Spring & Summer 2015 RA Position in the College of Education

Application deadline:  February 20, 2015
Notification Deadline: 02/27/2015
Start Date: March 16, 2015

25% FTE Spring Quarter 2015

Basic Function
INSPIRE is seeking a research assistant to help collect data for the spring quarter and analyze data in the summer. We are conducting research in Federal Way schools and need assistance collecting and analyzing data. While this position is for spring quarter 2015, there is the possibility of 100 hours of summer work (cleaning and analyzing data).

General Information
This qualitative analysis investigates the instructional leadership practices of school principals and coaches that are aiming for instructional improvement in mathematics instruction. Using observations, interviews, and artifact analysis, we will examine the leadership practices, norms, and routines established by leaders to support teacher learning. We aim to contribute to the development of a theory of leadership for instructional improvement, elaborating specifically on what instructional leaders need to know and be able to organize their schools for learning.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities

Spring Quarter [0.25 FTE]

  • Collect data
    • Travel to research sites in Federal Way (and sometimes in Seattle) to videotape professional development, conduct interviews, observe school leaders and take field notes
    • Systematically keep track of data, provide ready access to data for the faculty researchers
    • Maintain accurate records, safeguard the confidentiality of subjects
  • Prepare materials for submission to granting agencies and foundations
  • Prepare materials for UW Human Subjects Committee review
  • Request or acquire equipment or supplies necessary for the project
  • Manage and respond to project related email
  • Attend project meetings
  • Prepare progress reports for the PI and funding agency

Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned by researchers. Concerns about any additional responsibilities should be discussed first with the supervisor (Jessica Rigby).

General Qualifications
Must be a UW graduate student enrolled in 10 credits per quarter of employment.
In general preference will be given to applicants in each category who exhibit the following qualifications, as evidenced in their letter of application, transcripts of past coursework and prior work experiences.

Applicant must be enrolled in either a doctoral or master’s degree program in education.

Work Experience:
The position requires

  • Experience working in an educational organization (school, university, non-profit)
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Knowledge of or experience with professional learning programs for teachers
  • Experience with audio visual equipment
  • Well organized
  • Comfortable taking initiative

Other preferred attributes to be assessed during the application/ interview process include:

  • Experience as a teacher or administrator in a school setting
  • Experience working at a start-up organization (non-profit or for profit)


Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with academic standing, qualifications, and experience.

How to Apply

Prepare a one-page cover letter describing:

  • Why you are interested in this project
  • How the project relates to your research/career goals
  • Your applicable background skills and knowledge (including coursework that may support this kind of research)
  • Your other time commitments in Spring quarter and summer

In addition, attach 1) related transcripts, 2) your resume or CV, and 3) list a faculty member who will serve as your reference. Send to: Jessica Rigby (jrigby@uw.edu) by February 20th.

Application inquiries may be made to:

Jessica Rigby: jrigby@uw.edu