Undergraduate/Graduate Research Assistant, ePorfolio Project
OCAD University
Toronto, ON
This project is seeking student input on professional skills in concert with the deployment of an ePortfolio at GradEx 2019. Students are being provided with access to a self-enrollment/self-study course/materials with content on business skills and preparing for GradEx; they are also being provided with a University ePortfolio. We are interested in seeing if these can help to meet student demand for business skills commensurate with providing a means by which students can promote themselves and their scholarly/creative outputs. Our research question is to understand the usefulness and utility of business skills curricula commensurate with the capacity to present a professional portfolio.

OCAD University’s Academic Plan outlines the teaching of business skills as integral to meeting student career needs, in concert with the excellent art and design competencies attained in regular programming.

Feedback from student surveys have indicated that students wish to acquire business skills in concert with the excellent creative skills they are taught in their programs. Emerging artists and designers need ways to get their work out into the public. Many have websites and online portfolios, but they lack an easy way to build a works repository, with enough flexibility and features to create catalogues, curate collections, promote their careers and business skills, and connect with prospective clients, business partners, peers and patrons, not just locally but around the world.

Linking a full featured, flexible, easy to use ePortfolio with business skills curricula will help meet these two demands. The objective of the research is to see if students are given access to an ePortfolio and business skills curricula, will they use these tools and if they do use them, do they find them useful and useable for career preparation.

Responsibilities:
Research Assistantships are being recruited to help finalize the project, including the following:

Assisting with analysis of data gathered from the study:
Student/graduate surveys from business skills course and ePortfolio usage
Public surveys on ePortfolio usage
Assisting with the preparation of reports on the study and data
Supporting the co-design of the program for next phase
Assisting with project coordination, budget management and administration of research activities

Hours of Work: 10 - 20 hours per week over the period of May 27, 2019 - July 26, 2019.

Qualifications:
Completion of a relevant undergraduate/graduate degree or current enrollment in a relevant undergraduate program and/or equivalent training and professional experience
Where relevant, strong organizational, interpersonal, oral and written communications and problem solving skills

Work Environment: Office of Research & Innovation, Room 520, 205 Richmond St W, Toronto, Ontario

Compensation: $30.14 (Graduate Rate) $19.02 (Undergraduate Rate) per hour with an additional 6% in lieu of benefits and vacation pay, as applicable, per the provisions of the Employment Standards Act

Please note the following:
The period of employment may be extended, conditional upon continued funding of the Project by OCAD U’s external funding partner(s), and upon satisfactory execution of duties.
Full-time graduate students may not accept research assistantships or other university-related employment in excess of 10 hours per week (or 130 hours per semester), as mandated by the Ontario Council of Graduate Studies (OCGS).

Application Process:
Applications should include: a one-page covering letter explaining the candidate’s interest, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three (3) referees

Interested applicants are invited to submit their application in confidence addressed to Heather Robson, Director, Research Services, online by clicking the “Apply Now” button below.

The review of applications will begin on May 16, 2019 and will continue until the position has been filled.

As an employer committed to employment equity, we encourage applications from members of equity-seeking communities including women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions.

We encourage members of designated equity-seeking groups to self-identify within the voluntary Applicant Questionnaire

OCAD U is committed to providing an inclusive and barrier free experience to applicants with accessibility needs. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage during the recruitment process. Please contact Human Resources for more information or refer to OCAD U’s Policy of Accommodation in Employment for Persons with Disabilities

All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those short-listed will be contacted.

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