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Graduate Assistant Positions

Frequently Asked Questions

How many assistantships are available and who is eligible to apply for them?
A maximum of eleven (11) assistantships are available for graduate students:

  • Office of Institutional Research (next available 2017-2018)

    The Office of Institutional Research collects and analyzes information to provide campus leaders with data to support informed decision making.  IR professionals support campus leaders and policy makers in areas such as admissions, financial aid, enrollment management, finances, student life and academics.  Additionally, IR staff are responsible for external reports to government agencies, various publications, and bench-marking against peer or aspirant institutions.  Applicants should have an affinity for data analysis (qualitative and/or quantitative), surveys and assessment tools, good critical thinking, organizational, and communication skills and a desire to learn about the “behind the scenes” aspects of higher education administration.  For consideration, please send your application materials directly to Mark Figueroa at 

  • Campus Living    (next available in 2015-2016)
    Lead and support the staff, program development, and facility management of a residential area. Provide a safe living environment and maximize the living/learning experience for residential students. Provide programmatic support in conjunction with the Campus Living mission. Applicants should have some work experience in a residential setting. This position is a live-in position.
  • International Students and Scholars   (next available in 2016-2017)
    Work with a vibrant program which provides  a wide variety of support  for the 200+ international students on campus. ISS is responsible for international student admissions, financial aid, orientation, and immigration services.
  • Student Rights and Responsibilities   (next available in 2016-2017) 
    Student Rights and Responsibilities educates for civic leadership, promotes inclusion and social justice, restores balance when harm occurs, and protects the welfare of the community and the individual. We engage the community through practices informed by Restorative Justice that promote conflict competence by teaching peaceful and collaborative resolution strategies.
  • Career Development Center  (next available in 2016-2017)
    Provide support in enhancing employer relations efforts with local and regional organizations and delivering career skill development programs and workshops. Looking for applicants with strong communication, presentation and organizational skills. Housing options avaialable. Applicants must have some professional work experience, preferably in human resources or training and development.
  • Dean of Students Office   (next available in 2016-2017)        
    Develop a broad range of skills in Student Affairs administration through professional engagement with the Dean of Students (DOS) office.  Support and coordinate programmatic efforts managed by the DOS office.  Engage in division-wide planning and execution of mission-driven institutional initiatives. Provide support for assessment efforts of division. Applicants must have some professional work experience, preferably in student programming.
  • Student Activities   (next available in 2016-2017)
    Support the staff, programs, and events of the Offices of Student Activities. Provide on-going support for recognized and registered student organizations affiliated with the College of Arts & Sciences.  Provide programmatic support in conjunction with the missions of the Office of Student Activities and Student Life.  Housing options avaiable. Applicants should have some professional work experience, preferably in event planning or student programming.
  • Health Promotion and Wellness   (next available 2017-2018)
    Provide on-going support for the development, implementation, and evaluation of prevention programs in relation to promoting healthy behaviors in the student population.    To be eligible, students must have experience and/or interest in counseling, substance abuse prevention, sexual violence prevention, and/or public health.  Click here for a complete position description. 
  • Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement   (next available 2017-2018 for students in M.A. Student Affairs Administration program only)
    Support the staff, programs, and events of the Department of Inclusion & Multicultural Engagement. Provide on-going support for student organizations affiliated with Inclusion & Multicultural Engagement. Provide programmatic support in conjunction with the mission of the department. Applicants should have some work experience with underrepresented populations, and event planning. This is a live-in position.
  • Associate Dean of Students for Student Engagement (ADOSE) (Two positions - next available 2017-2018)

The Associate Dean of Students for Student Engagement manages a varied and complex set of co-curricular services and programs regarding campus policies, plans, and objectives impacting the lives of students and their organizations. The Associate Dean supervises key directors and positions directly responsible for student development as it relates to leadership, civic engagement, cross-cultural understanding, and academic success.

  • ADOSE GA                                                                                                Graduate Assistant will work with the ADOSE to help with Title IX (including trainings, data collection, etc); research on best practices; committee work and other duties as assigned.  (15 hours a week; room and board in a single room at a residence hall. No tuition provided).

  • Assessment GA                                                                                       Graduate Assistant will work the ADOSE to help development, implement and oversee programmatic assessment/evaluation for all Student Life Departments with particular attention to those under the ADOSE and Campus Living. The GA will also serve on the Student Life Assessment committee. (15-17 hours/week with $15,000 toward tuition costs. No housing provided).

Can anyone apply for an assistantship?
No. Assistantships are reserved for students in the two-year, cohort-based M.A. in Student Affairs program, with the exception of the Health Promotion and Wellness assistantship, which may be open to graduate students in counseling or school counseling programs.

I am a student in the M.A. in Student Affairs program. Am I required to do a graduate assistantship?
No. Students must apply to be considered for an assistantship. See below for details on how to apply.

How do I apply for an assistantship?
Indicate which assistantship(s) you are interested in by:

  1. Completing a Graduate Assistantship Cover Sheet, and by
  2. Submitting your cover letter and resume to the Associate Dean of Student Engagement.

When are applications due?
2015: March 1

How long is an assistanship appointment?
Generally, assistantships begin August 1 (roughly a month before coursework begins), and they run through May of the following year. Assistantships are 1 year appointments, but are eligible for renewal. 

How many hours per week will I be expected to work?
Twenty (20) hours per week are required for most GA positions (unless otherwise noted). Students with the Housing/Campus Living assistantship additionally have on-call duties scheduled every 6 weeks. The duties of graduate assistants will generally be related to your academic and professional goals and the mission and outcomes of the participating departments.

What is the compensation?
Tuition and health insurance is covered (except for the ADOSE GA position). Some assistantships (e.g. Housing) offer a single room and meal plan, but most do not.   Tuition for up to 20 semester hours per year (beginning fall term through fall term, maximum 39 units for 2 years) are covered for the year you serve in the assistantship. Assistantships have a maximum term of 2 consecutive years; however, each GA will be reviewed by their supervisor and, based on the GA’s performance, will be notified by February 1st prior to their second year if they will be re-appointed to the Graduate Assistantship.

Am I required to accept the offer of free campus housing?
No, you can choose to live off campus at your own expense, unless you are in the IME or Housing/Campus Living assistantships, in which case you are required to live on campus. This assistantship comes with a 2-bedroom apartment (instead of a single), so could be appropriate if you have a family living with you (the apartment is located directly below student apartments, so anyone planning on living with children should plan accordingly). Individuals in this assistantship also qualify for a full meal plan.

Who do I contact with questions?
Please contact the Associate Dean of Student Engagement, Cathy Busha (