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Job Summary

The University of Michigan is seeking a qualified Research Program Manager to facilitate the research agenda for the Office of Academic Innovation (AI). Working with the world-class faculty and students of the University of Michigan, AI is reimagining education through the use of cutting-edge technologies and innovative pedagogical practices. This work is conducted both within and across the three foundational labs of AI: the Digital Education and Innovation Lab (DEIL), the Digital Innovation Greenhouse (DIG), and the Gameful Learning Lab (GLL). This role reports to the Associate Vice Provost for Academic Innovation.

Academic Innovation is a strategic priority for the University of Michigan. Through curricular innovation, leadership in learning analytics, and digital infrastructure at scale, AI aims to transform the way we educate and engage our residential students. This new position is responsible for setting and managing an R&D agenda to investigate the current state of AI initiatives, support and contribute to the iterative research, design and development of new technologies and pedagogy, and develop both in-person and digital experiences in which to interactively engage audiences with the findings. This role will collaborate closely with other members of the AI team to set and manage the R&D agenda, including faculty and student innovators, software developers, learning experience designers, user experience designers, project coordinators, as well as other academic, technology, and administrative staff at the University. It will include oversight of students and close collaboration with faculty innovators and early tool adopters. For more information, please visit our website: Academic Innovation.


  • Responsible for facilitating the administrative, financial, personnel and planning aspects of the AI R&D portfolio
  • Works with fellow AI staff to realize and advocate for research and development opportunities
  • Collaborates closely with software developers, user experience designers, learning experience designers, faculty, researchers, and students at the University of Michigan
  • Establish and manage an academic R&D agenda to investigate the efficacy and impact of projects across AI
  • Designs and develops interactive digital interfaces to support telling data-driven stories regarding AI’s interventions and experiences
  • Contributes in the design, development, and facilitation of a consultative workshops with AI team members, stakeholders, and partner innovators
  • Researches and maintains knowledge in emerging educational technologies and innovative pedagogies
  • Acts as an internal consultant, advocate, and mentor 
  • Participates as a skilled individual contributor and/or lead researcher on R&D projects across AI in collaboration with faculty and senior personnel
  • Supervises software developers
  • Designs instrumentation, theoretical models, equipment or other vehicles for data gathering and analysis
  • Investigates, modifies and applies new procedures, techniques or applications of technology, integrating new findings into AI technologies
  • Manages a team of junior researchers
  • Has oversight for development of data collection instruments
  • Monitors integrity of data collection and use of protocols and procedures; conducts data analysis
  • Participates in writing research proposals, reports for funding agencies and articles for publication
  • Acts as liaison to other university units and departments for collaborations around academic R&D initiatives as well as data gathering, storage, and analysis
  • Presents results of study at professional meetings and other forums

Required Qualifications*

  • PhD in Information Science, Education, Psychology, or related field, or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience
  • A minimum of five years experience conducting academic research
  • Advanced experience building interactive web applications
  • Excellent team and communication skills 
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent analytic and problem solving skills
  • Ability to work well in a multicultural and collaborative environment

Additional Information

Please note, this is a 3 year term limited position.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.