Invention Education Learning and Curriculum Specialist

Position Overview:

The Lemelson-MIT Program (LMIT) is a national leader in efforts to prepare the next generation of inventors and entrepreneurs. Our work focuses on the expansion of opportunities for people to learn ways inventors find and solve problems that matter in order to improve lives. Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion aims to remedy historic inequities among those who develop inventions, protect their intellectual property and commercialize their creations.

The Invention Education Learning and Curriculum Specialist, working under the direct supervision of the Faculty and Executive Directors, will assist with evaluation studies and research related to LMIT’s educational initiatives. Studies will inform the initial development and ongoing improvement of programs and curricula to support students on the pathway to Invention. The Specialist will also oversee the preparation and work of MIT student interns (or Fellows) assisting with evaluation studies.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions**):

Operations and Program Evaluation Studies (40%)

  • Advises faculty, administration, and students on innovations in pedagogy, curricula, and/or ways of assessing new learning and teaching models.

  • Advises faculty, administration, and teaching assistants (TAs) on advancements in teaching and learning, including classroom performance and pedagogical methods.

  • In consultation with others, develops strategy and priorities for the assessment of LMIT’s educational offerings and translates such strategy into short- and long-term action plans.

  • May develop and facilitate workshops, seminars, and conferences.

  • May provide specialized research and curriculum development support for educators working with LMIT as part of LMIT’s Partners in Invention Education program.

  • May create materials (print and electronic) for staff and hourly employees working on behalf of LMIT regarding teaching and learning, assessment processes, and methodologies.

Assist with research and/or studies of LMIT’s invention education initiatives by:

  • In consultation with others, designing and implementing assessment studies to evaluate student learning, pedagogies, educational technology, or other aspects of MIT’s curriculum/program offerings.

  • Performing literature reviews.

  • Preparing and administering surveys.

  • Preparing submissions for Institutional Review Boards (such as COUHES at MIT).

  • Tracking the expiration of Institutional Review Board approvals and alerting the directors of the need for extensions when necessary.

  • Helping to maintain records of Citi certificates for members of the research team.

  • Securing and maintaining records documenting research participants’ assent/consent.

  • Maintaining research archives.

  • Conducting ‘fieldwork’ including interviews, observations, and other forms of data collection.

  • Assisting with analysis of records and data, and the development of research findings.

  • Participating in meetings with research collaborators.

  • Assisting with the monitoring of research project expenses.

Administration of LMIT’s Student Research Fellows Program (10%)

  • Assist with recruiting students for the Student Fellows program.

  • Assist with the paperwork needed to make payments to students.

  • Assist with designing the student experience, recruiting speakers, creating a Canvas site to hold information needed for the students’ work with LMIT.

  • Monitor the work progress of undergraduate Student Fellows.

  • Monitor the Student Fellows project budget.

  • Assist with assessing students’ experience and ways of improving the experience.

Analysis and Reporting (30%)

  • Works with LMIT Communications staff and Operations Team to develop and execute communications strategies and materials related to program evaluations and research results.

  • Makes presentations at conferences, workshops, webinars and other events to inform key audiences of research results, curriculum resources, program offerings and ways educators and students can benefit from collaborative efforts with LMIT.

  • Assists with the development of reports required by MIT and program sponsors.

  • Assists the Faculty and Executive Directors with grant applications.

Other duties (20%)

  • Contributes to the planning and execution of LMIT’s general operations.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Supervision Received: Regular supervision received from the Executive Director

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Lemelson-MIT Student Fellowship

Set yourself apart while gaining ethnographic research experience. Lemelson-MIT is hiring up to six MIT students to take part in an exciting ethnographic program where they will meet, interview, and record participants who are engaged in an invention education workshop. Accepted students will be paid $20 per hour and will be expected to work up to 40 hours per week across a six-week period from June 17-August 2, 2024. Application preference is given for those who apply prior to February 29, 2024 at 11:59 PM ET. Check out the flyer and apply, click here.