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Graduate Assistantships

The College of Education at the University of South Carolina-Columbia is seeking highly-qualified applicants for these positions.

Open Positions

Assistantship Category:

 Graduate Research Assistantship/Graduate Staff Assistantship

 

Designated Unit/Center/Project:

Department of Instruction and Teacher Education

 

Immediate Supervisors:

Fenice B. Boyd

 

Position Description:

The Department of Instruction and Teacher Education (ITE) is seeking applications from highly motivated doctoral students to engage in design of a research study, collect and analyze data, and collaborate on teacher professional development activities. The position requires the doctoral student employee to maintain confidentiality in a professional environment. Personal integrity is essential. Excellent oral and written communication skills, and professionalism are a must, as is the capacity to work independently with direction.

 

Salary (state whether inclusive or exclusive of tuition supplement):

$18,000 plus fringe (does not include tuition)

 

Hours/week (10 – 20):

20 hours per week (10–12 hours on school site)

 

Required availability beyond standard business hours (if yes, describe evening and/or weekend obligations):

N/A

 

Travel required (if yes, describe nature and frequency):

The successful candidate will be required to travel to Charleston, SC 2 – 4 times per month to conduct research and facilitate professional development workshops at one middle school.  

 

Required on-campus hours (if yes, describe whether all or some hours must be completed on-campus):

8 – 10 hours per week (some hours may need to be completed on-campus)

 

Equipment to be assigned (desktop/laptop computer, etc):

Laptop computer

 

Assigned Office Space (if any):

Wardlaw College, Room 216

 

Minimum required qualifications:

Successful completion of quantitative and qualitative courses; experience with the design and implementation of a research study; ability to collaborate with others.


Preferred qualifications:

The successful candidate must be a full-time doctoral student in the College of Education at UofSC Columbia; a minimum of 3 years teaching experience on the upper elementary and/or middle school level.

  • Commitment to principles of equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Experience in working with children and families from racially, ethnically, and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • Demonstrated experience in designing and facilitating professional development events
  • Experience with collecting, organizing, and storing data sets

Competencies to be reviewed:

  • Collaboration with principal, resident scholar, PDS Liaison, teachers, students and families
  • Facilitation of meaningful professional development workshops that meet school community’s needs
  • Data collection, organization and storage

Assistantship Category:

Graduate Research Assistant

 

Designated Unit/Center/Project:

Reasearch, Evaluation and Measurement (REM) Center

 

Immediate Supervisors:

Tammiee Dickenson, Leigh D'Amico, Ashlee Lewis

 

Position Description:

The REM Center is accepting applications from interested graduate students for consideration of part-time employment as Graduate Research Assistants. Graduate Research Assistants work in teams under the guidance of a faculty lead and one or more research staff members. Duties for REM Center Graduate Research Assistants include:

  • Review of literature
  • Data entry, organization, and management
  • Basic quantitative data analysis (e.g., frequencies, descriptive statistics)
  • Development of data collection instruments (e.g., surveys, rubrics, protocols) 
  • Qualitative data collection and analysis (e.g., interviews, focus groups) 
  • Technical report writing
  • Advanced quantitative data analysis (for students with advanced coursework)

Salary (state whether inclusive or exclusive of tuition supplement):

$20,500 for the academic year (8/16/21-5/15/22) at 20 hours/week. Summer work is also available for additional salary. REM Center does not offer a tuition supplement; students are responsible for paying their own tuition. 

 

Hours/week (10 – 20):

20 hours/week (fewer hours may be considered)

 

Required availability beyond standard business hours (if yes, describe evening and/or weekend obligations):

Most work will occur Monday-Friday within standard business hours. There may be occasional work outside of normal business hours to support data collection that may occur in evenings and/or weekends. Faculty and staff will work with students’ schedules to plan and coordinate any work outside of normal business hours with ample notice.  

 

Travel required (if yes, describe nature and frequency):

Occasional travel for data collection, mostly in SC during normal business hours. Overnight travel may be required on a limited basis. Faculty and staff will work with students’ schedules to plan and coordinate travel with ample notice.  

 

Required on-campus hours (if yes, describe whether all or some hours must be completed on-campus):

All hours are to be worked on-campus, with the exception of data collection and meetings that occur off-campus.

 

Equipment to be assigned (desktop/laptop computer, etc):

A desktop or laptop computer will be assigned for performing REM Center work.

 

Assigned Office Space (if any):

Office space will be assigned in the REM Center located on the ground floor of Wardlaw. Each employee is assigned a desk for their individual use.

 

Minimum required qualifications:

Minimum qualifications for the position include:

  • An earned bachelor’s degree
  • Enrollment in or acceptance to a graduate degree program at the University of South Carolina by August 2021


Preferred qualifications:

Preferred qualifications include:

  • Background in early childhood and/or PK-12 education
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills 
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) 
  • An academic record that includes introductory coursework research methods, qualitative and/or quantitative
  • Experience with data analysis software, such as SPSS, SAS, or R

Competencies to be reviewed:

Core competencies that will be evaluated include but are not limited to:

  • Accuracy of work: The degree to which the employee makes mistakes or errors that require correction.
  • Communication ability: The effectiveness with which the employee presents accurate information both verbally and in writing; demonstrate growth overtime in capacity to write components of technical and evaluation reports.
  • Dependability: The extent to which the employee can be relied upon to meet work schedules and fulfill job responsibilities and commitments.
  • Judgement: The quality of work-related decisions made by the employee; identify and perform necessary research tasks (e.g. literature reviews, data collection protocols).
  • Meeting schedules: The extent to which the employee efficiently completes their work and effectively meets deadlines.
  • Relationships with others: The extent to which the employee establishes positive relationships with co-workers (e.g. being a good team worker, being tactful and courteous with co-workers).
  • Willingness to learn: The extent to which the employee wants to learn about their job and asks intelligent question about the job, projects, and assigned tasks.

Assistantship Category:

Graduate Research Assistant

 

Designated Unit/Center/Project:

Center for Innovation in Higher Education

 

Immediate Supervisors:

Spencer Platt

 

Position Description:

The successful candidate will schedule research interviews and meetings for a NSF-funded research project. They will assist in conducting interviews, qualitative and qualitative analysis, and mixed methods research design.

 

Salary (state whether inclusive or exclusive of tuition supplement):

$6,000, no tuition supplement.

 

Hours/week (10 – 20):

20

 

Required availability beyond standard business hours (if yes, describe evening and/or weekend obligations):

There may be occasional evening and weekend work may be required to meet research deadlines.

 

Travel required (if yes, describe nature and frequency):

No

 

Required on-campus hours (if yes, describe whether all or some hours must be completed on-campus):

20

 

Equipment to be assigned (desktop/laptop computer, etc):

Laptop

 

Assigned Office Space (if any):

None.

 

Minimum required qualifications:

A succeful candidate will need to be a currently enrolled doctoral student with qualitative research skills


Preferred qualifications:

Qualitative and/or mixed methods research experience. Experience working with a research team. Successful completion of advanced qualitative research methods coursework.


Competencies to be reviewed:

Initiative, Organizational, Innovative, Integrity, Project Management

Assistantship Category:

Graduate Research Assistant

 

Designated Unit/Center/Project:

SC-SIC/CFEC/Project #10009021

 

Immediate Supervisors:

Catherine Compton-Lilly/Theresa Harrison

 

Position Description:

The CFEC has graciously agreed to support a family/community initiative that involves the creation of bilingual soft-bound children's books introduce children to simple words and phrases in Cherokee language.  The project will involve scheduling and holding conversations with tribal members and collecting photos to illustrate the books.  

Each book will be 16 pages with a softcover.  I expect that we would craft 6-8 different books that can be disseminated online and in hard copy. The texts will have simple bilingual text (Cherokee and English) and  photo to introduce children to simple Cherokee words and phrases. The topics, photos, and Cherokee translations will be negotiated/co-created by the graduate student, Catherine Compton-Lilly and tribal members.

 

Salary (state whether inclusive or exclusive of tuition supplement):

$27.79/hr 

 

Hours/week (10 – 20):

20 hours per week over 14 weeks; May, June, July, August 2021

 

Required availability beyond standard business hours (if yes, describe evening and/or weekend obligations):

While communications regarding scheduling meeting and making the books can occur at any time via email, the graduate student would need to be available to attend face-to-face meetings with tribal leaders virtually and/or in person in accordance with the university travel policies during summer 2021.

 

Travel required (if yes, describe nature and frequency):

Auto travel with SC will be required if UofSC travel policies allow.

 

Required on-campus hours (if yes, describe whether all or some hours must be completed on-campus):

The grad student will need to enter information into Catherine Compton-Lilly's computer in her office.  Work sessions will be scheduled.

 

Equipment to be assigned (desktop/laptop computer, etc):

No eqipment will be assigned. You will be granted access to an office computer.

 

Assigned Office Space (if any):

None.

 

Minimum required qualifications:

  • Commitment to project completion by the end of summer 2021.
  • Organizational skills.
  • Willingness to revise and revisit texts/images multiple times to accommodate tribal preferences.


Preferred qualifications:

Knowledge of the Cherokee language and culture is preferred.


Competencies to be reviewed:

  1. Timely completion of scheduling and book-making tasks.
  2. Willingness to revise and revisit texts/images to accommodate tribal preferences.
  3. Independence in staying with the project calendar and timeline.
  4. Timely submission of  weekly timesheets. 

Assistantship Category:

CarolinaLIFE Resident General Graduate Staff Assistantship

 

Designated Unit/Center/Project:

CarolinaLIFE/Educational Studies

 

Immediate Supervisor:

Chelsea Stinnett

 

Position Description:

GAs provide support in various ways to students enrolled in CarolinaLIFE, a postsecondary education program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. General GAs may serve as course instructors, academic coaches, living and learning lab coaches, personal development coaches, employment coaches or goal coaches. 

 

Salary (state whether inclusive or exclusive of tuition supplement):

Starting at $12.50/hour

 

Hours/week (10 – 20):

 10-20 hours/week

 

Required availability beyond standard business hours (if yes, describe evening and/or weekend obligations):

Resident mentors are on-call for one week, every three weeks, including their on-call weekends. 

 

Travel required (if yes, describe nature and frequency):

N/A

 

Required on-campus hours (if yes, describe whether all or some hours must be completed on-campus):

All hours must be completed on-campus. 

 

Equipment to be assigned (desktop/laptop computer, etc):

N/A

 

Assigned Office Space (if any):

Assigned as needed

 

Minimum required qualifications:

Enrollment in a graduate program at UofSC. 


Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience in special education or a related field.
  • Experience in working with young adults with disabilities. 


Competencies to be reviewed:

  • Provide support to college students with intellectual and developmental disabilities in navigating various aspects of college life. 

  • Perform general job functions based on assigned role. 

  • Collect and utilize data in support level-related decision-making. 

  • Communicate with program stakeholders and administrative staff to fulfill the needs of students in a timely manner.  

  • Protect student confidentiality. 

Assistantship Category:

CarolinaLIFE Resident Mentor Graduate Staff Assistantship

 

Designated Unit/Center/Project:

CarolinaLIFE/Educational Studies

 

Immediate Supervisor:

Chelsea Stinnett

 

Position Description:

GAs provide support in various ways to students enrolled in CarolinaLIFE, a postsecondary education program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Resident mentors provide after-hours support for students living in the dorms. 

 

Salary (state whether inclusive or exclusive of tuition supplement):

Housing and parking stipend for Woodrow Living and Learning Community

 

Hours/week (10 – 20):

 20 hours/week

 

Required availability beyond standard business hours (if yes, describe evening and/or weekend obligations):

Resident mentors are on-call for one week, every three weeks, including their on-call weekends. 

 

Travel required (if yes, describe nature and frequency):

N/A

 

Required on-campus hours (if yes, describe whether all or some hours must be completed on-campus):

All hours must be completed on-campus. 

 

Equipment to be assigned (desktop/laptop computer, etc):

On-call cell phone

 

Assigned Office Space (if any):

Assigned as needed

 

Minimum required qualifications:

  • Must be female, will share apartment with two other female resident mentors. 
  • Enrollment in a graduate program at UofSC. Must be open/available to serving two years in role. (Individuals in their final year of a graduate program will be considered if necessary).

 

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience in special education or a related field.
  • Experience in working with young adults with disabilities. 
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and computer skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently and generate new ideas
  • Understanding of student learning and development and ability to adapt understanding to specific student population
  • Flexibility and problem-solving skills
  • Evening/weekend work is required
  • Experience working with individuals with intellectual or cognitive disabilities is NOT required
  • Housing/Residence Life experience is NOT required

Competencies to be reviewed:

  • Be available by resident mentor on-call cellphone should any emergency arise on-campus with a CarolinaLIFE student as the initial point of contact.

     

  • One RM must be on-call each night that students are on campus to handle any emergency situations that may arise (7:00pm-7:00am).

     

  • File all proper paperwork (such as a nightly report).

     

  • Ensure students follow proper channels for maintenance requests and other University Housing requests (furniture, keys, etc.)

     

  • Hold seminars on topics relevant to independent living.

     

  • Hold weekly roommate meetings with the residents (each set of roommates will meet with one RM).

     

  • Keep documentation of each roommate meeting and topics discussed.

     

  • Plan and encourage students to attend weekly events (average of 2-3 per week).

Assistantship Category:

Graduate Teaching Assistant

 

Designated Unit/Center/Project:

Department of Physical Education

 

Immediate Supervisor:

Linda Nilges

 

Position Description:

Primary responsibilities include teaching courses and assisting with instructional and supervisory duties in the Department of Physical Education. Other duties may include assisting with faculty-led research projects and professional service initiatives.

 

Salary (state whether inclusive or exclusive of tuition supplement):

$20,000 per year, includes tuition supplement

 

Hours/week (10 – 20):

 20 hours

 

Required availability beyond standard business hours (if yes, describe evening and/or weekend obligations):

This position has flexible hours. Students may choose to complete some of the work during non-business hours.

 

Travel required (if yes, describe nature and frequency):

Travel may be required for teaching and supervision conducted off-campus, or for duties related to research and service. Such travel may occur at different frequencies (e.g., 1-2 times per week for teaching, 1-2 times per semester for a service initiative).

 

Required on-campus hours (if yes, describe whether all or some hours must be completed on-campus):

Most assistantship duties will consist of required hours on campus.

 

Equipment to be assigned (desktop/laptop computer, etc):

Graduate assistants are assigned a desktop computer and shared printer.

 

Assigned Office Space (if any):

Graduate assistants are assigned a cubicle and shared office space at the Blatt Physical Education Center.

 

Minimum required qualifications:

Earned master's degree in phyiscal education or related field
English speaking and writing proficiency

 

Preferred qualifications:

  • Certification/licensure in phyiscal education (for individuals in the pedagogy concentration)
  • Experience teaching elementary and/or secondary physical education (for individuals in the pedagogy concentration)
  • Experience with quantitative and/or qualitative research

Competencies to be reviewed:

  • Teach core courses to physical education majors on a semesterly basis
  • Supervise undergraduate and/or master's students during internships
  • Perform research duties as assigned on a semesterly basis
  • Perform service duties as assigned on a semesterly basis

Assistantship Category:

Graduate Research Assistant

 

Designated Unit/Center/Project:

Family Strengthening Evaluation Team

 

Immediate Supervisor:

Ryan Carlson

 

Position Description:

The GA will participate in the evaluation of 600 couples who will be randomized to an intervention or comparison group. The GA will assist with building the primary research database, policies for compiling and merging data between data sources,  statistical analyses, data quality control, relevant literature searches for data dissemination, and support with infographic documents. This position and responsibilities could be split among more than one GA, depending on specific skill sets.

 

Salary (state whether inclusive or exclusive of tuition supplement):

$21,000 per year (including summer). Does not include tuition

 

Hours/week (10 – 20):

10 or 20 hours (amount above is for 20 hours)

 

Required availability beyond standard business hours (if yes, describe evening and/or weekend obligations):

This position has flexible hours. Students may choose to complete some of the work during non-business hours.

 

Travel required (if yes, describe nature and frequency):

Travel is not required.

 

Required on-campus hours (if yes, describe whether all or some hours must be completed on-campus):

Some meetings may occur on campus. However, options to attend virtually will be available until it is safe to meet on campus more regularly.

 

Equipment to be assigned (desktop/laptop computer, etc):

Laptop

 

Assigned Office Space (if any):

None

 

Minimum required qualifications:

Basic understanding of research design and statistical analyses; be enrolled in a graduate program in statistics, psychology, counseling, social work, or a related social science field; ability to troubleshoot, take initiative, and strong collaboration skills; be available to work over the summer. 

 

Preferred qualifications:

Previous experiences with a statistics software; completion of an advanced statistics course; previous experience working on a research project; enrolled in a Ph.D. program with plans to pursue an academic career.

Competencies to be reviewed:

Competencies will be reviewed at the end of each academic semester based on the timeliness of deliverables; quality of work; being open to feedback; and ability to work in a team environment.

Assistantship Category:

Graduate Research Assistant

 

Designated Unit/Center/Project:

Child Development Research Center

 

Immediate Supervisor:

Kate Ascetta

 

Position Description:

Under direct supervision, the graduate research assistant will provide research support for the Mix EC:Multi-Systems Inclusion Expansion for Early Childhood housed in the College of Education. Gathers and compiles project related data. Conducts literature searches and formulates project related research briefs to inform the design and delivery of services.

 

Salary (state whether inclusive or exclusive of tuition supplement):

up to $7,500 per semester + $5,000 tuition supplement

 

Hours/week (10 – 20):

15-20

 

Required availability beyond standard business hours (if yes, describe evening and/or weekend obligations):

Not likely given we are working mostly with early care and education settings. There may be occasional meetings that occur beyond the standard business day.

 

Travel required (if yes, describe nature and frequency):

Yes, travel may be required as the research continues. We will likely be going out into early care and education settings to collaborate with community partners.

 

Required on-campus hours (if yes, describe whether all or some hours must be completed on-campus):

Yes, the GRA would need to be available for possible in-person meetings.

 

Equipment to be assigned (desktop/laptop computer, etc):

Laptop

 

Assigned Office Space (if any):

None

 

Minimum required qualifications:

Must be a UofSC graduate student who is highly motivated, organized and detail-oriented.

 

Preferred qualifications:

Preference will be given to those interested in working with early childhood, preschool inclusion, and/or special education. 

Competencies to be reviewed

  • Gather data using a variety of assessment tools (e.g., Survey Monkey, behavioral observation forms, group interviews, etc.) the graduate research assistant will assist in the design and collection of implementation data as part of the iterative process to inform the implementation of the services delivered as part of the PD Grant.

  • Compiles data –once data is gathered graduate assistant will be required to clean, organize and prepare data for analysis using EXCEL or SPSS. The compilation of data will enable the Co-PIs to assess the effectiveness of the services delivered as a result of the PD Grant (e.g., Special Education Itinerant Teacher Academy, Behavior Support Specialist Network, etc.). The data will be used to formulate research briefs and drive an iterative evaluation process. The compilation of data will occur under the guidance of the Co-PIs.

  • Formulates research briefs using the analyzed data.

  • Assist in miscellaneous tasks related to the design, implementation and evaluations of services delivered. As part of the iterative process new tasks will emerge as modifications are made to the services delivered. Under the guidance of the Co-PIs the research assistant will be asked to support ongoing research tasks (e.g., creating new surveys, designing recruitment flyers, setting up meetings, etc.).

  • Conducts literature searches –periodically the research assistant will be asked to conduct a literature search. Using the library databases, and topic guidance from the Co-PIs, the research assistant will search and compile literature reviews.  

  • Analyze data -Given the methodological skills of the research assistant they may be required to assist in the qualitative and/or quantitative analysis of gathered data. This duty will only be required if the research assistant has the necessary skills at the time of hire. 

Assistantship Category:

Graduate Research Assistant

 

Designated Unit/Center/Project:

Child Development Research Center

 

Immediate Supervisor:

Vasanthi Rao

 

Position Description:

Collaborate with other members of the Child Care Research Team on a range of child care research and program effectiveness projects. Activities include but are not limited to: managing data, running statistical analyses, conducting literature searches and presenting  information to the group about Child Care Policy news and research. The GA will have the opportunity to apply skills and expertise to compile reports, produce White Papers and/or research articles, and interact with child care stakeholders in the state.

 

Salary (state whether inclusive or exclusive of tuition supplement):

$15/hr + $5,000 tuition/semester

 

Hours/week (10 – 20):

20

 

Required availability beyond standard business hours (if yes, describe evening and/or weekend obligations):

None

 

Travel required (if yes, describe nature and frequency):

None

 

Required on-campus hours (if yes, describe whether all or some hours must be completed on-campus):

None during pandemic

 

Equipment to be assigned (desktop/laptop computer, etc):

None

 

Assigned Office Space (if any):

None

 

Minimum required qualifications:

  • Use of statistical analysis packages such as SAS
  • Data management skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills

 

Preferred qualifications:

  • Background or interest in early childhood education
  • Background or interest in special education

 

Competencies to be reviewed

  • Communication skills (e.g., e-mail and other written and oral communications)
  • Initiative (e.g., initiating new project directions or ideas independently)
  • Leadership (e.g., listening and asking questions, empathy, leading others by example)
  • Decision Making (e.g., weighing in on decisions with available knowledge)
  • Strategic Planning (e.g., planning to complete a task, accountability to self and others, problem-solving, organization, and adapting to change)

Assistantship Category:

Graduate Staff Assistantship

 

Designated Unit/Center/Project:

Instruction and Teacher Education

 

Immediate Supervisor:

Sean P. Yee

 

Position Description:

This position is to help meet the expectations of our College Mathematics Instructor Preparation Project Grant (NSF # 2020952) where we look to generate, administer, analyze, and follow up on 3-4 surveys among multiple universities. This project will be funded for three years, and we are looking to have a graduate research assistant start work during the Spring of 2021. We would prefer someone who is available to continue working with the project and is aware of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion issues (JEDI) in education and has experience with surveys.

 

Salary (state whether inclusive or exclusive of tuition supplement):

$3500 not including tuition

 

Hours/week (10 – 20):

8-10

 

Required availability beyond standard business hours (if yes, describe evening and/or weekend obligations):

Standard Business Hours are acceptable.

 

Travel required (if yes, describe nature and frequency):

None, meetings will be virtual as will be content.

 

Required on-campus hours (if yes, describe whether all or some hours must be completed on-campus):

None

 

Equipment to be assigned (desktop/laptop computer, etc):

None

 

Assigned Office Space (if any):

None

 

Minimum required qualifications:

  • Needs to be fluent with google education including: Google email, Google Drive, Google Classrooms, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Forms, Google Slides.

  • Needs to be proficient with survey systems such as Qualtrics, Survey Monkey, and Google Forms.

  • Needs to be comfortable calling multiple other university departments and following-up on survey information.

  • Needs to have experience with composing survey questions and analyzing survey responses.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Prefer someone who has experience with Qualtrics and other online survey systems, as well as someone who has experience wording, writing, and analyzing surveys.

  • Preferred quantitative analysis should include central tendencies, analysis of variance, and correlation matrices.

  • Preferred qualitative analyses should be inductive coding with an understanding of themes and coding schemes.

  • Importantly, we are looking for someone who can provide a social justice and equity lens on the survey generation and analysis.

  • We are excited to publish these results in books, journals and practitioner websites, so a graduate student interested in publications would also be ideal.

 

Competencies to be reviewed

We will review your competencies with:

  1. The Google Cloud (described above)
  2. Survey Writing, Collection, and Analysis
  3. Quantitative Analysis: Central tendencies, variance, and correlations
  4. Qualitative Analysis: basic coding and theming
  5. An understanding of social justice and equity, preferably through the mathematics education lens.

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