Student Research Assistant - L.M. Montgomery Institute - Robertson Library

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L.M. Montgomery Institute - Robertson Library
Student Research Assistant
Hours of Work:
37.5 hours per week (Flexibility in hours required: some evening and weekend work required. Term may be reduced or extended depending on performance, available funding and departmental requirements)
$12.60 per hour (vacation pay included)

May 7, 2018 – August 31, 2018 (with the possibility of part-time extension into fall semester 2018)

The L.M. Montgomery Institute (LMMI) ( is seeking an undergraduate Research Assistant to support various projects relating to the institute’s mission of promoting “research into, and informed celebration of, the life, works, culture, and influence of the Prince Edward Island-born, acclaimed Canadian writer, L.M. Montgomery”.  2018 is an exciting time for the institute as it celebrates its 25th anniversary, hosts its biennial conference (, and continues to grow its links with the tourism sector and other community partners. The institute is also planning various new initiatives including a L.M. Montgomery Institute Hub focused on public engagement; an open access, multimedia, interdisciplinary, Journal of L.M. Montgomery Studies; and an online, non-credit course on Montgomery.

The successful candidate for this position will support various L.M. Montgomery Institute initiatives. The student will assist with activities relating to the conference, online course, public engagement (e.g., development of crowdsourced Montgomery-related maps), journal, and other LMMI initiatives, as required. A Faculty of Arts student will have the opportunity to further develop their communications skills—verbal, written, and digital—in an applied context. The student will also assist with conference planning and implementation, thus gaining important teamwork and event planning expertise. A variety of digital tools and skills including social media, mapping software, and multimedia will be learned; work could include, for example, monitoring contributions to the crowdsourced map for appropriateness and legality and creating multimedia profiles to accompany text-based journal articles. The student will also transcribe interview material that will form the basis of the online course and be used in a research project; they will also perform other primary and secondary research relating to Montgomery. This student will develop digital and communication skills as well as enhance their ability to collaborate with academic and community partners. The student will be supervised by Dr. Kate Scarth, Chair of L.M. Montgomery Studies, and Dr. Philip Smith, Chair of the L.M. Montgomery Institute.


  • Assist with various L.M. Montgomery Institute projects
  • Assist with LMMI conference planning and implementation
  • Contribute to LMMI social media and other communications
  • Assist with the maintenance of digital projects (e.g., using ArcGIS online)
  • Contribute to the set-up and development of the new online, open access, multimedia Journal of L.M. Montgomery Studies
  • Transcribe interview material to be used in research and course development
  • Perform primary and secondary research relating to Montgomery for various projects
  • Perform other duties as required


  • UPEI Bachelor of Arts Student
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal), transcription experience would be considered an asset
  • Social media experience
  • Comfort with technology/digital tools
  • Willingness to learn new digital tools
  • Experience working closely with others
  • The ability to work independently and be well organized
  • Ability to critically review library and online sources
  • Event planning and implementation/assistance experience would be an asset
  • Familiarity with the life and/or work of L.M. Montgomery and with Prince Edward Island/Atlantic Canadian literature and/or history is desirable

Priority will be given to University of Prince Edward Island students in accordance with Recruitment, Selection, Hiring and Employment Policies and the 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 ( Applications will not be accepted via email.

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, or fax it to (902) 894-2895.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified student candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and full-time international students with a valid study permit 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.