Measurement, Evaluation, and Research Methodology Peer Advisor GAA (0.5 FTE)

The Peer Advisors collaborate to provide department-wide support, but are identified to program-area students as peer advisors in the specific program area.  They provide very important support for new and continuing students, as well as students who are considering application to the Departmental Graduate Programs.

The Peer Advisors provide valuable support to new and ongoing students, as well as provide information that supplements other available sources.  They help to organize departmental colloquia, speakers and social events, as well as providing a mechanism for communication of student issues to department faculty and administration.


a)  Under the guidance of the MERM Coordinator and Graduate Program Assistant, contact new M.A. and Ph.D. students prior to their arrival at UBC by e-mail or letter, advising of your availability and to help familiarize them with MERM and UBC procedures, as well as provide advice about living in, and getting around, the Vancouver area,

b)  Assist with the Department (and program) graduate student orientation in September

c)  Attend monthly MERM program meetings (currently scheduled on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 2:00-4:00 pm) as the student representative and facilitate communication between faculty and students,

d)  Advise MERM M.A. and Ph.D. students as needed about MERM and Departmental procedures,

e)  Meet regularly with, and assist (e.g., to gather information on academic issues or assist in student recruitment efforts) the MERM Coordinator and Graduate Program Assistant as required,

f)  Facilitate social and academic interaction (e.g., seminars, study groups, mini-conference, social nights) among MERM students,

g)  Liaise with the GAA representing the Dept. of ECPS on the Graduate Student (Council) of the Faculty of Education (GSFE)

h)  Serve as informal ombudsman for student complaints between student and faculty member or between student and Department Head.


Student who has completed MA in MERM and has advanced to doctoral program preferred, in order to help both MA and PhD students. Will also consider MA students with one year’s experience in the MERM program.

Time Commitment and Pay

This Graduate Academic Assistant position is a 5 hour/week commitment from September 01, 2018 to April 30, 2019 with a stipend of $4,000 (for a doctoral level student) or $3,880 (for a master’s level student). The stipend is based on an average of 5 hours per week throughout the above time period; however, a flexible work schedule is expected to accommodate fluctuations in need throughout the entire year.

To apply, please send your cover letter and current CV to:  no later than Sunday, August 12, 2018.

Applications should include the current CV and a letter indicating why you are interested in the position and what you feel you have to contribute to the Department.