[OKGIS] School Poverty Research Positions @ OU

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  • From: "David W. Wheelock" <David.Wheelock@oda.state.ok.us>
  • To: "Oklahoma GIS Community" <okgis@gis.gis.ou.edu>
  • Subject: [OKGIS] School Poverty Research Positions @ OU
  • Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2007 14:41:28 -0600
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VISTA needs GIS students to assist with project.  See below for details.
VISTA - Fight Poverty with Passion


OU Studies Poverty in Oklahoma Schools:  Hiring VISTA Researchers



The University of Oklahoma has announced that it will expand its examination of poverty in Oklahoma schools.  The Office of the Vice Provost at the University of Oklahoma plans to hire two VISTA research assistants to study the relationship between schools and community poverty in rural and urban areas of Oklahoma.  The research aims to identify Oklahoma schools that are having an impact on poverty.  The VISTA researchers will apply state-of-the-art community mapping software and will make use of a variety of state and non-profit resources.  The VISTA researchers should have some proficiency in Spanish.  Some college experience is needed and a bachelor’s degree is preferred.


Below is a copy of the OU VISTA positions announcement.






Learn GIS While Fighting Poverty in Rural and Urban Oklahoma

Office of the Vice Provost Seeks to Fill Two VISTA Positions


Many know that schools are reflections of the communities they serve, but have you ever wondered about the transforming power of schools on communities? 


The Office of the Vice Provost at the University of Oklahoma seeks two VISTA members to serve as research assistants in a study of the relationship between schools and community poverty in rural and urban areas of Oklahoma.  The study seeks to alleviate poverty by identifying schools and their characteristics that have served as change agents in low-income communities. The volunteer will work in a state of the art social research facility housed on the research campus of a flagship institution for higher learning. 


The successful candidate will conduct community mapping using GIS software and a variety of state and non-profit resources.  The candidate will also work in partnership with other VISTA(s) to develop a database of service-learning activity on campus.  Prior experience with GIS and tracking databases is not necessary to the position.  However, candidates should be comfortable with technology and must be willing to become proficient in a variety of research methods using GIS, electronic databases and other research technologies.  The successful candidate must be able to take initiative and work independently with support.  A bachelor’s degree is preferred.  All applicants must have an appreciation for the complexities of schooling and poverty issues.  The successful candidate is flexible, always keeping the big-picture in view.  Some proficiency in Spanish would also be helpful to the position. 


The successful candidate must apply to Americorps for the VISTA program (https://recruit.cns.gov/applyform.asp) and be available for a January 29, 2008 – February 1, or February 19 – 22, 2008 Pre-service Orientation Training in AlbuquerqueVISTA is a twelve-month, full time commitment.  VISTA member base salary is $833/month, including benefits paid by the CNCS. A modest allowance of $300 will be paid to the housing vendor selected by the VISTA.   VISTA members may select the Education Award of $4,725 or the Completion Year of Service Cash Award of $1,200 after successful completion of service.


This position is ideal for the mature applicant who is seeking a new career path or is changing professional trajectory.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. The University of Oklahoma has a wide range of amenities affordable to low income residents. Financial assistance with childcare is available for income eligible members through the CNCS.  The VISTA additionally may enjoy the many films, guest speakers, athletic events and concerts that are sponsored by the campus.  For further information email Dana Cesar, Director of Student Engagement at cesar@ou.edu. The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity institution.





Thirty-seven million Americans live in poverty. Through AmeriCorps VISTA, you can make a tangible difference. And, you’ll find the fulfillment that comes from using your knowledge and skills to help those in disadvantaged circumstances turn their dreams into reality.











  • [OKGIS] School Poverty Research Positions @ OU, David W. Wheelock, 12/19/2007

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