Wednesday, June 22, 2016

OSCAR Graduate Professional Assistant position available

OSCAR, the Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research, offers a full-time Mason graduate student the opportunity to work as graduate professional assistant (GPA) for the 2016-2017 academic year, with the potential for extension into the summer and following academic year*. OSCAR is the home of Students as Scholars, Mason’s initiative to increase the opportunities for undergraduates to participate in undergraduate research and creative projects – what we call “student scholarship.”

Position Description: The GPA will be expected to support the overall mission of OSCAR, which may include any or all of the following, depending on the skills and experience of the selected student:

  • Assisting with the Students as Scholars curricular initiative, including tracking and organizing course information and assisting in faculty development activities .
  • Working as a part of the OSCAR team to support outreach events, including Admissions, Orientation, and Celebrations of Student Scholarship.
  • Coordinating OSCAR Fellows events and activities.
  • Updating the OSCAR website, blog, and social media.
  • Providing research support for OSCAR activities and assessment.
  • Providing workshops and/or consulting with faculty and students on undergraduate research projects (commensurate with experience).
  • Supporting student professional development activities associated with the URSP and Work-Study Research Assistantship programs.
  • Assuming responsibility for special projects as needed.
  • Finding creative ways to connect with OSCAR alumni.

Qualifications: We are seeking a Mason graduate student from any discipline, with an interest in higher education administration and/or a career goal of teaching and mentoring undergraduate students.  The student must:

  • Be a full-time graduate student (enrolled for 6 or more credits) in good academic standing (GPA 3.0 or greater).
  • Demonstrate that they are flexible, well-organized, curious, a problem-solver, detail-oriented, and able to prioritize and juggle multiple tasks. 
  • Have excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Interact professionally (in person, on the telephone, and over email) with students, faculty, and staff. 
  • Be comfortable working both independently and collaboratively.
Preference will be given to graduate students who have experience:
  • Conducting research or creative work themselves as undergraduate students.
  • Teaching, either at the high school or college level.

Schedule:  The student is expected to spend 20 hours per week in OSCAR, including attending a weekly planning meeting, throughout the academic year.  The GPA is expected to keep a regular schedule, but may be asked to be flexible for special events. Appointment dates will be August 25, 2016 through May 22, 2017.

Compensation: The GPA position include both a stipend and tuition support for academic year 2016-2017.

  • First time appointment without master’s degree: $12,500 with tuition support.
  • First time appointment with master’s degree: $14,500 with tuition support.

Application: Please send the following materials in a single pdf attachment to OSCAR@gmu.edu by July 22, 2016, for full consideration:

  • A cover letter (no more than 1 page) articulating how you meet the qualifications and highlighting how you would best contribute to the Students as Scholars program. 
  • A current CV
  • List of three references, including the name and contact information of your graduate faculty advisor.


*Continuation of the GRA beyond the first year initial contract is contingent on satisfactory performance and availability of funds.