Ph.D. Associateships

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Full-time Ph.D. students are awarded a doctoral associateship for four years of graduate study. Associateships are 20-hour-per-week positions that include a tuition waiver and a monthly living stipend during the academic year. These positions enable students to focus on their academics while also continuing to grow professionally. Each year, a variety of positions are available in offices, programs, and departments across campus.

Between December 1-9, 2018, all Ph.D. applicants with completed applications will receive an email (to the email address listed in your online application) with a link to the online SAHE Associateship Rank Order Form. Sending the form at this time ensures that it reflects all available associateships, as associateships are confirmed on a rolling basis. 

A list of anticipated Ph.D. associateship positions for Fall 2019 will be posted here as they become available.

SAHE Program Teaching, Research, & Administration (TRA)

The Teaching, Research, and Administration (TRA) associateships will consist of a variety of responsibilities.  These associateships allow doctoral students to get experience in multiple areas.  Responsibilities may shift with each semester and will be determined through a combination of program and department needs as well as the interests of the doctoral student, when possible.

Examples of responsibilities in each of these areas could include:

Teaching:  Teaching responsibilities include opportunities within the Department of Educational Leadership (EDL), including the SAHE program.  Examples include:

  • EDL 151: The American University (transition course for international students)
  • UNV 101: I Am Miami (transition course for first-year domestic students)

Research: Research responsibilities include assisting faculty members with research projects.

Administration:  Administrative responsibilities shift depending on the needs of the department.  Examples of administrative tasks could include:

  • Assessment of program (e.g., exit surveys with alumni, retention, experience of different identity groups within the program)
  • Alumni communications and database management
  • Grant writing
  • Website updates
  • Report writing

SAHE Program Admissions & TRA

This position is approximately half-time Admissions and the other half TRA.  The amount of time spent on each part of this associateship will shift throughout the year depending on the demands at that time.

Admissions:  This individual will manage and respond to all admissions inquiries for the M.S. and Ph.D. programs, coordinate prospective student campus visits, and manage the application and admission processes for the M.S. and Ph.D. programs. This individual will also work with the Recruitment/Interview Days/TRA graduate associate and faculty to coordinate with assistantship supervisors and help implement Interview Days.

TRA: See description of Teaching, Research, & Administration associateship above.

Orientation and Transition Programs Doctoral Associate Position

The Office of Orientation and Transition Programs (OTP) operates within the Dean of Students area of the Division of Student Life, and works to support all new students in their transition to Miami University. OTP provides new Miami students with opportunities to learn about the campus and to become more confident, comfortable, connected, and curious as they approach their undergraduate experiences.

Major OTP programs include:

  • Summer orientation for new first-year students and their families
  • August and January orientation programs for new first-year and transfer students and their families
  • One-day orientation programs for new transfer students
  • Miami Bound pre-semester “camp” programs
  • Welcome Weekend & First 50 Days, a 7-week series of programs and events designed to support holistic student transitions through which new students make connections with other students, explore campus life, and get to know Oxford OTP is also active in developing and delivering elements of other first-year experiences for Miami students, including first-year transition courses, summer reading program, and more

About the Associateship

This doctoral associate position focuses on research, assessment, and strategic communication related to new student orientation and transition experiences. The doctoral associate will utilize data to inform and improve OTP programs and initiatives, support and challenge first-year students, and tell the story of our department’s work to internal and external audiences. The doctoral associate may also teach a first-year experience course, attend OTP staff meetings, and assist with other responsibilities as needed. The position will average 20 hours/week. Within the scope and goals of the position, OTP can be flexible in creating an experience that best fits the interests and goals of the successful applicant.

The OTP Doctoral Associate experience includes the following opportunities:

  • Review and analyze qualitative and quantitative data related to orientation and transition experiences
  • Research best practices and monitor national trends in orientation and transition, particularly for special populations of students (e.g., first-generation, commuter, transfer, international)
  • Engage with OTP staff in making data-informed decisions for program improvement
  • Use research and data to foster partnerships and advance efforts with program stakeholders and campus partners
  • Use research and data to inform communication with new students, families, and other OTP audiences
  • Assist with the facilitation and analysis of the Student Life Transition Survey
  • Prepare assessment reports on orientation and transition programs, and contribute to mid-year and end-of-year reports
  • Support OTP during the departmental review process (e.g., reviewing and preparing assessment documents, writing portions of the self-study report, etc.)
  • Explore the potential of expanding academic partnerships through student transition programming
  • Teach a first-year experience course
  • Additional opportunities may include collaboration with the Student Life divisional assessment team; working with academic partners to facilitate a pre-semester program; supporting student leader selection; attending/presenting at a professional conference focused on orientation and transition; and writing for publication.

Questions and further inquiries should be directed to Buffy Stoll Turton, Ph.D., Director of Orientation and Transition Programs stolle@miamioh.edu (513-529-1880).

Office of Community Standards Doctoral Associate Position

The Office of Community Standards is seeking an outstanding individual to serve as a Graduate Assistant (GA). This is a new position in the office and the person in the role will serve as an integral part of the OCS staff team. While the primary task of the GA will be to develop a restorative justice program for the office, they will also perform other tasks related to the student conduct process.

Specific job responsibilities are listed below:

    • Research, develop and create an implementation plan for a restorative justice program to be integrated into the student conduct process.
    • Serve as a hearing officer, hearing cases regarding alleged violations of the Code of Student Conduct.
    • Assist with research of best practices in student conduct as part of policy and procedure revision processes.
    • Attend office staff meetings and one-on-one meetings with the director.
    • Other duties based on interests of the GA and needs of the office.

The ideal GA candidate will have experience with working in student affairs as a practitioner, specifically within the area of student conduct administration.

Necessary skills for the position include:

  • Commitment to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for students, faculty, and staff
  • Absolute commitment to confidentiality of student records
  • Ability and willingness to function as a member of a team
  • Commitment to continued personal and professional development
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • High attention to detail

Cliff Alexander Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and Student Activities Assessment and Prevention Programming Doctoral Associate Position

Overview

The Doctoral Associate for the Cliff Alexander Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and Student Activities is an integral member of the Cliff Alexander Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life staff. The Doctoral Associate will work with colleagues and stakeholders to strive to create the “Model Greek Community” through assessment, development of prevention programming, and enhancing educational goals and learning objectives. 

Through the primary focus of developing a safer and healthier community, the Doctoral Associate will support the functions of the Cliff Alexander Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and implement strategies to advance the mission and vision of the department. The Doctoral Association will work up to 20 hours per week.

Responsibilities related to Assessment:

  • Oversee and conduct assessment and evaluation initiatives directly related to Fraternity and Sorority Life to determine whether measurable progress is being made within the community
  • Coordinate Pre- and Post- meetings with staff to review and assess the results of all programs
  • Evaluate how the department is delivering on institutional outcomes while also demonstrating the effective use of institutional resources
  • Collect, track, and analyze data and best practices in order to develop new recommendations for fraternal initiatives including educational programs and risk prevention strategies
  • Review the newly compiled AFA Core Competencies manual and monitor national trends within fraternity and sorority life; determine best practices and how those practices should be implemented at Miami

Responsibilities related to Prevention Programming:

  • Serve as lead on developing and facilitating all programming as it pertains to prevention education and social responsibility for student organizations
  • Collaborate with Office of Student Wellness to assess and implement Greeks Step Up: A Bystander Intervention program
  • Coordinate with organizations to host and lead roundtables and trainings for officers related to harm reduction & risk prevention, sexual and interpersonal violence, and hazing.
  • Provide Crisis Management education to organization advisors through the Advisor Development Training

Armstrong Student Center Doctoral Associate Position

The Armstrong Student Center enhances student learning through opportunities for community and campus engagement and serves as a safe and inclusive gathering place for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests. The Armstrong Student Center is the center of campus life and provides a central gathering place and event facility for faculty, staff, and students. The administrative team within the Division of Student Life is responsible for 24/7 building supervision, event reservations and services for over 2500 events a year, game room operations, student organization office space, the campus information desk, commuter programs and services, and creating partnerships with other building occupants.

The doctoral associate position focuses on enhancing student learning for students and student staff working with the Armstrong Student Center. The position will also collaborate with staff in the office to improve marketing and communication around the role of the student center and opportunities for unique spaces to enhance the college experience. In addition to these areas of focus, the doctoral associate will be a member of the Armstrong Student Center staff, attending meetings and assisting with other responsibilities as needed. The position will average 20 hours/week.

Student Development Specialist Responsibilities

With a focus on student leadership, Armstrong Student Center has over 70 employees working in areas of building supervision, game room management, event setup and production, and space scheduling. Within these areas, student leadership positions help advance our philosophy of student-centered building and event management. The Armstrong Student Center Board works with the director to advise and make decisions about policies and procedures impacting the building and campus community.

This position will be responsible for:

Student Employees

  • Develop learning outcomes and assessment metrics for all student staff positions
  • Create curriculums for ongoing student staff professional development
  • Manage the RedHawk Rewards student staff recognition program
  • Developing an overall student staff training and leadership development program
  • Work with other areas of the Division of Student Life to collaborate on student staff training and development activities
Armstrong Student Center Board
  • Develop tools for training ASC Board members
  • Develop an assessment tool for measuring ASC Board learning outcomes

Marketing and Communication Responsibilities

  • Work collaboratively with the Assistant Director for Event Planning to develop marketing tools for students, faculty and staff to promote Armstrong Student Center
  • Work with collaborative partners to create learning opportunities and outcomes for special spaces in Armstrong Student Center, including:
    • Ford Meditation and Reflection Room
    • Richard and Emily Smucker Wiikiaami Room
    • Study Rooms
  • Develop initiatives to promote “The College Union Idea” and the role of the Armstrong Student Center in building community on campus
  • Event and Building Responsibilities
  • Attend all Armstrong Student Center staff meetings, retreats and planning meetings
  • Serve in on-call rotation with professional staff
  • Assist event production and event planning staff with responsibilities during high event volume periods (mid Fall semester, late spring semester)

Doctoral Associate for the Office of Student Life and the Cliff Alexander Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life

Overview

The Doctoral Associate for the Office of Student Life and the Cliff Alexander Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life is an integral member of the Student Activities staff. The Doctoral Associate will work with colleagues and stakeholders to enhance and grow the student co-curricular experience through assessment, strengthening of community relationships, and evaluating the growth and progress of our Late Night Miami experience.

Through the primary focus of promoting intentional involvement and encouraging student growth the Doctoral Associate will support the functions of the Office of Student Activities and implement strategies to advance the mission and vision of the department. The Doctoral Association will work up to 20 hours per week.

Responsibilities related to Assessment:

  • Oversee and conduct assessment and evaluation initiatives directly related to Student Activities, Off-Campus Initiatives, and Late Night Miami to determine whether measurable progress is being made within the community
  • Coordinate Pre- and Post- meetings with staff to review and assess the results of all programs
  • Evaluate how the department is delivering on institutional outcomes while also demonstrating the effective use of institutional resources
  • Collect, track, and analyze data and best practices in order to develop new recommendations for fraternal initiatives including educational programs and risk prevention strategies
  • Monitor national trends around student involvement; determine best practices and how those practices should be implemented at Miami
  • Through assessment and evaluation of the brand, develop and implement a communication plan that reflects who we are and what we do

Responsibilities related to Off-Campus/Late Night Initiatives:

  • Collaborate in the development and facilitation of programming as it pertains to off-campus programming initiatives, in particular, those initiatives within the community that also fall within the Late Night Miami Brand
  • Collaborate with campus partners and community stakeholders to evaluate and determine better community engagement strategies
  • Coordinate with organizations to host and lead events and programs within the community that fall within the Late Night Miami parameters

Office of Student Wellness Doctoral Associate Position

Over a thousand first-year students report wanting to be involved with health and wellness activities on campus. The challenge is helping these students find each other and get connected to systems that support healthy decision making. The Office of Student Wellness is looking for an associate that will develop a student engagement framework that extends throughout the college experience. The first phase of this framework will require the associate to work with our partners across campus and in Residence Life to establish a Wellness Community Representative in each residence hall. This rep would be responsible for planning and implementing brief educational activities that align with the residential curriculum. The second phase of the student engagement framework is to develop an intermediary group, (such as establishing a NASPA safety, health and wellbeing college chapter) to champion campus-wide awareness events and provide mentorship to Talawanda High School students. In the final phase, an evaluation of the EDL 310 course is needed. This course prepares Health Advocates for Wellness, Knowledge, and Skills, (HAWKS Peer Health Educators) to facilitate mandated education on campus.

A complementary piece to this framework is the creation of a student wellness outpost in the “mile square,” the residential area in Oxford where most of our junior and senior students live, for events and activities for students living off campus.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Sexual and interpersonal violence prevention
  • Legal, low-risk use of alcohol
  • Healthy relationships
  • Sex positive messaging
  • Healthy eating and active living
  • Mental health hygiene

Research opportunities exist to examine the effectiveness of peer engagement and its impact on attitudes and behaviors related to wellness. Associates will be encouraged to make recommendations for program improvements based on the results from their research.

Data from the following sources and others will be accessible to the associate:

  • Alcohol Edu for College
  • Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates
  • Miami Student Health Survey
  • HAWK program data
  • Step Up! Bystander Intervention program data

This associate will work directly with the director and assistant director of the Office of Student Wellness on issues related to student engagement in wellness. The associate will be expected to participate in staff meetings and meet regularly with student groups. Professional development opportunities, such as attendance at the NASPA Joint Strategies Conference, will be supported. The associate will also be asked to serve on the Miami University Partners in Wellness Committee. Office space will be provided with flexibility to work remotely as appropriate. The framework outlined in this description is conceptual and open to input from the associate.

For any further questions please contact Rebecca Baudry Young, Director baudryrm@miamioh.edu (513-529-3438).

Doctoral Associate with Office of Diversity Affairs

A primary role of the position will be to identify ways to advance diversity as a critical component of social, academic and intellectual life on campus and to implement programs and services that promote student understanding of multiculturalism, diversity, gender, equity and inclusion on our campus. The ODA Doctoral Associate will work up to 20 hours per week.

Potential responsibilities for this assistantship may include, but are not limited to:
  • Work collaboratively with the ODA staff to provide education and programming on diversity and inclusion issues, plus create opportunities for ongoing conversations with ALL students about diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Work collaboratively with the Office of Admission in attracting diverse students to campus. Serve as an advocate and resource for students of color, women, and LGBTQ+ students
  • Serve as Co-Advisor to Spectrum or Tint, undergraduate LGBTQ+ student organizations
  • Assist in advising Spectrum and/or Tint by providing general counsel and attending weekly Executive Board and/or general body meetings.
  • Help with planning and executing signature events: Rainbow Reception, National Coming Out
    Day, Spectrum’s Out Week, Pumpkin Pride, Transgender Day of Remembrance, World AIDS Day, Spectrum’s Awareness Week, Lavender Graduation, etc.
  • Work with Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGS) to identify and develop areas of mutual benefit and collaboration
  • Monitor national trends in promoting the success of diverse students and help to educate the division on the changing needs of students of color, women, LGBTQ students, and assess the impact of departmental programs as a result
For more information please contact Dr. Kelley Kimple, Director / kimplekc@miamioh.edu