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Research Curriculum Associate

Apply now Job no: 532590
Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Monterey Bay
Categories: MPP, At-Will, Full Time, Research

Classification:   Administrator I
Hours:  Full-time / 40 hours per week  
FLSA:  Exempt

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range:  $6,775 to $7,834* mo.
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*CSUMB provides pay scales representing its good faith estimate of what the university reasonably expects to pay for this position. The pay offered to a selected candidate will be determined on factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal equity, and CSU systemwide pay for comparable jobs.

Priority Screening Date:  November 20, 2023
Recruitment Status:  Extended


California State University, Monterey Bay is a mid-sized university in California’s Central Coast that grants undergraduate and graduate degrees. Powered by an inspiring Founding Vision Statement, CSUMB is part of the nation’s largest four-year public university system, California State University, which educates nearly 460,000 students every year. 

With a vibrant, diverse student body of over 7,000 students, CSU Monterey Bay is both a Minority Serving Institution and a Hispanic Serving Institution. Our staff and faculty transform students’ lives with a focus on student success and engagement through experiential learning, service learning, and a strong emphasis on multicultural and global perspectives. CSUMB’s sustainability goal is to be carbon neutral by 2030. 

The university’s Strategic Plan prioritizes inclusive excellence through recruiting and investing in developing a diverse body of faculty, staff and administrators. Many appreciate living and working close to the shores of beautiful Monterey Bay, with easy access to recreational areas from Big Sur to Santa Cruz. Nearby opportunities for collaborative research include working in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Silicon Valley, and with colleagues at local research universities, including UC Santa Cruz and Stanford University.

As one of the 23 campuses in the CSU system, CSUMB offers excellent benefits, including access to below-market-rate rental housing on East Campus, and competitive salaries for faculty and staff. With proximity to the San Francisco Bay Area and San Jose, opportunities for faculty, staff and students are as endless as the shores of the nearby Pacific Ocean.


Under the general direction of the Director, the Research Curriculum Associate is responsible for designing and delivering curriculum and program services for the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center (UROC) Scholars program and will contribute to ongoing efforts to bring undergraduate research opportunities to scale through the development of course-based research across campus. UROC curriculum content areas range from research methods and ethical research to graduate school applications and professional networking. Delivery methods include in-class, via workshop, and through online modules. Competitive candidates will have content knowledge in biology, ecology, chemistry, environmental sciences or psychology, and will have experience working with underrepresented groups. We are especially interested in candidates whose research focuses on teaching and learning, learner-centered teaching strategies, and evidence-based teaching, learning and assessment practices at the undergraduate level. This position is part of the California State University Management Personnel Plan

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to, the following:

A.) UROC Curriculum Development and Delivery.

  1. Develops and delivers a robust two-year, four semester, research seminar curriculum that prepares students for undergraduate research experiences, conference presentations, peer-reviewed publications, scholarship and fellowship awards, and graduate school acceptance.
  2. Mentors and advises UROC students in their academic/professional/career development.
    1. Co-Facilitates the development and implementation of the UROC Summer Program.
    2. Develops and delivers workshops and online trainings, including topics pertaining to research ethics and graduate school preparation, in support of undergraduate students affiliated with UROC and any of its programs, including initiatives conducted in collaboration with the Office of Graduate Studies & Research.
    3. Collaborates with UROC’s Writing and Professional Communication Associate to develop an effective writing curriculum for the undergraduate research seminar series, as well as support for graduate school and fellowship applications, personal statements, and conference presentations.
    4. Collaborates with UROC’s Director of Educational Research to assess the effectiveness of UROC’s curriculum.

B.) Academic Partnership for the Development and Implementation of Course-Based Research.

  1. Advises on the design, implementation, and assessment of new and current faculty-driven course-based undergraduate research experiences.
  2. Collaborates with faculty to collect and incorporate data from classroom observations, faculty observations and relevant literature in order to guide faculty efforts to successfully implement course-based undergraduate research experiences.
  3. Facilitates communication between faculty and leadership in the design and implementation of program-level goals for course-based undergraduate research.
  4. Designs and implements programs and services for faculty to foster professional development in pedagogy, course and curriculum development, mentorship, and academic success.
  5. Collaborates with faculty and leadership of First Year Seminar programs to develop course-based research opportunities for first- and second-year students and incoming transfers. 
  6. Collaborates with UROC’s Research Associate to identify undergraduate research mentor training needs, and develop and deliver training workshops for faculty, graduate students, and research partners.
  7. Serves as a resource for faculty and departments about the current literature and best practices for course-based undergraduate research.

C.) Program Administration.

  1.  Manages and oversees the UROC scholar application process, and assists with student application reviews and interviews, and mentor selection.
  2. Supports, in conjunction with UROC staff, the organization and implementation of UROC workshops, field trips, and events.
  3. Assists with program evaluation, UROC participant tracking, and reporting.

D.) Dissemination.

  1. Develops and delivers conference presentations, peer-reviewed journal articles, and reports about UROC’s curriculum programming and mentor training models.
  2. Collaborates with faculty and UROC staff to develop and deliver conference presentations, peer-reviewed journal articles, and reports related to the development, delivery and assessment of course-based research.

E.) Grant Proposals and Fundraising.

  1. In collaboration with UROC Directors and Faculty partners, helps prepare public and private funding grant proposals related to curriculum development, delivery, and assessment.
  2. Participates in UROC’s outreach and fundraising events.

Other Functions.

  1. Performs other duties as assigned by UROC leadership.
  2. Promotes and maintains an atmosphere of excellent internal and external customer service.
  3. Actively participates in professional development activities through local and national opportunities.
  4. Develops and maintains an atmosphere of teamwork.
  5. In all functions carries out responsibilities in accordance with Corporation, CSUMB policies and procedures and applicable Federal, State, and local laws.


Extensive knowledge of: the research process, graduate school preparation, and professional development; higher education pedagogies, particularly evidence-based learning, and their theoretical frameworks; curriculum development and teaching experience, particularly with university-level undergraduate students; and technology-rich pedagogical initiatives including on-line learning. Experience with culturally responsive pedagogies, and deep knowledge of DEI issues and strategies pertaining to working with underrepresented students, including addressing imposter syndrome, educational self-efficacy/self-belief, goal setting, commitment, resilience, student leadership, and career development.

Skills: Advanced computer literacy; excellent writing skills and knowledge of writing pedagogies; superior critical assessment and synthesis skills; supervisory skills; and demonstrated communication and interpersonal skills utilizing tact and diplomacy. Knowledge and experience with grant proposal writing, grant awards, and required documentation and reporting.

Ability to: maintain effective working relationships with administration, faculty, students, and community partners; identify, develop, and maintain collaborations with faculty, administration, and UROC partners; think creatively and conceptually, and to apply independent judgment, discretion, and initiative to address problems and develop practical, thorough, and creative solutions; manage complex projects, work independently and collaboratively, and complete tasks on time; present clear and concise information in oral presentations, and in written reports, proposals, and publications; and work within a project management framework of deadlines and deliverables.


Master’s degree required; Ph.D. degree in Education, Higher Education, Psychology, Science or a related field, and five years of progressively responsible work in curriculum development, teaching, undergraduate research, and proposal writing preferred. Additional education or experience in a related field, which has demonstrated the acquisition and successful application of the required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be substituted for the required education and/or experience on a year-for-year basis.


Experience with developing, conducting, and disseminating results of research projects. Technical fluency with classroom management software such as Canvas; Database management software (e.g., Blumen); Microsoft Office Professional Suite; Google Workspace (Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Drive, Calendar, Forms, etc.).


  • All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check (including a criminal records check).
  • The person holding this position will have a duty to report to the Campus Title IX Officer information pertaining to discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual exploitation, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and retaliation and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order EO 1095, EO 1096, and EO 1097 as a condition of employment.
  • This position has been designated as a sensitive position with access to and responsibility for detailed personally identifiable Level 1 confidential information about students, faculty, staff or alumni that is protected, personal or sensitive as defined in the CSU Information Security Data Classification Standards.
  • This position is required to comply with confidentiality requirements outlined in the Department of Education’s Family Educational Rights and Privacy and California’s Educational Code Chapter 13 regarding sensitive student issues.
  • This position is designated as a Campus Security Authority (CSA).  The position is required to participate in training at the direction of the Clery Director and must also promptly report allegations of reportable crimes according to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, its accompanying regulations; the California State Education Code, Chapter 15.5, of the Donahoe Higher Education Act, Section 67380; and the California State University system-wide policy, Code EO 1107.
  • Some evenings and/or weekend work may be required.


Office environment with standard equipment and tasks. Position requires working at a computer and desk for extended periods of time.  May require travel between campus offices and off-campus locations.

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff remain our highest priority. While on campus, students, faculty, staff, and the community will be expected to follow all campus safety mandates.  


This is a 12-month management-level position with an attractive benefits package, which includes: a vacation accrual rate of 16 hours per month; an excellent choice of medical, dental, and vision insurance; long-term disability coverage; life insurance; educational incentives; membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS); and 14 paid holidays a year. For further information, please visit Employee Benefits Summary. As a perk, the University Corporation at CSU Monterey Bay provides access to affordable campus housing based on availability; visit Schoonover Employee Housing for more information.


For full consideration, applicants must complete the required online application prior to the priority screen date found at Careers at CSUMB. Application submissions received after the application screening date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University. Materials submitted become the property of CSUMB and will not be returned.

CSUMB is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Human Resources at (831) 582-3389 or emailing All employees must be eligible for employment in the U.S.


CSUMB hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States and is an E-Verify employer. In compliance with federal crime awareness and campus security legislation, including the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics, you can view the notice of availability and access the Cal State University, Monterey Bay annual security and fire safety reports at

CSUMB is a smoke and tobacco-free campus.


CSUMB is an Equal Opportunity employer seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. We value and celebrate diversity in all its forms and strive to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. We consider qualified applicants for employment for their anticipated contributions and without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

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