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Research Assistant

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: Woodring College of Education

Position Title Research Assistant
About the University

Western Washington University, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 90,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings.

WWU seeks to engage place in all of its complexity and takes steps to acknowledge and honor the richness and multiple meanings of place, from local to state, national, and global. The university supports teaching, learning, research, scholarship, creative activity, and programming that engages with place in a respective way, weaving the ecological, social, and economic dimensions of sustainability into and through its practices. WWU aims to increase the engagement with communities and environments in multiple regions in the world, both inside and beyond the classroom.

Furthermore, WWU is committed to justice and equity, to inclusive achievement and academic excellence, and to providing a safe, just, and equitable University for all students and employees. The university supports the strengthening of curricula and other programming that engages issues of access, equity, power, and privilege in and across disciplines.

About the Department Woodring College of Education and the Elementary Education Department support Western's mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.
About the Position

You will be a part of a research project that is examining the ways in which Indigenous language/culture teachers collaborate with primarily non-Indigenous classroom teachers to develop a tribally specific, land-based curriculum for children birth-to-age-five (b-5). This project is guided by the following questions:

  • How do Indigenous language/culture teachers and primarily non-Indigenous classroom teachers engage the development of land-based curriculum for a tribal nation early learning program?
    • What aspects of the curriculum development project enhance the ability for these groups to work together?
    • How do professional development activities facilitate the curriculum development process?
  • To what degree is the designed curriculum implemented in classroom practice?
    • How does the new curriculum impact classroom activities and pedagogy?


  •  Supporting data management (collection, organization, transcript request, filing, etc.)
  •  Data analysis (coding, reporting, dissemination preparation)
  •  Project organization such as curriculum documentation, meeting preparation, evaluation
  •  Other duties as they arise

This is a 15-18  hour per week project position. The period of employment is January 2021 to no later than November 30, 2022 when the grant funding this position ends.

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Experience or demonstrated interest in Indigenous education
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to complete a variety of complex tasks independently, including data collection, organization, and initial analysis
  • Cultural consciousness for collaborating with a tribal nation
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's degree
  • Indigenous community member
  • Completed CITI training in human subjects protections (or must complete this in the first 2 weeks of being hired)
  • Previous experience in early childhood education and/or Indigenous education
  • Previous experience or proficiency with an Indigenous language, preferably Lushootseed
  • Knowledge of research methodologies, preferably Indigenous research methodologies
Salary The starting hourly rate for this position will be $20 per hour.
Application Instructions

A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.

Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.

Closing Date Notes Application review begins January 25,2021; position is open until filled.

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

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