Center for Social Research

Employment Opportunities

We are closing applications for our cohort starting work in Summer 2014 as of April 11. Applications may still be submitted at any time, but are not likely to be considered until a later date.

Student Research Assistants

Student research assistants support and manage ongoing projects. Common tasks include data entry and audio transcriptions, but the RA job is primarily about problem-solving in response to unique project needs. We seek out applicants with strong personal initiative, who can take responsibility for meeting project deadlines and communicate clearly with on- and off-campus clients. Due to the extensive training we provide for our research assistants, we are particularly interested in students who have at least one or two years left at Calvin.

CSR offers a unique opportunity to develop academic research skills, technical knowledge and business teamwork. If you have the motivation, we will help you to further develop your abilities. For more details on skills and qualifications, view the full job description below.
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Research Specialist

Research Specialists are full- or part-time employees with exceptional interests and/or skills in technical field(s), such as statistical analysis, computer programming, database management, geographic information systems (GIS), web sites and graphic design, etc. Specialists may be project managers for technical projects and may supervise and train undergraduates involved in related research tasks. The Research Specialist position is a full-time, 1- to 2-year appointment for recent Calvin graduates only.

CSR offers a high-caliber opportunity to develop your resumé through learning academic research skills, technical knowledge, and business teamwork. This is a prime opportunity for graduating seniors interested in gaining practical experience before applying to graduate school in the Social Sciences. For more details on skills and qualifications, view the full job description below.
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Research Associate

The Research Associate assists in the management of ongoing campus and community projects. As part of this project management, the Research Associate supervises, trains, and supports the student research team. The Research Associate is responsible for assigning project work, making and meeting deadlines, preparing data, conducting data analysis, and working alongside the other CSR staff to meet project goals. We seek out applicants with strong personal initiative, who have a background in statistics, familiar with the Social Sciences, and who possess the ability to communicate clearly with on- and off-campus clients. The Research Associate position is a full-time, 1- to 2-year appointment for recent Calvin graduates only.

CSR offers a high-caliber opportunity to develop your résumé through learning academic research skills, technical knowledge, and business teamwork. This is a prime opportunity for graduating seniors interested in gaining practical experience before applying to graduate school in the Social Sciences. For more details on skills and qualifications, view the full job description below.
Contact CSR about this job | View job description [PDF] | Apply online | Current Staff

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Contact Us

CSR is located in the Raybrook Building, 2041 Raybrook St SE, across Burton Street from the main campus and south of Calvin Theological Seminary. Our mailing address remains the college address at 3201 Burton St. SE.

For more information contact:
Center for Social Research
Calvin College
Raybrook Building 2041, Suite 103
3201 Burton Street, S.E.
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Email: csr@calvin.edu
Phone: (616) 526-7799
Fax: (616) 526-7683

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Meet the CSR

Origin

The Calvin College Center for Social Research (CSR) was created by the Calvin Department of Sociology in 1970 in response to increasing numbers of faculty requests for research assistance. Since then, the CSR has grown into an independent center, supporting all of the social science departments of Calvin College as well as the broader community. Throughout its history, CSR's top priorities have been to promote excellence in research, both on campus and in the community.

Mission

The Center for Social Research aims to serve as a catalyst for scholarly research in the social sciences. Through research we seek to be agents of renewal in the academy, church, and society.

Commitments

  • Research: promote basic and applied research of the highest quality by encouragement, example, and engagement with the college’s social science community.
  • Partnership: undertake collaborative and community-based research with scholars, organizations, and institutions at the local, regional, national, and international levels.
  • Faculty Development: enhance the scholarly community in social sciences at Calvin College.
  • Student Involvement: provide opportunities for students to develop their research skills in a mentoring environment.
Staff
  Neil Carlson, Ph.D., Director, received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University in 2004 and served as Assistant Director of the CSR from 2004 to 2011. He supports design of social research projects from the big questions to the technological nuts and bolts, including project management and budgeting, instrument design, database design, data visualization, statistical analysis, report writing and interactive presentation of study data. Curriculum Vitae (PDF).
  Traci Montgomery, B.S., Research Associate, graduated from Calvin College, majoring in Mathematics and Geography. Traci works at CSR as student supervisor, coordinating student project work, as well as offering support to various CSR projects.
  Kristen Napp, B.A., B.S.W., Research Specialist, graduated from Calvin College, majoring in Spanish and Social Work. Kristen offers research and project support for CSR clients.
  Allison Rudi, B.A., Project Coordinator, graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University, majoring in International Policy Studies of Ethics and Conflict. She will soon complete her Masters in Public Policy and Administration with Northwestern University in Chicago. Allison is coordinating the launch of “When the People Speak, Kent County,” the first-ever Kent County Deliberative Poll, a collaborative community research and civic engagement project, spearheaded by CSR which employs Stanford Professor James Fishkin’s theory of the Deliberative Poll. http://www.kentcountyspeaks.org
  Owen Selles, B.A., Research Specialist, graduated from Calvin College, majoring in Geography. Owen offers research and project support for CSR clients.
  Alexander (Sasha) Tyan, B.A., Research Specialist, graduated from Calvin College with an International Relations major. Sasha offers research and project support for CSR clients.
  Kathy Bardolph, B.A., Administrative Assistant, a Calvin English and German graduate, offers administrative, clerical, and project support to the Center.


Student Staff Team: The Student Research Assistants are comprised of a team of Calvin students who are constantly being trained in new research tools and practices. Currently, we have six students on our team:
  Stacia Allen, a junior with a major in Social Work, started working with us during the summer of 2013.
  Michael Bloem, a junior with a major in Economics and a Mathematics minor, started working with us during the summer of 2013.
  Alden Hartopo is a junior double majoring in International Relations and Economics. At CSR, Alden specializes in Qualtrics and Inquisite.
  Leah Hoogstra, a senior with majors in Mathematics and International Development, started working with us during the spring of 2012.
  Michael Kelly is a senior, studying Psychology and Writing. Michael brings his experiences as Editor in Chief of Dialogue Magazine and as Academic Services tutor for Calvin College, as well as his service as Student Ambassador for the Psychology Department.
  Greg Kim joined CSR during the fall semester. Greg, a senior, is pursuing majors in History and International Relations.
  Melissa Lubbers is a senior majoring in Psychology and Social Work, interned with CSR during the spring semester of 2012 and is now a part of the research assistant team. Melissa will be spending her final semester at Calvin as an intern in Washington, D.C.
  Natalie Patterson is a senior with a major in Environmental Studies and a Geography minor. Natalie specializes in GIS work at the CSR.
  Shawntavia Stewart is a junior and in a pre-med program with concentrations in Psychology and Recreational Therapy.
  Lauren Muñoz studies Sociology and Spanish and is currently in her junior year. She is spending her Fall 2013 semester in Peru.
  Josh VanderLeest is majoring in Psychology and pursuing a minor in Business. Josh, a junior, served as a CSR intern for the fall semester and now joins CSR as a Research Assistant.
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Projects & Services

Current Projects

At any given time, CSR supports or conducts several long-term projects and at least a dozen shorter-term projects. Please visit our weblog to see the latest news on current CSR projects.

Request Services

CSR provides free initial consultation on prospective projects. Feel free to contact us:
•By telephone: (616) 526-7799
•By e-mail: csr@calvin.edu
•On-line: Project Proposal Form.
•By mail: Center for Social Research
3201 Burton, S.E.
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Small Grants Program

CSR provides small grants of up to $1,000 to faculty members for use in their research that is not funded from other sources. Details about applying for a small grant can be found on the CSR website: small grant guidelines.

Services Offered:

•Research Design
•Project Management and Budgeting
•Survey Research (both web-based and mail surveys)
•Qualitative Research (content analysis, focus groups, transcription)
•Statistical Analysis (SPSS, Stata, Excel, Access, database design, statistical modeling)
•Geographic Information Systems (GIS; data mapping and spatial analysis)
•Presentation (report writing, preparation of charts and graphics, publication of findings)

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