Closed - RA Opportunity: The Darkness Around Use is Deep: Using Narrative to Model Reflection and Promote Engagement in Business Ethics Education

Research Assistant Opportunity
Simon Fraser University’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: The Darkness Around Use is Deep: Using Narrative to Model Reflection and Promote Engagement in Business Ethics Education, to begin May 2019.

The purpose of this project is to design a reflective inquiry scaffold to support the integration of an extended podcast into the curriculum of BUS303, Business, Society and Ethics. The purpose of this inquiry is to support learning synthesis, foster emotional-awareness regarding business and ethics and deepen reflective thinking in the context of learning about business ethics.

Research assistant responsibilities include:
• Analyze student weekly reflective responses for reflective, emotion and logic words.
• Classroom observation to examine and record the types of words (emotion and logic) utilized when discussing the podcast excerpt
• Assist Principle Investigator (PI) in the design of reflection instruments
• Support PI in relevant literature review
• Draft a survey that assesses student experience of learning interventions associated with the podcast excerpts
• Administer student survey and reflection tools in Canvas
• Summarize student reflections and analyze responses relative to the language used
• Assist PI in compiling final report

The ideal candidate will have the following skills:
• Currently enrolled in a graduate program (MSc, MA, MEd or PhD) at SFU
• Experience with qualitative data analyses
• Experience with instrument design (e.g. surveys, self-reflections tools)
• Works well independently
• Excellent strong oral and written communication skills
• Ability to undertake literature reviews in discipline
• Skilled in use of Microsoft Office suite.
• Skilled use of NVIVO

Experience and skills that would be an asset:
• Experience with teaching and learning research
• Experience using Canvas quizzes
• Experience with field notetaking and classroom observation

Rate of pay: $20 - $25/hr (incl. vacation and statutory holiday pay, no medical or dental benefits) - based on experience, qualifications and degree program.

Time commitment: 80 to 150 hours; between Summer 2019 and Spring 2020. Possibility of additional hours.

To apply: Applicants should submit: (1) a 1-page cover letter structured to address the qualifications, skills, and role responsibilities as listed above, and (2) a 1-2 page resumé with two references listed. These two items should be organized as one PDF attachment and addressed to Dr. Kathleen Burke, and emailed to Note: Letters of reference will only be requested from short-listed applicants.

Application deadline: April 26, 2019, 4:30 P.M. We appreciate all replies to this position posting, however, we will only contact short-listed applicants.



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