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Graduate student for School Wellness Policies of West Michigan study

December 09, 2014

Terms: 20 hour per week position for a full-time graduate student. 9-month appointment (January 2015-September 2015). $ 10.10/hour

The graduate assistant will be working on the School Wellness Policies of West Michigan project. This involves a survey of West Michigan school districts in regards to their school wellness policies. This project’s main goals are:

  • Examine the strength and quality of district school wellness policies and the reported implementation of school wellness policies.
  • Examine barriers to implementation of school wellness policies in West Michigan schools.
  • Examine the parents and stakeholders awareness of school wellness policies and their perceptions on the impact on the health of the community.

Job responsibilities:

  • Develop surveys in Qualtrics
  • Collect data from government sources and enter into excel
  • Collect school wellness policies from all study districts.
  • Score district school wellness policies using the 96-item Wellness School Assessment Tool (WellSAT-2).
  • Responsible for collecting e-mails of principals and food service directors at all study schools.
  • Responsible for managing Qualtrics survey responses
  • Interact with faculty


  • Have knowledge of/course work completion in the following software programs:  Qualtrics, Google-docs, SPSS and Excel.
  • Graduate student in good standing with Grand Valley State University
  • Must be able to work collaboratively and cooperatively with a team of professionals.
  • Attend meetings with research faculty
  • Demonstrate excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Be able to work independently and take initiative
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate and value diverse populations
  • Maintain a high level of professionalism
  • Be able to work 20 hours a week starting Winter 2015 term to the end of Spring/Summer 2015 term.

Selection Process:  To apply please e-mail cover letter and resume to Debbie Lown, Associate Professor, Biomedical Sciences Department [email protected]  by December 20, 2015.  Qualified candidate will be interviewed by research team upon receipt of cover letter/resume.

Work Station: The GA will be assigned to a workstation in 328 Henry Hall with a study designated computer.

Orientation: The graduate student will receive training from research faculty team.

Supervision: GA will be supervised by the co-PI on this project, Dr. Lown. Dr. Lown will assist and guide the student through his/her job responsibilities. 

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