Faculty from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) Special Collections are seeking a qualified student assistant to assist with a data coding and analysis project examining trends in federal funding for institutional projects involving description of and access to cultural heritage materials. This project will offer the opportunity to collect, code, analyze, and interpret funding data from multiple sources, including the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Additionally, it will provide the opportunity to assist with a literature review and filing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to obtain additional data from the aforementioned agencies.
This project is funded by a University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Pre-Tenure Enhancement Program (PREP) Grant, and will result in a presentation at the Spring 2020 ReSEARCH Dialogues.
- Special Collections provides in-depth training for assistants so that they gain important transferable skills that may help prepare them for graduate studies or careers in a range of academic disciplines, including information science and the social sciences.
- Special Collections communicates with student assistants through their MocsMail email accounts and shares documents with them via Google Drive. Schedules are managed through MocsMail calendars. Students are expected to consult their calendars and email daily.
- All student assistants are responsible for making their own parking arrangements. Further, student assistants working in Special Collections must be willing to work onsite during our regular hours of operation at least 10 hours a week during the UTC Spring Semester (January 6, 2020 to April 20, 2020).
- Review of applications will begin as soon as they are received and will continue until position is filled.
This position will involve the following tasks and assignments:
- Manually coding data in a Google Sheets spreadsheet for analysis, adhering to guidelines provided by Special Collections.
- Cleaning and revising the data set as needed, adhering to guidelines provided by Special Collections.
- Conducting preliminary research and collecting citations for a literature review of relevant scholarship on the subject of federal funding of projects involving the description of cultural heritage materials.
- Gathering and drafting justifications and information needed to populate Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.
- Ability to work independently and produce high quality, thorough, and accurate work.
- Ability to follow detailed written instructions.
- Strong organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills as well as demonstrated initiative and adaptability.
- Working knowledge of office productivity suites, such as Microsoft Office and Google Drive.
- Effective written and oral communication skills.
- Completion of a Research Methods class.
- Demonstrated experience using complex data entry systems.
- Demonstrated experience using statistical computing software.
- Demonstrated experience with research design and methodologies.
This position will be compensated at a rate of $10.00 per hour, for a maximum of 150.00 hours. Student assistants may not work more than 15 hours per week.
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and application to the University Archivist, Noah Lasley, using the UT Vault. IMPORTANT NOTE: Ignore the instructions on the application form itself to send the application to Carolyn Runyon. Instead, address messages to Noah-Lasley@utc.edu, as outlined below:
- Log into UT Vault at vault.utk.edu using your alias address and UTC password. Every UTC student has an alias address. Example: firstname.lastname@example.org would enter her email address as ABC123@tennessee.edu.
- Address the message to Noah Lasley at Noah-Lasley@utc.edu with the Subject: Student Assistant Application – Your Name. Compose your message and attach your cover letter, resume, and complete application.
- Check the box “Send me verification when the message is received.”
Cover letters should provide a description of the applicant’s relevant experience and expertise and describe the applicant’s motivation for working in Special Collections. Candidates must interview with the University Archivist.