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Graduate Assistantships

The College of Education at the University of South Carolina-Columbia is seeking highly-qualified applicants for these positions.

Open Positions

Assistantship Category:

Graduate Research Assistant

 

Designated Unit/Center/Project:

Child Development Research Center

 

Immediate Supervisor:

Kate Ascetta

 

Position Description:

Under direct supervision, the graduate research assistant will provide research support for the Mix EC:Multi-Systems Inclusion Expansion for Early Childhood housed in the College of Education. Gathers and compiles project related data. Conducts literature searches and formulates project related research briefs to inform the design and delivery of services.

 

Salary (state whether inclusive or exclusive of tuition supplement):

up to $7,500 per semester + $5,000 tuition supplement

 

Hours/week (10 – 20):

15-20

 

Required availability beyond standard business hours (if yes, describe evening and/or weekend obligations):

Not likely given we are working mostly with early care and education settings. There may be occasional meetings that occur beyond the standard business day.

 

Travel required (if yes, describe nature and frequency):

Yes, travel may be required as the research continues. We will likely be going out into early care and education settings to collaborate with community partners.

 

Required on-campus hours (if yes, describe whether all or some hours must be completed on-campus):

Yes, the GRA would need to be available for possible in-person meetings.

 

Equipment to be assigned (desktop/laptop computer, etc):

Laptop

 

Assigned Office Space (if any):

None

 

Minimum required qualifications:

Must be a UofSC graduate student who is highly motivated, organized and detail-oriented.

 

Preferred qualifications:

Preference will be given to those interested in working with early childhood, preschool inclusion, and/or special education. 

Competencies to be reviewed

  • Gather data using a variety of assessment tools (e.g., Survey Monkey, behavioral observation forms, group interviews, etc.) the graduate research assistant will assist in the design and collection of implementation data as part of the iterative process to inform the implementation of the services delivered as part of the PD Grant.

  • Compiles data –once data is gathered graduate assistant will be required to clean, organize and prepare data for analysis using EXCEL or SPSS. The compilation of data will enable the Co-PIs to assess the effectiveness of the services delivered as a result of the PD Grant (e.g., Special Education Itinerant Teacher Academy, Behavior Support Specialist Network, etc.). The data will be used to formulate research briefs and drive an iterative evaluation process. The compilation of data will occur under the guidance of the Co-PIs.

  • Formulates research briefs using the analyzed data.

  • Assist in miscellaneous tasks related to the design, implementation and evaluations of services delivered. As part of the iterative process new tasks will emerge as modifications are made to the services delivered. Under the guidance of the Co-PIs the research assistant will be asked to support ongoing research tasks (e.g., creating new surveys, designing recruitment flyers, setting up meetings, etc.).

  • Conducts literature searches –periodically the research assistant will be asked to conduct a literature search. Using the library databases, and topic guidance from the Co-PIs, the research assistant will search and compile literature reviews.  

  • Analyze data -Given the methodological skills of the research assistant they may be required to assist in the qualitative and/or quantitative analysis of gathered data. This duty will only be required if the research assistant has the necessary skills at the time of hire. 

Assistantship Category:

Graduate Research Assistant

 

Designated Unit/Center/Project:

Child Development Research Center

 

Immediate Supervisor:

Vasanthi Rao

 

Position Description:

Collaborate with other members of the Child Care Research Team on a range of child care research and program effectiveness projects. Activities include but are not limited to: managing data, running statistical analyses, conducting literature searches and presenting  information to the group about Child Care Policy news and research. The GA will have the opportunity to apply skills and expertise to compile reports, produce White Papers and/or research articles, and interact with child care stakeholders in the state.

 

Salary (state whether inclusive or exclusive of tuition supplement):

$15/hr + $5,000 tuition/semester

 

Hours/week (10 – 20):

20

 

Required availability beyond standard business hours (if yes, describe evening and/or weekend obligations):

None

 

Travel required (if yes, describe nature and frequency):

None

 

Required on-campus hours (if yes, describe whether all or some hours must be completed on-campus):

None during pandemic

 

Equipment to be assigned (desktop/laptop computer, etc):

None

 

Assigned Office Space (if any):

None

 

Minimum required qualifications:

  • Use of statistical analysis packages such as SAS
  • Data management skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills

 

Preferred qualifications:

  • Background or interest in early childhood education
  • Background or interest in special education

 

Competencies to be reviewed

  • Communication skills (e.g., e-mail and other written and oral communications)
  • Initiative (e.g., initiating new project directions or ideas independently)
  • Leadership (e.g., listening and asking questions, empathy, leading others by example)
  • Decision Making (e.g., weighing in on decisions with available knowledge)
  • Strategic Planning (e.g., planning to complete a task, accountability to self and others, problem-solving, organization, and adapting to change)

Assistantship Category:

Graduate Staff Assistantship

 

Designated Unit/Center/Project:

Instruction and Teacher Education

 

Immediate Supervisor:

Sean P. Yee

 

Position Description:

This position is to help meet the expectations of our College Mathematics Instructor Preparation Project Grant (NSF # 2020952) where we look to generate, administer, analyze, and follow up on 3-4 surveys among multiple universities. This project will be funded for three years, and we are looking to have a graduate research assistant start work during the Spring of 2021. We would prefer someone who is available to continue working with the project and is aware of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion issues (JEDI) in education and has experience with surveys.

 

Salary (state whether inclusive or exclusive of tuition supplement):

$3500 not including tuition

 

Hours/week (10 – 20):

8-10

 

Required availability beyond standard business hours (if yes, describe evening and/or weekend obligations):

Standard Business Hours are acceptable.

 

Travel required (if yes, describe nature and frequency):

None, meetings will be virtual as will be content.

 

Required on-campus hours (if yes, describe whether all or some hours must be completed on-campus):

None

 

Equipment to be assigned (desktop/laptop computer, etc):

None

 

Assigned Office Space (if any):

None

 

Minimum required qualifications:

  • Needs to be fluent with google education including: Google email, Google Drive, Google Classrooms, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Forms, Google Slides.

  • Needs to be proficient with survey systems such as Qualtrics, Survey Monkey, and Google Forms.

  • Needs to be comfortable calling multiple other university departments and following-up on survey information.

  • Needs to have experience with composing survey questions and analyzing survey responses.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Prefer someone who has experience with Qualtrics and other online survey systems, as well as someone who has experience wording, writing, and analyzing surveys.

  • Preferred quantitative analysis should include central tendencies, analysis of variance, and correlation matrices.

  • Preferred qualitative analyses should be inductive coding with an understanding of themes and coding schemes.

  • Importantly, we are looking for someone who can provide a social justice and equity lens on the survey generation and analysis.

  • We are excited to publish these results in books, journals and practitioner websites, so a graduate student interested in publications would also be ideal.

 

Competencies to be reviewed

We will review your competencies with:

  1. The Google Cloud (described above)
  2. Survey Writing, Collection, and Analysis
  3. Quantitative Analysis: Central tendencies, variance, and correlations
  4. Qualitative Analysis: basic coding and theming
  5. An understanding of social justice and equity, preferably through the mathematics education lens.

Assistantship Category:
Graduate Staff Assistantship

 

Designated Unit/Center/Project:
ITE- School Science and Mathematics Editorial Assistant

 

Immediate Supervisor:
Bridget Miller and Christie Martin

 

Position Description:
Co-Editors Martin and Miller are seeking and editorial assistance for the international journal, School Science and Mathematics. The Editorial assistant’s role will to be to support the Co-editors in editing all accepted submissions for APA formatting, as well as pre-screening all submissions to ensure they meet journal criteria, prior to going out for peer review. Those applying need strong experience and knowledge of APA.

 

Salary (state whether inclusive or exclusive of tuition supplement): $20,000 a year, no tuition supplement

 

Hours/week (10 – 20):
15

 

Required availability beyond standard business hours (if yes, describe evening and/or weekend obligations):
NA

 

Travel required (if yes, describe nature and frequency):
NA

 

Required on-campus hours (if yes, describe whether all or some hours must be completed on-campus):
NA

 

Assigned Office Space (if any):
Space for the SSM Editorial office will be established.

 

Minimum required qualifications:

  • High quality of academic writing
  • Strong understanding and knowledge with APA

 

Competencies to be reviewed

Core functions of the Editorial Assistant include:

  • Editing manuscripts for APA
  • Ensuring manuscripts meet submission criteria (length, font etc.)
  • Assisting Co-editors in management of the journal submission site on Wiley
  • Assisting in monitoring and upkeep of soliciting the journal on social media platforms

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