Posted: Feb 1, 2024

Research Specialist - Program Evaluation

Salary: Annually
Application Deadline: Feb 6, 2024

The University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford (UICOMR) seeks applications for a full-time Research Specialist focusing on Program Evaluation within the National Center for Rural Health Professions (NCRHP). This position reports to the Assistant Dean of Rural Health Professions and assists with project management, evaluation, and research, including developing scopes of work, tracking and reporting milestones, developing evaluation protocols, research designs, data collection, basic data analysis, and disseminating results. This individual will work with community partners and clients to support ongoing funded research. This is an in-person position. 

The regional campus in Rockford is part of the University of Illinois College of Medicine, one of the largest medical schools in the United States. The University offers outstanding opportunities for developing its students, faculty, and staff.  Rockford is a progressive, mid-sized metropolitan area in northern Illinois, west of Chicago.  The city has minor league baseball and hockey, numerous golf courses, an award-winning park system, three botanical gardens, an art museum, theaters, a revitalizing downtown, and a river walk. Public and several private school systems are available. Rural living is accessible within 15 miles of the campus.

The National Center for Rural Health Professions, certified in 2003 by the Illinois Board of Higher Education, strives to meet the healthcare needs of rural residents and their communities in Illinois, around the nation, and throughout the world. The NCRHP programs include RMED (a selective longitudinal medical school experience designed to promote rural practice), Illinois Area Health Education Centers Network (AHEC), Student Pipeline program, Global Health Partnership, and the Rural Health Professions (RHP – a supplemental education for medical, pharmacy, and advanced practice nursing). The NCRHP is one of three centers nationally that collaborates with the World Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organization to advance medical education using social accountability principles, focusing on primary care services for underserved communities and rural populations. 

The University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford is a national leader in rural medical education. Founded in 1971 to address the healthcare needs of the people of Illinois, the UICOMR has trained over 1,900 physicians. In 1990, UICOMR developed the RMED Program and has graduated approximately 300 students and presently 50% of each entering medical school class is comprised of RMED students.  Sixty-six percent of RMED Program graduates practice in towns with less than 40,000 people, making it one of the most successful rural medical school training programs in the United States. The NCRHP has established relationships with 30 rural health systems across Illinois and offers more than 50 rural clinical teaching sites. Having expanded its rural focus to include additional health professions programs (pharmacy and nursing), the NCRHP has plans to expand its health science programs further to include dentistry, social work, physical and occupational therapy, nutrition, and public health. 

Candidates must meet specific minimum criteria to be considered for the Research Specialist – Program Evaluation role. This includes a minimum of a master’s degree in public health, public administration, social and behavioral sciences, epidemiology, or a related field, with a minimum of two years of professional research experience acquired independently of academic program training or coursework. Alternatively, candidates with a Ph.D. in a related field are also encouraged to apply, with invitations extending to those who will have their Ph.D. conferred before their employment commencement date. 

Applicants should be well-versed in evaluation and research concepts, practices, and procedures. They should be able to conduct basic descriptive and inferential statistical analyses, including frequencies, percent total, measures of central tendency, chi-square, and t-tests. Strong oral and written communication skills and strong interpersonal and organizational abilities are essential. In addition, candidates must possess knowledge of project management principles, practices, techniques, and tools. They should also exhibit responsiveness, flexibility, and a willingness to accommodate clients’ timelines and information needs. Working effectively as part of and facilitating multidisciplinary teams to accomplish goals and objectives is highly valued.

APPLICATION instructions

To apply, you must visit, include a cover letter and CV, and list three professional references.

Final date: Tuesday, February 6th, 2024, at 5:00 pm (Central Standard Time)

Applications received through Tuesday, February 6th, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. CST, will be accepted and reviewed until finalist candidates have been identified. 

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity and is particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people. We are committed to equal employment opportunities regardless of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

Offers of employment by the University of Illinois may be subject to approval by the University’s Board of Trustees and are made contingent upon the candidate’s successful completion of any criminal background checks and other pre-employment assessments that may be required for the position being offered. Additional information regarding such pre-employment checks and assessments may be provided as applicable during the hiring process. 

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