Position Details: General GSA Position
Position Description Information
Work Title: McNair GSA
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.
Job Summary/Essential Functions:
This position is for a recently accepted graduate student who is nominated by the EWU department chair to be considered for the McNair position.
Participate in ensuring the McNair Scholar Program adheres to Improving Productivity and Building Evidence of Effectiveness as defined by the Department of Education. This will be accomplished by performing the following essential functions and responsibilities/duties.
- Recruit and identify potential McNair Scholars and facilitate the application process following the Department of Education guidelines.
- Assisting with the facilitation/coordinating with the McNair Scholar selection committee, identifying the annual new McNair Scholar cohort.
- Co-instruct a Scholarly identity course.
- Counsel students in all aspects of the graduate school application process, instruct writing and respond to students' writing of statement of purpose, curriculum vitae, and academic writing samples.
- Assist McNair Staff in advising students in academic preparation for graduate school, including reading, writing, and research strategies.
- Assist McNair Staff in instruct small groups in vocabulary building in preparation for Graduate Record Exam.
- Assist director in content development of seminar syllabuses and teaching responsibilities for the seminars.
- Assist director in content development of program handbooks for faculty and student participants.
- Provide guidance and expertise to director in writing and publication of public documents and reports to grant funding source, U.S. Department of Education.
- In addition, assisting in all aspects of the plan of operation, meeting objectives and evaluation, 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.
- Moreover, maintain a positive working relationship with McNair scholars, staff, faculty mentors, and work-study students while fulfilling key office responsibilities. In addition to having a general knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Outlook, the candidate must also have a solid understanding of the McNair mission as well as a sincere appreciation for working with underrepresented students.
- A recently accepted graduate student who is nominated by the EWU department chair
- 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 competent behaviors is expected.
- 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.
- Maintain a positive working relationship with McNair scholars, staff, faculty mentors, and work-study students while fulfilling key office responsibilities. In addition to having a general knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Outlook, the candidate must also have a solid understanding of the McNair mission and a sincere appreciation for working with underrepresented students.
- To have work/participate in TRIO programs or any federal-funded programs for students' access and retention.
- Multicultural experience and bilingual proficiency in world languages is preferred.
|% of Time||Responsibility / Duty||Essential Function
|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 original research and writing, leading to publication.||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|
Requisition Form: Curriculum Vitae, Cover Letter, letter of recommendation, and nomination email from your EWU department chair. Please send these items to Dr. Torres Garcia at firstname.lastname@example.org by April 15th.
STEM McNair Scholars Program
Title: Graduate Assistant for STEM McNair Scholars Program
Length: Academic Year
Pay: Quarterly Tuition Waiver and Stipend
Time: 20 hours/week
The TRIO McNair Program at Eastern Washington University is currently accepting applications for an experienced leader and student-centered assistant to fill a multifaceted role as a McNair Graduate Assistant.
The nationwide TRIO Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program is funded by Congress through the Department of Education to prepare undergraduates who are first-generation and low-income, and/or from underrepresented backgrounds for success at the doctoral level. The McNair Scholar Program at Eastern Washington University was first funded in 1995. Eastern's McNair program supports successful graduate studies by providing opportunities for undergraduates to define their goals, to engage in research, and to develop the skills and student/faculty mentor relationships critical to success at the doctoral level.
A recently accepted graduate student who is nominated by the EWU department chair who understands of and have experience in graduate school application process, academic research knowledge, excellent academic/technical writing skills, knowledge in research methodology and research writing, desire to teach/instruct in program seminars, understanding of or experience working with target population of low income, first generation in college and students from groups underrepresented in graduate school.
- Disseminate TRIO McNair information in STEM Departments
- Assist with early identification for potential STEM and McNair scholars
- Develop a strong relationship with Faculty Mentors to identify students in early stages that would be able to apply to NSF
- Obtain STEM majors and potential eligible incoming transfer students list from Admissions
- Mass mailing of invitation
- Connect with any STEM-related student organization(s) on campus (i.e. AISES)
- Connect and collaborate with institutions around EWU campus to increase the numbers of STEM students
- Advertise on STEM-Ronald E. McNair in website and Facebook
- Seek and encourage STEM McNair students to apply to Summer Research Internships and Provide High Demand scholarships for STEM students
- Create syllabus and teach STEM application process for NSF grants and Summer Research internships.
- Coordinate Pre-requisites & Registration assistance with STEM programs
- Appropriate departmental advising referrals
- Promote participation in STEM student and professional organizations
- Develop STEM resources on McNair website (i.e. STEM transfer guides, related campus services)
- Create a Database of STEM opportunities
- Collaborative STEM Scholars Seminar or Workshop Series with CSHE, Career Services, TRIO SSS and such.....
- Assist STEM students in Research Methodology-design and research writing.
- Create course syllabus and teach a STEM Research Design course on Spring
- Organize GRE subject study classes (as needed)
- Organize seminars with guest speakers from STEM fields
- Assist STEM students to apply to graduate school
Monitoring Academic Progress and Evaluation
- Collect feedback and evaluation from a STEM McNair Scholar
- Quarterly academic performance reports from STEM Scholar
- Workshop Evaluations
- Intake session during first two weeks of the quarter
- Monitor internships dateline and services provided
|% of Time||Responsibility / Duty||Essential Function Indicator|
|55||Recruit STEM student into McNair Programs, assist students in preparing for NSF, STEM scholarships, graduate school application documents, including statements of purpose, curriculum vitae and writing samples.||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 Database and assist with documents for website and newsletter as means of communication and resource for students.||Yes|
|5||Assist in planning and implementing day-to-day services of the McNair Scholar Program.||Yes|
Requisition Form: Curriculum Vitae, Cover Letter, letter of recommendation and nomination email by your EWU department chair. Please send these items to Dr. Torres Garcia at email@example.com by April 15th.