M.S. Assistantships

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M.S. Assistantship Information

Full-time master's students are awarded an assistantship for two years of graduate study. While assistantships are not a requirement of the SAHE program, they are an excellent opportunity for students to apply what they are learning in their coursework to their practice as emerging student affairs professionals.

Assistantships are 20-hour-per-week positions that include a tuition waiver and a monthly living stipend during the academic year. These positions enable students to focus on their academics while also continuing to grow professionally. Each year, a variety of positions are available in offices, programs, and departments across campus.

Between January 3-13, 2020, all M.S. applicants with completed applications will receive an email (to the email address listed in your online application) with a link to the online SAHE M.S. Assistantship Rank Order Form. Sending the form at this time ensures that it reflects all available assistantships, as assistantships are confirmed on a rolling basis.

Below is a list of M.S. Assistantships that have been available in previous years. We cannot guarantee all these positions will be offered for the incoming cohort but we are in the process of gathering which GAs will be available for fall 2020.

Office of Residence Life Graduate Assistant

Graduate Assistants, in Residence Life, will gain experience in residence hall administration, Resident Assistant supervision and student advising and development. The Graduate Assistant, under supervision by a full time Area Coordinator or Resident director, is charged with shaping a residential community by providing services and programs that focus on the Office of Residence Life’s Pillars of Success.  The Pillars include (1) providing safe and healthy homes, (2) assisting in increasing persistence and retention, (3) promoting inclusive and diverse communities, (4) extending the learning environment beyond the classroom, and (5) easing students' transition to adulthood

SAHE Graduate Assistant for the Urban Cohort (UC)

What is the Urban Cohort?

The Urban Cohort, formerly the Urban Teaching Cohort, is a specifically designed set of interdisciplinary courses, seminars and experiences for Miami students seeking careers with a focus on social justice in urban communities. UC students spend significant time engaging in specific urban communities working with a variety of community-based organizations. The UC prepares candidates who are deeply engaged in community service work with community members, and informed about the cultural, political, social, and economic histories of the community in which they will work, serve, and potentially live.

Summary of job duties:

  • Lead/advise UC Student Leadership Board, including weekly one hour group meeting, one-on-one check-in/developmental meetings with students, recruitment efforts, information sessions, on campus programming, all UC events, retreats, interview days, etc.
  • Work with the program director and the UC Student Leadership Board to coordinate recruitment efforts.
  • Engage with the first year cohort students as they learn about the communities in which they will work, serve, and potentially live and the cultural, political, social, and economic systems that affect those communities.
  • Administrative duties include sending and receiving emails for UC email account, scheduling presentations, reserving facilities, creating and monitoring RSVP and other documents in Google Docs, reserving transportation for first year students, Youth Participatory Action Research placements, retreat planning.
  • Other duties as assigned based on program and community needs.
  • What passions do you bring to this work? We are OPEN!

Bernard B. Rinella, Jr. Learning Center Graduate Assistant

The mission of the Bernard B. Rinella, Jr. Learning Center is to help students reach their individual academic goals by empowering them with the skills needed to be independent and successful learners and to provide academic support through various programs and services. The Rinella Learning Center (RLC) is comprised of 4 functional areas: Academic Support Services, Scholastic Enhancement Program, Collaborative Learning Initiatives and RLC Testing Center. The office and work are enhanced by the wide-range of experience, expertise and perspectives that our graduate assistants (GAs) bring with them to the RLC.

The center is committed to supporting GAs’ academic endeavors and professional development through:

  1. A comprehensive GA training session the week before classes begin
  2. Weekly group or one-on-one planning and supervision meetings with supervisors
  3. Promoting GA autonomy by giving them primary responsibility for teaching, supervision, academic coaching, training and assessment
  4. Understanding that the number one priority for our GAs must be their own academic work

Goals for Rinella Learning Center Graduate Assistants:

  • Develop better teaching, training and facilitation skills.
  • Develop supervisory and administrative skills.
  • Gain a better understanding of student development in the arena of academics.
  • Develop basic intervention and academic counseling skills.
  • Develop working relationships with Learning Specialists and other Student Life professionals.

Basic Position Qualifications: RLC GA applicants must meet all University requirements for the graduate school; strong organizational skills, computer skills and the ability to work effectively with a diverse undergraduate student population.

Preferred Position Qualifications: Post-college work experience; academic discipline expertise (i.e., Math, Economics, Accounting, etc.); tutoring, peer advising or academic counseling experience; teaching and facilitation experience.

To learn more about the RLC please visit our website at: http://www.MiamiOH.edu/learning.