheeling Jesuit is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the country offering more than 30 undergraduate programs of study and six graduate degrees. We provide a Jesuit, Catholic, liberal arts education, and our affordable programs unite the Jesuit tradition of intellectual excellence allowing students to receive an education for life, leadership and service with and among others. Forbes Magazine ranks WJU in the top 10% of all colleges in the nation. Again this past year WJU was named a regional leader in the US News and World Report. The 65 acre campus is situated on the Ohio River 50 miles south of Pittsburgh, in Wheeling, WV.

CyGaMEs is housed within the Center for Educational Technologies on the campus of Wheeling Jesuit University. The Center recently relocated to the campus’s beautiful Robert C. Byrd National Technology Transfer Center building. The Center for Educational Technologies improves the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering, and math by designing and creating curriculum supplements, spearheading public outreach, providing professional development, and performing educational research and evaluation. Center services are used by federal and state agencies, foundations, school districts, corporations, and individual educators. The center is home to the NASA-sponsored Classroom of the Future, the space agency's principal research and development center for educational technologies. The Center opened on the Wheeling Jesuit University campus in 1990. The Center also houses the Challenger Learning Center®, which provides students, teachers, and adult learners with simulations that emphasize teamwork, problem-solving, decision-making, and communication skills. The Challenger Learning Center in Wheeling is one of 48 centers worldwide established by the Challenger Center for Space Science in memory of the space shuttle Challenger. More than 30,000 students fly missions each year either at the Wheeling facility or through distance learning. The Challenger Learning Center has been honored nine years for having served the most children of all the centers.

POSITION SUMMARY: This advanced scholar will conduct learning analytics of large datasets using CyGaMEs gameplay data (over 2 million records), investigating learning trajectories, affective self-perceptions, and the interplay between them. The successful candidate will contribute to papers reporting planned analyses and, time permitting, may develop additional papers for originally conceptualized work using CyGaMEs data. CyGaMEs is a nationally recognized, awarded, and cutting-edge approach to instructional game design and embedded assessment currently conducting research using its instructional game Selene: A Lunar Construction GaME (version II, visit for more information). This position will end with the conclusion of NSF funding CyGaMEs on August 31, 2013.

•Doctoral degree (Ph.D.) or equivalent in statistics and/or psychometrics or Ph.D. in related field; or more than three to five years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of equivalent combination of education and experience.
•Basic and advanced statistical techniques including multilevel modeling, regression, ANOVA/MANOVA, and more traditional techniques.
•Preferred qualifications include a wide array of skills such as Item Response Theory/Rasch modeling, Bayesian Networks, Hidden Markov Models, data mining and R. We are especially interested in spline regression with estimated knots.

•Achieves fluid familiarity with CyGaMEs data (gameplay behavior represented, how data is collected, how to interpret data as indicating player behavior, achievement, perceptions of experience, and the interactions between them)
•Examines all data for outliers, normality, linearity, multicolinearity, homoscedasticity, and any additional characteristics necessary to meet the assumptions for specified analyses.
•Conducts necessary transformations.
•Logs all datasets, modifications, tests, and results.
•Archives finalized datasets.
•Proposes analysis approaches and solutions for approval.
•Conducts analyses procedures and statistical and psychometric analyses. Skills and techniques may include but are not limited to basic and advanced statistical techniques including multilevel modeling, regression, and ANOVA/MANOVA; Item Response Theory/Rasch modeling; Bayesian Networks; Hidden Markov Models; data mining; R; and spline regression with estimated knots.
•Documents and archives results and finalized datasets.
•Confers with project PI and senior application programmer
•Contributes to writing professional papers and other dissemination activities.
•Develops tables, figures, and other visualizations to report and disseminate results.
•Collaborates in manuscript editing and revision.
•Tracks all project work using Tracs system or other system as assigned.
•Participates in team meetings with weekly written contribution to reports.


APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Application material must include:
•Letter of application describing your relevant experience
•Current resume or vitae, you may submit both
•Contact information for three to five references
•Copy of graduate transcripts
•Up to three representative writing samples demonstrating your research expertise, journal publications or professional reports preferred to:

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