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Gain Experience as a Research Assistant Working on an IMLS Grant! Applications due Nov. 10!

October 25, 2019

Gain practical hands-on experience during graduate school while contributing to an exciting research project.

Faculty member, Dr. Chris D'Arpa, is seeking to hire a graduate student research assistant (RA) for Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 semesters to work with her on a grant-funded project related to public libraries and community health and wellness programming. The focus will be on a set of small or rural public libraries in Michigan. For more about the grant please see the information here, search for LG-18-19-0015-19.

The RA will work up to 10 hours per week, for a total of no more than 300 hours during the Fall and Winter semesters. Given the late start funding will likely extend into the Spring/Summer session. The hourly rate for this position is $15.00.

Please see below for the job responsibilities and required qualifications. The RA does not need to be in the Detroit area but must be available to meet with me once a week and attend meetings with the research team once a month using video and audio.

To apply, please email Dr. D'Arpa ( a current CV, with a brief description of the course work and projects you have completed. Qualified applicants will be contacted for interviews. The applications are due by the end of the day Sunday, November 10, 2019.

Skills and Responsibilities:

Typical responsibilities will include the following:

  • Complete the CITI training for Wayne State IRB
  • Work with quantitative and qualitative research data
  • Handle confidential data with integrity
  • In addition, the following tasks may be assigned:

  • Conduct literature reviews and create annotated bibliographies
  • Facilitate gathering of materials and data related to the project research
  • Transcribe interviews with the aid of computer software
  • Prepare tables, graphs, fact sheets, and written reports summarizing research results
  • Other job-related duties as assigned
  • Qualifications:

    Required abilities and dispositions:

  • Current graduate student enrolled and in good standing in the School of Information Sciences or other graduate program at Wayne State University. The RA must have a strong interest in public libraries.
  • High personal motivation, self-management, and detail-orientation with strong organizational skills
  • Ability to take responsibility in meeting deadlines and making progress without direct supervision.
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills.
  • Willingness to learn new software, research methods, and work routines quickly.