Available Graduate Assistantships

UALR Study Abroad Graduate Assistantship Position

Location: Office of Study Abroad

Contact: Emily Bell Cox, Director of Study Abroad studyabroad@ualr.edu

Schedule: To Be Determined

Description of Position and Duties:

The Director of Study Abroad will work with the student to tailor the assistantship to meet the student’s learning outcomes.  Preference will be given to students who have international experience and/or would be interested in gaining experience in the following areas:

  • Curate, execute, and assess a campus-wide marketing and communication plan, including materials to recruit students and faculty members to participate in study abroad experiences.
  • Assist in the planning, attendance, and assessment of campus outreach events (Study Abroad Fair, International Celebration Week, UALR Open Houses, residence hall and academic building events, information tables and sessions, classroom visits, pre-departure orientation sessions, etc.)
  • Assist with outreach to students (prospective, current, and former) and academic departments (department chairs, professors, and academic advisors) to promote Study Abroad events, programs, and initiatives.
  • Provide information on all UALR Study Abroad programs in order to conduct effective outreach and educate students in choosing programs that would benefit them academically and personally.
  • Research Study Abroad topics, such as best practices within the field of Education Abroad in the areas of: safety and security, risk management, advising, recruitment, underrepresented students and locations, pre-departure orientation/re-entry, and other notable topics.
  • Work with the Director of Study Abroad to assess and evaluate all Study Abroad programs, events, and initiatives.
  • Maintain the Study Abroad website and data input in the UALR Terra Dotta application management system.
  • Other duties as assigned and/or depending on specific areas of interest within the International Education field.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to studyabroad@ualr.edu.  Emily Bell Cox, Director of Study Abroad, will contact applicants to schedule an interview.  Anticipated start date is August 17, 2016.


Student Affairs Grant Writer Graduate Assistantship

UALR Division of Student Affairs is seeking a graduate assistant to assist in generating revenues for Student Affairs programs and services through submission of well-researched, well written and well-documented grant proposals. Primary responsibilities include preparation of proposals and grant applications, and performance of administrative work in researching, identifying, developing and responding to public and private grant opportunities relevant for Student Affairs.


Qualified candidates should possess excellent writing and computer skills (Microsoft Office Word, Access, Powerpoint and Excel), and database management skills. The candidate must be highly organized with the ability to implement systems and follow-up processes, able to effectively work under pressure, use independent judgment and produce a quality work product within tight time constraints.

Responsibilities include:

  • Researching available and applicable government, corporate, foundation and private grants
  • Data entry and time-lining for grant proposals
  • Research, retrieval and assembly of background material for grant proposals
  • Drafting of letters of inquiry and full grant proposals for submission
  • Generates proposals and supporting documents in response to solicitations.
  • Writes reports to government, corporate, foundations and other funders.
  • Acts as liaison with Associate Dean for Division Strategy.
  • Identifies funding opportunities and new program areas to match various departmental priorities, using research tools.
  • Serves as a liaison to all funding agencies or organizations.
  • Engages with program officers at organizations to solicit invitations to submit proposals.
  • Special projects as needed.



  • Commit through the spring 2017 semester, at 20 hours per week
  • Goal driven graduate students preferably with grant-writing and/or technical writing coursework and experience
  • Strong time-management, organizational, and internet research skills
  • Ability to self-motivate, stay on task and work independently



Tuition and $3225 for the fall 2016 and spring 2017 semesters.
This position reports to the Associate Dean for Division Strategy within UALR Division of Student Affairs.  To apply, please contact Student Affairs Office.

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.

Conference Services Graduate Assistant

General Summary

The graduate assistant in the operations role will work with a variety of staff and students in the UALR Conference Services. The position of graduate assistant is vital to the success of everyday operations at the Donaghey Student Center. The graduate assistant will gain a large amount of knowledge in understanding daily operations, programming, event planning and administration of a large university student center. The graduate assistant will have the opportunity to assist in determining the individual job duties over the period of the assistantship. It offers the opportunity to grow as a student and professional.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

General Responsibilities:

-Attend weekly staff meetings with operations and event planning staff
-Work closely with Event Technicians and Building Managers in performing daily tasks -Report and meet regularly with supervisor
-Develop and nurture effective working relationships campus-wide and within the departments located in the Donaghey Student Center
-Take part in student employee interviews
-Conduct student employee training sessions
-Maintain student employee handbook (to be updated each year)
-Additional duties may include but are not limited to a variety of special projects, supervision of student employees or volunteers, scheduling, programming, etc.

Additional General Responsibilities:
-Be punctual
-Provide quality proactive customer service to Student Center Patrons (internal or external)
-Manage time to ensure all set ups are done in the appropriate time frame
-Take responsibility for keeping the DSC rooms clean (chairs pushed in, tables clean, blinds even, carpet clean, trash removed etc)
-Handle all equipment with care, and report anything that might be broken
-Attend all staff meetings for Student Center Conference and Event Services Operations Team
-Complete projects as assigned
-To perform other duties assigned


-Be a registered graduate student and in good academic standing
-Have experience in a College Union or Student Center building
-Be able to make a two-year commitment
-Be a responsible and dependable person
-Possess excellent communication and organizational skills
-Be self-motivated, and customer-service oriented
-Be able to work independently and as a part of a productive team -Be flexible and willing to pitch in when and where they are needed
-Be resourceful in finding appropriate information to answer customer and employee questions
-Have the ability to manage several tasks simultaneously
-Communicate and work well with staff and customers
-Be able to work within a variety of departments and settings


Applicants must be able to work at least 20 hours per week during the Fall and Spring Semester. Must be available to work some nights and weekends. It is understood that there may be times when you will be working more than 20 hours per week

The DSC is open year-round, and preference will be given to those that are available to work during a majority of the summer (up to 29 hours per week- paid as an hourly student employee).

Required Supplemental Documents

Cover Letter & Resume


This position reports to the Conference Service Coordinator. To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to conferenceservices@ualr.edu.