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Student Research Assistant - Faculty of Education

Competition Number: 
Position Type: 
Student Position
Closing Date: 
Monday, January 11, 2016
Date of Posting: 
January 4, 2016
Faculty of Education
Student Research Assistant
Part time
Hours of Work: 

8 to 12 hours per week (approximately 96- 144 hours of work)

$20.48 per hour (vacation pay included)

February 8 – May 30, 2016

A research assistant is needed to collect, analyze and disseminate information for a study entitled, Exploring the Leadership Practices of Principals Who Promote the Educational Success of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) High School Students.”

The purpose of the multi-case research is to compare and contrast the perceptions and practices of Prince Edward Island, Nunavut, and Saskatchewan principals who foster educational achievement for FNMI students.  This three-year study is in its final stages of completion.  The study is led by Dr. Jane Preston, Faculty of Education, UPEI and is funded through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Canada.

Please note: The successful applicant will need to travel to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan from March 19–22, 2016.  Travel will be paid for; however, it will be the successful applicant’s responsibility to organize travel arrangements.


  • Create a website to display the details and results of the three-year study
  • Contact journal editors requesting permission to create and disseminate briefs of published articles
  • Write briefs from articles written by Dr. Jane P. Preston and colleagues
  • Create a Twitter account and regularly (i.e., daily) tweet findings from the research
  • Disseminate results through other aspects of technology and/or social media (e.g., creating video clips of the research team, etc.)
  • Attend the 21st National Congress on Rural Education in Canada in Saskatoon, SK from March 20–22, 2016
  • Collect and analyze information during the National Congress
  • Create and distribute a newsletter reflecting information collected during the National Congress
  • Throughout the job term, regularly meet/communicate with Dr. Preston to provide updates on progress


  • Graduate student (preferably Master’s student) enrolled at UPEI (preferably in the Faculty of Education)
  • Experience with creating and maintaining websites
  • Experience with computer programs to create professionally looking briefs and newsletters
  • Strong analytical, organizational, and writing skills
  • Ability to complete work on tight deadlines
  • Familiarity with Aboriginal knowledge and ways of knowing
  • Advanced knowledge of and ability to use APA guidelines
  • Ability to work independently

Priority to University of Prince Edward Island students in accordance with Recruitment, Selection, Hiring and Employment Policies and Procedures manual.

Application Instructions: 

Please submit electronically a cover letter, quoting the competition number, a resume and reference list to be received no later than the closing date via the link posted on the UPEI Human Resources website (www.upei.ca/hr).

If you are unable to apply online, you can drop off your resume to the Human Resources Department, Kelley Building, University of Prince Edward Island, 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PEI C1A 4P3, Fax Number (902) 894-2895.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Prince Edward Island is committed to gender equity in employment.

Only those applicants who are invited to an interview will be acknowledged.

UPEI encourages all qualified applicants to apply for job openings; however, in keeping with the terms and provisions of the university’s various employment and collective agreements, first priority will be given to internal candidates.
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