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Director's Welcome

Hello and welcome to the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. The mission of ISSR is to promote excellence in social science research. We approach that goal with a variety of programs that are designed to: 1) support the development of methodological skills and tools for social scientists, 2) advance the meaningful participation of social scientists in interdisciplinary collaboration, 3) assist in the development of proposals and administration of funded research projects, and 4) promote the visibility of cutting-edge social science research.

The Institute for Social Science Research is located in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, and we welcome participation of the faculty and graduate students across the departments and programs of SBS. Our mission includes serving social scientists across the other colleges of UMass-Amherst; we welcome interested faculty and graduate students, for example, in the College of Education, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, Isenberg School of Management, College of Natural Sciences, College of Nursing, and  School of Public Health.  We also strive to support excellence in interdisciplinary collaboration, which means that natural and physical scientists and engineers are welcome to contact us about opportunities for collaboration with social scientists. We welcome participants from across the region and around the world in our summer workshops. We are interested in discussing and pursuing collaboration with other institutional partners, so please do not hesitate to contact us.  I thank you for your interest in the Institute for Social Science Research and hope to see you at our upcoming events.



Laurel Smith-Doerr, Director


ISSR Seeking Program Assistant for Fall 2015

Graduate Student Program Assistant (PA) sought for fall semester 2015 (4-6 months, starting summer 2015 preferred) for assistance in research communications and methodology event support for the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR), whose purpose is to promote excellence in social science research. The PA will work with the ISSR staff, supervised by Laurel Smith-Doerr, Director of the Institute for Social Science Research. The position will require analysis of ISSR program data, coordination and support services for cross-campus events for faculty and graduate students, collecting and maintaining communications on social science research including findings from UMass projects, library research and archiving of documents, writing entries for online sites and social media outlets summarizing social science research and data, and maintaining open communication with the ISSR director and staff. The position will pay the GEO minimum salary for 20 hours per week. The start date will be no later than Sept 6, 2015 and end date no earlier than Jan 16, 2016.
The ideal candidate must have communication and research skills, writing skills (including proficiency in English grammar and style), literature reviewing skills, organizational skills for working with a team, and be able to take the initiative and work independently. Familiarity with Qualtrics and Constant Contact software, as well as with common social media outlets is desirable; preference is for candidates who have experience with managing events; familiarity with a range of social science methods and experience with social science coursework is required.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter outlining relevant research training and experience, and a CV with the names of 2 faculty references to: Questions may also be directed to Prof. Smith-Doerr at the same address. Applications will be reviewed starting immediately. Applications received prior to July 31, 2015 will receive full review; application review will continue until the position is filled.