Research Associate, Marian K. Shaughnessy Nurse Leadership Academy (Part-Time) - School of Nursing

Date: June 2022

Title: Research Associate, Marian K. Shaughnessy Nurse Leadership Academy (Part-Time)

School: School of Nursing

Location: School of Nursing

Supervisor Name and Title: Joyce Fitzpatrick, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN, FNAP, Director, Marian K. Shaughnessy Nurse Leadership Academy



The Marian K. Shaughnessy Nurse Leadership Academy Research Associate will work closely with Marian K. Shaughnessy Nurse Leadership Academy faculty to conduct the research initiatives of the Leadership Academy. Under the guidance of the Director, the Research Associate is expected to work independently, design and plan projects, oversee collaborations, supervise students, and carry out research activities of an assigned project through completion. The Research Associate will utilize complex research methodologies and techniques. The Research Associate will keep the Director and appropriate faculty informed of progress of research projects and provide recommendations on experimental design. The Research Associate will also present data and findings at lab and scientific meetings, seminars, etc., prepare manuscripts, and contribute preliminary data for grant proposals.  This position will work 20 hours per week.

The mission of the Marian K. Shaughnessy Nurse Leadership Academy is to position the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing as the leadership destination for nurses and nursing and to enable nurses to have the knowledge necessary to catalyze changes within nursing and health care. Through this groundbreaking initiative the Shaughnessy Leadership Academy will influence nursing education practices nationwide, conduct research on nurse leadership, and implement national and global executive leadership programs. 



  1. Work with Leadership Academy faculty to develop and implement nursing leadership scientific studies. Identify and articulate, in the appropriate written format (e.g. abstract, manuscript), the background/significance, theoretical framework, extant literature review, and methodological processes of proposed studies focusing on areas of interest to the Leadership Academy. Plan and execute experiments for research projects designed by the Director and may design experiments independently and in collaboration with the Director. Assist with and coordinate experiments performed by other faculty, ensuring adequate resources, assisting with experimental design and analysis. Oversee progress of the research projects and provide regular progress reports to the Director; and provide input and recommendation to the Director regarding significant developments in research projects. Ensure the Director is informed about the results and ensure the Director’s experimental strategy is explored by lab members and through independent experiments by the Research Associate. Develop and maintain all required IRB and study documentation.  Oversee the recruitment, enrollment, and data collection from study participants enrolled in Leadership Academy studies. Conduct the planned statistical analyses for Leadership Academy studies.  Write the statistical interpretation and results/discussion stemming from the study results. Ensure all human subject protections are met per IRB protocol, including reporting of adverse events. Meet all reporting criteria for the funding sources associated with the study, if applicable.  Disseminate the study findings through appropriate mechanisms (e.g. journals, conferences). (40%)
  2. Apply for funding opportunities appropriate for the funding of the scientific interests of the Leadership Academy. Contribute to and assist in the preparation of manuscripts. Independently author research projects. Assemble data and make publication-quality figures from analyzed data. With the highest level of integrity and responsible conduct of research, participate in writing manuscripts as a first author and co-author for discoveries from research performed in the studies, together with the Director and other collaborators. (20%)
  3. Oversee the day-to-day operations of the Leadership Academy’s research studies including the management of other research staff within the Leadership Academy. Mentor and train staff and graduate students; oversee research work and ensure pro jects are being completed according to the research plan. This will involve teaching other members of techniques and scientific discovery methods. (10%)
  4. Provide research expertise/consultation to Frances Payne Bolton/Case Western Reserve University faculty, staff, and students. Establish and maintain research related collaborations with researchers from outside institutions. (15%)
  5. Assist the PI in and independently develop new techniques and protocols. Train lab members on new techniques. Assess, update, and develop new standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the studies. (5%)
  6. Communicate as needed and meet with Leadership Academy faculty during bi-weekly meeting to discuss the status of the Marian K. Shaughnessy Nurse Leadership Academy scientific endeavors, benchmarks, and goals. Present data and findings at meetings, seminars, etc. (10%)



Perform other duties as assigned. (<1%)



Department: Daily contact with the Director of the Marian K. Shaughnessy Nurse Leadership Academy. Daily contact with Leadership Academy faculty. 

University: Contact key persons throughout the university involved with scientific research.

External: Contact with researchers and research organizations (academic, clinical, or organizational) whose research involves the science of nursing leadership and associated outcomes. 

Students: Contact with undergraduate or graduate students who are working on Leadership Academy studies.



Supervise, train and provide oversight to student employees.



Experience: 3 or more years of relevant experience, requiring technical, research and managerial skills at a level meeting or exceeding the requirements of a Research Assistant 4 or a Nursing Project Manager. Expertise in one or more statistical package (e.g. SPSS). Proficiency in structural equation modeling and other statistical pathway analyses. Familiarity with electronic database programs (e.g. REDCap, Qualtrics). Demonstrated success in overseeing complex and rigorous scientific studies enrolling human subjects.

Education/Licensing: Master’s degree required.



  1. Expertise in one or more statistical package (e.g. SPSS).
  2. Proficiency in structural equation modeling and other statistical pathway analyses.
  3. Familiarity with electronic database programs (e.g. REDCap, Qualtrics). 
  4. Demonstrated success in overseeing complex and rigorous scientific studies enrolling human subjects.
  5. Excellent communication skills.
  6. Accounting and organizational skills.
  7. Problem solving skills.
  8. Ability to work at a fast pace.
  9. Proficient in word processing, spreadsheet, internet, and Windows.
  10. Knowledge of nursing and health programs desired.
  11. Ability to deal with diverse number of senior-level professionals and organizations who deal with the Leadership Academy locally and globally with outstanding interpersonal skills.
  12. Ability and skills to work with minimal supervision and to use sound judgment.
  13. Knowledge of immigration requirements and legal procedures desired.
  14. Ability to meet consistent attendance. 
  15. Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors, and customers face to face.



Substantial periodic pressures: diverse activity requiring many different skills and contact with a large number of people of diverse backgrounds; occasional time pressures.



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