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Graduate Assistant

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Position Information

Working Title Graduate Assistant
Posting Number G1003
Position Type Graduate Assistant
Position Status Part Time
College/Division College of Science and Mathematics
Department 100032 - Physics Department
Stipend Amount $3765

Position Summary Information

General Information

The John C. Wells Planetarium is a state-of-the-art facility located in Miller Hall on JMU’s Bluestone campus. The planetarium provides free shows to the public every Saturday at 11am, 1pm, 2:15pm and 3:30pm, as well as shows during the week by reservation to school groups and community groups. The Planetarium is looking for two graduate assistants to work with the Planetarium Director to operate the facility for the many school and public groups that visit. Each assistant will receive 9 credit hours of in-state tuition support and pay for the hours worked.

Duties and Responsibilities

The successful applicants will assist the Planetarium Director with administrative responsibilities (scheduling groups, confirming reservations, etc.) as well as developing science content that is age/grade-aligned and conform to VA’s standards of learning (SOL). Preference will be given to pre-service teachers in the College of Education. The persons in this position are expected to work Saturdays supervising and coordinating undergraduates in the presentation of shows for the public. He/she will also help the Director with an informal science education course that all planetarium student operators take to learn effective teaching strategies and communicating science to the public. The successful candidates are expected to work 10 hours per week during the academic year.


- Must be graduate students at James Madison University and be able to work 10 hours a week (on-site) including Saturdays and some evenings;
- Must have outstanding interpersonal skills with good written and verbal communication skills;
- Must be familiar with Google drive;
- Must have an interest in working with the public, especially young children, and be interested in encouraging young children to consider careers in science/engineering.

Conditions of Employment

Students may apply to a graduate assistantship prior to being accepted into a graduate program. However, to be eligible to receive an assistantship upon entry into a graduate program, the following criteria must be met:

  • The student must be conditionally or unconditionally accepted into a graduate program. Students who are provisionally accepted will not be eligible until they achieve conditional or unconditional acceptance into their program.

  • The students must have an official transcript on file indicating completion of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.

  • After receiving an assistantship, the student must maintain at least a 3.0 graduate GPA in order to retain or reapply for the assistantship.

These are minimum criteria. Graduate program coordinators have the right to impose additional criteria if they see fit.

Posting Detail Information

Posting Date 07/26/2017
Beginning Review Date 07/26/2017
Closing Date 08/09/2017
Open Until Filled Yes
Proposed Starting Date 09/03/2017
EEO Statement

James Madison University is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status.

We promote access, inclusion and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The university is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality.

Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.

Reasonable Accommodation Request

If you are a student with a disability and need assistance please contact the Office of Disability Services at (540) 568-6705 or You may also visit the Office of Disability Services, located in the Student Success Center, Suite 1202 and they will be happy to assist you.

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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Letter of Reference #1
  4. Letter of Reference #2
  5. Letter of Reference #3
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