Graduate students during a spring commencement

Graduate Assistant Positions

Expand your professional network, grow your skills, and help finance your graduate education. The following graduate assistant positions are available across each of the Commonwealth University campus locations.

Graduate Assistantship Applications are available online or may be picked up at the Office of Graduate Studies. Applications should be submitted to the graduate program or department/office to which you are applying. Contracts are issued by the Office of Graduate Studies.

Bloomsburg Positions

Number of positions available
2

Semester(s)
Fall 2024, Spring 2025

Responsibilities
-Assist with the implementation, coordination, and record keeping for the PASS Program, and other office initiatives with guidance and directions from the Student Success Specialists and Associate Director.
-Coordinate the Student Success Information Desk staff/schedule.
-Assist with outreach efforts including: early alert interventions, mid-term grades, registration, and other special projects.
-Meet with students as assigned by the Student Success Specialists.
-Attend weekly staff meeting with professional and student staff.
-Attend other meetings as deemed appropriate by the Director.
-Assist with the implementation, coordination, and record keeping for the Academic Success Program, and other office initiatives with guidance and directions from the Student Success Specialist and Director.

Requirements
•Must be accepted into a graduate program at Commonwealth University with a GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of application for the position. Must maintain a 3.0 each semester to remain in the position.
•Ability to work an average of 10 per week. However, some periods will require greater staffing demands (such as training, orientation, Welcome Week, and special events).
•Familiarity with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Outlook.
•Highly interested in working with first-year students and/or student leaders.
•Demonstrate a strong and ongoing willingness to take initiative.
•Ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with students, staff, faculty, and administrators of the University.
•Possess strong character, communication (written and verbal), and interpersonal skills (e.g., friendly, reliable, trustworthy, dependable, effective, punctual, cooperative, focused).
•Preferred skills include demonstrated experience in leadership roles and event planning.
•Commitment to maintaining professionalism and confidentiality.


Supervisor Contact Info
Rachel Shaffer
rshaffer@commonwealthu.edu
570-389-2520

Department/Office
Student Success

Number of positions available

1

Semester(s)

Fall 2024, Spring 2025

Responsibilities

Alumni and Professional Engagement (A&PE), in support of the university-wide Professional U initiative, connects students with alumni, employers, and opportunities integrating the academic experience with professional experience in “real world” settings. Through the exploration of professional development topics and experiential learning, students build skills and confidence, which prepare them for personal and professional success upon graduation.

Overview of Responsibilities

The Graduate Assistant will work closely with A&PE staff on programs and projects to support the Professional U initiative through actively engaging students and student groups, group presentations, career coaching, event support, program promotion & development, data analytics, and assessment. Duties will include outreach activities, coaching students on their documents and networking skills, assisting with networking with alumni and professional volunteers through LinkedIn, phone, email conversations and other networking opportunities. The successful candidate must have a strong attention to detail with accurate record keeping in collaboration with A&PE staff across the Commonwealth University campuses.

Requirements
  • Acceptance to a Commonwealth University graduate program.
  • Self-starter with strong initiative to begin and complete projects while seeking support from supervisor as needed.
  • Precise attention to detail.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills to meet deadlines and manage multiple on-going projects.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong critical thinking skills to problem solve and address opportunities for growth.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, and social media platforms including LinkedIn, Instagram, and Facebook.
  • While occasional, limited remote work is a possibility, this position is primarily in-person, on-campus at any of our campus locations (Bloomsburg, Lock Haven, Mansfield).
Preferred
  • Experience with database management.
  • Experience with design software programs (i.e. Canva).
  • Experience compiling evaluative data, analyzing trends, and delivering outcomes-based reports and presentations.
Supervisor Contact Info

Nichole Lefelhoc
nlefelhoc@commonwealthu.edu
570-662-4914

Number of positions available

1

Semester(s)

Fall 2024, Spring 2025

Responsibilities

Assist the Head Coach with all aspects of running an NCAA Division II Men's Soccer program, which could include on-field training and coaching, scouting, recruiting student-athletes while monitoring and assessing academic progress of the team.

Requirements
  • NCAA collegiate playing experience and previous coaching experience preferred.
  • Successful academic acceptance into a CU - Bloomsburg graduate program.
Supervisor Contact Info

Mark Bassett
mbassett@commonwealthu.edu
570-389-4381

Number of positions available

1

Semester(s)

Fall 2024, Spring 2025

Responsibilities

Assist in all aspects of operating a competitive DII Women's Soccer Program. Will serve as the first assistant while pursuing a Graduate Degree.

Requirements

NCAA Collegiate Soccer Playing Experience with the ability to gain admittance into a CU-Bloomsburg Graduate Program that allows for the GA to fulfill their responsibilities to the Women's Soccer Program.

Supervisor Contact Info

Matthew Haney
mhaney@commonwealthu.edu
570-389-5471

Number of positions available

1

Semester(s)

Fall 2024, Spring 2025

Responsibilities
  • Assist in meeting recruitment goals established by the Division of Athletics and Head Coach
  • Assist the Head Coach in planning and executing practices. 
  • Assist in game and practice day set-up. 
  • Attend all practices and games. 
  • Support current student-athlete academic success. 
  • Manage social media platforms. 
  • Serve as the travel coordinator (meals and travel operations). 
  • Assist with all areas of video operations.
  • Help with equipment/uniform inventory, distribution, and collection. 
  • Be an active member of the Division of Athletics (attend meetings, scheduled campus events, etc.). 
Requirements
  • Successful admission into the Graduate Program at Commonwealth University of Pennsylvania.
  • Previous collegiate volleyball playing experience or previous volleyball coaching experience. 
Supervisor Contact Info

Lee Anderson
landerson@commonwealthu.edu
218-230-3416

Department/Office

Intercollegiate Athletics

Number of positions available

1

Semester(s)

Fall 2024, Spring 2025

Responsibilities

I am seeking a GA to assist with research regarding data collected on my sabbatical. This will require organizing, transcribing, and cleaning data collected during on-site participant sessions. You will also assist in the creation of conference and workshop presentation materials, reviewing manuscripts and conference proposals, and developing course materials. As an editor for the Journal of Children's Literature, you will assist the editorial team in organizing and tracking manuscript submissions, as well as publication deadlines.

Requirements

This position requires excellent organizational and communication skills, as well as strong writing abilities with particular attention to detail in editing. The ability to self-motivate and complete tasks in a timely and efficient manner to meet deadlines is critical. You will also need to be available to meet with me face-to-face and work on campus when needed.

Knowledge of diverse children's and YA literature, as well as strong research abilities in locating, reading, and synthesizing research-based educational articles is very much preferred.

Supervisor Contact Info

Craig A. Young
cyoung@commonwealthu.edu
570-389-5180

Number of positions available

1

Semester(s)

Fall 2025, Spring 2025

Responsibilities

Engage in research related to school counseling, conduct literature reviews, assist in organizational tasks related to student advisement/classroom preparation/practicums/internships, and regional professional development programs. Work with admissions offices to promote program growth.

Requirements
  • Student must be enrolled in Master's degree in School Counseling program at Commonwealth University.
  • Experience in research skills and APA proficiency required.
  • Knowledge of social media for program promotion and advertising required.
Supervisor Contact Info

Julie Cerrito
jcerrito@commonwealthu.edu
570-389-3420

*** Work Remotely ***

Number of positions available

1

Semester(s)

Summer 2024

Responsibilities

The Graduate Assistant for the Eileen G. Jones Honors College will assist staff with the coordination of critical programmatic activities, including but not limited to working with undergraduate students, developing and maintaining social media, aiding in recruitment and retention initiatives, aiding in program and course-level assessment, developing alumni relations, and working to facilitate various high impact experiences. 

Requirements
  • Ability to work an average of 10 hours per week. Some periods will require greater staffing demands
  • Highly interested in working with motivated students
  • Demonstrate a strong and ongoing willingness to take initiative
  • Ability to work independently but also on a team
  • Possess strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Possess strong interpersonal skills
  • Must be accepted into a graduate program at CU with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Must maintain a 3.0
  • Must not have judicial sanctions and must uphold the university’s code of conduct
  • Maintain confidentiality (required to sign confidentiality agreement)
Supervisor Contact Info

Peter Doerschler
pdoersch@commonwealthu.edu
570-389-4713

Number of positions available

1

Semester(s)

Fall 2024, Spring 2025

Responsibilities

The Graduate Assistant for the Eileen G. Jones Honors College will assist staff with the coordination of critical programmatic activities, including but not limited to working with undergraduate students, developing and maintaining social media, aiding in recruitment and retention initiatives, aiding in program and course-level assessment, developing alumni relations, and working to facilitate various high impact experiences. 

Requirements
  • Ability to work an average of 10 hours per week. Some periods will require greater staffing demands
  • Highly interested in working with motivated students
  • Demonstrate a strong and ongoing willingness to take initiative
  • Ability to work independently but also on a team
  • Possess strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Possess strong interpersonal skills
  • Must be accepted into a graduate program at CU with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Must maintain a 3.0
  • Must not have judicial sanctions and must uphold the university’s code of conduct
  • Maintain confidentiality (required to sign confidentiality agreement)
Supervisor Contact Info

Peter Doerschler
pdoersch@commonwealthu.edu
570-389-4713

Number of positions available
1

Semester(s)
Fall 2024, Spring 2025

Responsibilities
Major responsibilities include recruitment, hiring, training, and supervision of undergraduate office staff and peer leaders.

Requirements
• Ability to work in an environment with minimal supervision
• A strong ability to multitask and effectively communicate with employees as well as clients
• Competency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access etc.) and ability to adapt to new technology
• Preferred: Experience working in an area of academic support- tutoring, study groups, etc.


Supervisor Contact Info
Dr. Karen Hamman
khamman@commonwealthu.edu

Department/Office
Learning Center, Bloomsburg

Number of positions available

1

Semester(s)

Fall 2024, Spring 2025

Responsibilities

The Office of Student Conduct is looking for one Graduate Assistant (GA) for the 2024-2025 Academic Year who will focus efforts on supporting students through the student conduct process. The primary intent of the student conduct process is educational in nature, attempting to create behavioral changes in students while simultaneously protecting their rights and the safety of the campus community. The GA will be will be trained and authorized to weigh information presented in a conduct process, will be assigned cases, and will determine appropriate outcomes for Commonwealth University students. The GA will seek to utilize the student conduct process as a means of educating students and connecting them to resources available through appropriate sanctioning.

Requirements
  • This position requires no prior knowledge of student conduct. If hired, the GA will receive training and shadowing opportunities prior to beginning responsibilities.
  • This position requires the utmost level of confidentiality when working with students, faculty, staff, parents and third parties.
  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Completes 20 hours of work per week, with some evening and weekend responsibilities.
  • Meets with students who have allegedly violated the Student Code of Conduct to educate and discuss incidents, and administer appropriate sanctions and follow-up.
  • Works with administrators on special projects, including utilizing social media as a means of assisting with outreach efforts.
Supervisor Contact Info

studentconduct@commonwealthu.edu

Lock Haven Positions

Number of positions available

1

Semester(s)

Fall 2024, Spring 2025

Responsibilities

This position offers a well-rounded experience in event planning, marketing, and leadership. You'll be responsible for creating promotional materials, managing event logistics, interacting with participants and staff, handling purchasing, coordinating with vendors, and collecting data. Throughout the process, you'll gain valuable leadership skills by assisting with staff supervision and training, while also learning best practices in event management and communication.

Requirements
  • Good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Experience with student councils and leadership positions. 
  • Good written and verbal communication.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills.
  • Prior experience in program planning.
  • Ability to work evening and weekend hours. 
Supervisor Contact Info

Kimberly Harris
kharris2@commonwealthu.edu
570-484-2127

Department/Office

Student Involvement

Mansfield Positions

Information coming soon.

Resources

  • Graduate Assistantships are open to all regularly admitted students pursuing a Master's or Doctoral degree. There are a varying number of assistantships available with each graduate program and in particular departments/offices across the University. Positions are awarded by the Assistant Vice President and Dean of Graduate Studies and Research upon the recommendation of the Graduate Program Coordinators or GA supervisors.
  • Students are granted assistantships for one semester at a time. The appointment and continuation of an assistantship will depend upon good academic standing (minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 prior to appointment and in each semester of appointment), favorable evaluation by the faculty supervising the assistantship and recommendation of the Graduate Program Coordinator. Graduate students who have an assistantship in one program/office are not eligible for an assistantship in a second program/office.
  • CU assistantships are either half-time (20 hours per week) or quarter-time (10 hours per week) and students are required to work 15 weeks in the Fall and Spring semesters, and 12 weeks in the Summer semester. Quarter-time assistants must carry a minimum of nine (9) graduate credits and half time GA’s are required to carry a minimum of six (6). Both quarter and half-time assistantships provide a six (6) credit tuition waiver per semester [non PA residents pay out-of-state tuition and fees]. The waiver does not include undergraduate prerequisite courses, activity fees, health fees, student union fees, recreational fees, or any other charges incurred.
 Summer 2024Fall 2024Spring 2025
Quarter-time (10 Hours)$1,440$1,800$1,800
Half-time (20 hours)$2,880$3,600$3,600

Some federal fellowships may be offered in selected fields of study, so program coordinators should be contacted regarding availability. In addition, the PHEAA Loan Program is available, as well as student work-study.

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Graduate students posing following a commencement ceremony

Gain Valuable Hands-On Experience

Graduate Assistants get to work directly with Commonwealth University staff in a professional capacity while utilizing the skills acquired from their undergraduate experience. Graduate assistants also receive a generous stipend and the opportunity to take graduate-level courses to continue developing professionally.