Graduate Assistantship at Penn State/Shaver's Creek Environmental Center

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Monday, August 31, 2020, 5:30pm


University Park, PA
United States

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We are looking for a PhD student (obtaining a master’s degree on the way to the PhD is an option) to research residential environmental education experiences and the associated outcomes. The research will draw on literature at the intersection of environmental education, social-emotional learning, positive youth development, and educational psychology. The specifics of the research design will be developed by the student but could involve work with alumni from Outdoor School – whether they be students, undergraduate instructors, school staff, or parents. The chair of the students committee will be Dr. Derrick Taff. It is anticipated that the Program Director of Outdoor School, Ellen Will, will sit-in as a special member of the selected student’s committee. 

Assistantship details: Funding for this research is available for a 3-year period (possibly 5-year if pursuing master’s degree on the way to PhD) dependent on successful progress. The student will pursue a degree in RPTM where they will work for approximately 5 hours per week as a research assistant. Additionally, they will work for approximately 15 hours per week as a Shaver’s Creek teaching assistant and/or instructor. The logistics of working between campus and Shavers Creek requires use of a personal vehicle. 

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