Consultant Sought for Korean Studies Field Survey Project

The Social Sci­ence Research Coun­cil is search­ing for a con­sul­tant to coör­di­nate a Sur­vey on Kore­an Stud­ies in North Amer­i­ca. The con­sul­tant will be respon­si­ble for the devel­op­ment, imple­men­ta­tion, and coör­di­na­tion 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 coöper­a­tion 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 coör­di­na­tion 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.

2010/2011 Sched­ule

  • 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: (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.