Winter 2016+ RA Position in the Graduate School

Application deadline:   December 1, 2015

The Graduate School has an opening for a part-time 50% FTE Graduate School Research Assistant to assist with the data collection and writing of a report on Academic Program Reviews.

For over 40 years the Graduate School has been the administrative home for the academic program reviews. Executive Order 20 charges the Graduate School Dean to maintain a ten-year review process schedule. These reviews, managed by the Office of Academic Affairs and Planning in the Graduate School (, provide detailed information about undergraduate and graduate degree programs and graduate certificates. They offer academic programs the opportunity to reflect on their accomplishments and map out a future direction for ongoing excellence. The program reviews also present the opportunity to consider what might not be working optimally and seek input on ways to improve academic programs. The overarching purpose of the academic reviews is to guarantee the quality and value of UW degrees and academic programs. In addition to the ten-year reviews for established programs, new degree programs are reviewed five years after formal Board of Regents approval.

In this position the Research Assistant will work closely with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Planning and the staff of the Office of Academic Affairs & Planning to review the past five years of program reviews, identify key themes, trends, successes and challenges of academic programs at the University of Washington and to prepare a written report.

The position of Graduate Research Assistant is part-time 50% FTE for a 3-month appointment beginning winter quarter, 2016 (December 16 – March 15). Possible extension for an additional 3-month appointment through spring quarter (March 16-June 15) is contingent on available funding.

Responsibilities include:

  • Conducting an overview and assessment of data from the 10-year and 5-year program reviews of the past five years
  • Organizing data to highlight key trends and patterns of the reviews
  • Meeting regularly with the Associate Dean, the Academic Affairs and Planning team members, and the Graduate School’s Director of Communication and Marketing to develop the outline and complete the report


  • Must be a current and enrolled graduate student at the University of Washington
  • Must be an excellent writer with an emphasis on the ability to synthesize details, present data, and present complex material in a style geared towards administrative audiences.
  • Must be highly organized, able to work independently and collaboratively and be able maintain and safeguard confidential communication and documentation

To apply for this position, please submit the following materials to Associate Dean Rebecca Aanerud, The Graduate School.

All materials should be emailed to: . Review of applications begins December 1, 2015 and continues until filled.

  1. Cover Letter (1-2 pages)

It should include and address:

  • your qualifications for this position
  • your time availability to fulfill the responsibilities of this position
  • your interest in institutional assessment
  • names of two references with their position titles and contact information
  1. Current CV or Resume

Salary is commensurate with academic standing, qualifications, and experience. Tuition waiver and GAIP benefits are included for the appointment period.

  1. Writing Sample (1-2 pages; non-academic writing if available)