Community design charrettes: A collaborative approach to interdisciplinary problem solving

Community design charrettes: A collaborative approach to interdisciplinary problem solving

start: 2017-08-16

Seeking undergraduate research assistant for community psychology dissertation study 

Fall 2017  

The primary aim of the study is to better understand the role of design in social change by evaluating collaborative efforts between designers (graphic, web, brand/marketing, etc.) and community-based organizations in pursuit of innovative community improvement. The unique and hands-on research environment will involve experience with data collection and analysis of interview, observation, and archival data for a qualitative multiple-case study of a designer-community partnership event in West Michigan (see current research section [] for a description of the study and research questions).

The undergraduate research assistant will be responsible for assisting with on-site structured observations, organization and management of a qualitative dataset, coding and analysis of qualitative data including archival documents and interview and observation transcripts. The research assistant must also be able to accompany the researcher to up to ten meetings in Grand Rapids, MI. Training will be provided for all tasks, as well as transportation for out of town meetings. Opportunities will be presented to develop connections with multiple community-based organizations in MI, learn more about the role of design and design-thinking in community change, and co-author presentations and/or publications of the findings.

Applicants must have a 3.2 GPA and be able to dedicate 5-10 hours per week to assigned tasks. The position is available for Fall 2017 semester, with a possible additional semester, and students may enroll for research credit in Psychology (PSY 491). Those with experience in qualitative research are encouraged to apply, though it is not required.

If interested, please contact Katie McAlindon