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Graduate Assistant Program


The Graduate Assistant works with the staff in the UAC to provide comprehensive academic advising services for new, prospective, transfer, deciding, and pre-professional undergraduate students, participates as professional staff in office programs and functions including student orientation, advising presentations, individual advising appointments, and serves on internal committees and work groups when applicable. The UAC coordinates various academic success programs and serves as a general resource for students interested in any undergraduate major or program at KU. We staff three graduate assistants each year.  

Click the following for a printable version of the full position description: Printable Graduate Assistant Position Description 

Office Duties

Our Graduate Assistants perform a wide variety of duties and tasks for the office. Below are expected duties of a Graduate Assistant in the UAC:

  1. Advise approximately 150 assigned undergraduate students
  2. Assist with orientations for all incoming students through individual advising and enrollment appointments
  3. Utilize several types of software and technology systems to perform daily work tasks and to help with strategic office initiatives
  4. Learn and utilize the Appreciative Advising and Strengths Based advising philosophies and models
  5. Practice personal and academic wellness through calendar management and supervisor support
  6. Apply what you are learning in the classroom to day to day work (theory to practice)
  7. Complete a six-week training program
  8. Participate in continual professional development opportunities on and off campus
  9. Participate in a wide variety of office committees
  10. Collaborate with several offices on campus and liaise with one or more academic units
  11. Participate in social justice discussions, trainings, and development opportunities
  12. Understand and implement federal, state, and university laws and policies (i.e. FERPA)
  13. Collaborate with a student’s support system to help provide a holistic experience (i.e. Family, Student Housing, Instructors, etc.)
  14. Other duties as assigned

Higher Education Competencies

The UAC Graduate Assistant program is centered on KU’s adaptation of ACPA and NASPA Professional Competency Areas for Higher Education professionals. We use the competency areas as the foundation for the program to help guide our creation of opportunities and experiences that allow the Graduate Assistants to grow and develop as higher education professionals. Below is a document that has the description of the 10 competencies and how Graduate Assistants will demonstrate and further develop in these areas during their time in the UAC. At the beginning of the assistantship the Graduate Assistant will go over this document with their supervisor and will continue to refer to this document throughout the assistantship. 

Full Description of the Graduate Assistant Program

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