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The New Humanities Lab Research Assistant - CEA

DUE is home to IEL which is sponsoring these types of positions across campus. This specific position is part of the Community Engagement Associates program in which students work in a specific department on campus to support campus and community engagement initiatives. You will see more information on the specific job and department below.

Overview of department:
The New Humanities Lab is a partnership between the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute and the Institute for Engaged Learning. It supports high-impact learning in the humanities at IUPUI by embedding students in team-based, community engaged research projects.

Project summary:
The New Humanities Lab at the IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute is looking for students in the social sciences and humanities to join one or more of our research teams. Our current projects study the diverse lived experiences of COVID-19, and our focus during the 2021-22 academic year will be on health equity. New Humanities Lab research assistants work as part of a faculty-mentored research team to conduct and support research while gaining research skills that can be applied to their college coursework and future careers. Research assistants will learn a variety of skills including digital curation, oral history, developing online exhibitions, podcasting, community engaged research, and project design and planning. Additionally, research assistants will have the opportunity to publish research as co-authors. 

Specific tasks that the community engagement associate will complete: 
Duties of the position typically include the following:
  1. Maintain communication with faculty/staff mentor and other applicable constituents via email and electronic invitations.
  2. Refer any concerns to the appropriate people as they arise
  3. The ideal team member will be a highly organized self-starter, able to work independently as well as collaboratively with a diverse group of students, staff, faculty, and community members. The applicant will also: Have excellent written and verbal communication skills and attention to detail. Be motivated to work in a highly collaborative research environment. Be effective at time management and prioritization. Have an interest in learning new skills and applying these skills in a publicly facing research environment
  4. Provide research assistance as outlined by the specific research project assigned; for example: Assist with data collection and data analysis. Assist with implementation of research and evaluation instruments such as surveys and focus groups. Conduct literature reviews. Develop research findings into viewable presentations or infographics, etc.. Meet regularly with your faculty/staff mentor (per a decided upon schedule) to check in and discuss your progress     
  5. Complete research reports by their deadlines
  6. Work with a mentor(s) and project team to present research findings at the IUPUI Engaged Learning Showcase and include their work in an ePortfolio

Specific qualifications (knowledge, skills, class standing, etc) we desire the project coordinator to have:
  • Must be an undergraduate student
  • Must be enrolled full time at IUPUI
  • Must be eligible for employment at IUPUI
  • Be committed to equity, access, and inclusion as it relates to working with IUPUI students and community partners
  • Have at least a 3.2 GPA

What you can expect to learn and strengthen:

  1. A broad understanding of various types of research and research methods and skills
  2. Skills for collaborating with others, including others with different lifestyles and perspectives than you, towards a shared goal
  3. Oral and written communication skills
  4. Critical thinking and problem solving skills

Application Directions:
By submitting your application, you are stating you meet the basic requirements to become a New Humanities Lab Research Assistant and that you understand this is a 24-WEEK LONG COMMITMENT with the option to extend/renew based upon performance reviews.