Winter 2016+ RA Position in the ADVANCE Center for Institutional Change

Application deadline:   November 23, 2015

Department:   ADVANCE Center for Institutional Change/College of Engineering
Date Available:   12/16/2015

General Duties/Description:

The University of Washington’s ADVANCE Center for Institutional Change has an outstanding opportunity for a 50% FTE (20 hours per week) Research Assistant (RA) to assist in developing and implementing an online toolkit to guide others in facilitating and hosting leadership workshops,  evaluating projects (including workshops), and other research duties.  We are seeking a doctoral student interested in issues surrounding the recruitment and retention of women faculty in STEM disciplines, as well as professional leadership development.  Ideally, the Research Assistant will have knowledge of the methods and models for fostering online communities and information exchange, the recruitment and retention of women faculty and/or faculty professional and leadership development.  Ideally, we would like to hire someone for the duration of the 2015-2016 academic year. The position may also be extended for additional year(s) upon consideration by the UW ADVANCE team.

The major duties of this position are to assist the ADVANCE Program/Research Manager with online toolkit content development, evaluation design, data management, analysis, and reporting.  Preferably, the RA should have skills necessary to design research studies to achieve effective program assessment.  In addition, this position has opportunities for some travel and tremendous exposure to campus-wide administration and faculty-at-large.


The basic skills required for this position are:

  • Commitment and interest in working on academic leadership, and with department chairs specifically.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Ability to synthesize quantitative and qualitative information.
  • Ability to work well with a diverse population of faculty, staff and administration.
  • Ability to use computer software (email, word processing, quantitative software, website editors).
  • Experience/or willingness to learn the use of social science methods to identify relevant research questions and appropriate data collection methodology.
  • Experience/or willingness to learn the use of social science methods to guide quantitative research studies which can be used to assess program effectiveness.
  • Experience/or willingness to learn content strategies skills and information architecture.
  • Experience/or willingness to learn the design and maintenance of websites.
  • Experience using federal, state, and institutional or other large databases.
  • Demonstrated ability in preparing presentations, writing reports, and other publishable materials.
  • Ability to assist the Program/Research Manager in ensuring the quality and timeliness of documents.
  • Ability to work independently.
    Currently registered UW doctoral student in good standing and eligibility to hold a Graduate Research Assistantship.

Desired skills:

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint strongly preferred.


  • Salary and benefits will be paid according to the University of Washington Graduate Salary Schedule for Research Assistants/Associates.

How to Apply:

E-mail Alexis Nelson, ADVANCE Program Operations Specialist, by Monday, November 23, 2015 at with the following files:

  1. An application letter in which you state your academic program, where you are at in your course of study (i.e., when will you be finishing your academic program), and your qualifications and interest in the position.
  2. Your resume.

Application inquiries may be made with:

Alexis Nelson, ADVANCE Program Operations Specialist, at or 206.543.4215.