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University of Guelph Community Needs Assessment Survey: Graduate Student Research Support Opportunity

The University of Guelph is conducting a needs assessment around experiential learning partnerships to learn more about associated benefits and challenges as they are experienced by external community partners, how we may better partner to increase community benefits and impacts, and how to best expand experiential learning opportunities for students based on emerging policies from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD).

The needs assessment is comprised of an online survey which has been created by staff from the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute (CESI) and Student Life and will be distributed on behalf of the University of Guelph to community between March and April 2018. CESI and Student Life staff are looking for two graduate students to complete qualitative analyses for the survey data along with some basic quantitative analyses that may also be required.

Along with the analyses, the students would also be asked to complete:

1. A brief written summary of the analyses in conjunction with CESI and Student Life staff members
2. Attend an in-person event on June 6, 2018 which brings community partners together to discuss the results of the needs assessment survey.
3. Compile a brief written summary of community discussions from the June 6, 2018 event.

The graduate student researchers will be asked to work along the following schedule to produce the key deliverables (with some flexibility):

• April 10th -24th: 50-60 hours total for qualitative and some basic quantitative analyses of survey findings (average of 15 hours per week per student)
• April 25th -May 8th: 20 hours total dedicated to a writing a summary of survey findings
• June 7th -30th: 20 hours total to attend and produce a final written summary of discussions at the June 6, 2018 community event

A total of ~100 hours of work is expected between the two graduate student researchers for this project. For this role we are seeking two graduate students who have strong experience analyzing qualitative data. Experience with N-vivo and/or other qualitative analysis software is required. Basic quantitative analysis experience is an asset. Experience writing academic and/or plain language research reports is required. Knowledge of experiential learning partnerships is an asset but not required. This is a paid position: the rate for PhD students is $25.00/hour and the rate for masters students is $22.50/hour.

The deadline for applications is Friday, March 30th at 11:59pm.

Please send completed applications, including a cover letter and CV, to Lindsey Thomson, Manager of Community Engaged Learning, Community Engaged Scholarship Institute at lthoms03@uoguelph.ca.