Graduate Assistant Positions
Frequently Asked Questions
How many assistantships are available and who is eligible to apply for them?
A maximum of five assistantships are available for graduate students:
Campus Living (Available 2014-2015 for students in M.A. Student Affairs Administration program only)
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.
Career Development Center (Available 2014-2015 for students in M.A. Student Affairs Administration program only)
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.
Student Activities (Available 2014-2015 for students in M.A. Student Affairs Administration program only)
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 (Unavailable 2014-2015)
Provide ongoing support for the development, implementation and evaluation of prevention and healthy behavior promotion projects. To be eligible, students must have a background in counseling, addiction treatment, and/or public health.
Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement (Unavailable 2014-2015)
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.
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?
You indicate which assistantship(s) you are interested in by 1) filling out an Graduate Assistantship Application and 2) submitting your resume to Tricia Brand, Associate Dean of Student Engagement (email@example.com).
When are applications due?
2014: May 1
2015: February 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 the GA positions. 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, health insurance, a single room, and a minimal meal plan (625 flex points [dollars] per semester). Tuition for up to 10 semester hours per term (fall and spring) are covered for the year you serve in the 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 Housing/Campus Living assistantship, 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, however, so anyone planning on living with children should plan accordingly). Individuals in this assistantship also qualify for a full meal plan (instead of the 625-point flex plan).