Winter-Spring 2016 RA Position in the College of Education

Application deadline:   October 23, 2015

Notification Deadline: October 30, 2015
Start Date: January 1, 2016
Available positions: One 50% FTE Position or two 25% Positions

Basic Function:

The College of Education’s Friends Helping Friends Project is seeking one research assistant for 20 hours a week or two research assistants for 10 hours a week to interview and survey adolescents about how friends support each other after one has experienced bullying or ethnic discrimination.
Additional work during summer quarter is a possibility if desired.

General Information:

This mixed methods study examines how friends influence vengeful and conciliatory responses to identity threats. Cultural norms regarding revenge and reciprocity, and the links between friend support, self-identity, and school adjustment are also explored in a multi-ethnic sample. The National Institute of Justice is providing support as part of their Comprehensive School Safety Initiative. The investigators seek to contribute to theory regarding peer and cultural influences, and to improve educator understanding of and ability to work with students of diverse cultures.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Data Collection
    • Travel to research sites, primarily south Seattle, to recruit and interview high school and middle school students
    • Establish cordial and professional relationships with collaborating partners in schools and other community settings to facilitate access to participating students
    • Safeguard participant confidentiality in speech and handling of data
    • Strictly adhere to ethical and consistent scientific procedures
    • Deliver data, consent forms, and financial records in a timely manner
  • Manage and respond to project-related email
  • Attend project meetings
  • May collaborate in writing scientific manuscripts if desired
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the PI

General Qualifications:
Must be a UW graduate student enrolled in 10 credits per quarter of employment.
In addition, candidates must be available at lunch time and after school for at least two days of the week, preferably three. Candidates must supply own transportation.
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.

Education: Applicant must be enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program in the social sciences or education. Coursework related to adolescent development, aggression and reconciliation, or social equity will be useful.

Work Experience:

  • The position requires
  • Ability to quickly establish a positive social connection with adolescents and adults
  • Respect for and enjoyment of adolescents
  • Social initiative
  • Experience working with members of underserved communities
  • Strict attention to procedural detail and ethical requirements
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Well organized
  • Valid driver’s license

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

  • Experience in educational settings
  • Experience with qualitative and quantitative research methodologies
  • Familiarity with STATA and SPSS

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

This job classification is governed by a negotiated labor contract and is subject to union shop provisions. For more information about union shop provisions, visit:

How to Apply:
Please prepare a one-page letter describing:

  • Why you are interested in this project
  • Relevant experience and skills
  • Your other time commitments for Winter and Spring quarters

Please attach 1) your resume or CV, 2) transcript, and 3) a faculty member who will serve as a reference.
Send to Dr. Karin S. Frey,
Application inquiries may be made to: Same as above.