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The School of Social Work relies on the Research Assistant to provide clerical, organizational, and administrative support to faculty members engaging in research.


Commitment to Diversity:  Social work is a profession committed to diversity and the pursuit of equal rights and self-determination for all people.  All employees of the IU School of Social Work must be comfortable working in an environment that upholds these values and must be able to treat all people with respect and dignity, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, socioeconomic class, religion, age, ability, national origin, or status.



  • Experience in organization and good communication. 
  • Working knowledge of computers, databases, and familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite. 
  • Willingness to learn new software, office equipment, and procedures.
  • Skill in operation of basic office equipment.
  • Working knowledge of modern office practices and procedures. 
  • Ability to effectively organize and manage material in support of faculty members’ research.
  • Student must have work-study award
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; solid sense of professionalism



The Research Assistant’s primary responsibility is to assist the faculty with research projects.

  • Organizes library materials and scholarly articles for research project. 
  • Organizes, manages, and stores research materials as directed. 
  • Assists with general administrative tasks in support of research projects.
  • Operates copier, scanner, shredder, and other office machines as directed. 
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor writing summary of research articles, attending zoom meetings. 


Compensation and Hours

  • The pay and hours depend upon the amount of work study money a student receives from Financial Aid, up to $15.00 per hour and 10-15 hours per week. 
  • The School of Social Work is open 9am-5pm Monday – Friday and work hours must be set during these times.
  • Once the student’s work schedule is set, they are expected to work the same days and times each week unless special circumstances require a change; such circumstances must be cleared with the student’s supervisor in advance.


Expected Attire

  • Casual clothes (such as jeans) are acceptable. Avoid revealing and leisure attire. 


Please contact James R. Brown, Associate Professor at IUB at:




Skills/Experience Gained in this role

  • Communicator – the ability to listen, write, and speak effectively. Student will gain skills in communication drafting written materials.  
  • Innovator – the ability to design, plan, organize and implement projects and tasks within a specific timeframe. Student will work on projects to related to research and knowledge-generation. 
  • Problem Solver – the ability to manage multiple assignments and tasks, set priorities, and adapt to changing conditions and work assignments. When supervisor is not available, student will utilize resources as needed and seek support when appropriate.
  • Data Analytics - the ability to extract, interpret, and analyze data to uncover insights and patterns. It includes data collection, cleansing, analysis, and visualization. Using several different data analyses methods to provide evidence-informed decision-making.