Start date: No earlier than August 23rd, but no later than mid-September 2021
End date: May 2022 (specific date within the month to be negotiated)
Hours: At least 12-15 hours/week for the Fall and Spring semesters with a maximum of 20 hours/week
The individual filling this position will work on the CIRCLE team to support projects focused on CIRCLE’s research and efforts in the area of youth and news media/journalism, as well as other small projects that arise. The person in this position will mainly:
- Attend weekly project meetings and contribute to design of outreach and knowledge production,
- Coordinate with project team members digitally on a weekly basis,
- Conduct academic literature reviews on specific topics as needed by the team,
- Conduct semi-structured interviews with organizations in the fields of engaged journalism, media literacy, youth media, as well as those who research these topics,
- Work with project team members to plan quantitative analyses, interpret findings and write up data for CIRCLE’s website,
- Outreach to news media/journalism organizations to learn about their work and share research findings,
- Develop ideas and potential activities to be in further conversation with or work with journalism organizations to amplify diverse youth as an audience and collaborators (e.g. further commissioned case studies of youth/media collaborations),
- Project updates for CIRCLE team and website,
- Support the Youth Advisory Group on the project and advisors’ projects, and
- Support other CIRCLE projects episodically, as needed
Desirable qualifications, experiences, and skills include, but are not limited to:
- Ability to collaborate with colleagues from varied backgrounds and to interact with practitioners of diverse backgrounds, views, and positions,
- Capacity to function well in a fast-paced, impact-driven workplace working on more than one project at one time,
- Willingness and regular commitment to communicate with colleagues who are remote,
- Familiarity with academic and research literature search methods, and
- Ability to review, summarize and write-up quantitative and narrative information.
- Knowledge of or experience in one of the following areas:
-Youth civic and political engagement
-Community information needs
-Critical Media Literacy
- Interest in research for impact or use-focused evaluation,
- Ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with young people, organizers/practitioners and other stakeholders in a variety of communities with racial and economic diversity, and
- Ability and willingness to work independently and in a team.
The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life is looking for a research assistant for the fall 2021 and spring 2022 semesters.
CIRCLE is a research-based think tank studying how young people in the United States learn to become active participants in our democracy. CIRCLE studies a broad range of topics, including K-12 civic education, youth organizing, youth and civic media, and community characteristics that promote civic development. The central focus of its work is expanding access to civic learning and engagement opportunities by illuminating and working with others to address systemic inequalities and marginalization.
The Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, where CIRCLE is based, prepares Tufts students in all fields of study for lifetimes of active citizenship, and conducts critical national research to build stronger communities and democracy. Tisch College promotes new knowledge in the field and applies evidence-based practices in its programs, community partnerships, and advocacy efforts. Central to the university’s mission, the college offers opportunities for students to engage in meaningful community building, gain civic and political experiences, and explore their commitments to civic participation.
Operating under the directorship of Dr. Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, CIRCLE is a team of eight individuals representing diverse professional and academic backgrounds, perspectives, and lived experiences. In service of our goal to ultimately eliminate the systemic barriers that keep some young people marginalized from and underrepresented in civic life, we engage in impact-driven partnerships. By consistently seeking out opportunities to learn with and from people and organizations representing marginalized communities, we are able to intentionally iterate our approach to research and aim to achieve equal and just outcomes.
We take a systems-approach to understand and address barriers and widen pathways toward civic learning and engagement, which in turn drives a wide-ranging portfolio. CIRCLE focuses on the following major areas of inquiry through multidisciplinary lenses and a vision of equitable systems: