Available Graduate Assistantships

McNair Scholars Program


The Graduate Assistant will actively participate in activities designed to promote communication between the UALR Ronald E McNair Scholars Program office, scholars (past, present, and future), mentors, and the campus community. The GA will actively participate in the analysis, execution, and, evaluation of scholar and mentor progress towards individual research projects. The position will aid in the preparation and completion of annual events such as the Research Symposium, Annual Performance Report, and Recruitment and Selection of program participants. Position availability is during the spring of the current academic school year, with the potential to extend as an hourly paid student worker into the 12-week McNair Scholars Summer Internship. The GA will report to the Assistant Director of the McNair Scholars Program and the TRIO Program Director.



Research Coordination

  • Meet regularly with each scholar engaged in active research to ensure completion of assignments
  • Communicate regularly with faculty mentors concerning scholar behavior, work progress, mentor/scholar needs
  • Instructional duties in the subject areas of professional writing, standardized testing, and research composition
  • Complete weekly updates to the Assistant Director on scholar and mentor progress
  • Maintain a complete record of participant contacts, weekly reports, and mentor contacts


Program Coordination

  • Design and create annual McNair Newsletter(s)
  • Assist with program journal and newsletter
  • Assist with preparing and implementing annual Symposium
  • Assist in the design of McNair Scholars Program Symposium Booklet
  • Assist program staff in event planning for and implementation of the Annual McNair Symposium, UALR Undergraduate/Graduate Research and Creative Works Expo
  • Communicate via person-to-person interaction, mail-outs, email, social media, and other correspondence to former, current, and potential McNair Scholars
  • Contact students annually, via e-mail, social media, and telephone calls to determine the location of students who have entered graduate school
  • Organize and oversee regular meetings of the McNair Advisory Board
  • Provide program information to visitors of the McNair office and potential McNair Scholars
  • Assist in program evaluation, including conducting Scholar exit interviews
  • Uphold professional, ethical standards that do not breach confidentiality and student relationships
  • Maintain an appropriate work schedule to accommodate students
  • Participate in ASC sponsored and/or training activities and events
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Strong oral, listening, and written communication skills
  • Evidence of skills and ability to utilize technology
  • Experience working in a team environment with a collective focus
  • Evidence of ability to work independently to achieve goals


  • Completed Baccalaureate Degree
  • Current UALR Graduate School student in Higher Education, Writing and Rhetoric, Interdisciplinary Studies, or similar field with research-intensive study
  • Demonstrated success as a graduate student with a minimum cumulative 3.00 GPA
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Demonstrated leadership ability
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting scholarly research
  • Specialized in the areas of research methods, professional writing, and citation styles


  • Experience working with diverse student populations
  • Experience working with first generation, low-income, and disabled students
  • Former McNair Scholar

If you meet these criteria and are interested, please complete this pre-screening form (http://goo.gl/forms/ka5OWxPL1J). Do not send any additional materials unless you receive a request to do so.