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Research Assistant - Faculty of Education

Competition Number: 
Position Type: 
Student Position
Closing Date: 
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Date of Posting: 
October 9, 2013
Faculty of Education
Research Assistant
Hours of Work: 

10 to 15 hours per week (October 2013 to October 2014) 8 hours per week (November 2014 to May 31, 2015)

as per UPEI Students Rates of Pay Schedule http://hr.upei.ca/files/hr/upei_student_rates_of_pay_april_2012.pdf

October 2013 to May 31, 2015

A research assistant is needed to help 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.” This research is lead by Dr. Jane Preston (Faculty of Educatin, U of Prince Edward Island) in collaboration with Dr. Tim Claypool (College of Education, University of Saskatchewan).
The purpose of this multi-case research is to compare and contrast the perceptions and practices of Prince Edward Island, Nunavut, and Saskatchewan high school principals who foster educational achievement for FNMI students. (Note that for the data-collection of this posted position, the successful candadiate will assist in gathering PEI and Nunavut data, not Saskachewan data). This research is funded through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Canada.
A key aspect of this position involves being supervised/mentored by Dr. Jane P. Preston, Faculty of Education, University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI), while conducting research in the area of Aboriginal education. Tentatively, as a part of this position, there will be opportunities to co-write and co-present articles at local, national, and international conferences (travel compensation would be provided).
• Perform library and Internet searches on Aboriginal issues and other topics
• Assist in the writing of a literature review on Aboriginal issues
• Assist with scheduling and organizing individual interviews for research purposes
• Assist with organizing and booking travel arrangements
• Assist with conducting individual interviews for research purposes/data collection
• Willingness to travel within PEI on weekdays, weekends, and evenings to conduct interviews
• Willingness to potentially travel to Nunavut on weekdays, weekends, and evenings to conduct interviews (travel compensation would be provided)
• Take notes and document observations during individual interviews
• Maintain a personal journal during the research
• Analyze and code qualitative data on Aboriginal issues and other topics
• Monitor and document budgetary requirements surrounding the research
• Attend meetings and telephone conference calls with research team
• Transcribe all individual interviews
• Assist with writing articles/reports documenting the research
• Organize a PEI or Nunavut Conference/Forum to disseminate results of the research (potentially in Spring or Summer 2015)
• Assist in developing a website to disseminate the results of the research
• Preferred graduate student (Master’s or PhD) enrolled at UPEI (in the Faculty of Education)
• Experience with conducting library searches and collecting data for literature reviews
• Experience with conducting individual and focus group interviews
• Strong analytical skills with qualitative data
• Strong writing and organizational skills
• A typing speed of at least 50–60 words per minute (This skill is needed for completing timely interview transcriptions.)
• Ability to work independently and perform tasks on short notice
• Familiarity with Aboriginal culture and ways of knowing
• Familiarity with concepts pertaining to Aboriginal education, culture, and ways of knowing
• Ability to monitor/document a budget
• Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Publisher
• Proficiency at typing and/or experience with transcribing interviews would be an asset.
• Experience with WordPress would be an asset
Please note, for this position, preference will be given to applicants with Aboriginal heritage and knowledge of Aboriginal culture and ways of knowing.
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 following link:
You can also apply in person to the Human Resources Department, Kelley Building, University of Prince Edward Island, 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PEI C1A 4P3, Fax Number (902) 894-2895.
The University of Prince Edward Island is committed to gender equity in employment.


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