The Social Science Research Council is searching for a consultant to coordinate a Survey on Korean Studies in North America. The consultant will be responsible for the development, implementation, and coordination of an in-depth survey of the Korean studies field in the United States and Canada. The consultant will report to the SSRC fellowships manager.
The survey, to be undertaken over a two-year period, will offer a comprehensive evaluation of the field of Korean studies in North America. Changes in government policy and foundation funding priorities in the mid-1990s that de-emphasized area studies have undoubtedly had an impact on the development of the Korean studies field. The survey will focus on Korean studies at the university and college level and assess the spread of Korean studies across disciplinary fields, faculty and student demographics, available Korean studies curriculum, student interest, support and funding opportunities, and linkages with Korean institutions through study abroad and less formal connections. In addition to quantitative data, in-depth follow-up interviews with faculty, students, and other relevant actors such as funders, deans, and center directors to obtain qualitative information will be essential to a nuanced understanding of the field. This qualitative piece will probe issues the survey can only hint at, such as questions of why and how, process, and intent, as well as decision-making processes. The results of the survey and interviews will be compiled in a final report and point to a way forward for continued support of the field. The survey, interviews, and reports will provide a clear understanding of Korean studies in North America.
The major objectives of the survey are to reassess the field of Korean studies and:
- to provide a more complete understanding of the state of Korean studies in North America by documenting recent developments and current trends in the field, identifying scholars (faculty and students) at work in the field, and evaluating existing Korea-related programs at U.S. and Canadian institutions of higher education.
- to offer a comparison of the state of the Korean studies field to the state of the Japan studies field,
- to review the availability of funding and resources to scholars in the field,
- to identify the strengths, weaknesses, needs, and opportunities for growth within the field, and
- to offer important guidance on revising priorities for funding and support toward activities and projects that will provide the most impact.
In cooperation with SSRC and Korea Foundation staff as well as experts in the field of Korean studies, the consultant will take the lead on survey design, testing, survey implementation and the coordination of result analysis and report preparation. In addition, the consultant will be responsible for conducting follow-up interviews and site visits to various institutions with strong curricular offerings in Korean studies.
- Late Spring/Early Summer 2010: Preliminary research, survey site selection, and survey development
- Summer/Early Fall 2010: Conduct Survey
- Fall 2010: Preliminary results and data analysis; preliminary report due in October 2010
- Fall 2010l/Winter 2011: In-depth survey analysis, follow-up research, site visits, and development of second year proposal based on identified needs
This consultancy will take place starting immediately and will last through March 14, 2011, with the possibility of a one-year renewal. Payment will be commensurate with experience.
- Ph.D. in a quantitative social science field
- Experience in survey design, implementation, and analysis
- Familiarity with on-line survey tools, such as Survey Monkey, and qualitative data analysis software, such as NVivo.
- Excellent organizational skills with strong attention to detail, project management experience a plus
- Excellent writing and oral communication skills
- Must be able to work independently and as part of a team
- Korean language ability strongly recommended
Candidates should send a resume and cover letter with one writing sample via e-mail to: email@example.com (put “Survey Consultant” in the title of the e-mail).
The Social Science Research Council (SSRC), founded in 1923, is an independent, non-profit organization devoted to supporting innovative social research and solving pressing global challenges.