Graduate Assistantships


Position Title:

2020-2021 Graduate Assistantship for Research, Teaching, and/or Service in the Department of Special Education

Reports to: Faculty member(s) to be assigned

Terms of Employment:

  • For the fall semester: 20 hours per week, beginning August 24, 2020 and ending December 18, 2020. Does not include the week of Thanksgiving Break.

  • For the spring semester: 20 hours per week, beginning January 11, 2021 and ending May 7, 2021. Does not include the week of Spring Break.


  • Full MAE assistantship salary for 2020-2021 is $5,395 per semester 

  • Half MAE assistantship salary for 2020-2021 is $2,697.50 per semester

  • Full EdD assistantship salary for 2020-2021 is $4,043 per semester 

  • Half EdD assistantship salary for 2020-2021 is $8,086 per semester

  • Salary will be prorated weekly 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 the interims between semesters.

  • For more information on the Graduate Assistantship System and procedures:

Position Descriptions

Research Assistant:

As part of your responsibilities, you may be assigned to assist with faculty and Departmental research. Your duties may include:

  • Attending team meetings,
  • writing abstracts for conferences,
  • doing literature searches,
  • writing literature reviews or other parts of manuscripts,
  • designing research,
  • collecting data,
  • analyzing data,
  • identifying appropriate archival materials,
  • finding data or other information online,
  • presenting data (in written or oral form),
  • selecting measures,
  • overseeing undergraduate research assistants,
  • coordinating team meetings and activities,
  • designing websites and online materials related to research,
  • conducting field research activities off campus,
  • acting as a liaison between department and other organizations,
  • coordinating and applying for funding for conferences,
  • helping to write grant applications,
  • organizing and maintaining folders or drives that house articles, data, write-ups, etc.,
  • monitoring and maintaining equipment and materials,
  • completing IRB forms and maintaining and managing regulatory compliance,
  • coding data or articles for meta-analyses,
  • making instructional videos,
  • recruiting participants,
  • completing CITI Training,
  • conducting interviews,
  • responding to participant inquiries,
  • helping to implement an action research project.

Teaching Assistant:

As part of your responsibilities, you may be assigned to help with a class or classes taught in the Department of Special Education. Your duties may include:

  • attending class sessions and taking notes,
  • reading for class,
  • meeting with the professor on a regular basis,
  • submitting exam questions,
  • grading homework and in-class assignments,
  • entering grades and maintaining a grade book,
  • preparing study guides,
  • leading study sessions,
  • proctoring tests,
  • grading tests,
  • meeting with students during office hours or as arranged,
  • e-mailing students and responding to their e-mails,
  • helping students with special needs (e.g., reading test to students with visual impairments or recording answers for someone with a motor disability),
  • entering, analyzing and presenting data for class projects,
  • helping with in-class and lab activities,
  • teaching class (no more than the total equivalent of one week of class per semester),
  • giving a lecture or doing a demonstration for feedback,
  • assisting with development of class materials,
  • administering student assessments of teaching,
  • leading or participating in class discussions,
  • acting as a “peer reviewer” for students writing papers,
  • commenting on papers graded by the instructor, and assigning your judgment of the grade,
  • acting as a role model during class,
  • acting as a resource for undergraduates interested in exploring the nature of graduate school,
  • providing feedback and comments on class presentations or other projects,
  • proofreading student papers,
  • updating announcements on the course website and/or eLearning,
  • supervising/monitoring student training,
  • assisting in course evaluation and revision.

Departmental Assistant:

As part of your responsibilities, you may be assigned various departmental service duties. Your duties may include:

  • Updating departmental website/social networks,
  • collecting relevant information online,
  • organizing files,
  • writing articles for departmental newsletter or other university publications,
  • taking and posting photos or videos,
  • helping to create boards and other materials related to departmental programs,
  • representing the department at campus and other events,
  • helping with schedules and meetings for visiting professors, job candidates, and prospective students,
  • helping with various college events,
  • helping with faculty assessments,
  • collecting and analyzing information for accreditation, assessment, and internal reports,
  • occasional photocopying,
  • occasional staffing of the office.



  • Must be a full-time, degree-seeking student in a UNI graduate program

  • Must be enrolled in 9 graduate-level credit hours. 

  • Maintain a UNI and cumulative graduate GPA of at least 3.00. A newly admitted graduate student must have at least a 3.00 GPA for undergraduate or previous graduate work of at least 8 graded credit hours.

  • BA degree in special education or related field preferred

  • Must have completed the SING background check through the Office of Teacher Education prior to assuming any supervisory duties in PK-12 classrooms. The cost of this background check is $20. See instructions at:

Application Process and Deadline:

To apply, email the completed Application Form for Graduate Assistantship (available at to Sandy Crain at  

Finalists for the assistantship will be interviewed by Department faculty. Applications received by March 1, 2020 will be given preferential consideration.