Graduate Assistantship Positions

What is a Graduate Assistantship?

Each year the Division of Student Affairs employs nearly 50 graduate students as graduate assistants for a variety of programs, departments and functional areas.

The Division focuses on developing students’ strengths and inspiring student leadership for a global society while fostering a community of inclusion, service, inquiry, partnership, and excellence.

Graduate assistants have the opportunity to advise student organizations, plan major campus programs, build communities in our residence halls, contribute to strategic planning and assessment initiatives, provide direct service to students in need, and much more!

Benefits

First Year

  • On average a $1,125 per month stipend paid on a monthly basis is provided

Professional development funds are dependent on the resources available to the hiring department and based on the GA’s performance evaluation 

Second Year

  • On average a $1,225 per month stipend paid on a monthly basis is provided

Professional development funds are dependent on the resources available to the hiring department and based on the GA’s performance evaluation 

Additional Benefits

  • All in-state and out-of-state tuition is waived
  • Graduate Assistant Professional Development series

Contact RazorbackGA@uark.edu for more information.


Qualifications & Skills

Applicants for a Division of Student Affairs graduate assistantship should either be admitted to the graduate school or a current graduate student at the University of Arkansas with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Applicants should also have the following skills:

  • Manage multiple projects at once and work on a deadline
  • Possess exceptional written communication skills and the ability to tailor the tone of messages to the targeted student population
  • Proficiency in several social media outlets
  • Ability to work both as a team member and independently

Priority will be given to candidates with a knowledge of higher education issues, previous exposure to Student Affairs, and commitment to the Higher Education and Student Affairs fields. 

Preferred graduate academic programs are as follows:

  • M.Ed. or Ed.D., Higher Education (HIED)
  • M.S., Counseling (CNSL)
  • M.Ed., Adult Education (ADED)

What do our GAs say?

“For me, I got involved in student affairs in a nontraditional way. I have been able to demonstrate application of a ton of transferable skills through my graduate assistantship. I feel lucky to be on a team in a department (NSFP) that not only allows me to develop and implement new ideas, but I am empowered to do so. I work with people every day that I know truly support my goals that I am trying to accomplish in my time here at the U of A and beyond. Most importantly, the students in the NSFP office are awesome!”

Whitney Kwamin, Class of 2020 

"I grew up on the East Coast, so moving across the country literally, and figuratively, forced me out of my comfort zone. I am so thankful for the many opportunities for personal growth, self-reflection, and professional development my graduate assistantship provides me with. Having the chance to form intentional relationships with students and staff through work I am passionate about is truly rewarding."

 Kelley Fox – Graduate Assistant, Class of 2020