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Professional Research Assistant

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Dec 11, 2023

Job Summary

The Program for Teaching East Asia (TEA) at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Center for Asian Studies invites applications for a part-time (80%) Staff Assistant with background in East Asian studies and K-12 education.

TEA is a grant-funded program with the mission of facilitating and enhancing the study of East Asia and international education in K-12 curricula in schools nationwide. TEA conducts research on the state of the field; assesses national, state, and local district needs; and designs, delivers, and evaluates programs to address these needs. TEA programs bridge the gap between scholarly research in the field and the K-12 curriculum. Towards this end, TEA works with diverse groups of Asian studies specialists within and beyond the university, professional organizations, school districts, and teachers. This position reports to the TEA Director and/or project PIs as appropriate, and contributes substantively to TEA’s research, curriculum development, and teacher professional development projects.

The Professional Research Assistant will serve as a TEA staff Assistant, responsible for working with the TEA Director, project PIs, and Asian studies faculty on campus to design, deliver, and assess the impact of professional development programs in Asian Studies for K-12 teacher audiences.

The position is expected to begin between April 1 and June 1 2024.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The Program for Teaching East Asia (TEA) is a national program providing professional development for K-12 educators, elementary-secondary curriculum development in East Asian studies, and advocacy for the critical role of Asian and international studies as part of the preparation of 21st century citizens. Through its gift- and grant-funded programs, TEA offers seminars, workshops, online courses, and summer institutes serving approximately 500 teachers per year. TEA develops curriculum units, videos, and other resources to enrich teaching in elementary and secondary classrooms. In all its programming, TEA draws upon the research and scholarship of CU Boulder’s faculty as well as Asian studies scholars and policy specialists from across the US and in East Asia. TEA marks 38 years of state and national programming in 2023. The Program for Teaching East Asia is housed within the Center for Asian Studies, a US Department of Education National Resource Center focused on supporting and expanding education and research related to Asia on the CU Boulder campus and beyond.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Working as part of a team to design and manage professional development courses on East Asia for K-12 teachers through the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia program at TEA;
  • Conduct research, program design, and evaluation on the effectiveness of online and distance learning technologies for NCTA seminars;
  • Develop and implement communication and dissemination plans that highlight key project information via website, social media campaigns, newsletter contributions, etc.;
  • Promote research project-developed resources to targeted audiences within the national K-12 audience and academic community;
  • Manage the TEA database;
  • Conduct research required for grant development;
  • Other duties as assigned.
In addition, the Staff Assistant may represent TEA projects at national conferences and programs, and make presentations on program activities and special topics in East Asian studies relevant to the K-12 curriculum to a variety of audiences and funders.

What You Should Know
  • The staff assistant is expected to work a hybrid format, with a minimum of 3-4 days per week in the CAS office at CU Boulder.
  • This position may occasionally require work outside of a conventional 8-5 workday and M-F work week.
  • This position may require occasional travel for professional presentations and professional conferences.
What We Can Offer

The salary range is $40,000 to $45,000 at 0.8FTE, annually.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits , including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder .

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What We Require
  • Master’s Degree in a field related to Asian Studies or Education, or a Bachelor's degree and relevant experience.
  • Strong knowledge of East Asia.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of at least one country of East Asia and one discipline in the arts or sciences.
  • Excellent written and oral communication and teaching skills.
  • Excellent program administration skills.
  • Knowledge of office technology programs, Learning Management Systems, and electronic advertising.
What You Will Need
  • Outstanding planning and organizational skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of collaborative programs.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office applications and social media platforms.
  • Ability to work with diverse audiences.
  • Commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
What We Would Like You to Have
  • Competency in one East Asian language.
  • Experience working or studying in East Asia for a period of six months or more.
  • An understanding of the precollege educational environment specific to the context, needs, and opportunities for strengthening the study of Asia in K-12 education.
Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Resume or C.V. including name and contact information for three references.
  2. Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.
  3. Essay: Why should students in elementary and secondary schools learn about East Asia (500 words max.).
  4. Degree.

Please do not include letters of recommendation with your initial application. If you are identified as a finalist for this role, the search committee will request 3 letters of recommendation at a later time.

If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version as an optional attachment.

Please apply by February 1, 2024 for consideration, applications will be accepted until March 1, 2024.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs .

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