Graduate Assistant Application Process

The application for 2017-2018 Graduate Assistant opens on April 10, 2017, at 8:00 a.m. and ends on April 14, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. Apply here.

 

GA Frequently Asked Questions

 

1.       Should I go through the returner housing application process if I am applying to be a GA?

You should plan for fall housing without considering the GA position in your plans.  If you would you like to live on campus next year even if you are selected for a GA position, please go through the returner housing application process. 

 

2.        What are the requirements for the position?

1.    Must not be graduating in December 2017.
2.    Must not have been terminated from a previous housing position.
3.    Must not have any previous balances prior to the application.
4.    Must bring two letters of recommendation. (one from your department head and one from a former employer, if you have never worked, then the other letter can be from your current instructor).

5.   Must have at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA and 3.0 semester GPA in order to qualify for the position.

 

3.       What are the benefits of the position?

Benifits will be discussed upon hire.  GAs have the ability to impact the lives of students in many different ways.  The GA position also helps students as they transition through college and the GA position has the opportunity to gain student leadership experience.

 

4.       How many GA positions are there?  Are there any alternate positions?

The total new number of applicants hired will depend on the number of current GAs returning for the next academic year.  There is selection for alternate positions.  These candidates may be used if a position opens up over the summer or mid-year.  It is common to fill 1-3 positions with alternates at some point during the year. 

 

5.        If I have been documented for an incident, can I still be a GA?

That depends.  Students must be in good conduct standing with the Dean of Students Office and Housing/Residence Life in order to be a GA.  Good standing means:  you are not currently suspended, expelled, on interim suspension, or university probation from the University and/or Residence Life.  In addition, you must not have any incomplete sanctions with the Dean of Students Office or The Department of Housing/Residence Life.

 

6.       May I participate in other extra-curricular activities or have another job while I am a GA?

The expectation of our GAs is that academics come first, the GA job comes second and extracurricular activities come third.  GA should anticipate 15-20 scheduled hours per week of routine responsibilities (i.e. staff meetings, resident contact, office coverage, staff assignments, etc.)  We recognize as a student leader, students may want to be involved in other leadership opportunities, but outside employment is not permitted for new GAs, and the GA position must be the primary leadership position after academics. 

 

7.       What does being “on duty” mean?

Specific on duty tasks vary by area.  However, on average, while on duty, GAs are expected to remain in their area.  The GA will address all resident concerns from 8:00p-8:00p and aid fellow GAs, Resident Managers, Hall Directors and other university staff on duty as needed.  GAs also may be used to work the desk in the residence hall. Additionally, on duty GAs walk through the building (s), addressing facility concerns resident behavioral issues, and report incidents to their Hall Director and/or Hall Director on duty. 

 

8.       I currently live off campus.  Can I apply to be a GA?

Yes, however, must have lived on a university campus for two semesters by the time employment begins in order to be considered.

 

9.       If hired, may I pick the community in which I work?

No, placements are offered based on the skills and strengths of each GA candidate and the needs of the Department of Housing/Residence Life.

 

10.   If offered placement in a certain residence hall, and do not accept, am I eligible for placement in another hall?

No, the initial placement is considered the final offer.  If you do not accept the initial placement, you will no longer be an eligible candidate for other building placements.

 

11.    When do I need to be back at JSU for GA  training?  If I have a conflict, can I be late for training or miss training?

GA training  for the academic school year begins in August.  Please look for an update in April.  You are expected to be present on campus, and fully participate in the entirety of fall training, spring training, opening, and GA recruitment.  GA Training is an essential component to being successful as GAs will learn about crises management, conflict mediation, emergency protocol, and community operations. GAs are expected to attend all training sessions.  New GAs are not allowed to miss any part of training or opening.

12. Do I need to be enrolled to Apply?

Students applying for Summer GAs must be enrolled and complete 3 credit hours. Students applying for Fall/Spring GAs must be enrolled and complete 9 credit hours per semester.

13.    What if I have more questions?

Please feel free to contact LaTanya Moore, latanya.l.moore@jsums.edu(601) 979-2326  or  Shonda de Verteuil, shonda.e.deverteuil@jsums.edu(601) 979-4302 .