Graduate Assistant (Research), Aging Studies

Job description

Job_Type: Graduate Assistant
Job_Number: 01867
Closing: 01/07/19
Location: Main Campus
Division: AHS

General Summary

The Research Graduate Assistant performs research as a majority of their service. Working closely with one or more faculty members, assist with scholarly activities or research. Potentially includes all phases of research from design through literature review, data collection, analysis, writing, and preparation/presentation of findings.

The Research Graduate Assistant receives a stipend and a tax-exempt tuition waiver.

Job Description: The role of the Aging Studies Program Graduate Assistant (GA) is to assist the director with program development and maintenance activities, planning and implementation of special events and research projects, student advising, enrollment, and communications. The GA must be able to work a minimum of 15 daytime hours, Monday-Friday. Although the GA's assignments will largely be determined by the needs of the Program, every effort will be made to match the GA's interests, skills, experience, and abilities with the appropriate and desired tasks. Preference for hire will be given to past Aging Studies Program minor students, current Gerontology and Dementia Graduate Certificate Students, or graduate students who have a passion for working with older adults. However, all applicants will be considered for the position.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Assist university faculty/staff with research-related projects or other assignments that require the advanced discipline skills of graduate students.

Other departmental related duties as required.

Examples of Activities and Projects:

  • Participate in aspects of interdisciplinary research projects:
    • Conduct literature reviews
    • With training, collect and analyze data for interdisciplinary research projects
    • Disseminate research findings and implications (i.e. reports, conference presentations, presentations to community stakeholders)
  • Advise Aging Studies students at the undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Develop recruitment plans for potential students
  • Prepare promotional materials and special event announcements
  • Assist with organizing and carrying out Program events, such as the Welcome Reception, the Annual Fall Lecture, and the Careers in Aging Panel
  • Act as the Program liaison to the Aging Studies Program Student Organization (APSO) in coordinating initiatives
  • Assist with developing and implementing program initiatives
  • Assist with preparing, collecting, analyzing, and disseminating the alumni survey and other program evaluations
  • Assist with data analysis and preparation of Program Review and other Program reports
  • Maintaining organization in Program office, including managing program listserves, updating student files
  • Relay communications with students and community partners about Aging Studies Program events and opportunities
  • Assist with meetings and be active member of committees


Ability to work up to 20 hours per week (10 for 50%) is required.

GPA of 3.0 or higher is required.

Admission and enrollment in a graduate program is required.

Maintenance of a 67% course completion is required.

Enrollment in at least 6 credits for Fall and Winter semesters is required.

Desired Skills: Effective interpersonal and written communication skills, analytical abilities, knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), rapid and accurate keyboarding, organizational skills, familiarity with library resources and search tools.

Characteristics: The GA needs to be self-motivated, able to take initiative, and perform well with minimal supervision. Outstanding candidates will also be flexible, passionate about service, energetic and enthusiastic, hardworking, creative, comfortable with the unfamiliar, accountable, reliable, friendly, open and honest, focused, and willing to learn.

Full Time: 20 Hours/Week

For a full-time GA appointment, the University provides a tuition scholarship for up to 18 credit hours in each academic year (September 1 to August 31) of the assistantship.

For graduate assistants who are appointed to part-time positions and for GAs who begin employment after the start of the semester, the number of credit hours covered by the award will be prorated.

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* 01

Are you currently enrolled within a graduate-level program (or higher) with Eastern Michigan University?
  • Yes
  • No

* 02

If your response to the question above was "No," do you have an application currently pending for a graduate-level program (or higher) with Eastern Michigan University?
  • Yes
  • No
  • Previous answer was "Yes"

* 03

Please indicate the graduate/doctoral-level program(s) with Eastern Michigan University in which you are currently enrolled or for which you have an application pending.

* 04

Do you acknowledge that your tuition waiver may be taxable beyond $5250 per year?
  • Yes
  • No

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Posted: 11/28/2018
Application Due: 12/14/2018
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