Graduate Assistantships

Each Graduate Assistantship requires a baccalaureate degree and admission to the College of Education M.Ed. program. Students pursue the Adult & Higher Education degree with an emphasis in College Student Affairs Leadership (CSAL). Grad assistants work 20 hours per week from around the beginning of August through May.

The stipend for Graduate Assistantships is $9,000 for a 10 month appointment in non-housing departments. For Graduate Assistants in Housing, the stipend is $6,000 for a 10 month appointment plus housing accommodation and meal plan. A tuition waiver covers up to 24 credit hours per year.

Award Process
While the Dean of Students Office coordinates the application process, all decisions to offer Graduate Assistantships are made by the staff in each office that sponsors an assistantship. Typically, these decisions are made by April 1.

GA Application Steps

These graduate assistantships are held by students in the graduate College of Education, College Student Affairs Leadership (CSAL) emphasis. 

There are dual application process that are required when applying for CSAL graduate assistantships:
1. Apply for admission to the College of Education
2. Apply for CSAL Graduate Assistantships

CSAL Graduate Assistantship Requirements:
Each Graduate Assistantship requires a baccalaureate degree and admission to the College of Education M.Ed. program. Students pursue the Adult & Higher Education degree with an emphasis in College Student Affairs Leadership (CSAL). Grad assistants work 20 hours per week from around the beginning of August through May.

Award Process
While the Dean of Students Office coordinates the application process, all decisions to offer Graduate Assistantships are made by the staff in each office that sponsors an assistantship. Typically, these decisions are made by April 1.

To apply for a Graduate Assistantship submit the following through the online graduate assistantship application site:

1. Resume;

2. Names and contact information of three references; and

3. Statement of Intent. Please submit a two to three page statement which addresses the reasons you are interested in the student affairs profession and graduate study in the CSAL program. This statement should also address the skills and experience you will bring to not only a graduate assistantship but also to the academic program.

If you have any questions about the graduate assistantship application process or about the positions posted below, contact:

Aaron Haight
Director of Judicial and Special Programs


July 28, 2014 through May 23, 2015

  • Graduate Assistants work 20 hours per week
  • The stipend for Graduate Assistants is $9,000 for a 10-month appointment in non-housing departments.
  • For Graduate Assistants in Housing and Residence Life, the stipend is $6,000 for a 10-month appointment plus housing accommodation and meal plan.
  • Graduate assistantships include a tuition waiver which covers up to 21 graduate credit hours per year (in-state or out-of-state).
  • Parking permit.

Currently there are no positions available.


August 18, 2014 - April 25, 2015

  • Graduate Assistants work 20 hours per week.
  • The stipend for Graduate Assistants is $4,000 per semester
  • Tuition credit for up to 18 graduate credits per year

College of Education Graduate Assistant Leadership and Learning

Please visit the Graduate Studies website for other graduate assistantship openings:

College of Education Graduate Assistant Leadership and Learning


Technology Teaching Specialist

Project Description

Our department is at a critical point of organizing, refining, and implementing efficiency efforts that will allow us to demonstrate the quality of our instruction along with student competencies.  This effort blends well with the current Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) requirements and State of Michigan standards.  This graduate assistant will provide technology expertise to share with faculty and staff to improve teaching instruction. 


This 9 month position will run through the 2013-2014 academic year as full-time (20 hours per week).  The position includes a $4000.00 stipend and tuition waiver up to 9 credits for the fall and winter semesters.  We have put forth a budget request to support this as a 12 month position, effective with the 2014-15 fiscal year, but have not received approval of that request.  Therefore, at this time, the position will be advertised as a 9 month academic year graduate assistantship for the 2014-2015 academic year.


The graduate assistant will provide technology support to the Leadership and Learning Department in the following ways:

  • Work with faculty to develop instructional/digital/multimedia materials to be used to support teaching and learning. (40%)
  • Develop an ongoing system and structure for providing training and the utilization of technology in their courses. This includes technology awareness, the use of technology with instruction, assessment, and project development. (20%)
  • Provide ongoing technical support to assist faculty in developing instructional materials to be used with students in the classroom. (10%)
  • Provide students with technology training for the use and application of technology at GVSU and in the K-12 environment. (20%)
  • Provide customized technology training for the Leadership and Learning staff and other faculty in the College of Education based on the COE staff assessment and ongoing feedback.  This effort would also include a focus on the details of creating an efficient online teaching evaluation system. (10%)


  • Knowledge of College of Education teacher preparation and administrative programs
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Analyzes situations and uses problem-solving skills
  • Detail orientated and able to handle multiple tasks
  • Effective organizational skills
  • Works efficiently with little supervision
  • Self-motivated and shows initiative
  • Develops timelines and meets deadlines
  • Strong technology background (i.e. web, research, video streaming, etc.)

Work Station/Desk

The graduate assistant will spend most of his/her time in the COE Video Office located at 421 C DeVos.  The office is equipped with video streaming equipment, other technology, and telephone.  The graduate assistant will spend a fair amount of time in the new e-Studio in DeVos.


The graduate assistant will be supervised by Dr. John Shinsky.  The supervisor will be available to answer questions for the graduate assistant as they arise, as well as provide more in-depth training when needed.  The graduate assistant will meet with the supervisor regularly to discuss issues, answer questions and review the progress of goals.  The performance of the graduate assistant is evaluated at the end of each semester.

Selection Process

Candidates are invited to apply for this position by submitting application materials to Dr. John Shinsky.  Applicants should send a cover letter, three letters of reference, and a resume.  This position will be open to graduate students pursuing their master’s degree at Grand Valley State University.  The position will be posted with the Graduate Studies Office and notification of the opening will be emailed to Aaron Haight, faculty and staff in the College of Education.  Dr. Shinsky will screen applications, interview candidates, and hire the appropriate candidate for the position.

Contact Information

Dr. John Shinsky, Professor
Department Chair, Leadership & Learning
452C DEV
(616) 331-6682
Mailing Address:
Attn:  Dr. John Shinsky
Grand Valley State University / College of Education
401 W. Fulton St., #408C DEV
Grand Rapids, MI  49504

Job Opportunity for incoming CSAL student that does not have an assistantship. This is not an assistantship, but an hourly position. There is not tuition benefit.


Grand Rapids Community College

Department: Experiential Learning

Title: Coordinator

Work Schedule: 20 hours/ 52 weeks*

Compensation: $13 per hour

Reports to : Associate Director, Department of Experiential Learning

* Willing to work a flexible schedule that may include evenings and/or weekends


The Department of Experiential Learning Coordinator is responsible for supporting students to be successful in our programs as well as organizing and facilitating a range of programmatic events. 

Essential Job Functions

  • Present a positive and professional image, that expresses the College’s mission, vision, values, and ends to the community, our students, visitors, and colleagues.
  • Coordinate department events, specifically the Honors Open House, Honors Orientations, Honors Campus Adventure and Honors Completion Reception event.
  • Responsible for marketing and processing of department scholarships.
  • Responsible for assisting students in their awareness of program completion and overall standing in the in the Honors Program.
  • Responsible for overall campus awareness of department programs including develop and implement marketing strategies.
  • Responsible for maintaining strong relationships with alumni of department programs.
  • Assist in the design, development and implementation of services and processes.
  • Maintain accurate records, files, and office activities in strict confidence.

Marginal (non-Essential) Job Functions

  • Greet faculty, visitors, students and other members of the College and community and respond appropriately to requests made in person, via telephone, e-mail or other social media from individuals regarding the College.
  • Check voicemail, email, and telephone requests daily; taking action on student and staff requests.
  • Participate as a member of College, Divisional, and Departmental teams or committees as requested or as mutually agreeable.
  • Interview, select, train, evaluate, and supervise student employees as/if needed.
  • Prioritize work effectively to ensure that tasks are completed within assigned deadline.
  • Actively engage in professional development activities that reinforce existing skills and result in greater knowledge and efficiency in assigned work.
  • Manage multiple institutional memberships.



  • Bachelor’s degree (or higher) required or equivalent work experience.


  • A minimum of two or more years of administrative experience (preferably in a higher education setting) with evidence of event planning.  


  • Must be knowledgeable of transfer requirements, specifically the Michigan Transfer Agreement.
  • Excellent organizational skills, ability to prioritize, and complete task in a timely manner.
  • Demonstrated initiative and problem-solving abilities and be able to exert initiative and resourcefulness.
  • Must be proficient in verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills to work effectively with people of diverse ages, ethnic, sexual and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Excellent customer service skills and ability to become a resource for information about experiential learning, its programs and the College in general.
  • Proficient computer skills in PeopleSoft Campus Wide Information System, Microsoft Office (MS Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint)

Mental Demands

  • Ability to work under pressure. Possess mature judgment and is flexible in regards to interruptions and ability to handle pressure situations.
  • High energy level with enthusiasm and interest in helping and supporting students, staff, and the general public.

Physical Demands

  • Ability to lift (up to 30 lbs.), bend, twist, ambulate around campus, and sit for long periods.

Working Conditions

  • Excellent multitasking and project management skills.
  • Project a professional image including punctuality and good attendance record.
  • Maintain the highest levels of confidentiality and ethical standards. 

Interested candidates can contact:

Michael Schavey, MSW, MPA
Associate Director, Department of Experiential Learning
Grand Rapids Community College
DeVos Campus - Lettinga
473 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 

Be prepared to submit a resume, letter of recommendation and three references.

The Department of Experiential Learning is a department within Instructional Support and Interdisciplinary Studies.  The department creates and administers systems to support experience-based teaching and learning opportunities for faculty, students, and community members that promote best teaching practices and student success.  We administer three essential programs (Service Learning, Honors, Study Away).