Research Assistant Part-time, Psychology Department

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Work type: Staff Part-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Research

Position Summary 

The CA-MTSS Pilot is seeking research assistants that will support projects focused on identifying race-conscious approaches to reducing racial discipline gaps and improving school climate in K-12 schools. The research assistants will collaborate with faculty and students from San José State University (Dr. Yoli Anyon) and the University of Denver (Dr. Kamilah B. Legette) to conduct a systematic literature review and analyze qualitative interview data. Both studies aim to identify indicators of equity-oriented school discipline reform that will be the foundation for a statewide implementation framework. 


Starting in mid-June 2022, CA-MTSS Pilot research assistants will work remotely/virtually for six hours a week. Key tasks include coding transcripts from interviews with educators and extracting information from peer reviewed research articles. Research assistants will have opportunities to contribute to publications and presentations. The research assistants will also be mentored by the Principal Investigators: Dr. Yolanda Anyon, Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at San José State University and Dr. Kamilah Legette, Assistant Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Denver.

This is a non-benefited position not to exceed 1,000 hours in a calendar year.

Essential Functions 

  • Participate in trainings to learn systematic review and qualitative coding methods
  • Extract information from a large body of academic literature
  • Code qualitative data from interviews with school staff
  • Conduct analyses to identify themes and framework components across datasets
  • Contribute to research briefs summarizing findings for a practitioner audience
  • Participate in a weekly research team meeting.
  • Optional, as interested: Co-author manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals and develop presentations for academic conferences

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

  • Familiarity with the research literature on school discipline disparities, equitable school climates, and/or educational inequalities.
  • Knowledge of, or interest in, qualitative coding and systematic review methods
  • Enjoy working as a member of a team
  • Ability to creatively problem solve, develop alternative strategies, and implement solutions
  • Strong organizational, communication, and time management skills
  • Capacity to work independently and proactively ask for help if needed

Required Qualifications 

  • Regular access to a computer and internet
  • Proficiency in google documents, sheets, and slides
  • Willingness to learn how to use the Dedoose software program
  • Post bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Commitment to working on the project for one year

Work Environment

  • Start Date: June 15, 2022
  • 15% FTE: 6 hours a week
  • Virtual/remote position

Hourly Range

The hourly range for this position is $20-25.


The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.



The University of Denver offers some benefits for non-benefited employees. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.


Application Deadline

This position will remain open until filled, for best consideration please submit your application materials by Tuesday May 31st, 2022.


Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.


Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. CV/Resume
  2. Cover Letter



The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university’s educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university’s complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see



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