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Debralyn Woodberry-Shaw is looking for a co-facilitator to assist with her dissertation at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education. She is exploring gendered racial identity in 5th-12th grade Black girls and how community-based educational spaces in the United States can support them.

Position Description
The co-facilitator will assist with data collection and data analysis. This includes but is not limited to: (1) preparing activities for focus groups, (2) facilitating activities and discussions with 2 groups of 8-10 5th-8th grade Black girls and 2 groups of 8-10 staff in community-based educational spaces, (3) taking notes and debriefing focus groups, (4) qualitatively coding data (e.g., focus group transcripts, stories, artifacts), and (5) interpreting and synthesizing data.

The time commitment is about 45 hours over the course of the study, and the stipend rate is $820. The projected start of data collection and analysis is February 2023, and the projected end is July 2023.


  • Experience facilitating activities and discussions with 5th-8th graders is required and working specifically with Black girls is strongly encouraged.
  • Experience facilitating activities and discussions with adults is required
  • Clearances Required – can obtain them once position is offered
    • Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare Child Abuse Clearance History
    • Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check
    • FBI Criminal Background Check
  • Prior knowledge of qualitative coding or Dedoose is not required but encouraged. Training will be provided.

How to Apply
Please email your resume to Debralyn Woodberry-Shaw at to apply using the subject line: Co-Facilitator Resume – FirstName LastName.

Additional Opportunity
Separate from the paid co-facilitator work, there is a potential for co-authorship on a research paper (or papers) to be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal.