Research Assistant (SoTL Specialist) Opportunity – EXTENDED

Job Description:

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is a growing field in post-secondary education that uses systematic, deliberate and methodological inquiry into teaching (behaviors/practices, attitudes, and values) in order to improve student learning (Potter & Kustra, 2011).

SoTL Specialists work closely with faculty members from all disciplines on teaching and learning evaluation projects. These projects are managed and supported by the Institute of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISoTL) as part of the SoTL Seed program, and focus on evaluating innovative pedagogies and learning technologies. Example projects can be found here:

This position is ideally suited for current UBCO graduate students who are interested in higher education and in developing skills in: applied educational research, analysis/interpretation of educational evidence and data, research design, higher education, and collaboration.

Perspectives from former SoTL Specialists can be found here:

Each Specialist is assigned 2-5 projects, where they support all elements of the research process. This role involves consulting and collaborating with faculty on:

  • Designing evaluation and/or research plans
  • Preparation of ethics proposals
  • Data collection (e.g., surveys, focus groups, interviews)
  • Quantitative and qualitative data analysis

The position requires a high degree of ability to work independently, lead projects, and manage problem solving in complex environments. The work is highly collaborative in nature, working within a team of graduate students and with faculty members. Thus, it requires superb
communication and teamwork skills.

A typical project takes 1-2 years. SoTL Specialists are expected to contribute expertise in research design, data collection, and analysis (often using social science and/or behavioral research methods) to complement faculty expertise in their own discipline and disciplinary teaching practices.

Qualifications – Ideal candidates are UBCO graduate students with knowledge of qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Students would also have familiarity with the research process (e.g., ethics, data handling, etc.). Experience in conducting research with human subjects is an asset.

While training will be provided, the ideal candidate will have a strong background in mixed methods research design and methodology either through prior involvement in research projects, or upper level research methodology coursework.

We place a great value on the following attributes:

  • A keen interest in teaching and learning in higher education
  • A mature ability to work collegially with faculty members
  • Strong teamwork and collaboration skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • An ability to meet and coordinate deadlines
  • Significant time remaining at UBC as a graduate student (2-3 years)

Experience Level – Current students registered in a relevant UBCO graduate program are welcome to apply.

Preferred Degrees/ Disciplines – Education; Behavioral Sciences; Psychology; Data and Information Sciences; Social Sciences.

Deadline – All applications for this position are due March 31, 2023.

How to Apply – Please submit your application to Adriana Briseño-Garzón, in a single email with the subject heading: “SoTL Specialist application – NAME” (first and last name) and attach your CV, a brief cover letter (MAXIMUM 1,000 words), and the name of two references.

The cover letter should address the following three points:

  1. Why you are interested in the position and what you hope to learn and/or gain
  2. How you meet the qualifications specified above
  3. Your current student status at UBC (i.e., what you are studying, estimated time to completion of
    your degree)

Contact – For any inquiries or for more information about this opportunity, please email Dr. Adriana Briseño-Garzón.

Hours and Pay – This job requires 6-12 hours per week. The pay is $32.66 per hour.