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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

Number of positions available
1

Semester(s)
Fall 2024, Spring 2025

Responsibilities
WHO WE ARE:
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
REQUIRED: 
- 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 in the day to day operations of the athletic department. Operate all necessary functions on game days for all NCAA athletics for the University.

Requirements
Background in NCAA collegiate athletics.
High interpersonal communication and organizational skills.
Able to attend all varsity athletic games and camps.
CPR & First Aid Certified.

Supervisor Contact Info 
Elijah Morgan
emorgan@bloomu.edu
1-570-389-4371

Department/Office
Athletics

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@bloomu.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@bloomu.edu
570-389-5471

Number of positions available
1

Semester(s)
Fall 2024, Spring 2025

Responsibilities
Responsibilities include:

•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 Bloomsburg. Previous collegiate volleyball playing experience or previous volleyball coaching experience. 

Supervisor Contact Info 
Lee Anderson
landerson@bloomu.edu
218-230-3416

Department/Office
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 Bloomsburg 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
5703893420

******Work remotely

Number of positions available
1

Semester(s)
Summer 2024

Responsibilities
The Graduate Assistant for the 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 
Pete Doerschler
pdoersch@commonwealthu.edu
570-389-4713

 

Number of positions available
1

Semester(s)
Fall 2024, Spring 2025

Responsibilities
The Graduate Assistant for the 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 
Pete Doerschler
pdoersch@commonwealthu.edu
570-389-4713

 

Number of positions available
1

Semester(s)
Fall 2024, Spring 2025

Responsibilities
The Marketing and Communications graduate assistant works with the Division of Strategic Communications and Marketing staff on implementation of strategic marketing initiatives to elevate Commonwealth University’s reputation, manage the brand, leverage the legacy brands of Bloomsburg, Lock Haven, and Mansfield, and support strategic enrollment and student success initiatives to recruit and retain students. The MarComm graduate assistant will function as a member of the divisional Strategic Comms and Marketing team and will serve as an ambassador of Commonwealth University and each of our locations – Bloomsburg, Lock Haven, Mansfield, and Clearfield. The MarComm graduate assistant reports to the Senior Director of Enrollment Marketing and the Senior Director for University Marketing and Brand Management with oversight by the Interim Vice President for Strategic Communications and Marketing.

Requirements
- Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Business, Advertising, Mass Communications/Media and Journalism, Communication Studies, English, Art Studio, Visual Arts, or related area.
- Accepted into a graduate program at Commonwealth University with preference given to those enrolled in Business Administration, Information Technology, Instructional Design and Technology, Educational Leadership – College Student Affairs programs
- Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills; superior attention to detail 
- Demonstrated ability to manage/prioritize multiple deadlines in a fast-paced work environment
- Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team
- Committed to acting in a professional manner as an ambassador of Commonwealth University
- Videography/photography experience a plus, including knowledge of editing software
- Preferred proficiency in or ability to learn the Adobe Creative Suite, Google Analytics, Google Data Studio and web content editing
- 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, Clearfield)


Supervisor Contact Info 
Nikki Keller
nkeller@commonwealthu.edu
570-389-3636

 

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 Bloomsburg 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

Number of positions available
1

Semester(s)
Summer 2024

Responsibilities
As our Graduate Assistant, you will utilize
your talent to craft, promote and deliver Professional Development
opportunities to those enrolled in the ZIPD Elite Program. You will also work with alumni and business to create opportunities for students to learn, experience, grow and demonstrate skills for their future success.
As our ZIPD Elite GA, you will also have many opportunities to Network
at some exclusive ZIPD events you will be invited to, which will help you
grow in your own Professional Development.

Requirements
• Bachelor’s Degree
• Candidate must be accepted into one of • Commonwealth University’s graduate programs.
• On site work on Bloomsburg Campus.
• Your responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- help our students to understand the importance of professional
development.
- guide them to be successful throughout the program.
- contribute to the growth of the ZIPD Elite student professionally
which will make them stand out among the competition.
- help organize, prepare and promote all ZIPD events.


Supervisor Contact Info 
Jeffrey Emanuel
jemanuel@commonwealthu.edu
570-389-4855

Job Title
Zeigler Institute for Professional Development GA

Number of positions available
2

Semester(s)
Fall 2024, Spring 2025

Responsibilities
As our Graduate Assistant, you will utilize
your talent to craft, promote and deliver Professional Development opportunities to those enrolled in the ZIPD Elite Program. You will also work with alumni and business to create opportunities for students to learn, experience, grow and demonstrate skills for their future success.
As our ZIPD Elite GA, you will also have many opportunities to Network at some exclusive ZIPD events you will be invited to, which will help you
grow in your own Professional Development.


Requirements
• Bachelor’s Degree
• Candidate must be accepted into one of Commonwealth University’s graduate programs
• On site work on Bloomsburg Campus
• Strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills
• Must exhibit leadership capabilities
• Ability to work 20 hours a week
• Your responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- help our students to understand the importance of professional
development.
- guide them to be successful throughout the program.
- contribute to the growth of the ZIPD Elite student professionally
which will make them stand out among the competition.
- help organize, prepare and promote all ZIPD events.

Supervisor Contact Info 
Jeffrey Emanuel
jemanuel@commonwealthu.edu
570-389-4855

Lock Haven

Number of positions available
2

Semester(s)
Fall 2024, Spring 2025

Responsibilities
20 hr/week positions 

Group Information Session Presentation and Tours 

Provide a daily group information session to prospective audiences during their campus visit. 


Prospective Student Bus Trip Management 

As needed, help manage the bus trip events from prospective high schools. 


Major Showcase Day Event Logistics 

Provide a unique visitor experience to prospective students showcasing an academic department on campus, resources available, and student outcomes 

Aid in the daily operations of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. 

Help perform vital customer service responsibilities, including, but not limited to: 

Answering phones 
Responding to emails 
Helping at the front desk 
Speaking with walk-ins 

Will become proficient at using our student information system, CRM database, shared office calendar, and project management tool. 

Requirements
Enrolled in at least 6 cr. of graduate-level coursework.

Demonstrate strong organizational and multi-tasking skills for meeting deadlines. 

Demonstrate mindfulness and awareness of diverse populations. 

Willingness to learn various software platforms. 

Excellent time management skills. 

Communicate effectively to an audience of various sizes 

Must have positive attitude, good interpersonal skills, and the ability to establish rapport with students. 

Supervisor Contact Info 
Bryson Purcell
bjp844@commonwealthu.edu

Number of positions available
1

Semester(s)
Fall 2024, Spring 2025

Responsibilities

The Graduate Assistant will have the following Responsibilities:

Preparing, writing, and publishing articles highlighting the program and students.

Plan, organize, and coordinate large department/club trips for the department related student ran club (Sport Management Club)

Manage social media accounts for the department 

Maintaining and establishing alumni relations 

Assisting the Department Chair and program Coordinators, or other professors, with any of their programmatic needs

Assist the Sport Management Program Coordinator with additional program requirements as needed

Requirements
The student should meet the following requirements:
1. Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
2. Be Regularly admitted to the Commonwealth University Sport Management graduate program.
3. Provide two letters of Recommendation.


Supervisor Contact Info 
Peter A Campbell
Pcampbel@Commonwealthu.edu
15704842114

Department/Office
Management/Zimmerli Building, Room 109, Lock Haven

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

 

Mansfield

Info coming soon 

GA 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.
  • BU 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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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.

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