We are looking for a part-time research associate to assist on a project entitled "History Education in the Social Movement for Racial Justice" funded by Spencer Foundation. The research associate will work closely with the project's co-PIs, Dr. Rezarta Bilali and Dr. Michelle Twali, in the Department of Applied Psychology, at The Institute of Human Development and Social Change (IHDSC), in Steinhardt.
Description of Project
Scholarship in history education shows that the mainstream narrative of racial struggle in U.S. history textbooks is reductive, inaccurate, and simplistic, in ways that legitimizes the racial status quo. The social movement and racial justice organizations have challenged dominant historical narratives that maintain racial status hierarchy, and advocated a new understanding of history that incorporates the narratives of members of marginalized populations. Using focus group interviews, this project will examine how activists make sense of the history of racial struggle for civil rights, and how this understanding influences their ongoing activism.
Connect with community activist organizations
Prepare and submit IRB proposal
Organize and facilitate focus group interviews
Qualitative analysis of focus group using Nvivo
Build and maintain excel spreadsheets of data for institutional reports.
Ensure integrity, accessibility, and accuracy of reports.
Expectations and Compensation:
This is a part-time position, expected to start immediately and last until December 2023 (extension is possible pending funding).
Approximately 5-10 hours weekly at $25 - $32; weeks may vary depending on analysis and reporting needs. Higher time commitment may be needed during the Summer months.
In compliance with NYC's Pay Transparency Act, hourly range for this position is $25 - $32. New York University considers factors such as (but not limited to) the specific grant funding and the terms of the research grant when extending an offer.
Per NYU's hybrid/remote work policy, this position is expected to be mostly remote, depending on the needs of the project.
Required: Bachelor's degree in a social science field, such as psychology, social work, sociology, education, and related disciplines.
Required: 1 year of research experience.
Combinations of related education and experience may be considered.
Experience with interviewing participants and conducting qualitative analysis.
Some proficiency in qualitative analysis software (e.g., NVivo)
Demonstrated time management and priority setting skills
Demonstrates a high commitment to quality and attention to details
Excellent communication skills
Interest or prior experience in community organizing, racial justice movement activism and advocacy.
Experience in Participatory Action Research.
If interested, please submit a (1) CV or Resume, and (2) a cover letter describing your interest and experience as related to this position. For questions about the position, you can contact Rezarta Bilali, Associate Professor in the Applied Psychology department NYU Steinhardt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Institute of Human Development and Social Change (IHDSC) is a large, interdisciplinary research center at NYU's Steinhardt School that aims to break new ground through support of rigorous research and training across social, behavioral, educational, policy, and health sciences. IHDSC cultivates intellectual community and research-practice-policy partnerships focused on race and inequality, education and child development, health and wellbeing, and legal system involvement. IHDSC brings together over 90 faculty and hundreds of students and staff with the goals of knowledge creation (research), knowledge transmission (education), and knowledge utilization (policy and practice). IHDSC hosts a range of initiatives aimed at catalyzing new programs of multidisciplinary research, linking people across divides to solve social problems, building intellectual community, and disseminating research evidence to policymakers, practitioners, and general audiences.
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