2015-2016 RA Position in the Graduate School

Application deadline:   July 24, 2015 (by noon)

The Graduate School is the leading advocate for diversity in graduate education at the University of Washington. The Graduate School, in collaboration with GO-MAP, as well as individual programs, departments, colleges and schools, provides important services to approximately 14,000 graduate students across the university’s three campuses that support academic excellence as well as the inclusion of diverse and underrepresented students.

We have an outstanding opportunity for a part-time 50% FTE Graduate School Research Assistant to work closely to support the Associate Dean of Diversity and Student Affairs in developing, planning, organizing and implementing a new lecture series comprised of three one-unit non-sequential courses that will be offered in the Fall, Winter and Spring quarters for the academic year 2015-2016. Each course will focus on a different theme: oppression, transgressions and microaggressions. The format of each course includes guest speakers from UW faculty and community leaders and small group facilitated discussions on alternate weeks.

This position provides a wonderful opportunity to receive mentorship in curriculum development and to contribute to new curricular efforts to deepen conversations and engagement regarding diversity and inclusion across identities including race, gender, sexual orientation, religion and ability.

Significant components of the position of Research Assistant are to collaborate with the Associate Dean in:

  1. developing and planning the content and processes of the course sequence
  2. conducting and synthesizing literature reviews relevant to course themes
  3. organizing and coordinating the logistics for each of these one-unit courses with regards to faculty and community speakers and their schedules
  4. securing campus spaces for the small discussion groups
  5. scheduling the facilitators of the bi-weekly discussion groups
  6. facilitating communication and messaging with stakeholders

The Research Assistant provides creative and generative contributions, leadership and support to developing, planning and implementing this new series of courses for graduate students across disciplines.  The RA works collaboratively with the Associate Dean to plan and implement learning experiences and courses that are responsive to inclusive pedagogy, critical inquiry, and engagement of the identified course themes.  The RA builds relationships with existing key Graduate School programs, including Core Programs, GO-MAP, and the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL).

Duties & Responsibilities:

The position of Research Assistant is part-time .50% FTE for a ten month appointment beginning August 1, 2015.

The Research Assistant’s responsibilities include collaborating with the Associate Dean to carry out responsibilities and activities in planning, developing, organizing and teaching a new year-long lecture series and providing administrative support.  The series is comprised of three one-unit non-sequential courses that will be offered in the Fall, Winter and Spring quarters for the academic year 2015-2016.  Each course will focus on a different theme: oppression, transgressions and microaggressions.

Responsibilities of the Research Assistant include:

  • Meeting regularly with the Associate Dean to plan the course sequence responsive to inclusive pedagogy, critical inquiry and engagement
  • Conducting and synthesizing literature reviews relevant to course themes
  • Organizing and coordinating the logistics for each of these one-unit courses with regards to faculty and community speakers and their schedules
  • Securing campus spaces for the small discussion groups
  • Scheduling the training of facilitators of the discussion groups
  • Scheduling the facilitators of the bi-weekly discussion groups
  • Facilitating communication and messaging with stakeholders
  • Development of marketing materials and promotion of course to graduate students
  • Participating in various meetings and activities towards fulfilling the specified responsibilities
  • Scheduling of meetings and facilitation of communication with leadership, faculty, diversity communities, members of GO-MAP’s Faculty and Staff Advisory Board as well as Graduate School Diversity Committee, GPSS leaders, graduate students and community stakeholders, and safeguarding and maintaining pertinent documentation
  • Evaluating processes engaged in the development of courses

Requirements:

  • Must be a current and enrolled graduate student at the University of Washington
  • Must demonstrate a teaching philosophy and an openness to new approaches to learning and teaching
  • Must demonstrate a familiarity with and commitment to inclusive pedagogy
  • Must possess excellent oral and written communication skills and an ability to work collaboratively with UW constituents at every level
  • Must be highly organized, able to work independently and able  maintain and safeguard confidential      communication and documentation
  • Must demonstrate strong experience and ability to work with diverse populations
  • Must have good computer technology experience and skills

To apply for this position of Graduate School Research Assistant, please submit the following materials to Gino Aisenberg, The Graduate School, Associate Dean for Diversity and Student Affairs.

1.  Cover Letter (2-3 pages)

It should include and address:

  • your interest and qualifications for this position
  • your present status in your program of study
  • your time availability to fulfill the responsibilities of this position
  • your experience in engaging/working with diverse populations relevant to this position
  • your perspective of the course series’ potential benefits for graduate students and UW
  • names of two references with their position titles and contact information

2.  Current CV or Resume

3.  Sample of demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion (e.g. writing sample of your work; list of work experience or volunteer experience)

All materials should be emailed to: ginoa@uw.edu no later than Noon, July 24, 2015.

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