GI Faculty Member is Hiring an RA

Wednesday, April 12, 2023

GI faculty member Dr. Gerald Voorhees is hiring a resesarch assistant for the Spring 2023 turn.

Job Title: Research Assistant
Principal Investigator: Dr. Gerald Voorhees
Location: Games Institute/Department of Communciation Arts, University of Waterloo

Brief description: Seeking a Research Assistant to participate in research, writing, and logistics for an SSHRC funded Knowledge Synthesis project “Games of/against Privilege and Marginalization,” which will investigate the state of the field pertaining to research and scholarship on games and multiple, intersecting axes of oppression (e.g. race, gender, sexuality, and ability).

Salary: University of Waterloo hourly rates for RAs at Undergraduate, Master’s or Doctoral level.

Primary Purpose:
This position will support Dr. Voorhees’ work on the SSHRC funded Knowledge Synthesis project “Games of/against Privilege and Marginalization.” This collaboration with Dr. Ashlee Bird (University of Notre Dame), Dr. Kishonna Gray (University of Western Kentucky), and Dr. Jennifer Whitson (University of Waterloo) will survey and assess game studies scholarship with the aim to 1. synthesize current scholarship in the humanities and social sciences that focus on the relationship between games and the social, cultural, economic, and political dimensions of privilege and marginalization,
and 2. identify gaps in knowledge and emerging areas where further research is warranted. Attention to the emerging sub-fields of Black game studies and Indigenous game studies will be priorities.

The successful applicant will be responsible for variety of research, knowledge synthesis, and knowledge mobilization tasks, collaborating with researchers to help articulate the state of the field and advocate for future research directions. They will lead a scoping literature review, contribute substantially to writing the knowledge synthesis report, and oversee the coordination of a summit/small conference on the topic of Black and Indigenous game studies

Duties: Duties may include but are not limited to the following:
Undertake a scoping literature review
Leading the writing/drafting of a knolwedge synthesis report
Oversee the coordination of a summit/small conference on the topic of Black and Indigenous game studies

• Strong oral and written communication skills
• Strong secondary/library research skills
• Proven ability to collaborate and work in groups
• Proven aptitude for attention to detail.

Intermediate computer skills and knowledge of software applications used in an office/lab setting, including Word and Excel.

Strong applicants will have:
• At least one year experience with humanities/critical research approaches
Prior experience writing for academic journals or conferences

Time commitment: Approximately 10 hours/week, 2023 Spring semester (May - August)

How to Apply: TheUniversityof Waterlooregards equity and diversity as an integral part of academic excellence and is committed to accessibility for all employees. As such, we encourage applications from women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous peoples, racialized people, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. If you are interested in this position, please contact Dr. Gerald Voorhees ( the materials below no later than April 26, 2023.

1. Resume or CV
2. Unofficial transcript
3. Academic writing sample

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