August 16, 2021

Closed - RA Opportunity: Who Cares? Student-Instructor Relationalities in Remote Learning Through An Ethic of Care Pedagogy

August 16, 2021

The Simon Fraser University Institute for the Study of Teaching and Learning in the Disciplines invites applications for a Research Assistant for the Teaching and Learning Development Grant project, Who Cares? Student-Instructor Relationalities in Remote Learning Through An Ethic of Care Pedagogy, to begin October 1, 2021, or earlier.

After the abrupt pivot into online teaching spaces due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I became stretched as an instructor to develop practical ways of demonstrating care to my students and to myself in a remote learning environment.  Inspired by a feminist ethic of care, which identifies five ethical qualities: attentiveness, responsibility, responsiveness, competence, and solidarity (Tronto, 2013), the purpose of this project is to a) determine what kinds of caring elements and practices can be built into remotely-delivered courses; and b) measure their impact on student learning.

Research assistant responsibilities include:

  • Undertaking literature reviews pertinent to the project;
  • Assisting in survey and interview question design;
  • Conducting recorded semi-structured focus group interviews with participants;
  • Transcribing and cleaning interview data;
  • Assisting in data analysis and write up; and
  • Attending regular meetings with the project lead in a virtual meeting environment, (e.g., Zoom).

Required qualifications, skills, and experience:

  • Currently enrolled as a student at SFU;
  • Experience conducting literature reviews;
  • Experience in research instrument design such as creating surveys, interview protocols, and interview questions;
  • Experience coordinating, conducting, recording and transcribing interviews;
  • Expertise with analyzing and summarizing data (including survey data);
  • Strong interest in improving online learning in a higher education setting;
  • Time to commit to the project (5 to 10 hours per week);
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including strong oral and written communication skills; and
  • Experience in academic writing as demonstrated in assessments or previous projects.

Additional experience or skills that would be considered an asset:

  • Conducted / participated in research project(s)
  • Wrote / published research papers
  • Knowledge in quantitative and qualitative research
  • Strong desire to learn more about educational research

Rate of pay: $22-$26/hr (including vacation and statutory holiday pay, no medical or dental benefits) based on experience.

Duration and time commitment: Fall 2021 semester: October 2021 to January 2022 (up to 70 hours) // May - August 2022 (up to 100 hours)

To apply: Applicants should submit: including (1) a 1-page cover letter highlighting qualifications, skills, role responsibilities, and previous applicable experience as listed above, (2) a 1-2 page resume. These two items should be organized as one PDF attachment and addressed to Dr. Leanne Roderick, and emailed to, with the subject header: TLDG RA Position.

Note: References will only be requested from short-listed applicants.

Application deadline: Friday, September 10, 2021, 4:00 PM. We appreciate all replies to this posting; however, we will only contact short-listed applicants.

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