Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Paid Research Opportunity - CCJS Faculty

Listed below is a paid research opportunity in the CCJS Department.  Students who are interested in research, possibly going to grad school, and/or looking for an opportunity to work more closely with a CCJS adjunct faculty member should apply…

Politicized Criminological Scholarship?

This program will pay an undergraduate student $10 an hour for 10 hours of work per week during the Spring 2012 semester. The scholar selected will be working alongside an adjunct faculty mentor gaining valuable insight into conducting social scientific research.

Project Description:
Is the scholarship of criminology and criminal justice (CCJ) influenced by state funding? The proposed research seeks to determine the extent to which the field’s scholarship is shaped by its relation to the state.

Job Description:
The primary task is to assist in establishing interrater reliability. A random sample of 500 articles published in fourteen CCJ peer-reviewed journals over a sixteen year period 1993-2008 have been collected. Your task will be to measure several aspects of the content as it appears in half of the articles and fit them into a database. This will require a "reading" of each of the articles and an understanding of the definitions (classification scheme) we will establish at the outset. The primary investigator will be reading and coding the other half. Throughout the process, we will be meeting in an effort to establish consistency in defining the two general measures evident in the content throughout (subject/topic of interest and policy solutions offered).

Minimum requirements:
Students selected for the position must have the following…
  1. Completed between 30 and 60 credit hours at UMCP by Spring 2012
  2. GPA of a 3.5 or higher
  3. Be a declared BSOS major

Additional qualifications:
  • This position is ideal for anyone considering doing graduate work
  • Basic familiarity with criminology and criminal justice is an advantage
  • Capacity to organize and meet deadlines is a must

How to Apply:
Please send a cover letter and resume via email to Dr. Brendan Dooley (bddooley@umd.edu). 

Application Deadline is Monday, November 14, 2011Interviews will be conducted with selected candidates and student(s) will be hired by Tuesday, November 29, 2011.