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 EIP/McNair Graduate Student Advisor Application


We are now accepting applications for a Graduate Student Advisor (GSA) position for the Early Identification (EIP)/McNair Program in the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity.  Graduate students who are currently seeking employmnent for the 2014-2015 academic year are encouraged to apply. The appointment will begin on or around September 2014 and continue through the end of the academic year, June 15, 2015.

EIP provides services designed to give undergraduate students a competitive advantage when applying to graduate schools. This program was formed in 1985 to encourage undergraduate students to enter graduate programs and assist them with the application process. Although EIP offers assistance and support to all qualifying students who are considering graduate and professional careers, the program places special emphasis on encouraging underrepresented and educationally/economically disadvantaged students to pursue the doctoral degree.

The McNair Program prepares low-income, first generation undergraduates and undergraduates from underrepresented groups for doctoral study. In 1999, the University of Washington received funding for this program from the U.S. Department of Education. The goal of the program is to increase the representation of economically and educationally disadvantaged groups in academic and research positions. Each year, the program has 27 McNair Scholars.

GSAs' responsibilities include but are not limited to:

(1) meeting regularly with EIP and McNair students as well as other undergraduate students;

(2) preparing the McNair Annual Performance Report for the U.S. Department of Education in Fall Quarter, via telephone and other electronic media;
(3) guiding students through the graduate/professional school application process via pre-graduate advising, design/preparation and instruction of the senior seminar in the Fall Quarter (General Studies 391R);

(4) assisting with the coordination and implementation of our joint Spring Quarter research conference (scheduled next year for mid-May 2015) (see: http://depts.washington.edu/uwmcnair/conference.htm).

In addition, Graduate Advisors assist the Director, Associate Director, and Program Coordinator with other administrative duties, including the planning of program events, outreach efforts and recruitment, program evaluation, database management, emails and web page development and updates.

Applicants must:

(a) be currently enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Washington;

(b) have significant teaching, mentoring, or advising experiences in college or university settings;

(c) have a demonstrated commitment to working with underrepresented and educationally/economically disadvantaged students;

(d) display strong writing, editing, and public speaking skills; and

(e) possess strong computer and technical skills (i.e., familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Publisher, Page Maker/InDesign, Pine e-mail platform, Word Press, and HTML/Dreamweaver/MS Expression Web).

We give priority consideration to graduate students enrolled in Ph.D. programs with well advanced standing. While we welcome applicants from any discipline, this year, we especially encourage students who are enrolled in social science or humanities programs, who possess exceptionally strong writing, journal editing, and advising skills and experience (To provide an approximate caliber of individual(s) we are looking for: Our recent liberal arts GSAs have transitioned to tenure track professor positions to major universities such as St. John’s and University of Vermont in English, Anthropology, and other disciplines). In addition, we are possibly looking for another STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) GSA. A solid background in quantitative methods/database management or a strong motivation/willingness to train in this area is also a plus.

The position requires full academic year commitment, and compensation will be at the 50% FTE rate, ranging between $1,525-$1,761 per month. This pay scale reflects the 2013-2014 regular Graduate Student Services Appointment Salary Schedule (http://www.grad.washington.edu/students/fa/salaries/salary-schedules.shtml), and may change with the upcoming collective bargaining contract. This job classification is governed by a negotiated labor contract and is subject to union shop provisions. For more information about union shop provisions, visit: http://www.grad.washington.edu/students/fa/uawcontract.shtml

If interested in applying for this position, please submit your:

1) curriculum vitae and

2) a cover letter describing your interest in the position as well as any relevant experiences via email (uwmcnair@uw.edu).

The University of Washington is an equal opportunity employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206.543.6450/206.543.6452 (tty) or dso@u.washington.edu.

All application materials must be received via email (uwmcnair@uw.edu) by 11:59pm on Friday, April 18, 2014. Applicants should be available for an interview between June 2-6, 2014 if at all possible.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at (206) 543-6460 or via email at uwmcnair@uw.edu.


Gabriel E. Gallardo,                                                               Ph.D. Gene Kim, Ph.D.                     Rosa E. Ramirez M.A.
Director, McNair & EIP Associate Director,                       McNair & EIP Program                      Coordinator, McNair & EIP

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Thank you for visiting our website! The Ronald E. McNair Program prepares undergraduates for doctoral study through involvement in research and scholarly activities. The purpose of the McNair Program is to assist in the academic and professional development of undergraduates whose goals are to teach and research at the college level. In order to help students achieve those goals, the program sponsors and supports undergraduate experiences that lay the foundation for a successful graduate school experience. By fostering mentoring relationships, promoting undergraduate research, assisting with GRE preparation, and encouraging students to attend and present at conferences, we aim to produce highly competitive graduate school applicants who have the skills and experiences necessary to succeed in their programs.

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The University of Washington McNair Scholars Program is a TRIO Program funded by the United States Department of Education, and the University of Washington, and the UW Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity(OMA/D).