Research Assistant for School Readiness Lab at Boston University

Research Assistant/Associate (short-term position from January to June, 2019)

The research assistant/associate (RA) will work closely with Professor Stephanie M. Curenton, a faculty member at Boston University in the Wheelock College of Education and Human Development, who studies the language and literacy development and academic achievement of racial and ethnic minority children. The RA will work on the ACSES Project in the Ecology of School Readiness Lab. The ACSES Project examines teacher-child interactions in early childhood classrooms, using a sociocultural, anti-biased framework that assesses equitable academic expectations, flexible use of non-school language, and collaborative learning. The RA will conduct qualitative coding of classroom videos gathered in urban, suburban, and rural preschools throughout multiple states. He/she will conduct site visits with Boston-area partnering schools. He/she will also enter and analyze quantitative data related to the project and supervise undergraduate-level coders working on the project. Required qualifications include having extensive experience with qualitative and video analysis and advanced knowledge of statistics and SPSS/STATA. Applicants must be self-motivated, meticulously organized, have a strong interest in school improvement research as it relates to racial and ethnic minorities, and have strong collaborative leadership skills.  A minimum of a bachelor’s degree is required, but a master’s or doctoral degree is preferred. Having prior professional and personal experience with ethnic/racial minority children and/or being bilingual/bidialectal is a plus.  Applicants from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Must be available to work approximately 20 hours per week, and compensation is based on experience and education level and ranges from a consultant salary of $2,000 to $4000 per month. For more information contact Stephanie at

Stephanie M. Curenton, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Director of Ecology of School Readiness Lab
Faculty Director of Early Childhood Community Initiatives
Boston University
Wheelock College of Education & Human Development
(office) 617-353-7108,

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