Winter 2016 RA Position in University Honors Program Admissions

Application deadline:   October 9, 2015

The University Honors Program is an innovative space and collaborative community engaged in rigorous interdisciplinary exploration. Students can pursue Honors as a general education track, as an in-depth program within their majors, or as a combination of the two. They may apply as new freshmen, at the end of their first year, or once they’ve selected a major. We prepare our students to ask and answer bold questions about the challenges facing our ever-changing world. Our students participate in small classes with faculty from across campus and work across the university, challenging themselves and each other to take intellectual risks and commit to conscious global citizenship.

The University Honors Program has an outstanding opportunity for Undergraduate Honors Admissions Review Readers. We are seeking graduate students for graduate student service appointments during Winter Quarter 2016. These positions offer a valuable hands-on opportunity to participate with higher education professionals in the review of undergraduate freshmen applications to the Honors Program for admittance Autumn Quarter 2016. Multiple positions available!


Readers will assess freshman Honors Program applications using a combination of personal and academic factors. Applications are assessed separately by multiple readers, and final admission decisions are made by Honors Program staff based on a holistic assessment rubric.

Dates of Employment:

December 16, 2015 – March 15, 2016. Candidates must be available for one three-hour weekday training sometime during December 16-18 and will begin reviewing applications that week.


Approximately 20 hours per week, half of which must be completed in the Honors Program office during set Honors Admission reading sessions between 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. weekdays (exact dates/time TBD). The other half may be flexible hours, to be completed remotely via an online reading system.


  • Must be formally enrolled in a tuition-based program in the UW Graduate School for at least 10 credits during Winter Quarter 2016.
  • Students enrolled in fee-based or self-sustaining graduate programs are ineligible to apply.
  • Ability to: read and evaluate applications, considering both academic and personal factors; learn quickly and apply complex assessment guidelines; apply assessment principles without personal bias; read rapidly and accurately and work independently for hours at a time; be sensitive to diversity/multicultural issues and educational disadvantage. Must be able to read at least 100 applications per week.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


  • Previous participation or direct affiliation with the UW Honors Program or other undergraduate honors programs, demonstrating a practical understanding of the program’s mission and values.

Condition of Employment:

In addition to a resume, and in lieu of a traditional cover letter, applicants must submit a letter addressing the following questions in 450 words or less:

  • Question 1: Your assignment is to select a strong, engaged, and diverse class of freshmen for the University of Washington Honors Program. What is the meaning of “strong, engaged, and diverse?” What academic and personal factors would you choose to consider in reviewing applications and why?
  • Question 2: How will you objectively evaluate an applicant whose views conflict with yours? Please give an example to illustrate your decision-making process.

This job classification is governed by a negotiated labor contract and is subject to union shop provisions. For more information about union shop provisions, visit:

For complete information about this opportunity, see UW Hires Req. #124978