Friday, August 5, 2016

Fluent Reader of Arabic? Earn $15 an Hour as a Research Assistant for UMD Prof!

Student research assistants wanted (temporary). Fluent Arabic is required. The work offers an opportunity to obtain some research experience, especially in content analysis.  The student can perform the work required from any location with a computer and Internet access. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

Salary: $15.00 per hour

Anticipated Start Date: Immediately

Job Description:

Student workers who read Arabic fluently are needed to assist Dr. Calvert Jones in the Department of Government and Politics. The research assistant will review middle and high school workbooks written in Arabic, analyzing the content by looking for particular themes and translating the passages that match. The overall research project seeks to trace the changes in the way Arab youth in the United Arab Emirates learn about civics in their curricula. 
There are approximately 10 workbooks for the first phase of this research, each of which includes short lessons, images, and various types of student activities. The workbooks range from 50 to about 200 pages in length. Dr. Jones will provide a list of the themes to identify. 
The research assistants can review the workbooks in pdf format from any location using a personal computer, working flexible hours over the next few weeks until the reviews are completed. However, they should not multitask; any distractions can easily cause mistakes in which important passages that relate to the research are overlooked.  

Skills Required: Must be a fluent reader of Arabic.

If you are interested, please contact Dr. Calvert Jones at