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.

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 known to be available this year. More may be added in the coming weeks. Please check back for updates.

Office of Residence Life Graduate Assistantship

Miami University’s Office of Residence Life works to establish an educational living and learning environment for approximately 8,500 students residing in 40 residence halls and apartments, each of which houses between 80 and 450 students. 

Overview

The Graduate Assistant reports to a Resident Director or Area Coordinator and works collaboratively with their supervisor to shape the environment and experiences of residential students 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.

All positions within the Office of Residence Life begin with mandatory training in mid-July each year. This is a full time training which runs through August. All assistantships require some scheduled night and weekend obligations. These obligations can be associated with major office and/or University events, including, but not limited to: move-in weekends and hall closing days. Graduate Assistants are provided with an apartment within their assigned residential community.  As with any live-in position, staff members are also responsible for handling crises as they occur. These assistantships will average 20-25 hours per week over the course of the academic year.

To learn more about the Office of Residence Life, please visit our website at:  https://miamioh.edu/student-life/residence-life/. 

More details about the Graduate Assistantship can be found at: https://www.miamioh.edu/student-life/residence-life/graduate-assistantships.

​​Student Life Transition & Family Engagement Graduate Assistantship

Overview

This graduate assistantship focuses on educating undergraduate students and their families about opportunities and resources available at Miami University, primarily within the Office of Parent and Family Programs and the Office of Orientation and Transition Programs. The graduate assistant will curate and create regular communications to incoming students and families of all undergraduate students through multiple media. The position will average 20 hours per week. Within the scope and goals of the position, there is flexibility in creating an experience that best fits the interests and goals of the successful applicant. The Transition & Assessment area in the Division of Student Life encompasses the Office of Parent and Family Programs, the Office of Orientation and Transition Programs, Student Life Communications, and assessment and planning for the division.

The graduate assistant duties include:

  • Coordinate eeweemakiki newsletters to families of all undergraduate students, Miami Family Focus newsletters to families of first-year students, and Hawk Herald newsletters to first-year students.
  • Act as a liaison between families of undergraduate students and the university through email, social media, and publications.
  • Coordinate the creation of the Miami Family Calendar.
  • Assist with Family Weekend planning and communication.
  • Generate content for social media for both offices.
  • Prepare content for orientation programs and assist with execution of orientation programs throughout the year. Options for employment with summer orientation are available.
  • Co-teach the spring semester orientation leader class.
  • Actively mentor orientation student staff throughout their time in the position.
  • Assist with other programs/projects as needed.
  • Additional opportunities may include collaboration with the Student Life divisional assessment; working with academic partners to facilitate a pre-semester program; attending/presenting at a professional conference; and writing for publication.

This position is supervised by the director of Parent and Family Programs and the director of Orientation and Transition Programs.

Liz Walsh
Director of Orientation and Transition Programs
walshek@MiamiOH.edu | 513-529-1834 | MiamiOH.edu/orientation

Mark Pontious, Ph.D.
Director of Parent & Family Programs          
pontiomw@MiamiOH.edu | 513-529-0834 | MiamiOH.edu/parents

Fraternity and Sorority Life Graduate Assistantship

Overview

The Office of Student Activities and Cliff Alexander Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life offers one graduate assistantship, working primarily with Miami’s fraternity and sorority community. The Graduate Assistant working with Greek lettered organizations reports to the Assistant Director of the office and works with colleagues and stakeholders in the enhancement of co-curricular life at Miami University as stated in the university goal of developing a “Model Greek Community.” The Graduate Assistant is responsible for supporting and enhancing leadership within the fraternity and sorority community.

Responsibilities:  Assist the Assistant Director of Student Activities and Cliff Alexander Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life in the implementation of office and university priorities by:

  • Advise a set number of chapters from various councils as their primary office liaison
  • Assist with the advisement of council operations for the Interfraternity Council (IFC), National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), and the Panhellenic Association (PA)
  • Advise Greek Week Steering Committee and serve as the onsite logistics advisor for all Greek Week Events
  • Assist with the advisement of the recruitment and intake process
  • Support the planning and implementation of annual leadership programs and training and development, including but not limited to Greek Leaders Advance, Council Executive Board Training, and various other officer and leadership retreats
  • Provide the primary oversight to the Acropolis program, a peer lead emerging leader’s institute 
  • Provide oversight for departmental initiatives and programs
  • Other duties that meet the current needs of Student Activities and Cliff Alexander Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and or interests of the graduate assistant
  • Support and advise students who lead late night programs and initiatives. 
Duties as a part of Student Activities and Cliff Alexander Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life Staff
  • Provide leadership for Student Activities and Cliff Alexander Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life in establishing and fulfilling its mission and goals; and in conducting daily operations and responsibilities.
  • Assist in supporting and establishing annual and long-range department goals
  • Support and maintain office standards and policies
  • Support, nurture, and maintain regular and collaborative relationships within the Division of Student Affairs and other University offices
  • Assist in the selection process for the Fraternal Excellence Awards program and various other recognition programs
  • Other duties as assigned, provided they support the mission of Student Activities and Cliff Alexander Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life
Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • Graduate or professional experience in student organizational advising, program/event planning, leadership development, alcohol education, and/or fraternity/sorority life is desired
  • Willingness to work in a team and collaborative environment required
  • Must possess strong written and oral communication skills
  • Must possess strong computer competence, including but not limited to word processing, spreadsheet applications, email, and electronic presentations
  • Willingness to work irregular hours including evenings and weekends required

Competencies: The office is dedicated to the personal and professional development of Graduate Students. The Graduate Assistant experience will focus on developing the following competencies:

NASPA & ACPA Competencies
  • Advising & Helping
  • Assessment, Evaluation & Research
  • Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
  • Ethical Professional Practice
  • History, Philosophy & Values
  • Law, Policy & Governance
  • Leadership
  • Student Learning & Development 
  • Personal Foundations
Association of Fraternity & Sorority Advisors (AFA) Competencies 
  • Educator
  • Leader
  • Values Aligner
  • Collaborator
  • Innovator
  • Researcher
  • Advisor
  • Administrator

Office of Diversity Services (Miami University Regionals)

Who We Are

We fully embrace individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values and are dedicated to providing a supportive environment.

What We Do

We lead and support campus initiatives focused on fostering an equitable and inclusive community through programming, events, and affinity spaces.

What We Believe

We are dedicated to ensuring that our campus is a place where different perspectives are respectfully heard and where EVERY individual feels a sense of belonging and inclusion.

Graduate Assistant Description:

The graduate assistant will report to the Director of the Center. This role will contribute to the advocacy, support, programming and/or education functions of the Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. We are seeking graduate students who are interested in learning and working with diverse populations of faculty, staff, and students.

Potential responsibilities for this GA may include, but are not limited to:

  • Help with planning and executing signature events: Taste of Soul, Racial Legacies and Learning, Faculty Unhinged, Yearly Planning Meeting, Campus Culture (Pop-Up Fest), and awards.
  • Assisting in the development and implementation of multiple identity-based and intersectional programming and resources.
  • Identifying structural opportunities for Intercultural Initiatives to become more efficient with collaborative programming and resource sharing.
  • Develop, implement, and assess educational outreach and training opportunities for the Miami Regional campuses to raise awareness about concepts related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.
  • Helping overall department with assessment, strategic planning, and departmental review.

Learn More at https://www.miamioh.edu/regionals/dms

Additional University Graduate Assistantships

The following assistantships are open to all College of Education, Health, and Society graduate students. As such, the timeline for interviewing and selecting candidates for these positions may differ from the SAHE Interview Days timeline. Though these assistantships are open to all EHS graduate students, they are well-suited for SAHE students and align well with the SAHE program's curriculum and learning goals.

Urban Teaching Cohort – Graduate Assistantship

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!

Sexuality Education Studies Center (SESC) - Graduate Assistantship

The SESC Graduate Assistant is responsible for:

  • Mentoring UAs who assist with FSW 365 and other SESC activities
  • Coordinating undergraduate student volunteers for the Periods Rock! Project who help to restock the bathrooms in McGuffey and Phillips Halls with menstrual products, take part in period product donation drives, and participate in policy-related activities geared toward making menstrual products free and accessible
  • Coordinating Periods Rock! menstrual products donation drives
  • Transitioning Periods Rock! into a student organization/campus chapter of a larger organization,

such as Periods.org

  • Helping to disseminate faculty affiliates’ research findings and making them more accessible to others by, for example, creating infographics for sharing on social media and via the SESC webpages
  • Co-creating (along with the SESC Coordinator/Director) the SESC electronic newsletter to be distributed at least twice per semester, highlighting the work of the SESC, its student volunteers, and faculty affiliates
  • Co-developing and co-completing/running comprehensive and inclusive sex ed trainings for campus and community organizations with the SESC Coordinator/Director and/or faculty affiliates
  • Assisting the SESC Coordinator/Director with SESC activities as needed
  • Co-Coordinating #MoveInMiami campaign
  • Meeting with the SESC Coordinator/Director at least once per week

EHS Success Center – Graduate Assistantship

Job Description Summary:

The Graduate Assistant (GA) in the Office of EHS Success Center will serve as the first point of contact for student inquiries. In addition to assisting visitors and handling incoming calls, this person will perform a variety of clerical and administrative support tasks central to the daily operations of the office and provide support to the Director of Student Services, professional academic advisors and other personnel associated with the center. The ideal GA will have a customer service orientation, a positive attitude, enjoy working in a busy office environment, and the ability and desire to adapt and learn continuously.

Possible Duties:

  • Responsible for greeting visitors in a professional and courteous manner, answering questions and routing calls and visitors as appropriate.
  • Assist with various administrative tasks including maintaining office inventory, making room reservations, scheduling use or maintenance of equipment, answering phones, typing, opening and distributing mail, or preparing bulk mailings and other needs as required.
  • Duties include opening and closing the office and assisting with coverage so that the office is open during regular hours, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Stays current on information about the College, the departments, the people, and the events and happenings in the division and serve as a resource for this information as needed.
  • Assist with divisional recruitment events to include: planning, communication and coordination with other offices as appropriate. Could include participation in events.
  • Assist with scheduling meetings, managing office calendars, and maintaining records and files as requested.
  • Provides support for student orientation programs.
  • Reviews academic advisor divisional website and other university sites and offers suggestions for updates.
  • Coordinates and provides support to the Dean’s office on programs and events as requested.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director, an Associate Dean or Dean.

Skills preferred:

Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills; ability to work cooperatively with others; strong communication, organizational and planning skills; ability to handle multiple tasks/projects and prioritize ongoing demands; knowledge of standard office procedures and equipment; experience with Microsoft Office applications, Google Mail / Drive / Calendar, 25Live and Zoom. Possibly experience with some student applications such as Banner Web, Banner 9, SLATE and Oracle Business Intelligence (BI) is warranted.

Mindfulness Center - Graduate Assistantship

What is the Mindfulness and Contemplative Inquiry Center? 

Our vision is to create a diverse and holistic community committed to embodied teaching, learning, research, and inquiry and engaged in transformative contemplative practices focused on heart, mind, body, and spirit.

The Center supports contemplative inquiry with particular attention to mindfulness and other contemplative practices. We serve students, faculty, researchers, and the wider community through the creation and development of related interdisciplinary scholarship and research, curricular initiatives, and public events. This collaboration fosters a culture of contemplation and holistic engagement and actively pursues a just, compassionate, and sustainable society.

Required Skills:

  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong communication skills 
  • Able to execute and expand visionary programming 

Preferred Skills:

  • Background in mindfulness and meditation preferred

Job Responsibilities:

  • Host weekly meditations
  • Event & workshop planning for the Center
  • Attend advisory meetings 
  • Track use of the Center 
  • Produce monthly newsletter

Available Internships

The following internships are available to all Miami University graduate students. As such, the timeline for interviewing and selecting candidates may vary from the SAHE Interview Days timeline. These internships pay an hourly wage, but they do not include tuition waivers.

Rinella Learning Center – Graduate Internship

The mission of the Rinella Learning Center is to help students reach individual academic goals by providing them with necessary skills.  Academic Support Services, one of the units within the Rinella Learning Center, has developed several services designed to aid students in establishing effective study and life skills.  This paid Graduate Intern position would involve working individually with a caseload of students to develop organization, time management, study, and problem-solving skills, as well as teaching a section of our course centered on developing these skills, EDT 110: Learning Strategies for College Success.  Internship responsibilities would include:

  • Meeting individually with each assigned student, usually on a weekly basis
  • Conducting follow-up conversations with student via email or telephone
  • Preparing for subsequent meetings
  • Working intensively with select students using study strategies to facilitate acquisition and review of course content
  • Teaching one section of EDT 110, a 2-credit hour, synchronous course that meets 2 days per week
  • Lesson planning, grading, and communicating with students for EDT 110
  • Communicating with Learning Specialists, Coordinators, and other Student Life professionals regarding the progress of the student
  • Meeting for individual and/or group supervision (frequency to be determined)
  • Participating in virtual and in-person training

Number of hours and number of students is negotiable, based on desired internship hours for this site.  Rate of pay is $12.10 per hour.  Note: At this time, this position does not offer tuition waivers.

Internship Supervisor:
Golden Fanning, Ph.D.
Assistant Director
Bernard B. Rinella Jr. Learning Center
Miami University
306 Shriver Center
513.529.8741
fanningg@MiamiOH.edu