McNair Graduate Assistantships

Program Overview:

The federally-funded TRIO, Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program at EWU, selects motivated and talented juniors and seniors who are first-generation and low-income college students and/or from groups underrepresented at the doctoral level to introduce them to academic research and provide them with effective strategies for getting into and graduating from Ph.D. programs. Operating on a cohort model, the program provides services to prepare undergraduates for success as graduate students, professors, and professional researchers. McNair services include classes, workshops, and seminars, advising, tutoring, faculty mentoring, paid summer research internships, academic conferences, and a McNair staff dedicated to participant academic success.

 

The following positions are ideally for recently accepted graduate students nominated to us by their Department Chair but will accept general inquiries and second year graduate students.

 

Position 1: EWU McNair Program GSA - Filled for 2022-23 School Year

Job Summary/Essential Functions:

The McNair Program GSA supports all efforts of the program with an emphasis in student support, developing student resources, filing, and communications. This will be accomplished by performing the following essential functions and responsibilities/duties.

  • Assist with program documentation, evaluation, and maintenance of records
  • Help students in all aspects of the graduate school application process, especially providing feedback on students' writing of statement of purpose, curriculum vitae, and academic writing samples
  • Assist McNair Staff in advising and monitoring student academic preparation and progress towards graduate school, including reading, writing, and research strategies
  • Assist McNair Staff in content development of seminar syllabuses and teaching responsibilities for the seminars.
  • Assist students with campus visits, travel, and research presentations
  • Provide support in reports to grant funding source, U.S. Department of Education
  • Searching for and developing student resources regarding graduate schools, summer research opportunities, scholarships, and graduate school funding
  • Write, and share on social media, articles that celebrate the achievements of scholars and alumni as well as providing information to the campus community about program goals, objectives, services, and eligibility
  • Assist in all aspects of the plan of operation, meeting objectives, and maintaining documentation for the federally funded Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Project. These varied tasks provide the opportunity to work with highly motivated students and their faculty mentors and interact with all levels of the university. The position offers the potential for professional affiliation with regional and national organizations that provide continuing education for members.
  • Maintain a positive working relationship with McNair scholars, staff, faculty mentors, and work-study students while fulfilling key office responsibilities.

 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A graduate student at EWU, ideally nominated by a department chair/director
  • Understanding of and experience in graduate school application process, academic research knowledge, excellent academic/technical writing skill
  • Knowledge in research methodology and research writing, desire to teach/instruct in program seminars
  • Understanding of experience working with a target population of low income, first-generation in college, and students from groups underrepresented in graduate school.
  • Demonstrated commitment to promote and enhance the concepts of social justice and culturally competency
  • Demonstrated commitment to inclusion and/or experience working with students and/or co-workers from a wide range of abilities, backgrounds, and experiences
  • Ability to incorporate multicultural perspectives and issues into everyday conversations
  • Have a general knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Outlook
  • Have a solid understanding of the McNair mission and a sincere appreciation for working with underrepresented students.

 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • To have work/participant experience in TRIO programs or any federal-funded programs for students' access and retention
  • Multicultural experience and bilingual proficiency in world languages

 

% of Time Responsibility / Duty Essential Function

Indicator

40 Assist students in preparing graduate school application documents, including statements of purpose, curriculum vitae, and writing samples.  Yes
25 Assist students in academic preparation, including instruction of seminars in writing and research strategies. Yes
15 Assist and collaborate with the director in research on the best practices for working with and for first generation, low-income, and underrepresented students. Yes
10 Assist in the development of program documents, correspondence, and promotional materials. Yes
10 Assist in planning and implementing day-to-day services of the McNair Scholar Program. Yes

 

To apply please provide your Curriculum Vitae, Cover Letter, a letter of recommendation, and a nomination email from your EWU department chair. Please send these items to Interim Director Cynthia Dukich at cdukich@ewu.edu by March 1st. If after March 1st, please email to see if positions are still available.

McNair GSA for STEM & Departmental Outreach

 

Job Summary/Essential Functions:

The McNair GSA for STEM & Departmental Outreach supports all efforts of the program with an emphasis in recruitment with special attention on STEM, student support in research activities and attending research conferences, maintaining McNair website and office files regarding recruitment and McNair applications, and assisting students with applications to research internships and fellowships. This will be accomplished by performing the following essential functions and responsibilities/duties.

  • Assist with recruiting potential McNair Scholars from all disciplines, focusing on fields where students from McNair populations are particularly underserved
  • Collaborate with EWU colleges and faculty to increase the number of McNair Scholars doing research, including presenting about McNair in classes
  • Develop and disseminate in-person and digital recruitment materials
  • Support students in developing research posters and presentations for conferences and coaching in conference networking
  • Collect research resources for students and create accessible ways for students to engage in these resources
  • Assist students in applying for research internships and get involved in other opportunities that serve as preparation for graduate school
  • Collect and organize student applications for McNair as well as liaise with interested students in understanding and completing all application materials
  • Assist McNair Staff in content development of seminar syllabuses and teaching responsibilities for the seminars
  • Support retention efforts including meeting with students, developing a strong understanding of university resources, and referring students to these resources
  • Assist in all aspects of the plan of operation, meeting objectives, and maintaining documentation for the federally funded Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Project. These varied tasks provide the opportunity to work with highly motivated students and their faculty mentors and interact with all levels of the university. The position offers the potential for professional affiliation with regional and national organizations that provide continuing education for members.
  • Maintain a positive working relationship with McNair scholars, staff, faculty mentors, and work-study students while fulfilling key office responsibilities.

 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A graduate student at EWU, ideally nominated by a department chair/director
  • Understanding of and experience in graduate school application process, academic research knowledge, excellent academic/technical writing skill
  • Knowledge in research methodology and research writing, desire to teach/instruct in program seminars
  • Understanding of experience working with a target population of low income, first-generation in college, and students from groups underrepresented in graduate school.
  • Demonstrated commitment to promote and enhance the concepts of social justice and cultural competency
  • Demonstrated commitment to inclusion and/or experience working with students and/or co-workers from a wide range of abilities, backgrounds, and experiences
  • Ability to incorporate multicultural perspectives and issues into everyday conversations
  • Have a general knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Outlook
  • Have a solid understanding of the McNair mission and a sincere appreciation for working with underrepresented students.

 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • To have work/participant experience in TRIO programs or any federal-funded programs for students' access and retention
  • Multicultural experience and bilingual proficiency in world languages

 

% of Time Responsibility / Duty Essential Function Indicator
50 Recruit students to participate in McNair, track all application materials, meet with students to retain and support through the application process, present about McNair across campus and individually orient students to McNair Yes
30 Assist students in academic preparation, including instruction of seminars in writing and research strategies, tutoring, and teaching experience  Yes
10 Maintain the McNair website and social medial with regards to recruitment, retention, and McNair applications Yes
10 Assist in planning and implementing day-to-day services of the McNair Scholar Program. Yes

 

To apply please provide your Curriculum Vitae, Cover Letter, a letter of recommendation, and a nomination email from your EWU department chair. Please send these items to Interim Director Cynthia Dukich at cdukich@ewu.edu by March 1st.