In 2013-14, the Arts & Science Program and the MacPherson Institute (then known as MIIETL) collaborated to create "student scholar" positions for students who are interested in pedagogical research and innovation. Since this time, a wide range of students from across campus have contributed to the enhancement of teaching and learning at McMaster by participating in projects run at or in partnership with the MacPherson Institute. Members of the student partner team have contributed to the design and development of new courses, helped to create resources for faculty and students, and collaborated with staff and faculty partners on research projects related to teaching and learning. Several have also co-authored research articles and conference presentations related to their work.
Encouraged by these successes, we’re thrilled to continue the student partners program in Winter 2019. We’re currently looking for students to work on a number of projects. Some of these are already underway, while others are just being formulated, so students will have opportunities to enter into the work at the stage that is most of interest to them. These positions will involve 25-65 hours of paid work, between January and April 2019. The specific number of hours worked will depend on the project.
Projects for which student partners are currently being recruited are described in the call for applications available on the MacPherson website. If you are interested in filling one of the student positions, you will be asked to identify ONE to THREE of these projects and write a brief (~250 word) interest statement for each. Please submit these interest statements, as well as the requested information about you (e.g., your relevant interests and experiences), using this form.
Any student (undergraduate or graduate) enrolled at McMaster University is eligible to be a Student Partner. While prior experience in teaching and learning research/practice would be an asset, it is NOT required. We’re interested in working with a wide variety of students with a range of backgrounds and experiences, including members of equity seeking groups. Some projects do indicate preferences for students with particular experiences, skills, or educational levels, so be sure to read the project descriptions carefully and make the case for why you would be a good fit.
Applications MUST be received by 27 November 2018 at 4:30p.m. to be considered.
Further information about the student partners program, including guidelines for the application process, can be found in the Student Partners Handbook. If you have any questions about the student partner team, or about the MacPherson Institute and its work, please contact Dr. Beth Marquis at firstname.lastname@example.org.