Western Kentucky University

Available GA Positions

Open GA Position Job Board

The Graduate School has created this webpage to list open graduate assistantship positions available on Western Kentucky University's campus.  Currently, if you are interested in applying for one of the listed positions, we ask that you submit your application and application materials using the following link: http://www.wku.edu/graduate/aid/ga/details.php.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  For questions about the positions themselves, be sure to e-mail the contact person listed in the job announcement.

For Students:

The table below lists open general (service oriented) graduate assistantship positions which have been submitted to the Graduate School by WKU faculty or staff.  If you are interested in applying to a position and feel that you meet the qualifications please inquire directly with the listed contacted person.  Please note: these listings represent what has been submitted to the Graduate School, but not all areas choose to list their GA open positions here.  Please contact your academic department for the most complete information about potential openings.

For Faculty and Staff:

If you have a general GA position available please submit a description to graduate.studies@wku.edu. The following information about the position should be included:

  • Job Title (50 characters or less)
  • Deadline (Date)
  • Department
  • Contact (name, email, phone)
  • Description (200 words or less)
  • Stipend and Tuition
  • Qualifications (100 words or less)
  • Application Materials Requested 


For departments with posted positions, please let The Graduate School know as soon as the position has been filled so it can be removed from the website.


Open positions:

Job Title: COABE Journal Editorial Assistant Contact: Dr. Jim Berger, jim.berger@wku.edu              

Deadline: April 30, 2014

Responsibilities and Duties: The responsibility of this position is to assist the editor in coordinating, editing, and finalizing manuscripts and journal submissions prior to being published in their final format. Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

- Proofreading all accepted manuscripts, advertisements, and related publications for the journal
- Coordinating the submission and review of manuscripts
- Processing responses to reviewers and authors
- Collaborating with journal graphic artist and printer
- Copyediting proofs and communicating corrections to graphic artist
- Assisting journal editor with other tasks related to the success of the journal

Stipend and Tuition: The successful applicant will be asked to work twenty hours a week in a graduate assistant position during spring, summer, and fall semesters. Pay will be approximately $14,000/year and applicable benefits with a portion of that available to support tuition costs beginning in August, 2014.

The following qualifications are required to be successful in this position:

- Strong editing and proofreading skills;Superb grammar and familiarity with formal writing style;Keen eye for grammatical and factual errors;
- Excellent organization strategies;
- Clear written and oral communication abilities;
- Mastery of Microsoft Office;
- Project management talents;
- Familiarity with APA Style Manual, Sixth Edition;
- Degree in English, Journalism, Communication, or comparable area; and
- Detail oriented.

Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods are a plus, but not required.

Application Materials: Please be prepared to submit a current vita/resume, contact information for three references, and samples of any past experience or editorial work. Applicants will also be asked to take a proofreading assessment. Formal interviews will also be conducted.


Job Title: ICSR Graduate Assistant

Deadline: April 25, 2014

Department: Diversity & Community Studies

Contact: Terry Shoemaker, terry.shoemaker@wku.edu, 745-3217


The Institute for Citizenship & Social Responsibility (ICSR) is hiring a Graduate Assistant with primary responsibilities in our Public Achievement program. Public Achievement (PA) is a national youth initiative created by the Center for Democracy & Citizenship. The program is based on the following principles: societal issues, challenges, and triumphs are everyone's responsibility; young people should be educated to become effective civic and political actors; and students are not simply citizens in deferral, but can be agents of change.

ICSR, partnering with local schools, develops PA teams (elementary through high school) focusing on local issues and approaching issues through activism, awareness, or advocacy work. This GA will work with one other GA as co-coordinator and liaison of the ICSR PA program. Tasks will involve: communication and work to maintain existing connections with current schools where PA is active; being active in the promotion, growth, and sustainability of the PA program; monitoring PA groups' progress; providing feedback to PAcoaches;TA for ICSR 301: Public Achievement; and contributing to other ICSR programming.

Students in the MA in Leadership Studies or Social Responsibility & Sustainable Communities programs are especially encouraged to apply, as are students participate in the Minority Assistance Program (MAP).

Stipend and Tuition: Stipend of $10,000 and possibility of tuition assistance


Required Qualifications:

Reliable, responsible, and able to adapt to new initiatives and priorities;
Strong verbal and written communication skills;
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment;
Manage multiple responsibilities, and be a team player;
Strong organizational skills with ability to multitask;
Status as full-time graduate student in good academic standing;
Available to begin one week prior to the academic semester

Application Materials: Cover letter, resume, two letters of recommendation, and the names and contact information for at least two additional references. Send materials to terry.shoemaker@wku.edu with "ATTN: Terry Shoemaker – GA Position" in the subject line.


Job Title: Legal Clinic Graduate Assistant                            Deadline: May 1, 2014      
Dept: School of Professional Studies Contact: Julie Shadoan, julie.shadoan@wku.edu, 270-780-2539

Description: The GA will work with students, professional studies faculty and attorney volunteers to assist with the implementation and operation of a legal clinic to provide legal services to WKU students.   The GA duties include: 1) attend national conference for student legal clinic faculty and personnel; 2) update research on operational clinics; 3) organize and evaluate feedback from students and volunteers; 4) monitor student progress through internships; 5) contribute to the development of clinic policy and protocol; 6) assist with grant proposals; and, 7) assist with clinic marketing efforts.

Stipend and Tuition: Tuition waiver of $2000 and stipend of $10,000.
Qualifications: Seeking an organized, professional and self-motivated student with availability from August, 2014, through May, 2015, who has demonstrated effective oral and written communication skills and extensive experience with Microsoft Office Suite. Students with interests in law or service-related fields are preferred.
Application Materials Requested: Cover letter, resume, and three (3) letters of recommendation by email to julie.shadoan@wku.edu.


Job Title: Student Support Programs Graduate Assistantship

Deadline: May 26, 2014

Department: Student Support Programs

Contact: Carlous B. Yates - phone 270-745-8703 email: carlous.yates@wku.edu

Description: The Graduate Assistant (GA) will be required to work directly with the Cornerstone Program. The Cornerstone Program is part of a retention initiative to help ensure student success at WKU. The GA will develop and conduct monthly workshops to help students with their transition from high school to college and aid in the overall success of their experience at WKU. Some responsibilities of the GA will include assisting with implementation of program policies and procedures, managing scheduled appointments alongside peer mentors, help with marketing and communication efforts for in the Cornerstone Program, and coordinate with programs such as the Living & Learning Communities and Summer Bridge.

Other tasks expected of Graduate Assistants include:

•                    Assist with the organizing of the Cornerstone program operational procedures

•                    Assist with preparation of student files and advisement forms

•                    Assist with mass communication efforts with students in the Cornerstone program

•                    Coordinate and conduct practice interviews with Cornerstone Program peer advisors

•                    Maintain Cornerstone program databases as needed

•                    Help develop and administrate training assessments

•                    Develop and conduct monthly workshops to help students with transition from high school to college

•                    Assist with campus orientation activities (ATP)

•                    Acquire knowledge of campus wide resources (for referral purposes)

•                    Check program email and call-log account to ensure e-mails and phone calls answered within a responsible amount of time.

•                    Provide accurate information and referrals to students/clients

Stipend/Tuition: $10,000 stipend per year


•           Excellent organizational, writing, communication, and interpersonal skills.

•           Be able to manage multiple tasks and take initiative.

•           Be able to work independently.

•           Proficiency in Microsoft Office required

•           Able to multi-task and manage multiple projects simultaneously

•           Sufficient customers service skills

•           Ability to work with a diverse student population

•           Understanding of cultures and practices

Application Materials Required: Please include resume, references, (2) letters of recommendation, and class schedule by email at carlous.yates@wku.edu no later than May 26, 2014.




Job Title: Interactive Video Services Helpdesk Consultant (Graduate Assistant)

Deadline: June 30th, 2014

Department: Interactive Video Services – Department of Communication Technologies

Contact: Brandon Davidson, brandon.davidson@wku.edu (email only)

Description: IVS provides IT support services to distance-learning classes, classroom and general A/V technology, Adobe Connect Pro, and Digital Signage. The IVS helpdesk operates during the Fall and Spring semesters, M – F (8:00 am to 9:00 pm) and Saturdays (8:00 am to 5:00 pm) when classes are in session, including the Winter and Summer terms.

This position's main duties involve answering calls at the helpdesk, solving 1st level issues, supporting the Adobe Connect Pro project, and other miscellaneous duties as needed.

Stipend and Tuition: STIPEND


*General Requirements:
- Intermediate computer hardware/software knowledge and experience installing webcams and microphones.
- Basic understanding of Audio/Video components (projectors, monitors, microphones, speakers, control systems, etc).
- Experience using MS Office and other business/technology applications.
- Excellent communication and customer service skills.
- A track record of responsibility and reliability.
- Good academic standing.

The ideal student will have:
- Experience with video conferencing.
- Experience at a call center or troubleshooting/diagnosing technical problems.
- Experience creating training documents/videos.

Application Materials Requested: Please be prepared to submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references. (email only)



Job Title: Student Support Programs Graduate Assistantship
 Last Modified 4/23/14