Assistant Director, First-Year Research Immersion

published Jan 13, 2023 9:58am

The First-year Research Immersion (FRI) program is the foundation of Binghamton University's objective of giving every science and engineering major the opportunity to complete 2-3 course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs, high-impact learning practices), prior to graduation and at least one CURE early in their college career. The FRI program collaborates with every STEM department and many offices across campus utilizing a 3-pronged approach: a) the FRI provides a three-semester sequence of CUREs for each of ten interdisciplinary research streams for a total of 300 science and engineering first-year students each year, b) FRI assists with the transformation of current introductory and advanced lab courses to CUREs in collaboration with staff and faculty across campus, and c) FRI runs the Summer Research Immersion (SRI), a sequence of two intensive CUREs designed for students without research experience. Although involved in all of these aspects, the assistant director will be closely involved in the next phase of the FRI program which will involve a greater focus on program assessment and educational research studies to determine the features of linked CURE sequences that influence STEM persistence, and students' self-efficacy, identity and professional skill development. The assistant director will play a key role in planning, overseeing and tracking results of the FRI and SRI programs as well as aid in imagining future program trajectories such as post-FRI and SRI experiences and program enhancements, which in turn will assist with overall recruitment, alumni relations, educational assessment and grant proposals.

Summary of Responsibilities:

Oversight of FRI student recruitment and retention including collaboration with undergraduate admissions and oversight of the FRI student ambassador program

Recruitment of SRI students and oversight of the general program structure

Oversight of FRI course curriculum including preparation, revision and implementation of program wide course resources

Aid in planning, implementation and assessment of enhancement of undergraduate peer mentor (UGPM) training programs in FRI and SRI

Planning and implementation of FRI special events such as the university-wide public annual FRI poster session

Planning, implementation, assessment and revision of post-program projects, events and placements

Oversight and assessment of program social media accounts

Aid in recruitment and mentorship of FRI Research Educators (assistant research professors in charge of FRI tracks)

Aid in FRI and SRI program assessment, educational research studies, dissemination, and grant-proposal writing

Collaboration with STEM departments and other departments across campus to fulfill above responsibilities

Collaboration with campus and national CURE and FRI type program initiatives
Miscellaneous activities in support of meeting goals of FRI program

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