M.S. Assistantship Opportunities
Full-time master's students are eligible to be considered for an assistantship for two years of graduate study. Although assistantships are not a requirement of the SAHE program, they are an excellent opportunity for students to apply what they are learning in their coursework to their practice as emerging student affairs professionals.
Assistantships are 18-20-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.
All M.S. full-time applicants with completed applications will receive an email (to the email address listed in your online application) with a link to the online SAHE M.S. Assistantship Rank Order Form. Sending the form at this time ensures that it reflects all available assistantships, as assistantships are confirmed on a rolling basis.
These are the positions that were available for the Fall 2023 incoming class. We will update later this Fall with positions available for 2024-25. Please check back for updates for the 2024-25 assistantship positions.
Office of Residence Life Graduate Assistantship
Miami University’s Office of Residence Life works to establish an educational living and learning environment for approximately 8,500 students residing in 40 residence halls and apartments, each of which houses between 80 and 450 students.
The Graduate Assistant reports to a Resident Director or Area Coordinator and works collaboratively with their supervisor to shape the environment and experiences of residential students by providing services and programs that focus on the Office of Residence Life’s Pillars of Success. The Pillars include (1) providing safe and healthy homes, (2) assisting in increasing persistence and retention, (3) promoting inclusive and diverse communities, (4) extending the learning environment beyond the classroom, and (5) easing students' transition to adulthood.
All positions within the Office of Residence Life begin with mandatory training in mid-July each year. This is a full time training which runs through August. All assistantships require some scheduled night and weekend obligations. These obligations can be associated with major office and/or University events, including, but not limited to: move-in weekends and hall closing days.
Graduate Assistants are provided with an apartment within their assigned residential community. As with any live-in position, staff members are also responsible for handling crises as they occur. These assistantships will average 20-25 hours per week over the course of the academic year.
To learn more about the Office of Residence Life, please visit our website.
More details about the Graduate Assistantship can be found on the Office of Residence Life's graduate assistantships webpage.
Center for Student Engagement, Activities, and Leadership - Assistantship for Student Programming
The Graduate Assistant for Student Programming is a member of the Center for Student Engagement, Activities, and Leadership team within the Division of Student Life. The Graduate Assistant reports to the Assistant Director of Student Activities and works with colleagues and stakeholders in meeting the departmental mission while contributing to the holistic development of Miami University students. The Graduate Assistant is responsible for serving as a resource to students by advising the Miami Activities and Programming (MAP) student organization and planning major campus events and initiatives.
Assist the Assistant Director of Student Activities in the implementation of office and university priorities by:
- Co-Advise Miami Activities & Programming (MAP), the premier programming board on campus.
- Provide direct advising and support to all Late-Night Miami initiatives: a partnership program between MAP and the Division of Student Life.
- Implement comprehensive training and leadership programs for MAP students.
- Collaborate with University departments to plan campus-wide events including but not limited to: Welcome Home, Homecoming, and Family Weekend.
- Oversee the recruitment and selection of MAP general and executive members.
- Provide knowledge and guidance in the planning and implementation of campus-wide programs.
- Maintain accountability within goal setting, event planning, advisor expectations, and student experiences.
- Provide oversight for departmental initiatives and programs.
- Other duties that meet the current needs of the Center for Student Engagement, Activities, and Leadership and or interests of the graduate assistant.
Duties as a part of the Center for Student Engagement, Activities, and Leadership Staff
- Provide leadership for the Center for Student Engagement, Activities, and Leadership in establishing and fulfilling its mission and goals, and in conducting daily operations and responsibilities.
- Assist in supporting and establishing annual and long-range department goals.
- Support, nurture, and maintain regular and collaborative relationships within the Division of Student Life and other University offices
- Assist in the selection process and implementation of the Student Engagement, Activities, and Leadership Recognition Ceremony and various other recognition programs
- Bachelor’s Degree required
- Graduate or professional experience in student organization advising, program/event planning, leadership development, alcohol education, and/or fraternity/sorority life is desired
- Willingness to work in a team and collaborative environment required
- Must possess strong written and oral communication skills
- Must possess strong computer competence, including but not limited to word processing, spreadsheet applications, email, and electronic presentations
- Willingness to work irregular hours including evenings and weekends required
The office is dedicated to the personal and professional development of Graduate Students. The Graduate Assistant experience will focus on developing the following competencies
NASPA and ACPA Competencies
- Advising and Helping
- Assessment, Evaluation, and Research
- Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
- Ethical Professional Practice
- History, Philosophy, and Values
- Law, Policy, and Governance
- Student Learning, and Development
- Personal Foundations
National Association for Campus Activities
(NACA) Core Values
Benefits and Compensation
- Tuition remission for Miami University Graduate programs; including 33% general student fees
- Annual stipend of at least $13,924 (2024-2025 stipend yet to be determined)
- Gallup CliftonStrengths assessment and the opportunity to complete certification in facilitation
Student Life Transition and Family Engagement - Graduate Assistant Position
This graduate assistantship is housed within the Transition and Assessment area of the Division of Student Life, which includes the Office of Parent and Family Programs, the Office of Orientation and Transition Programs, Student Life Communications, and assessment and planning for the division, and focuses on educating undergraduate students and their families about opportunities and resources available at Miami University. The position will average 20 hours per week. Within the scope and goals of the position, there is flexibility in creating an experience that best fits the interests and goals of the successful applicant.
Anticipated Position Dates:
- August 12 - December 13, 2024
- January 20 - May 16, 2025
- May 17 - July 3, 2025*
- August 11 - December 12, 2025
- January 19 - May 15, 2026
*These dates are opt-in and not included in the traditional Graduate Assistant position. These dates are encouraged as first-year orientation takes place during this time frame. Additional compensation would be provided should the successful candidate choose to work from May 17-July 3, 2025.
Graduate Assistant duties primarily fall within the Office of Parent and Family Programs Programs and the Office of Orientation and Transition Programs. Graduate Assistant duties include:
Parent and Family Programs
- Coordinate eeweemakiki newsletters to families of all undergraduate students.
- Coordinate social media communications for the department in collaboration with the communications team for the Division of Student Life.
- Assist with planning and implementation of Parents Council meetings.
- Assist with the planning and implementation of the President’s Distinguished Service Awards ceremony.
- Coordinate the creation of the Miami Family Calendar.
Orientation and Transition Programs
- Prepare content of various media types for orientation programs and assist with execution of orientation and transition programs throughout the year.
- Lead the first-year experience Undergraduate Associate (peer leader) mentor program in conjunction with first-year experience courses.
- Prepare components of the Hawk Herald newsletter for first-year students.
- Assist in the preparation and delivery of the spring semester orientation leader class.
- Contribute to the recruitment and selection of orientation student staff.
- Actively mentor orientation student staff throughout their time in the position.
- Analyze data from student and family orientation program surveys to determine improvements for future initiatives.
- Assist with other programs and projects as needed.
Additional opportunities may include collaboration with Student Life divisional assessment; working with academic partners to facilitate a pre-semester program; attending/presenting at a professional conference; and writing for publication.
This position is co-supervised by the director of Parent and Family Programs and the director of Orientation and Transition Programs.
EHS Success Center and Academic Advising
Overview of EHS Success Center
The EHS Success Center provides academic advising and holistic support for students within the six academic departments within the College of Education, Health and Society (EHS). Through the EHS Success Center, students are able to chart their paths through Miami, integrating experiential learning, career and graduate school exploration, study abroad, and study away into their overall Miami experience. The EHS Success Center is also responsible for recruitment events for the college and supporting university retention efforts.
This position primarily operates during the EHS Success Center open hours of 9am-5pm, Monday through Friday. Occasional weekend or evening hours may be required for programs or admissions events.
There are two available GA Positions in the EHS Success Center. Both positions will support the overall mission and functions of the Center and GA Candidates can share their preferences for projects among those listed below. Graduate Assistants will work collaboratively with the EHS advising team, attend the EHS Success Center staff meetings, and will co-teach a section of University 101 for first-year students in the fall semester. If interested, the GA will have the opportunity to participate in the Miami University Academic Support and Advising Association.
Recruitment, Student Outreach and Engagement, and Communication
- Assist with the organization of recruitment and admissions events
- Open House (Fall and Spring)
- Make It Miami (Spring)
- Bridges (Fall)
- Send weekly EHS Top 5 email with important dates, upcoming events, and relevant information for students
- Create and send monthly EHS Success Center newsletter
- Advise EHS Ambassadors student organization
- Answer phone calls and emails from students, faculty, and parents
- Develop and update training and resource manual for student workers
- Assist with orientation programs, including international, transfer, and international student orientations
Peer Advising and Programming
- Plan and facilitate student success programming. Program examples include PreRegistration Workshops, Graduate Program Fair, Snack Attack, Midterms and Finals Study Break, Creative Time Management Workshop, Welcome Back Events, and Mindfulness and Wellness programs.
- Assist with retention and belonging initiatives including Spring Launch program for students on academic probation, study tables, and other programs, including coordinating affinity-group programs, based on student interest
- Oversee peer-advising program
- Work collaboratively with academic advisors to support advising, including drop-in advising
- Create mindfulness and wellness programs
SAHE Graduate Assistant for the Urban Cohort (UC)
What is the Urban Cohort?
The Urban Cohort, formerly the Urban Teaching Cohort, is a specifically designed set of courses, seminars and experiences for Miami students seeking careers with a focus on social justice in urban communities. UC students spend significant time engaging in specific urban communities working with a variety of community-based organizations. The UC prepares candidates who are deeply engaged in community service work with community members, and informed about the cultural, political, social, and economic histories of the community in which they will work, serve, and potentially live.
Summary of job duties:
- Lead/advise UC Student Leadership Board, including weekly one hour group meeting, one-on-one check-in/developmental meetings with students, recruitment efforts, information sessions, on campus programming, all UC events, retreats, etc.
- Administrative duties include sending and receiving emails for UC email account scheduling presentations, reserving facilities, creating and monitoring RSVP and other documents in Google Docs, retreat planning.
- Work with the program director and the UC Student Leadership Board to coordinate recruitment efforts.
- Other duties as assigned based on program and community needs.
- What passions do you bring to this work? We are OPEN!:)
Miami’s One Stop for Student Success Services office provides essential information, answers questions, counsels and provides problem resolution for current and former students in the areas of registration, enrollment, financial aid, student records, billing, and payment.