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Watson Family Student Development Center Graduate Assistantships

The Watson Family Student Development Center is a student services office for the College of Education and Human Sciences at Oklahoma State University. We advise several student organizations within our college including: Freshmen Scholar Leaders, Emerging Leaders, Ambassadors as well as our living learning program, The P.E.T.E. Project. Other initiatives that support retention of our students are spearheaded by the Watson Center with help of GTAs. Graduate teaching assistants in this area assist with multiple initiatives during the year. GTAs are provided direction via weekly meetings and access to resources, but are empowered to creatively solve problems and utilize their personal organizational skills to prepare for and complete all upcoming planning needs. These unique GTA experiences allow you to assist in a student services office in an academic college setting. These GTA roles work under the direction of the Director of Recruitment and Retention and the Coordinator for Student Development and Retention within the College of Education Human Sciences.


Requirements

All positions require a bachelor's degree and admittance to a master’s level graduate program. Some positions may require an early summer start date. These are half-time (20 hours per week, .50 FTE) for the fall and spring semesters.

 

Remuneration

Stipend: $1,700/month *based upon your major in the College of Education and Human Sciences and a .50 FTE role. This is the stipend amount for Educational Foundations, Leadership and Aviation programs. To see other program amounts see the College of Education and Human Sciences Stipends, Tuition Waivers and Benefits page.

 

Tuition: In and out-of-state waiver [Please be attentive to the Graduate College policy regarding tuition waiver eligibility for assistantships that are 0.50 FTE.]

 

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  • Freshmen Scholar Leaders and Learning Lounge

    Freshmen Scholar Leaders is a leadership and personal development initiative to assist freshmen that have been identified as needing additional support for likely retention to the university. This student organization meets biweekly for the fall and spring semesters to help prepare these students to become the future scholars and leaders of our college. Learning Lounge is a tutoring, student development and retention initiative for the college. This position will supervise tutors assisting with upper division courses that have the highest D, W and F rates for students in our college. Learning Lounge also has a learning for life segment that helps teach information to assist students in learning things to help them in the short term and long term struggles people face.

     

    Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Provide assistance for programing development and implementation for both Freshmen Scholar Leaders and Learning Lounge.

    • Assist Freshmen Scholar Leaders in their development and skill acquisition from our programing.

    • Present information and/or facilitate programing for Freshmen Scholar Leaders or at Learning Lounge.

    • Be available to meet with students to assist them with their transition to and with maximizing opportunities at OSU.

    • Identify and procure resources to share with Freshmen Scholar Leaders and at Learning Lounge in support of successful academic and co‐curricular experiences at OSU.

    • Facilitate space reservations and logistics for Freshmen Scholar Leaders and Learning Lounge meetings and events while working in collaboration with faculty and staff.

    • Assist in student retention efforts in the college by proactively seeking new ways to engage and retain students and participate in efforts to do so.

    • Lead staff meetings on your areas of responsibility with your supervisor.

    • Requesting assistance, asking questions and gaining knowledge on student support resources.

    • Assist in the marketing of academic support initiatives to targeted student populations.

    • Assist in the identification of courses of focus and recruitment of tutors for Learning Lounge study hall; assist with the recruitment of student organizations or faculty to host relevant academic support initiatives.

     

    Qualifications ‐‐ Strong candidates for this assistantship will:

    • demonstrate a high level of initiative and will be visibly proactive;

    • ask critical questions, record instructions, and follow directions effectively;

    • be service focused;

    • perform well in a collaborative working environment;

    • have a well‐developed ability to relate to students and other adults;

    • possess the willingness and ability to solve problems;

    • remain work focused and use work time efficiently and effectively;

    • adopt a flexible approach to job assignments as needed;

    • exhibit strong organizational skills; and be detail oriented;

    • exhibit excellent presentation and communication skills (verbal and written);

    • produce accurate and well‐written material;

    • remain positive and professional in all endeavors;

    • be open to constructive criticism and guidance;

    • have proficient computer skills.

     

    This graduate assistant must be committed to working with individuals and groups of college students throughout the College of Education and Human Sciences. Candidates must be admitted to a graduate program within the College of Education and Human Sciences at OSU prior to acceptance of this graduate teaching assistant position.

  • PETE Project Living Learning Program and Retention Initiatives

    The P.E.T.E. Project is a living‐learning program for the college housed on the third floor of our newest university housing, West University Commons. This traditional living space houses new students (freshmen and transfers) and mentors that live with our group. Programming is provided in a large group format and small group meetings as well as community building opportunities hosted on our floor of the housing unit. The Watson Family Student Development Center coordinates retention initiatives for the College of Education and Human Sciences. Both new and continuing activities that help to educate and reach out to help students in need are performed in this role.

     

    Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Provide assistance for programing development and implementation for the PETE Project.

    • Assist PETE Project Ambassadors in their education and implementation of curriculum and with problem solving for the community.

    • Present information and/or facilitate programing for the PETE Project residents at monthly meetings.

    • Be available to meet with students to assist them with their transition to and with maximizing opportunities at OSU.

    • Identify and procure resources to share with PETE Project residents and in support of all student’s successful academic and co‐curricular experiences at OSU.

    • Facilitate space reservations and logistics for PETE Project meetings and events while working in collaboration with faculty and staff.

    • Assist in the recruitment of residents to the PETE Project and for the role of PETE Project Ambassador Mentors.

    • Provide outreach to current students in our academic college about resources or follow up on concerns.

    • Establish new initiatives to support student retention and to utilize existing and new data to provide the largest impact possible

     

    Qualifications ‐‐ Strong candidates for this assistantship will:

    • exhibit strong organizational skills; and be detail oriented;

    • be service focused;

    • have a well‐developed ability to relate to students and other adults;

    • ask critical questions, record instructions, and follow directions effectively;

    • demonstrate a high level of initiative/be proactive;

    • possess the willingness and ability to solve problems;

    • remain work focused and use work time efficiently and effectively;

    • adopt a flexible approach to job assignments as needed;

    • exhibit excellent presentation and communication skills (verbal and written);

    • produce accurate and well‐written material;

    • remain positive and professional in all endeavors;

    • be open to constructive criticism and guidance;

    • have proficient computer skills.

     

    This graduate assistant must be committed to working with individuals and groups of college students throughout the College of Education and Human Sciences. Candidates must be admitted to a graduate program within the College of Education and Human Sciences at OSU prior to acceptance of this graduate teaching assistant position.

  • Ambassadors and Emerging Leaders

    Education and Human Sciences Ambassadors serve as peer mentors in several roles for our freshmen class. This position will assist Ambassador Advisors in management of the student organization and assist and mentor Ambassadors serving in our First Year Seminar courses. EHS Ambassadors have approximately 50 members each year with around 40 members serving in our First Year Seminar courses. Emerging Leaders is a leadership and personal development initiative for the college. It involves special events like workshops for Top 10 Freshmen and Seniors of Significance applications as well as events to promote involvement in student organizations like Starting Big @ OSU or our Community Expo. Emerging Leaders Alliance is a student group of hand selected freshmen after their first semester. These stand out freshmen leaders are provided with mentorship and support to produce a service project in their first semester in the group and they can also stay with the organization to mentor the next year’s freshmen group.

     

    Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Provide assistance for first‐year seminar Ambassadors to promote preparation to be an active participants in the EDHS 1112 course.

    • Assist in the planning and execution of training, tracking attendance, monitoring Ambassador student interaction logs and providing the appropriate follow up.

    • Assist First‐Year Seminar Ambassadors in their implementation of curriculum and with problem solving for their class sections and student small groups.

    • Present information and programing to Ambassadors in first‐year seminar courses

    • Be available to meet with students (most commonly Ambassadors) one‐on‐one and/or in small groups to assist them in the academic and personal issues and provide a mentor role to these mentors.

    • Facilitate space reservations and logistics for Ambassadors and Emerging Leaders initiatives.

    • Be a point of contact for Emerging Leaders, providing updates and reminders.

    • Connect with Emerging Leaders one-on-one to provide support and encourage growth in our aspiring leaders.

    • Assist in program planning for the Emerging Leaders Alliance and as a point person for their service project.

    • Coordinate communications for all projects in your assigned areas.

     

    Qualifications ‐‐ Strong candidates for this assistantship will:

    • be service focused;

    • have a well‐developed ability to relate to students and other adults;

    • be willing to share their own experiences including challenges in college with students;

    • ask critical questions, record instructions, and follow directions effectively;

    • exhibit strong organizational skills; and be detail oriented;

    • demonstrate a high level of initiative/be proactive;

    • possess the willingness and ability to solve problems;

    • remain work focused and use work time efficiently and effectively;

    • adopt a flexible approach to job assignments as needed;

    • exhibit excellent presentation and communication skills (verbal and written);

    • produce accurate and well‐written material;

    • remain positive and professional in all endeavors;

    • be open to constructive criticism and guidance;

    • have proficient computer skills.

     

    This graduate assistant must be committed to working with individuals and groups of college students throughout the College of Education and Human Sciences. Candidates must be admitted to a graduate program within the College of Education and Human Sciences at OSU prior to acceptance of this graduate teaching assistant position.

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