The Assistant Director for Community-Engaged Research (CEnR) will join a vibrant team committed to the purpose of higher education to contribute to the public good. The Assistant Director will work closely with the Center for Social Impact Director and Faculty Chair for CEnR to design and facilitate research with community partners (i.e. non-profits, government, schools, etc.) that addresses community-identified needs and to advocate for the importance of CEnR to Fairfield University’s academic mission and to addressing pressing social challenges. CEnR projects will partner the knowledge resources of the University with those of the community to create positive social impact and provide students with opportunities to apply and build research skills. The Assistant Director will be the primary point of contact for community and campus partners, responsible for brainstorming research ideas with community partners and recruiting faculty and students with the technical expertise to contribute. The Assistant Director will provide supervision and research methods training to graduate and undergraduate research fellows, coordinate student-faculty-community partner research teams, lead aspects of research projects, and collaborate with key campus partners, such as the Fredrickson Family Innovation Lab. As an integral member of the Center for Social Impact team, the Assistant Director will work collaboratively to advance the strategic priorities of the Center and integrate work across its three main programs: Community-Engaged Research, Community-Engaged Learning, and Humanitarian Action in support of the Center’s mission to connect community and campus to create high impact academic opportunities that address local, national, and global challenges and develop individuals committed to creating a more just and equitable world.
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