The Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life prepares Tufts students to become active citizens and community leaders. As the only university-wide college of its kind, its mission is to engage Tufts students in meaningful community building, public service experiences, and transformational learning. It conducts groundbreaking research on young people’s civic and political participation and forges innovative community partnerships. Tisch College is a national leader in civic education, whose model and research are setting the standard for higher education’s role in civic engagement.
The Institute for Democracy and Higher Education (IDHE) at Tisch College, is a leading venue for research, resources, and advocacy on 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. IDHE is home to the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE), the nation’s leading study of college and university student voting.
What You'll Do
IDHE invites applications for a researcher with exceptional quantitative research skills and relevant experience in social science research. Preference will be given to applicants with experience advancing college and university student political learning, discourse, equity, and participation. Please be sure to include a cover letter.
The Researcher will report to the Director of the Institute for Democracy and Higher Education (IDHE) and work closely with other members of the IDHE team. The primary focus of this position is on IDHE’s signature initiative, the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE), a national database for research on college student voting. The Researcher will conduct original data analyses using the NSLVE database and conduct other studies on political learning, equity, discourse, and participation. The Researcher will be responsible for quantitative analysis and dissemination, data quality, and contributing to the development of new research at IDHE. As appropriate, insights gained through this research will be disseminated through a mix of IDHE reports, presentations, workshops, publishable academic manuscripts, and other channels to maximize impact on practice.
What We're Looking For
Ph.D. with 1-3 years of experience in relevant skill and content areas. Relevant fields include political science, education, public affairs, civic learning, and engagement.
Experience working with large datasets, querying tools, and developing datasets for research and evaluation.
Demonstrated proficiency in programming language such as R or Python. Willingness to teach others on the team.
Strong writing, presentation, interpersonal, and technical skills.
Demonstrable commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Proficiency in statistical modeling and regression analysis, including use of programming and syntax.
Must be detail-oriented and able to solve problems creatively and independently. Must be able and willing to learn new skills.
Must be able to maintain a high degree of integrity while professionally handling confidential data.
Experience with qualitative and/or mixed-methods research.
A broad understanding of higher education's civic mission and/or election administration in the U.S is a plus.
Experience with publicly available datasets like IPEDS, American Community Survey (ACS), and voter files is a plus.
Working knowledge of data visualization software, including but not limited to Tableau, packages in R and Python.
Knowledge and experience with teaching and learning environments and organizational change in higher education.
Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate an interest in the research priorities of IDHE, among them:
Trends and disparities in college student voting and political engagement.
Factors affecting disparities in political engagement, particularly among low-propensity voters and historically marginalized, nontraditional, and other currently underrepresented groups.
College students’ development of political efficacy, civic agency, and democratic practices.
Campus conditions or practices influencing student political learning and engagement, including community colleges, HBCUs, MSIs, Tribal, rural, or low-resourced institutions.
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.