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Part-Time Graduate Student Research Assistant - Island Studies

Competition Number: 
Position Type: 
Student Position
Closing Date: 
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Date of Posting: 
June 14, 2017
Island Studies
Part-Time Graduate Student Research Assistant
Hours of Work: 

15 hours per week (Flexible)

$21.95 per hour (vacation pay included)

As soon as possible – September 23, 2017 

The Institute of Island Studies seeks a researcher to undertake a study on the social impacts of fixed links on islands, with special attention paid to the Confederation Bridge.


The researcher will seek out, synthesize, and analyze subsequent studies and papers written about the social effects of permanent links on island identity, on Prince Edward Island, other Canadian islands, and selected international islands. In the case of Prince Edward Island, because there is so little scholarly literature, this phase will not restrict itself to the scholarly work but will also include the “grey” literature (e.g., newspaper editorials, trade magazines, social media), which are critical research sources to fully assess Islanders’ changing sense of identity as it is limited to the Bridge.  Through the literature search the student will identify potential focus group and interview participants and common themes that can be used to frame discussion questions for the focus groups and interviews. Material will become the basis of a co-authored conference presentation and paper by the researcher and professor.

Specific duties include:
• Identifying and collecting scholarly articles, primary documents, newspaper and magazine articles, and social media posts that address the social impacts of fixed links on islands, including the Confederation Bridge
• Synthesizing articles into a document, including bibliography, to become the basis for a co-authored conference paper
• Identifying themes for further analysis
• Identifying participants for focus groups and interviews
• Assist in organizing and carrying out focus groups and interviews
• Other organizational and communications duties as required


• The ideal candidate will have excellent organizational skills, oral and written communications skills, computer skills (in word processing, spreadsheets, database management, internet literacy, and social media), and research skills (e.g., Google Scholar, Island Scholar, newspaper archives)
• He/she will be self-motivated and have ability to handle diverse tasks, and will work well independently and under supervision. Possession of, or enrolment in, a graduate degree program is required
• Enrollment in the MA Island Studies program would be an asset. Familiarity with the media in Prince Edward Island and the Atlantic region would be an asset
• The ideal candidate will demonstrate a knowledge of and interest in island-related issues such as transportation links, peripherality, resilience, and identity. Being able to read in French would be an asset

Priority is given 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, 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.
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