Saturday, April 24, 2010

Korean Studies Survey Consultant

Something I'm not at all qualified for but still quite interesting to read about was this position to look into the affairs of Korean Studies in North America. Since I'm early in the game, this seems like a great idea and definitely worth while for the field; a real contribution. For the old timers this surely sounds like a dream. I can't imagine what it was like to study Korean history or language 30 or 40 years ago with no internet, limited contact by snail mail and just by the luck of finding other qualified people in the field by chance or by word of mouth. Oh and I believe telephones were out back then, too. It must be nice to see Korean studies get the attention it deserves. Anyways, taken from the archives:
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 Fellowships
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
* 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
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.

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.
If you were wondering who is qualified to take on such a task, here's your answer.
* PhD in a quantitative social science field
* Experience in survey design, implementation, and analysis
* Familiarity with online 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.

Please send a resume and cover letter with one writing sample via email
to: (Please put "Survey Consultant" in the title
of the email.)
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.


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