Graduate Student Assistantship

Mississippi State University
Posting Date
Mississippi State

Full time graduate assistantship (20 hours per week), beginning August 16, 2019. Assistantship is available for three (3) or four (4) academic years, depending on the student’s degree track and program of study in the School of Human Sciences (i.e. Agricultural and Extension Education (AEE) or Human Development and Family Science (HDFS). Annual renewal of assistantship contingent on performance.

Program/Extension Activities (for the MSU Extension Undergraduate Apprenticeship Program):

  • Collecting and analyzing information
  • Updating/maintaining website/Twitter/Instagram
  • Assisting with administrative duties, including recruiting students, coordinating student/mentor schedules, planning site visits, tracking student progress with projects and presentations, taking and posting appropriate pictures and videos, and writing reports
  • Developing Extension-related educational tools and giving presentations to a variety of lay, professional, and academic audiences

Research/Teaching Activities:

  • Helping with data collection and analysis for the MSU Extension Undergraduate Apprenticeship Program (primarily qualitative), including conducting interviews/observations/focus groups, transcribing, and coding and analyzing data via NVivo qualitative data analysis software
  • Helping with research design, data collection, and analysis for other relevant, ongoing research projects
  • Conducting literature search
  • Writing literature reviews and other parts of manuscripts
  • Presenting data (in written or oral form)
  • Assisting with writing grant applications
  • Assisting with course lectures and grading, as appropriate
  • Must be a full-time, degree-seeking student (PhD level preferred) in the MSU School of Human Sciences – either in the AEE or HDFS program.
  • Must be enrolled in 9 graduate credit hours each fall and spring semester (and 6 hours each summer) of the assistantship.
  • Must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. First semester PhD level graduate students must have a master’s GPA of at least 3.0. First semester master’s students must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Must have strong academic writing and oral presentation skills.
  • Strong preference given to applicants with knowledge of/prior experience with qualitative research design, methods, analysis, and software.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office, especially Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Organization Summary

As a land-grant institution, Mississippi State University is dedicated to three broad purposes: learning, research, and service. Learning, both on- and off-campus, enhances the intellectual, cultural, social and professional development of students; research, both to extend the present limits of knowledge and bring deeper insight, understanding, and usefulness to existing knowledge; and service, to apply knowledge and the fruits of research to the lives of people.

Fulfilling these purposes is the primary goal of the educational units that make up the total university. Among others, these include the academic departments, colleges and schools, along with continuing education, Mississippi State University Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station.

Quality of the faculty, staff, and administrators ensures the high quality of the instruction, research and service provided. Resulting university programs ensure that students receive a well-designed and comprehensive education that will assist them in leading constructive lives and achieving personal and professional goals.

Job Overview

Job Type
Full time
Salary Information
Full assistantship salary is $20,000 per year. Graduate Assistants may qualify for in-state tuition and fees.

Mississippi State University
255 Tracy Drive
Mississippi State, MS 39762
United States

How to Apply

The MSU Graduate School application (and application fee) deadline for the Fall 2019 semester is July 1, 2019 -

Concurrent to submitting your application to the Graduate School, e-mail your resume/CV and cover letter to Dr. Marina Denny ([email protected]) by July 1, 2019.

Application Deadline
July 1, 2019