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American Voices Project
Hiring, Training, Research
March 2020 - June 2021
Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
Assigned role: Hire and train Year 2 fellows for the American Voices project.
Conducted needs analysis through survey and SME data collection. Identified gaps and developed structured interview system and training curriculum on the below topics:
Research Ethics, IRB, and Consent
Qualitative Research 101
Culturally Competent Research
Learning the AVP Protocol
Best Practices for Qualitative Interviewing
How to Write Culturally Conscious Field Notes
Learn inductive qualitative coding analysis for at least one crisis report
Additional professional development opportunities
Seeking Employment During a Pandemic (Job searching, resume/CV, cover letter)
Entering academia as a first-generation student and/or person from a working-class background
Applying for Graduate school
Blended learning: data quality review and mock interviews
I also built relationships with the Stanford community and brought in external speakers. For example, Dr. Matt Clair came to speak to our students about his research on race and the criminal justice system, and how it applied to them collecting data during one of the largest civil rights movements ever.
I also brought in Angela Simms from Barnard College to discuss structural racism and how it is present today. The training was well received and employee retention increased by 30% over the 15 months I was there.
"Anna arrived at Stanford right on time in March 2020, bringing experience and skills in organizational development and personnel training that have been critical ingredients in the continuation of the American Voices Project and its transition to all-remote research operations. Anna has worked tirelessly to ensure project success, willingly and gladly taking ownership of a very large bailwick of responsibility. Anna also arrived at an extremely difficult time for the country and for our research team. The pandemic combined with stark examples of racial injustice in Minnesota, Kentucky, and really everywhere, raised critical questions about the nature of work in an academic organization that conducts research on poverty and inequality and also seeks to end these social ills. In many cases, personnel including Anna had their bona fide commitment to justice challenged in the workplace. Anna has always responded professionally and, through hard work and preparation, has made positive and lasting change in the Center and the Univesrity more broadly. I am exceptionally proud of her work in this regard.
Anna has accomplished so much on many fronts in just one year, but if I had to point to one core accomplishment, it would be Sociology 141. With David Grusky, Anna has developed an entire new qualitative research course for undergraduates and has managed the PhD candidate teaching assistants and research managers in that course. The contributions of Center personnel to fundamental commitments of the University (i.e. undergraduate and graduate training-in-research) can sometimes go unseen. Anna's central role in Sociology 141 as lecturer-trainer-manager-administrator par excellence is my new go-to example of the all-important contributions that Center personnel make in the University's mission. I have heard personally from numerous undergraduates who cited Sociology 141 as having taught them more than all their other courses combined, and indeed we have the evidence to support this claim in the hundreds and hundreds of high quality interviews that these newly-minted researchers have delivered. This course is a new model for undergraduate training-in-research, and without Anna, we would not have it. The Center is deeply grateful." - Charles Varner, Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality