RA Position- Center for the Study of Student Life

The Center for the Study of Student Life anticipates hiring a Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) for the 2017-2018 academic year. The GRA will report to a Research Associate. Examples of major projects for the 2017-2018 academic year include but are not limited to either implementing or analyzing data from the following studies:

  • College Prescription Drug Study– The CPDS is a multi-institutional study of prescription drug misuse among college students at up 25 institutions across the country. Tasks include recruiting institutions to participate, troubleshooting survey administrative issues with institutions via phone and email, preparing samples, completing IRB application, administering survey, cleaning and coding data, analyzing data and preparing reports.
  • Student Life Survey– Survey of Ohio State undergraduate and graduate students on involvement in co-curricular activities, experiences at Ohio State and other topics determined by relevant annual trends.
  • Wellness Assessment– Survey of Ohio State undergraduate and graduate students on the interrelationship between the nine dimensions of wellness (http://swc.osu.edu/about-us/9-dimensions-of-wellness/.

The GSR will perform the following duties:

  • Coordinate and perform quantitative analysis, reporting and distribution of new and existing research projects
  • Prepare report and presentations
  • Write and implement surveys
  • Prepare Institutional Review Board applications and amendments
  • Develop manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals
  • Participate in staff meetings and retreats
  • Complete ad hoc requests as assigned


  • Enrolled in a Master’s or PhD program in education, the social sciences, public health or a related field
  • Knowledge of statistical analysis, including multivariate regression, and social science research methods
  • Experience using SPSS and/or STATA
  • Management, including cleaning and coding of large datasets
  • Strong writing skills


  • Experience writing surveys and with survey software, such as Qualtrics
  • Experience writing protocols for the Institutional Review Board
  • Demonstrated experience publishing and/or presenting¬† research
  • Knowledge of higher education and/or student development theories

Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. Review of applications will bein on April 15, 2017. Please submit a cover letter, curricula vita/resume, a writing sample (preferably including an empirical analysis) and a list of three professional references.

Applications may be submitted via email to:
Dr. Anne McDaniel
Interim Executive Director
Center for the Study of Student Life
Email: McDaniel.145@osu.edu

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