Western Kentucky University

Available GA Positions

Open GA Position Job Board

The Graduate School has created this webpage to list open graduate assistantship positions available on Western Kentucky University's campus.  Currently, if you are interested in applying for one of the listed positions, we ask that you submit your application and application materials using the following link: http://www.wku.edu/graduate/aid/ga/details.php.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  For questions about the positions themselves, be sure to e-mail the contact person listed in the job announcement.

For Students:

The table below lists open general (service oriented) graduate assistantship positions which have been submitted to the Graduate School by WKU faculty or staff.  If you are interested in applying to a position and feel that you meet the qualifications please inquire directly with the listed contacted person.  Please note: these listings represent what has been submitted to the Graduate School, but not all areas choose to list their GA open positions here.  Please contact your academic department for the most complete information about potential openings.

For Faculty and Staff:

If you have a general GA position available please submit a description to graduate.studies@wku.edu. The following information about the position should be included:

  • Job Title (50 characters or less)
  • Deadline (Date)
  • Department
  • Contact (name, email, phone)
  • Description (200 words or less)
  • Stipend and Tuition
  • Qualifications (100 words or less)
  • Application Materials Requested 


For departments with posted positions, please let The Graduate School know as soon as the position has been filled so it can be removed from the website.


Open positions:

Job Title: COABE Journal Editorial Assistant Contact: Dr. Jim Berger, jim.berger@wku.edu              

Deadline: April 30, 2014

Responsibilities and Duties: The responsibility of this position is to assist the editor in coordinating, editing, and finalizing manuscripts and journal submissions prior to being published in their final format. Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

- Proofreading all accepted manuscripts, advertisements, and related publications for the journal
- Coordinating the submission and review of manuscripts
- Processing responses to reviewers and authors
- Collaborating with journal graphic artist and printer
- Copyediting proofs and communicating corrections to graphic artist
- Assisting journal editor with other tasks related to the success of the journal

Stipend and Tuition: The successful applicant will be asked to work twenty hours a week in a graduate assistant position during spring, summer, and fall semesters. Pay will be approximately $14,000/year and applicable benefits with a portion of that available to support tuition costs beginning in August, 2014.

The following qualifications are required to be successful in this position:

- Strong editing and proofreading skills;Superb grammar and familiarity with formal writing style;Keen eye for grammatical and factual errors;
- Excellent organization strategies;
- Clear written and oral communication abilities;
- Mastery of Microsoft Office;
- Project management talents;
- Familiarity with APA Style Manual, Sixth Edition;
- Degree in English, Journalism, Communication, or comparable area; and
- Detail oriented.

Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods are a plus, but not required.

Application Materials: Please be prepared to submit a current vita/resume, contact information for three references, and samples of any past experience or editorial work. Applicants will also be asked to take a proofreading assessment. Formal interviews will also be conducted.


Job Title: ICSR Graduate Assistant

Deadline: April 25, 2014

Department: Diversity & Community Studies

Contact: Terry Shoemaker, terry.shoemaker@wku.edu, 745-3217


The Institute for Citizenship & Social Responsibility (ICSR) is hiring a Graduate Assistant with primary responsibilities in our Public Achievement program. Public Achievement (PA) is a national youth initiative created by the Center for Democracy & Citizenship. The program is based on the following principles: societal issues, challenges, and triumphs are everyone's responsibility; young people should be educated to become effective civic and political actors; and students are not simply citizens in deferral, but can be agents of change.

ICSR, partnering with local schools, develops PA teams (elementary through high school) focusing on local issues and approaching issues through activism, awareness, or advocacy work. This GA will work with one other GA as co-coordinator and liaison of the ICSR PA program. Tasks will involve: communication and work to maintain existing connections with current schools where PA is active; being active in the promotion, growth, and sustainability of the PA program; monitoring PA groups' progress; providing feedback to PAcoaches;TA for ICSR 301: Public Achievement; and contributing to other ICSR programming.

Students in the MA in Leadership Studies or Social Responsibility & Sustainable Communities programs are especially encouraged to apply, as are students participate in the Minority Assistance Program (MAP).

Stipend and Tuition: Stipend of $10,000 and possibility of tuition assistance


Required Qualifications:

Reliable, responsible, and able to adapt to new initiatives and priorities;
Strong verbal and written communication skills;
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment;
Manage multiple responsibilities, and be a team player;
Strong organizational skills with ability to multitask;
Status as full-time graduate student in good academic standing;
Available to begin one week prior to the academic semester

Application Materials: Cover letter, resume, two letters of recommendation, and the names and contact information for at least two additional references. Send materials to terry.shoemaker@wku.edu with "ATTN: Terry Shoemaker – GA Position" in the subject line.



Job Title: Legal Clinic Graduate Assistant Deadline: May 1, 2014
Dept: School of Professional Studies                                                Contact: Julie Shadoan, julie.shadoan@wku.edu, 270-780-2539

The GA will work with students, professional studies faculty and attorney volunteers to assist with the implementation and operation of a legal clinic to provide legal services to WKU students.   The GA duties include: 1) attend national conference for student legal clinic faculty and personnel; 2) update research on operational clinics; 3) organize and evaluate feedback from students and volunteers; 4) monitor student progress through internships; 5) contribute to the development of clinic policy and protocol; 6) assist with grant proposals; and, 7) assist with clinic marketing efforts.

Stipend and Tuition: Tuition waiver of $2000 and stipend of $10,000.
Qualifications: Seeking an organized, professional and self-motivated student with availability from August, 2014, through May, 2015, who has demonstrated effective oral and written communication skills and extensive experience with Microsoft Office Suite. Students with interests in law or service-related fields are preferred.
Application Materials: Cover letter, resume, and three (3) letters of recommendation by email to julie.shadoan@wku.edu.
 Last Modified 4/17/14