IDS 401 Research Fellows - Faculty Projects

Fall B 2021 Projects

Rocket: A Simulation On Intercultural Teamwork, 2nd Edition

Project Description: Rocket was a book published in 2009 by Intercultural Press, however, the author Dr. Jessica Hirshorn recently requested and was granted the rights to the book back. There are plans to self-publish the 2nd edition and a need for student help in making revisions. The revisions are mostly format and design related. There is also help needed in publishing and marketing the book.

Skills: Computer software skills (MS Publisher, Word, Adobe Suite, Acrobat), publishing, graphic design, formatting, marketing, and promotion. 

Required Schedule: Can work at your own schedule, but this project requires 8 hours a week. 

Applicant Requirements: Resume, unofficial transcript, a letter of interest, and any examples in your portfolio that showcase the required skills listed above.

Co-Authoring Stories: Narratives on Female Leadership Identity

Project Description: Leadership research centers on development of leadership capacity, practice, context, and outcomes. Yet, such perspectives fail to recognize the internal composition leaders employ in developing individual leader identity (Carroll & Levy, 2010). Women’s voices rarely speak from majority positions while women continue to be underrepresented in leadership roles (Carroll & Levy, 2010). In this qualitative study, participants photographed and described leadership, their experiences as women leaders, and how they represented both. Participants generated stories from their photographs and developed narratives using their own voices to offer insights into leadership identity.   

During this project you will assist with literature reviews, organizing collected data, and planning/organizing the Research Presentation Event. You will help prepare materials for weekly in person classes and for the conferences held during B Session. Additionally, there will be student assistance in maintaining accurate records, while safeguarding the confidentiality of subjects as necessary. 

Skills: Collaboration with others on research and good organization skills are important. Experience with data and research is a plus. 

Required Schedule: Flexible, but must be available during class hours on Wednesdays from 6:00 pm - 8:45 pm. Ability to attend project meetings and area seminars as necessary. 

Applicant Requirements: Resume, unofficial transcript, a letter of interest, and an academic writing sample. 

Coffee History Library Research

Project Description: Students will work as a research assistant, almost exclusively online / virtually, to gather bibliographic resources utilizing the ASU Library (including Interlibrary Loan) in the form of dozens of books, articles, and other resources for ongoing research on the global history of coffee and its impact on early Ethiopian history, the Rennaisance, the Transatlantic Slave Trade, European and American revolutions, world finance, world wars, and 21st-century ecological and social justice concerns. Most of the work would involve gathering resources, however students might be invited to read and write about some sources directly (gathering / typing out key quotes and writing 'reports' on readings, for an extended annotated bibliography). 

Skills: Excellent writing skills with solid attention to detail (high college-level proofreading, etc.); familiarity with Microsoft Office (especially MS Word and PowerPoint); experience accessing online library offerings, as well as scholarly resources online; and motivation to seek out sources for in-depth research.

Required Schedule: 19 to 22 hours of work per week (up to 135 hours total) over Fall B, with hours logged and progress measured by various milestones (different resources requested, books gathered for the professor's review, etc.) 

Applicant Requirements: Resume, unofficial transcript, a letter of interest (introduce yourself and interest in the project), and an academic writing sample (2 pages from a recent term paper or other writing sample). 

 

ARTivism and Climate Activism Research

Project Description: Students will engage in researching "climate strike" activists, "Artivism" (art plus activism), and climate change, as well as researching the roles of "change agents" forming sustainable communities. Students will work as a research assistant almost exclusively online / virtually, to gather bibliographic resources utilizing the ASU Library (including Interlibrary Loan) in the form of dozens of books, articles, and other resources for ongoing research on the development and health of self-sustainable communities (e.g., communes, isolated communities), activism aimed at agricultural reforms (the necessity of shifting away from meat- and dairy-based agriculture), animal-rights activism, and the growth of vegan and plant-based alternative economies at local and global scales. Additionally, a student might be invited to seek out, then read and write about some sources directly (gathering / typing out key quotes and writing 'reports' on readings, for an extended annotated bibliography).

Skills: Excellent writing skills with solid attention to detail (high college-level proofreading, etc.); familiarity with Microsoft Office (especially MS Word and PowerPoint); willingness to learn about human behaviour and social structures, a desire to develop societal awareness and a broad understanding of systems; experience accessing online library offerings, as well as scholarly resources online; and motivation to seek out sources for in-depth research.

Required Schedule: 19 to 22 hours of work per week (up to 135 hours total) over Fall B, with hours logged and progress measured by various milestones (different resources requested, books gathered for the professor's review, etc.) 

Applicant Requirements: Resume, unofficial transcript, a letter of interest (introduce yourself and interest in the project), and an academic writing sample (2 pages from a recent term paper or other writing sample). 

Re-imagining Public Safety

Project Description: To the extent that other cities have adopted police reform, to what degree did they gather any quantitative data that we could collect.  For instance, Austin, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York all made substantial changes to their approach to public safety, and to what degree was their quantitative data gathered in those cases--and perhaps other cities as well?  If they have not, how are they adjusting their approach and what kind of ways are they using to evaluate effectiveness? Within this project students will research and gather data regarding these subjects, and this project will likely require calling officials in various cities to gather some of this data and background.

Skills: Collaboration with others on research and good organization skills are important, as well as good people skills. Experience with data and research is a plus. 

Required Schedule: Can work at your own schedule, but this project requires 8 hours a week and check-ins with the faculty lead. 

Applicant Requirements: Resume, unofficial transcript, and a letter of interest (introduce yourself and interest in the project). 

 

 

 

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