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Research Assistant, Communitology

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To apply: please send a letter of interest along with a link to your portfolio to Applications should be submitted by Friday, September 13. We will conduct interviews the week of September 18. The position will begin Monday, September 25 and run through the January 2018.

Position Information

Position Information

Position Availability:
Position Title: Research Assistant, Communitology
Requisition Number: 0406072240
Location New York City
Position Type: Student
Department: PSD/Comm Design & Technology

Colleen Macklin and John Sharp seek one Research Assistant to work on the ongoing Communitology project. Communitology is the local application of public health knowledge to untangle the knot of community health, wealth and achievement disparities, from cause to consequence, with broad engagement of stakeholders and evaluation of efficacy.

Collaborating with public health pediatrician Cappy Collins, we are in the early stages of developing a research project and set of courses bringing design processes to assist in local public health initiatives. The Communitology Project is a training platform for implementing Communitology in East Harlem (EH) to reduce disparities. Cross-institutional training will serve the myriad stakeholders in EH to analyze existing efforts, design solutions, and implement with evaluation of outcomes. Additionally, Communitology training will extend to community members themselves, to generate internal agents of change.

Activities to be performed by the RA include:
• Assist in identifying and reaching out to New School faculty and staff whose work overlaps with the project;
• Help research projects and funding streams;
• Assist in running our ongoing project with Concrete Safaris.

Minimum Qualifications:

Educational qualifications and experience for this include basic research and writing, strong communication skills, and basic organizational skills. We believe students will benefit from the project by being exposed to the processes of public health and iterative design, as well as the ways in which practice-based academic research projects are conceptualized, resourced, and conducted.

Preferred Qualifications:
Job Family: Parsons The New School for Design
Posting Date: 09/06/2017
Closing Date: 09/25/2017
Open Until Filled Yes

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  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
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