Diversifying Human-Centered Data Science through the Research and Design of Ethical Games

Seeking Graduate Assistant - Start Immediately

This 10 to 20 hour a week RA position will support the National Science Foundation grant, Diversifying Human Centered-Data Science through the Research and Design of Ethical Games (SMA #2127924). This interdisciplinary study explores the learning experiences of diverse undergraduates at two universities as they collaborate in the research and design of a simulation game that teaches ethical thinking in data science and artificial intelligence. Our work seeks to identify factors that enhance the experiences of underrepresented people in data ethics and contribute to the knowledge of STEM learning benefits and barriers for students of color.

Duties Include:

  • Leading a student research group, consisting of undergraduate and masters’ students at 2 universities
  • Organizing students into small groups and coaching them in project tasks
  • Keeping project materials well organized, including student work and research data.
  • Qualitatively analyzing data and writing results summaries.
  • Co-writing presentations and articles for academic conferences and journals - at least 1 paper per year and multiple posters.
  • Communicating regularly with primary investigators at UNT and the University of Washington via video call, telephone, or email.

Required Qualifications

  • Masters or Doctoral (PhD) level student
    • Experienced undergraduates will be considered with recommendations
  • Knowledge of and experience with qualitative methods and basic learning theories
  • Experience leading groups and/or teams
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion principles and interest in social justice
  • Strong writing and communication skills in the English language
  • Ability to attend meetings two to three times a week
  • Hardworking, energetic, and organized
  • Willing to learn new skills, especially in software

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience working within communities of color in the United States (e.g. Latinx and Black communities)
  • Knowledge of wide range of game styles and/or game design
  • Experience writing and publishing academic papers for journals and/or conferences

Important Note

This project is currently active and scheduled to finish in January 2024. It is expected that the person applying to the position will commit to working on the project until it finishes.

How to Apply

  1. Read the project abstract and project narrative
  2. Send a cover letter detailing how you match the qualifications and a copy of your CV to sarah.evans@unt.edu