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A recent Digital Seed Grant recipient is looking to fill a vacant position to help with project research. Please see the position description below, and contact the primary investigator, Cindi Brown, with questions and interest by June 17, 2021.


Project Assistant: Revisiting the Thematic Apperception Test with Computerized Linguistic Analysis

Project Description

The Thematic Apperception Test (TAT) is a projective test which was important in the history of psychology. Developed by Dr. Henry Murray in the 1930's, the TAT was used extensively by psychologists between the 1930s and the 1970s. Since the TAT was administered extensively for decades, it is suspected that many of these TAT narratives still exist. The initial purpose of our project will be to locate these historical TAT narratives, archive them, and make them available for interested researchers who wish to apply more modern interpretive techniques. The second phase of the project will involve original research using the archived narratives.


  • Assist with research
  • Type handwritten narratives
  • Transcribe recorded oral narratives
  • Perform data entry and data analysis


Employee must be a student (graduate or undergraduate). Any major accepted, but job might be of special interest to psychology or history majors. Strong clerical skills, including knowledge of Excel, desired.


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Pay and Employment Details

Job is very part time, approximately 200 hours total over the course of one year ranging from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022. Averages to 4 hours per week, but could be variable, with the bulk of work expected in September/October of 2021 and March/April 2022. Employee will be hired through the James Walker library, as a student library worker, and the supervisor will be the grant primary investigator, Cindi Brown. Compensation is $9 per hour. A good opportunity to gain research experience in History or Psychology.

To Apply

Please answer the questions on the following questions via email to Cindi Brown, Project Lead and Psychology Graduate Student, cgb3j@mtmail.mtsu.edu. If you wish, you may attach a resume or CV to the email, but it is not required.

Please email Cindi Brown, cgb3j@mtmail.mtsu.edu, the following information:

  1. Your Name
  2. Your M#
  3. Your Program and Major
  4. Contact information, including a phone number where you can be reached
  5. Please briefly explain why you are interested in this job and why you think you would be a good fit for it.
  6. Describe any prior experience you have had with either historical archiving or with psychological research.
  7. Please describe your clerical skills, including experience working with Excel.

Applications are due by June 17, 2021.