Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Research Assistant (SoTL RA)
HOURS PER WEEK 6-12 SALARY / WAGE 29.57
NUMBER OF OPENINGS 3
The term Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) refers to systematic inquiry into teaching
and learning, and has several parallels with other forms of applied education research such as
Action Research. SoTL projects often research different aspects of evidence-based pedagogies or
the use of novel technologies in higher education.
We are looking for SoTL Research Assistants to support research projects across UBC. The SoTL RA
will work with UBC faculty members to design, implement, analyze, and write up their SoTL
projects. The focus of the work is on evaluating and researching the novel pedagogies, rather than
designing the pedagogies themselves. The SoTL RA is expected to bring to the project her or his
expertise in educational research, which will supplement the faculty member’s expertise. Each
SoTL RA will support several related projects concurrently, most of which are recipients of the
SoTL Seed Research Fund. Example projects can be found here: http://ctlt.ubc.ca/about-
In addition to working closely with faculty members, the SoTL RA will be part of the Institute for
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISoTL) team. The SoTL RAs will receive training and support
from the Senior Manager, Research and Evaluation at the Centre for Teaching, Learning, and
Technology. The SoTL RAs will work together as a cohort, supporting each other and facilitating
transfer across projects and faculties.
Examples for tasks that will be led by the SoTL RA include operationalizing research questions,
formulating an evaluation plan, designing relevant instruments, submitting BREB applications,
collecting and interpreting data, and disseminating findings. The work is likely to result in
scholarly publications and may include presentations. Notably, most projects are multidisciplinary
and require diverse expertise, and work on them is done in teams.
Benefits to students are numerous, on top of salary. First and foremost, students will engage in
applied, valuable, and authentic research. Students will also develop expertise in a variety of
research methodologies and become familiar with a wide range of research contexts and
approaches. Lastly, there may be an opportunity to build on projects and partnerships to advance
the students’ own research agenda.
The student should be experienced and proficient in at least two of the following topics:
• Ethics, BREB.
• Survey design and analysis.
• Experimental design, assessment design, and analysis.
• Interviews and focus groups.
• Verbal protocol analysis and think-aloud protocols.
• Basic statistics (t-test, ANOVA, Cronbach-α, etc).
• Advanced statistical methods (HLM, exploratory factor analysis, etc).
• Analytics and databases.
The following qualifications are also required:
• Proven ability to collaborate with others and work productively in groups.
• Curiosity to learn and ability to improve based on feedback.
• Critical thinking.
• Ability to work independently, including the ability to set goals and deliverables, establish and
meet timelines, and evaluate own progress and adjust processes as necessary.
• Ability to handle complex tasks and bring them to successful completion.
• Reliability and diligence
Knowledge in a disciplinary domain outside education (such as in the Arts or the Sciences) is an
The required time investment is somewhat flexible and will vary based on the phase of the project
and student availability. A longer horizon at UBC (2-3 years) is an advantage.
Deadline for application is August 30th. Applicants who meet the qualifications will hear back
from us by September 3rd and will be invited for an interview.
Education, Training and Teaching
On-Campus (UBC Vancouver) Job
Current Students in a Masters Program, Current Students in a Phd Program
Dr. Ido Roll
Senior Manager, Research and Evaluation.
Centre for Teaching, Learning, & Technology
HOW TO APPLY
Please send your CV, names of two potential references, a short application letter, and an unofficial
The letter should address the following three points:
(1) Please explain why you are interested in the position and what you hope to gain.
(2) Please explain how you meet the requirements specified above.
(3) Please specify for how long you anticipate to remain a student at UBC.
Applications Accepted Until:
August 30 , 2015