This is a limited term position for 1 year with a high probability of continuation. This is a grant funded position and is not eligible for severance pay.
The Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life prepares students in all fields of study for lifetimes of active citizenship, promotes new knowledge in the field, educates Tufts students and beyond for a life of active citizenship, and applies our research to evidence-based practice in our programs, community partnerships, and advocacy efforts. Tisch College's work is central to Tufts University's mission. Tisch College offers several opportunities to engage Tufts students in meaningful community building and other civic and political experiences, explore personal commitments to civic participation, and take on active and effective roles in public life and to engage faculty in expanded active citizenship research and teaching. Tisch College also seeks to influence higher education in the US and abroad to embrace active citizenship mainly through its work via our Institute for Democracy in Higher Education (IDHE).
IDHE is the nation's leading research center and advocate for college student political learning and engagement in democracy. We strive to inform and shift college and university priorities, practices, and culture to strengthen democracy and advance social and political equity.
IDHE conducts both quantitative and qualitative research on college student political learning and engagement. Core to IDHE's work, the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) ("n-solve") is a large database of combined enrollment and publicly available voting records used for research. IDHE also conducts qualitative case studies to assess an individual college or university's campus climate for political learning and engagement. The team works with clusters of campuses, guiding them through a process of self-assessment of their political climates. This research is used to help colleges and universities design programs and activities for political learning, discourse, equity, and participation. Over the next year, IDHE's qualitative research team will embark on a new set of case studies, examining institutional climates for closing equity gaps in political participation.
Reporting to the Director, based on the Medford/Somerville Tufts University Campus. The researcher will conduct qualitative research and provide research administration and oversight to a series of qualitative case studies on political equity in U.S. higher education. The work includes coordinating site visits; overseeing transcription, data storage, coding, data analysis; working with the qualitative research team to draft publications; maintaining data from past climate studies; conducting literature reviews and background research. In addition, the researcher will be responsible for working with and assisting colleges and universities to improve their campus climates for political learning, discourse, equity, and participation.
Masters in higher education or a related field.
Experience in research in higher education.
2 years of qualitative research administrative experience or related experience (can be contiguous with graduate study).
Experience in research on inequality, diversity and inclusion in U.S. higher education
Project management skills.
Strong oral and written communication skills.
Strong organizational and time management skills. Ability to manage multiple concurrent projects and competing deadlines.
Demonstrated customer service or relationship management experience
Ability to work effectively with people at all levels of authority on college campuses.
Strong analytic and problem-solving skills.
Ability to maintain strict attention to detail.
Experience working with groups of people representing diverse identities and backgrounds.
Experience in intergroup dialogue or other approaches to dialogue, deliberation, and discussion.
Experience training facilitators.
Strong interest in IDHE's mission and areas of study.
An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.
Tufts is a leader in American higher education, distinctive for its success as a moderately sized university that excels at research and providing students with a personal experience. Our unique combination of research and liberal arts attracts students, faculty and staff who thrive in our environment of curiosity, creativity and engagement.