Student Research Assistant - L.M. Montgomery Institute - Faculty of Arts - Robertson Library

Competition Number:
Position Type:
Student Position
Closing Date:
Date of Posting:
L.M. Montgomery Institute
Student Research Assistant
Hours of Work:
10 hours per week (Flexibility in hours: some evening and weekend work required)
$12.60 per hour (vacation pay included)

September 24, 2018 – April 30, 2019 (with the possibility of an extension)

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, hosted 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. They will assist with transcription of interview material for the online course and a research project; digital public engagement, specifically the development of Montgomery-related maps using ArcGIS Story Maps; 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. A variety of digital tools and skills including mapping software, social media, and multimedia will be learned. This student will develop digital and communication skills as well as enhance his/her ability to collaborate with academic and community partners. They will also perform other primary and secondary research relating to Montgomery. 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 management of digital projects (e.g., using ArcGIS Story Maps)
• 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)
• 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
• Transcription experience
• Social media experience
• Familiarity with the life and/or work of L.M. Montgomery
• Familiarity with Prince Edward Island/Atlantic Canadian literature and/or history

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, 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.