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Part-time Graduate Research Assistant - Network of Inuit Education Researchers: Bilingual Education in Inuit Nunangat - Faculty of Education

Competition Number: 
Position Type: 
Student Position
Closing Date: 
Friday, April 10, 2015
Date of Posting: 
April 1, 2015
Network of Inuit Education Researchers: Bilingual Education in Inuit Nunangat - Faculty of Education
Part-time Graduate Research Assistant
Hours of Work: 

10 hours per week

$20.19 per hour (vacation pay included)

The position will be offered for an initial six-month period of time with a possible extension following an evaluation and review after five months of work.

The Nunavut research team in the Faculty of Education is seeking a Graduate Student Research Assistant to support administrative and research-related tasks associated with the management of an ArcticNet grant focused on the development of an online Inuit Educators’ Research Network. The topic for exploration with the Network members and in the research is bilingual education (Inuktitut/English). The Graduate Student Research Assistant will be supervised by Dr. Alexander McAuley and Dr. Fiona Walton.


The Graduate Student Research Assistant will work closely with research team members to:
• Support the development, completion, and dissemination of ten online bilingual learning modules including PowerPoint presentations and a short documentary video based on bilingual video footage gathered from research participants.
• Transcribe and analyze data from interviews and video-taped meetings.
• Organize service contracts for ongoing website development and translation of interviews and other data into English or Inuktitut.
• Maintain and update a database of literature and websites related to bilingual education in Inuit Nunangat.
• Plan and organize travel arrangements including submission of travel claims.
• Work with UPEI staff in Accounting and Research Departments and maintain budgets for the ArcticNet grant based on the UPEI financial system.
• Draft annual reports, including budgets, in accordance with the requirements established by ArcticNet.
• Maintain and update all ethical permissions, submissions, reports and prepare and submit monthly newsletters on the website.
• Communicate with partners and Inuit Nunangat regional representatives as needed, to encourage a flow of information, opinions and perspectives.
• Manage and organize digital and paper files associated with the research.
• Coordinate the maintenance of social media including websites or FaceBook pages and other media coverage associated with the research.
• Update online documents related to the research including profiles and contact information for all Network members, researchers and partners.


• Master’s degree (completed or in-progress) in education or a closely related discipline.
• Experience related to Inuit or Indigenous education is considered an asset.
• Experience with and an understanding of qualitative research.
• Experience with and an understanding of research ethics with Indigenous peoples.
• High levels of skill related to website management, online communication, the design of PowerPoint presentations and other applications used in creative sharing of information.
• Skills in design, layout, and presentation of key messages that are shared in a full range of media sites, videos, and other locations such as Facebook, both online and print.
• Very strong organizational and budget management skills as well as attention to detail.
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills across cultural difference.
• Ability to manage aspects of a complex bilingual and bicultural research project.

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 below. 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.

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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