The University of Calgary
The Faculty of Nursing is currently seeking a Part-time Limited Term Program Evaluator for approximately 2 years.
Reporting to the Associate Dean Curriculum Development & Program Evaluation, the Program Evaluator evaluates the undergraduate nursing program outcomes. The incumbent works closely with the Faculty of Nursing Associate Deans to coordinate, plan, implement, and monitor the current program evaluation framework. The incumbent will prepare reports indicating the effectiveness and quality of the program.
The Program Evaluator will articulate and maintain program logic models (including program and curriculum map) for undergraduate program at the faculty of nursing. They will contribute to accountability and quality assurance requirements at the University of Calgary, Nursing Education Program Approval Committee (NEPAC) of the College of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CRNA), and the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN).
The Program Evaluator will monitor and update the overarching program evaluation framework for the undergraduate program. This includes the following components:
- Program logic model
- Overarching program evaluation questions
- Data collection tools
- Data collection schedule
- Data analysis plans
- Evaluation data dissemination, utilization, and translation to stakeholders
- Resources required for sustained program evaluation activity at the faculty of nursing
The Program Evaluator takes the lead in incorporating evaluation data in different contexts such as regulatory and accrediting processes, approval processes, and potential research opportunities associated with program evaluation. The scope of work requires the management of competing interests and deadlines. It ranges from flexible day to day operational involvement with individual faculty members and teams of faculty, to the development of regulatory reports driven by critical deadlines.
The work environment involves a high level of organization, creativity, continuous change, and shifting priorities. Inherent to this position are various stressors associated with year-round academic cycles involving committee commitments (e.g., Undergraduate Program Committee (UPC) and semester team meetings), implementation and analysis deadlines, data coming from various sources at various points in time and working with limited supervision involving a high degree of decision-making and good judgment.
Excellent relational skills are required to collaborate closely with faculty, staff, students, administrators, and external stakeholders about evaluation structures, processes, and outcomes. The program evaluator must also accurately identify, collect, and interpret data. This individual must be proactive in the collection and distribution of information and play a leading role in the quality assurance and improvement processes.
Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):
- Development and implementation of the survey tools and ensures effective orientation is conducted for faculty and students related to program evaluation and development and implementation of the survey tools.
- Develops and implements strategies to support program evaluation required in practice education.
Evaluates effectiveness of strategies and programs adopted to support and enhance development of nursing program including:
- activities supporting the evaluation of, and regulatory process for, the undergraduate and graduate programs
- coordinating the ongoing development of appropriate survey, interview and focus group tools (which may include the coordination of focus groups as required)
- identifying the design and scientific merit of data and measurement related to strategies and tools
- understanding the strengths and limitations of various data and measurement related techniques
- acting as a key contact for evaluation concerns/needs
- developing the data bases
- collecting and inputting data accurately
- Manage the secure storage of data involving the development of a tracking system to manage large amounts of data coming in at various points in time
- Accurately analyzing and interpreting the data; and disseminating, in a timely fashion, the results in an easily understood format
- Developing reports for strategic and operational changes, regulatory purposes, and any other reports requiring evaluation information
- Advising the Associate Deans on data and statistical outcomes and providing recommendations on new processes and/or procedures for Undergraduate Programs
- Writing reports in support of submissions to nursing regulatory bodies; and completion of literature searches.
Other Collaborative/Shared Accountabilities:
- Collaborates with the Nursing Leadership Team in supporting the development of undergraduate nursing program evaluation framework.
- Collaborates with the associate dean undergraduate programs and associate dean practice education to support orientation of program evaluation.
- Collaborates with the associate dean undergraduate program and associate dean undergraduate practice education in establishing priorities and implementing initiatives for program evaluation strategies and development needs related to the effectiveness of the new/existing entry routes and new curriculum.
- Collaborates effectively with all members of the nursing leadership and extended nursing leadership teams, to support the delivery of robust, responsive collaborative programming in undergraduate and graduate programs.
- Collaborates with external stakeholders and advisers to inform faculty decision-making related to program initiatives.
Day-to-Day Reporting Relationships:
- Works closely with the Associate Dean Curriculum Development & Program Evaluation on a day-to-day basis.
- Consults and collaborates with Associate Dean Undergraduate Practice Education as appropriate
- In collaboration with faculty, develop data collection tools for program evaluation at the faculty of nursing.
- In collaboration with faculty, develop and regularly update program evaluation data collection schedules at the faculty of nursing
- Working with the Dean, Association Dean, Undergraduate Program, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Practice Education, and the Associate Dean, Graduate Programs, the Associate Dean, Program Evaluation will lead and coordinate key evaluation activities that responds to ongoing program improvement and effective program implementation, including achievements of program outcomes.
- Undergraduate curriculum committee (member, ex-officio)
- Nursing Council
Qualifications / Requirements:
- Graduate degree required in nursing, health care, public health, or related field. Master’s Degree minimum, doctoral prepared desired.
- Minimum 5-7 years of professional experience in conducting program evaluation applied research. Past program evaluation applied research must include work with education institutions, health care organizations, government, non-profit sector, or a combination of work settings.
- In-depth knowledge of post-secondary institutions in Canada, undergraduate nursing education in Canada, program development, curriculum development, program evaluation, performance management, and principles of knowledge dissemination, utilization, and translation.
- Registered with the College of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CRNA).
- Appointed or eligible for appointment at instructor, senior instructor, or assistant professor rank.
- Ability to collaborate effectively in a team environment.
- Demonstrated ability in relationship building and collaboration in complex, adaptive environments and across diverse contexts.
- Excellent project management and prioritization skills.
- Member of the Canadian Evaluation Society required; Canadian Evaluation credential desired.
- Demonstrated skill and expertise in the following Canadian Evaluation Practice competency areas (Canadian Evaluation Society, 2018):
- Reflective Practice competencies focus on the evaluator’s knowledge of evaluation theory and practice; application of evaluation standards, guidelines, and ethics; and awareness of self, including reflection on one’s practice and the need for continuous learning and professional growth.
- Technical Practice competencies focus on the strategic, methodological, and interpretive decisions required to conduct an evaluation.
- Situational Practice competencies focus on understanding, analyzing, and attending to the many circumstances that make every evaluation unique, including culture, stakeholders, and context.
- Management Practice competencies focus on applying sound project management skills throughout the evaluation project.
- Interpersonal Practice competencies focus on the social and personal skills required to communicate and interact effectively with all stakeholders.
Application Deadline: March 31, 2023
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