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Student Success and Retention

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Graduate Assistant for Student Success Retention

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs

Student Success and Retention

Position Title: Retention and Student  Success Graduate Assistant

Reports to: 

Kristin Woods, Ph.D

Director, Student Success and Retention

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs

118 Gilchrist Hall

Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0385

(319) 273-2815

Terms of Employment: 

This position requires 20 hours per week for both fall and spring semesters.

      • Fall semester: Beginning August 22, 2016 and ending December 16, 2016, excluding the week of Thanksgiving break.
      • Spring semester: Beginning January 9, 2017 and ending May 6, 2017, excluding the week of Spring break. 


    • Full assistantship salary for 2016-2017 is $5,044 per semester. 
    • Salary is prorated on a weekly basis for late start.
    • Graduate assistants may qualify for in-state tuition and fees.
    • Graduate assistants receive university holidays and do not work during Thanksgiving break, spring break, or interims between semesters.
    • Professional development opportunities are supported, but the degree of support is determined by the availability of funds.
    • For more information on the graduate assistantship system and procedures, visit

Background Information

Student success and retention programs are housed within the Office of the  Vice President for Student Affairs, and connected with orientation and first-year programs. Initiatives supported by this graduate assistantships will involve close collaboration with colleagues in the Division of Academic Affairs, recognizing the importance of both academic and co-curricular support in student development and success.

Position Description: 

The graduate assistant will: 

  • Assist in coordinating Mapworks early intervention system, including promotion of transition survey, identification of studnets at-risk of leaving the instituition, and coordination of outreach and referrals. 
  • Co-teach a half-semester section of POSTSEC 1055: Strategies for Academic Success for student referred through the early intervention system.
  • Gathers, synthesizes, and reports data related to student success and retention initiatives. 
  • Assists in coordinating university Family Weekend programming; serves on the Family Weekend planning committee. 
  • Completes other duties as assigned. 


  • Candidate must be full-time, degree-seeking student in a UNI graduate program (postsecondary education/student affairs, counseling, or related field preferred);
  • must be enrolled in 9 graduate credit hours each semester of assistantship;
  • and maintain a plan GPA of at least 3.00. First semester graduate assistants must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00.

Additionally, the ideal candidate will have the following preferred qualifications: 

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills:
  • strong interpersonal, public speaking, group facilitation, and organizational skills;
  • demonstrated ability to be self-motivated and to conduct one self in a professional manner;
  • and experience and/or demonstrated interest in working with diverse populations.

Application Process and Deadline:

Candidates in the Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs program: 

As part of the admissions process to the Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs program, you are required to submit the following documentation in addition to your personal statement: Resume, cover, letter, and the Application for Graduate Assistantship to Michael Waggoner (

Candidates outside of the Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs Program:

To apply, email the completed Application Form to Graduate Assistantship (available at, resume, and cover letter to Kristin Woods (

Applications received by February 19, 2016 will be given full consideration.