Seeking mutually beneficial arrangement with research assistant.
April 1, 2011 9:30 AM Subscribe
How do I efficiently and effectively work with a research assistant?
posted by letahl to Work & Money (3 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I am in my first year of teaching at the graduate level. My area of (legal) scholarship is very specific, and this semester I taught a seminar class in that area. One of the students has asked to serve as a research assistant to me this summer, because she is interested in the subject area and would like the experience.
I have never had a research assistant before. I have thought of a couple of things that she can potentially help me with (namely, pulling articles and synthesizing them, and helping with footnotes), but am looking to follow up with:
(1) What tasks or projects have you found research assistants to be of help on? I.e., what can I delegate to her that I haven't thought of, that would be mutually beneficial?
(2) Are there articles or resources that you can recommend on efficiently and effectively working with a research assistant?
(3) Do you have any personal words of wisdom in terms of how to effectively and efficiently work with a research assistant? I'm interested in project management as well (I'm a GTD individual, if it makes a difference).
My work has traditionally not been very empirical, but I'm wondering if it would be more efficient to take advantage of this opportunity to do some empirical work.
Bonus points if you have tips for effectively integrating two research assistants, as I have another student who has indicated an interest, although I'm not sure whether the two will be helping out during the same time period.
Thank you, Mefites.