Other Program Positions

See information about GA position descriptions for each Program listed below by clicking on the link.

As required by AAALAC International, our Graduate student is responsible for all weekend and Holiday coverage. It is the responsibility of the student to check the health status of all animals, ensure proper feed and water are available for all animals, check on environmental conditions in facility and inform supervisor of any and all deviations from the acceptable. They change cages as necessary.  The student also works 2 days during the regular week performing tasks including cage changing, cage washing, sweeping, mopping, removing garbage from the animal rooms and facility, checking on health of all animals and informing Supervisor and/or Director of facility.

The Graduate student also monitors and helps to train new student employees in the proper functioning of the Animal Care Center including training the students to assist on weekends and holidays. The student must be able to lift 50 pound bags of food and bedding and be able to transport the bags to necessary areas of the facility.

Teamwork, excellent attendance and promptness, accuracy and willingness to follow precise instructions and procedures, pleasant working attitude, and ability to work with minimal supervision are absolutely essential. 

  • Research: conferences, books, experts, university programs for the Center.
  • Help the GDSJ faculty with research related to their courses.
  • Help create flyers and activities to promote the Master.
  • Assist the Assistant to the Director with the general clerical duties: order supplies, room reservations, travel/expense, service requests, if needed.
  • Help with the maintenance of the Center website.
  • Be the Cohort Liaison with the Director of the Master for any issues during the program.
  • Work on the Online Development Dictionary.

Doctoral Fellows assigned to the Institute for Writing Studies typically focus in one of the three areas: the University Writing Centers, the Writing Across the Curriculum Program, or the First-Year Writing Program. In addition, the IWS typically has one or two Graduate Assistantships for eligible master’s students to work specifically in the Writing Center.

University Writing Centers:

  • Actively participate in initial and ongoing staff education and development activities, including readings, observations, journaling, shadowing activities, and UWC meetings.
  • Maintain a standing schedule commensurate with contract and obligations beyond the UWC (e.g. teaching, editorships, etc.) that also attends to the needs for front desk/reception, and possibly Sunday and evening staffing coverage.
  • Complete all documentation of sessions (face-to-face, online chats, and e-tutoring) and assist students/clients with posting consultation appointment requests.
  • Schedule a session observation with one of the directors, or perform a digitally recorded self-observation (and reflection communicated via Blackboard's journal feature).

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Teaching and research expectations might include assisting with the Faculty Fellows/Writing Fellows program (mentoring undergraduate writing fellows or pairs of writing and faculty fellows, and supporting the pedagogy and research of faculty fellows), with WAC and writing center collaborations that include in-class or in-writing center work with students, or with WAC research and assessment projects.

First-Year Writing:
Doctoral Fellows working in the First-Year Writing Program might be asked to shadow First-Year Writing Faculty, assist First-Year Writing Faculty or the Director of the program, teach a section of FYW 1000c, or conduct research pertaining to the teaching of composition and first-year writing. Students will be expected to attend biweekly faculty development meetings, and also participate whenever possible in ongoing assessment projects.


The GA will assist with the following:

  • The scheduling, material and equipment updates.
  • Assist the Director in maintaining the operation of the Center.
  • Prepare materials for Clinical seminars.
  • Assist the Director in her activities with the professional community-i.e., committee responsibilities with ASHA, maintaining accreditation, records, reports of clients, presentation before learned societies.
  • The student will assist with obtaining current treatment outcome data regarding treatment efficacy by researching the literature.
  • Student will participate in data collection for ongoing research projects (i.e., The Listening Inventory for Adults, and for Spanish Speaking families).