1453496536_resolutions-19See this post for a Research Assistant Opportunity for Faculty of Arts Students.

Pay: $20.18/hour ($17.85 base plus 4% vacation and 8.7% benefits)

Employment period: May 15 – August 25 (roughly 18-20 hours/week)

This position is funded by a Faculty of Arts / OVPRI Undergraduate Research Opportunities Grant. 


Teaching undergraduate statistics using a community engaged learning approach: A mixed-method evaluation of a course-based project

The purpose of this project is to explore the possibility of community-engaged learning as a strategy to foster student confidence, engagement, and enthusiasm for learning statistics. Community engaged scholarship focuses on connecting post-secondary institutions with communities in a collaborative process to make sense of and address issues relevant to the community (Reynolds, 2009). Community engaged learning (CEL) refers more specifically to pedagogical approaches which rely on mutually-beneficial partnerships between community organizations and students (LaMarre and Hunter, 2013). This project explores the benefits of using a community-engaged learning approach to teaching statistics to social science students. Specifically, this project will produce a detailed evaluation of the experiences of a community-engaged learning initiative which took place in the Winter 2017 term.

Job Description 

The research assistant will be primarily responsible for conducting a systematic literature review, analyzing data from an online survey, coordinating and conducting 2-3 small focus groups, and analyzing the qualitative data from the focus groups. In addition, the research assistant will assist in the preparation of the research ethics protocol, drafting survey questions for the online survey, and authoring small portions of the journal manuscript. The research assistant will meet regularly with the project team (1-2 times each week) to discuss this project, or more often if needed.

Applicants must be current, full-time, undergraduate students. Students who are employed elsewhere as an RA at Ryerson University during the term of employment (i.e. summer 2017) are not eligible to apply. 

Required Skills 

  •  A cumulative GPA of greater than 3.0
  • Strong understanding of research design, research ethics, and qualitative methodologies
  • Strong understanding of univariate and bivariate statistical analysis, as evidenced by successful completion of undergraduate statistics courses
  • Strong organizational skills (project coordination and management)
  • Demonstrated proficiency in oral and written communication

Preferred Skills 

  •  Experience developing online survey
  • Experience working with SPSS software
  • Past experience and familiarity with community engaged learning initiatives offered in the Faculty of Arts at Ryerson University

Applications must include a cover letter, resume, copy of your transcript (unofficial version), and the name and email address for one academic reference (no letter required). Please submit materials electronically to Professor Heather Rollwagen (hrollwagen@ryerson.ca) no later than May 1, 2017.