Research Assistant Positions

Math and Science Education Research Assistant Position

  • The Tennessee STEM Education Center (TSEC) at MTSU is looking for students to help with a variety of math and science education research projects. These projects are investigating a variety of research questions, such as how teachers learn from their everyday classroom experiences, the impact of STEM teachers’ professional networks on their retention and self-efficacy, and how teachers and students interact in math or science classrooms. Research assistants will work with collaborative teams of professors, as well as graduate and undergraduate students. Long-term successful work in this position has the potential to lead to independent research projects and authoring research publications.
Position is available for course credit (3 credit hours) or as a paid position.
  • Students with Federal Work-Study allotment for the 2019-20 academic year are welcome to apply
  • Pay rate: $9.00-12.00/hour, depending on experience; $9.00/hr for FWS positions

At least 8 open positions available Fall 2019. To apply, fill out an application with unofficial transcript, resume, and cover letter: Apply Here


  Required Qualifications: 

  • Willing to work at least 8 hours every week and attend weekly meeting with supervisor.

 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Interest in education, teaching, mathematics, or science.
  • Experience or coursework in social sciences research methodologies, including qualitative methods or statistics.
  • Ideal candidates are organized, detail-oriented, and work well independently.
  • Undergraduate and graduate students from all majors are welcome to apply.


  • Qualitatively analyze videos and written work for teacher thinking and practices, student engagement, and/or classroom format
  • Quantitative data processing and social network analysis
  • Run descriptive and inferential statistics on quantitative data (e.g. t-tests, ANOVA)
  • Conduct literature reviews (e.g. reading articles, finding quotes, writing annotated bibliographies, etc.)
  • Collect research data (e.g. conduct interviews, design, and administer surveys)

Specific responsibilities depend on projects assigned to RA based on their expertise

Position Details

  • All work is done on the MTSU campus in the Fairview building with computers and software provided
  • Flexible hours outside of research team meetings
  • Training in specific analytical procedures and software will be provided
  • Position lasts 2 semesters with extension through summer or additional school years if interested in continuing with related projects
Tennessee STEM Education Center

820 Fairview Ave,
Suite 102
MTSU PO Box 82
Murfreesboro, TN 37132