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Graduate Research Assistant For The Department of Language, Literacy, ad Socio-cultural Studies

Position Description

Dr. Vincent Werito from the College of Education’s Department of Language, Literacy, and Socio-cultural Studies is seeking a graduate research assistant for the Fall 2018 –Spring 2019 academic year. Dr. Werito was recently awarded a $50K grant from the TREE Center for a research project titled Developing Community Partnerships Through Research to Define Community Well-Being from a Diné-centered Perspective with Three (Diné) Navajo communities in New Mexico. The purpose of the research project is to explore the perspectives of Navajo community members’ understandings of wellbeing using a community based participatory research approach integrated with a Diné-centered research methodology. The proposed project will develop a Diné conceptualization of wellbeing using the Diné concept of K’é (kinship) for community engagement with plans to build upon this knowledge through future studies to develop a community profile survey to obtain baseline community health information that can be monitored over time. /p>

Position Duties and Responsibilities

As part of our grant, we are hiring a 0.24 FTE graduate student who will be responsible for:

  1. Providing assistance to the research team to support the overall aims and objectives of the research project.
  2. Assisting with the research duties of the project including file/data management under the supervision of the Principal Investigator. File/data management includes: filing, developing and entering data into Excel data base, making copies of documents, preparing files/documents for PI, and writing/recording meeting minutes,
  3. Creating and working with data management systems like ATLAS.ti and/or Excel to capture data and feedback from CART meetings and/or the community focus group interviews and forums, and
  4. Participating in research project to learn as well as to provide research related skills to support the research team like data collection, management and data analysis, and dissemination
  5. Field work involving research meetings with the CART, Navajo IRB meetings, and data collection from focus group discussions and pre-post testing of CART members.

Position Requirements

This position requires a 9.6 hours per week work schedule for a period of 9.5 months, including weekly meetings with the PI and other academic team members. Applicants should be interested in the role of the University in supporting and enhancing the lives of the Indigenous people of New Mexico and understand the role of the University in engaging with the community through research. Applicants must be master or doctoral students. Preference will be given to applicants with a background in Native American Studies or K12 education. Other requirements include:

  • Main campus CITI certificate
  • Being able to work as part of a larger team effort;
  • Having strong organizational skills and being detail/deadline oriented;
  • Being able to take supervision and direction in their work, yet work independently to complete tasks on tight deadline;
  • Have strong written and oral communication skills;
  • Be personable and comfortable working with people at all levels of university teaching and administration; and,
  • Be comfortable following others on completing tasks.

Interested applicants should submit a resume/CV and a one-page statement of interest that outlines the candidate’s qualifications for and interest in the position. For best consideration, please submit your application materials no later than November 1, 2018.


Send required documents to Dr. Vincent Werito (

If you have any questions, please call Dr. Werito at (505)277-1832.