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 that have been available in previous years.

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.

Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion, Graduate Assistant

In support of Miami University’s mission, the Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion (CSDI) actively creates an inclusive, welcoming, and affirming environment by providing direct services, support, and resources to students. We foster holistic development through transformational learning opportunities, one on one mentorship, and programs that empower students to explore and celebrate their identity, engage in intercultural dialogue, and build leadership skills. The center also collaborates with campus partners to cultivate cultural awareness and diversity competency through education. We advocate for equity in order for all identities to learn, grow, and succeed. (Updated July 2018)
The graduate assistant will report to the Director of the CSDI. This role will contribute to the advocacy, support, programming and/or education functions of the Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion. We are seeking graduate students who are interested in learning and working with all the focus areas of our department: Intercultural Initiatives, LGBTQ+ Initiatives, and Women*s Initiatives.

Dean of Students, Graduate Assistant

The Office of the Dean of Students (DOS) provides advocacy, support, and care through student-centered programs, services, and resources to foster growth, learning, and success. The DOS Graduate Assistant will assist in the development, implementation, and evaluation of various initiatives and programs in the areas of student support and office programming. The DOS Graduate Assistant will work closely with all members of the Office of the Dean of Students, as well as other departments in coordinating programs, services, and activities. The DOS Graduate Assistant will have three primary areas of responsibility: (1) assist in communication efforts from the Dean of Students Office and the Division of Student Life (2) coordinate DOS student-facing programs (e.g. Love & Honor Story Project, self-care days, etc.), and (3) provide support to the Medical Withdrawal process.

Office of Residence Life Graduate Assistant

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.

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.

Office of Student Wellness and the Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion

This GA will work directly with the directors of the Office of Student Wellness and the Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion on issues related to the intersectionality of the marginalized student experience and how this impacts healthy college student development. Projects and activities will have an emphasis on gender equity on campus, students of color and LGBTQ+ identifying students. The GA will be expected to participate in the staff meetings of both offices and to meet regularly with both directors together. Office space will be provided at either, or both, locations based on the preference of the GA. In order to thoroughly examine intersectional wellness and experiences of the marginalized student, partnerships with the following offices/organizations will be encouraged: Student Counseling Service, Student Health Services (operated by TriHealth), Comprehensive Community Response Team for Sexual and Interpersonal Violence, HAWKS Peer Health Educators, Diversity Advisory Council, and others as interest/needs arise.

Student Activities and the Cliff Alexander Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life - Student Activities Graduate Assistant

The Graduate Assistant for Student Activities and the Cliff Alexander Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life is a member of the Student Activities and the Cliff Alexander Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life team within the Division of Student Affairs. The Graduate Assistant reports to the Assistant Director and works with colleagues and stakeholders in meeting the departmental mission and in contributing to the holistic development of Miami University students. The Graduate Assistant is responsible for serving as a resource for students in the process of advising the Miami Activities and Programming (MAP) student organization and planning major campus events
and initiatives.

Student Activities and the Cliff Alexander Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life - Greek Life Graduate Assistant

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.

Wilks Institute for Leadership & Service, Graduate Assistant

The Harry T. Wilks Leadership Institute is the hub for leadership development in the Division of Student Affairs and plays a central role in creating a culture of leadership at Miami University. The Institute develops ethical and transformational leadership in Miami students to ensure graduates are prepared and inspired to serve and lead beyond the university. The programs, initiatives, and opportunities provided by the Institute are guided by core values of ethics, authenticity, student-centeredness, professionalism, inclusion, and collaboration.