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Job Posting: ISTLD RA Opportunity in Examining Graduate Writing Course for Engineer

August 21, 2017

SFU’s Institute for the Study of Teaching and Learning in the Disciplines invites applications for a Research Assistant appointment for the Teaching and Learning Development Grant project, "An Examination of Attitudes and Experiences of Students in a Graduate Writing Course for Engineers" to begin September 11, 2017 or earlier.

MSE 801 Writing for Engineers, is a required course within the Professional Masters and PhD graduate programs at Mechatronics Systems Engineering. This course seeks to accommodate the varied writing-related learning needs of students from the three engineering graduate programs (PhD, MASc, MEng) who enroll in the course. This study will use qualitative action research to conduct an interpretive case study of MSE 801 students to explore their perspectives about and experiences of writing and writing-related learning within MSE 801 for the purpose of improving the design of the course and to formulate recommendations that can inform departmental discussions


  • Attending team meetings
  • Compiling literature reviews
  • Drafting, editing and proofreading research instruments and reports 
  • Conducting a focus group
  • Aiding in the qualitative analysis process by coding personal reflections and focus-group notes
  • Providing administrative support (scanning, copying)
  • Supporting dissemination of project findings within and beyond SFU


  • Currently enrolled as an SFU student
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including strong oral and written communication skills
  • Experience with qualitative data research methods and analyses including conducting focus groups and coding notes and personal reflections
  • Experience with instrument design (rubrics, focus-group protocols, observation protocols/checklists, self-reflection tools)
  • Ability to undertake literature reviews in disciplines beyond own research area
  • Skilled in use of Microsoft Office suite and CANVAS

The rate of pay is $20-25 an hour based on experience and qualifications for a total of 60-90 hours. Anticipated project duration is September 2017 to April 2018. 

The application deadline is Monday, September 4, 2017.  Please send applications to Maureen Hindy at

For more information, including how to apply, please see the full job posting in the attached below.

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