This is a paid position to support social innovation/changemaking research/scholarship programming for the August-May academic year.
POSITION SUMMARY: Research and Scholarship GA
The GAs for Research and Scholarship (R&S) will help design, organize, and contribute to a range of activities to support social innovation/ changemaking research/scholarship and knowledge production. Activities might include: researching, writing, and editing Taylor Provocations (monographs) and other academic and Taylor Center publications; convening and hosting scholars through in-person and remote/virtual Social Innovation Conversations and/or Writing Retreats; and representing Taylor at conferences, plus other activities as needed.
The individual will be part of the Research & Scholarship team at Taylor, contributing to the R&S Programs and activities as seen on the Taylor website: Research and Scholarship – The Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking (tulane.edu). GA’s are expected to meet regularly and coordinate efforts with the R&S team and Taylor team. Location is somewhat flexible: GAs for R&S do not have to be based on the uptown campus.
PERFORMANCE STANDARDS/JOB DUTIES
A GA for R&S will be involved with various activities, to include any or all of the following, depending on the specific activities of the team for the academic year:
- Writing projectson changemaking education, design thinking for social impact, social innovation theories, action research, community-based research, or other topics. Could include developing new projects for diverse academic and non-academic audiences, e.g., Taylor Provocations or journal articles on social innovation topics. Could include communicating for diverse audiences, e.g., write/edit blog posts and other non-academic products.
- Research activities:Supporting activities related to desk review, literature reviews, action research, qualitative, community-engaged, participatory research. This involves leading IRB applications, data management, and managing bibliographies, as well as contributing to proposal and grant applications.
- “Social Innovation Conversations”series: helping organize and host occasional seminars to engage campus & community scholars in discussions around social Innovation, changemaking, and design thinking research, as needed.
- Writing Retreats/Challenges: Organizing and hosting events as needed to support social innovation research and writing efforts and help build a community of scholars.
- Coordinating and collaborating via regular R&S team meetings.
- Other: based on the team, interests and preparation, other activities /duties.
Graduate Assistant in Research & Scholarship (up to 2 positions available)
- Enrolled and in good standing in a degree-bearing graduate program at Tulane for the academic year.
- Interests and exposure to social innovation, design thinking, changemaking or related social impact fields as a research topic.
- Strong writing skills (English).
- Strong analytical skills.
- Self-motivated, highly professional and responsible.
- Doctoral level methods coursework and training (social sciences and/or humanities fields).
- Experience with academic manuscripts and publications.
- Experience in action research, community-engaged or participatory research, and/or developmental evaluation, e.g., outcome-mapping, appreciative enquiry.
- Experience in public speaking and conference presentations.
- Facilitation experience (organizing and hosting events, convenings, seminars for diverse audiences), including for online events (Zoom and other technologies for online facilitation)
- Prior grant-proposal-writing experience for programs or academic research.
- The Graduate Assistant for Research will work an average of 16 hours/week for up to 35 weeks from late August to early-mid May, unless otherwise arranged. Specific hours per week might vary from 10 to 20 hours depending on needs. The maximum total stipend is up to $8400/year (plus fringe)
- Pay rate is $15/hour (same for all graduate students at Taylor).
- Students are also eligible to apply to Taylor student funding for up to $1,500/year.
This GA for R&S will report to the R&S team. Details to be determined case-by-case.
About Tulane University – Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking
The Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking cultivates a diverse learning community of Changemakers who use their skills, humility, expertise, gifts, and power to affirm the humanity of all people in the pursuit of a more just, sustainable, and equitable society. Our university-wide initiatives are globally-aware, community-oriented, and interdisciplinary. Our programs are grounded in the teaching, research, and practices of design thinking, social entrepreneurship, and social innovation.