Winter-Spring 2016 RA Position in the Center for the Study of Teaching and Policy

Application deadline:   December 16, 2015
Notification deadline:   December 23, 2015

The College of Education 
Center for the Study of Teaching and Policy is seeking a Graduate Research Assistant
 (RA position @ 50% FTE) for Winter and Spring Quarters 2016.

General Information:

The Center for the Study of Teaching and Policy (CTP) investigates efforts to improve the quality of teaching and learning, the teacher workforce, and the systems of support for teachers’ and principals’ work, in various contexts and at multiple levels of the K-12 educational system. To that end, Center researchers identify ways that policy actions, leadership, and reform efforts guide, direct, and support teaching and learning, thereby informing and enhancing the quality of learning opportunities for students.

The Center has a two-quarter RA position open (winter and spring 2016) to support an ongoing study of Washington’s teacher and principal evaluation system (the appointment has the potential to be extended beyond this academic year). This position would support the analysis of interview data, collection of quantitative data regarding the educator evaluation system, and analysis of policy documents related to the use of professional development resources to support the teacher evaluation.

Basic Function:

Assist as a member of a research team investigating the implementation of Washington’s revised teacher and principal evaluation system (TPEP). We are seeking a graduate student with strong mixed-methods training and experience (both qualitative and quantitative skills) to help with qualitative interviews and statistical analyses of data from a variety of sources.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist with compilation of data from large datasets
  • Analyze data from various sources (both qualitative and quantitative)
  • Assist in the preparation of written reports and literature reviews
  • Collaborate as a member of the research team

General Qualifications:

  • Training in both qualitative and quantitative methods
  • Aptitude and interest in working on a mixed-methods study
  • Competency in the use of SPSS, Access, SAS or STATA, or other similar data analysis software, 
and familiarity with Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint
  • Organizational skills in managing large amounts of data, particularly electronic files
  • Facility in literature search and preparation of documents
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written
  • Ability to manage time, balance multiple project activities and meet deadlines, as well as 
flexibility to coordinate with other team members and engage in collaborative work
  • An interest in K-12 education policies
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Must be a UW graduate student enrolled in 10 credits per quarter of employment.

In general preference will be given to applicants who exhibit these qualifications, as evidenced in their letter of application, transcripts of past coursework and prior work experiences.


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 send a cover letter detailing past work experiences, vita, and writing sample to: Dr. Ana Elfers at aelfers @

Review of applications will begin immediately. Application inquiries may be made to Dr. Elfers.