National Academy of Education (NAEd) Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program

Application deadline:   October 6, 2016

The Dissertation Fellowship Program seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. These $27,500 fellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, analysis, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world.

Basic selection criteria are as follows:

  • Importance of the research question to education
  • Quality of the research approach and feasibility of the work plan
  • Applicant’s future potential as a researcher and interest in educational research

Applicants need not be citizens of the United States; however, they must be candidates for the doctoral degree at a graduate school within the United States.

Fellowships are not intended to finance data collection or the completion of doctoral coursework, but rather to support the final analysis of the research topic and the writing of the dissertation. For this reason, all applicants must document that they will have completed all pre-dissertation requirements by June 1, 2017 and must provide a clear and specific plan for completing the dissertation within a one or two-year time frame.

For complete information about this opportunity, see:

Summer 2016-2017 TA Position in the College of Engineering STARS Program

Application deadline:   Open until filled

The College of Engineering office of Diversity and Access needs a teaching assistant (50%, Summer 2016 – Spring 2017) to provide academic support for freshman and sophomore engineering students. The principle focus will be to support students participating in the Washington STate Academic RedShirt (STARS) Program.  The position will provide support in freshman and sophomore mathematics and physics courses and assist students with building an understanding of the engineering disciplines.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the guidance of SAS Staff and Instructor:

  • Over the 2016 summer design a one credit “pre-physics” workshop to include basic calculus III components that are needed in order to be successful in physics.
  • Serve as lead teaching assistant for the STARS program Mathematical Problem Solving workshops offered during autumn quarter for first year students. Lead two sections of this ENGR 197 workshop tutorial that meet twice per week (including quizzes and grading).
  • Serve as lead teaching assistant for the STARS program Physics Prep course offered during winter quarter for second year students who will be taking physics 121 in the spring(ENGR 202 three credit course with lecture and workshop components)
  • Serve as lead course teaching assistant for the STARS program Physics 121 workshop offered during spring quarter.  Lead two sections of ENGR 197 workshop tutorial that meet twice per week.
  • Collaborate one-on-one or in small groups with students in the Engineering Academic Center to provide academic and learning skills support.
  • Attend scheduled meetings and training events for the STARS program and for the Engineering Academic Center tutors/workshop facilitators.


  • Undergraduate degree in engineering, mathematics, or physics.
  • Strong commitment to teaching required.  Teaching or tutoring experience desired.
  • Strong commitment to working with students from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds.

This is a 50% FTE teaching assistant appointment and includes the standard tuition waiver and health benefits for TA’s. The salary is commensurate with each appointee’s academic standing.

The position is open until filled.  We will be reviewing applications as they are received and setting up interviews with the aim of filling the position by the end of May 2016.  Please send an email with your resume, cover letter, and an unofficial copy of your transcripts (undergraduate and graduate work) to Lynne Spencer (lspencer at uw dot edu).

Information on the STARS program is available here:

This position is an Academic Student Employee position covered by the UW/UAW 4121 contract.  More information about the union can be found at:
The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206.543.6450 / 206.543.6452 (tty) or

2016-2017 RA Position in the Center for Multicultural Education

Application deadline:   June 1, 2016

Notification deadline: July 1, 2016
Start date: September 16, 2016

Basic Function and General Information:
Under the general supervision of the Director of the College of Education’s Center for Multicultural Education, the Research Assistant is responsible for assisting in the Center’s research projects and activities designed to improve practice related to equity issues, intergroup relations, and the achievement of students of color.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:
To support the Center’s research activities, services, and symposia related to its research mission, the duties include:

  • Assist in ongoing research projects, including conducting database searches, writing research abstracts, preparing annotated bibliographies, and assisting in the writing of research reports and the dissemination of research findings.
  • Organize formal and informal symposium lecture series for College of Education faculty, students, and school administrators on issues related to racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity and education.
  • Coordinate communication with Center faculty associates regarding Center activities and multicultural courses.
  • Communicate with local and national school districts concerning the Center’s ongoing research activities and multicultural educational resources.
  • Consult with graduate students about multicultural courses offered through the Center for Multicultural Education.

General Qualifications:

  • A background in multicultural education and prior work experience in diverse settings is preferred.
  • Must be a UW graduate student enrolled in 10 credits per quarter of employment.

How to Apply:
Please send a cover letter and resume to Professor James A. Banks at jbanks at uw dot edu.
In the cover letter assessment, please provide:

  • your background and abilities directly related to this position;
  • contact information for 2-3 references (name, title, phone, email) familiar with your work abilities.

Review of applications will begin upon receipt. Late applications will not be reviewed.
Application inquiries may be made to Professor Banks.



2016-2017 GSA Position in the Carlson Center

Application deadline:   May 12, 2016

The Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center (Carlson Center) develops service-learning, community-based participatory research, and service opportunities for UW students that sustain reciprocal partnerships, deepen learning, advance civic leadership, and contribute to our greater community. The Carlson Center is part of the Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity (EXPD), which connects undergraduate students to community-based learning, research, and scholarships.

Working at the Carlson Center provides a unique opportunity to learn about public service and the world of non-profit organizations, as well as to gain a better understanding of what is in involved in cultivating partnerships between the University of Washington, community-based organizations, and students.  Working at the Carlson Center also means having fun and joining a talented team of hard working and passionate people!  For detailed information about the Carlson Center visit

The Carlson Center is currently accepting applications for a Graduate Staff Assistant (GSA) to work primarily with our service-learning program. The service-learning program engages UW undergraduates in the community by combining community-based service opportunities with academic coursework.  The GSA will also help to coordinate other areas of Carlson Center programming and participate in Center for Experiential Learning & Diversity meetings and activities.

The GSA will work collaboratively on several areas within Carlson Center programming including:

  • Working with Carlson Center staff and community-based organizations to develop meaningful service-learning opportunities for University of Washington students that are consistent with the organization’s mission, interests, needs and capacity.
  • Presenting service-learning background and instructions to students in service-learning courses.
  • Working as a part of the Carlson Center team to advise and enroll service-learning students.
  • Assisting in coordination of service-learning logistics and front desk staffing in the Center for Experiential Learning & Diversity.
  • Helping to create opportunities for community partners to engage in meaningful conversations with each other and the Carlson Center regarding the service-learning program, partnering with the University of Washington, and their role(s) as co-educators of students.
  • Working collaboratively with community partners and Carlson Center staff to implement additional critical engagement and reflection activities for students (such as workshops, one-day service opportunities, and opportunities to present their community-based work).



  • Full-time graduate student at the University of Washington
  • Experience and interest in working with community-based non-profit organizations
  • Desire to actively engage diverse populations of undergraduate students
  • Willingness to actively engage in addressing issues of structural inequity, power, and privilege in service-learning experiences
  • Work well both as a team member and independently
  • Ability to work under pressure, pay attention to detail, and meet deadlines
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Computer literacy


  • Experience with database work is desired.

For complete information about this opportunity, including application instructions, see UW Hires Req. #132100

UW Marcy Migdal Fund for Educational Equality

Application deadline:   April 15, 2016

The Marcy Migdal Fund supports exceptional students engaged in activities aimed at enhancing access to education for vulnerable students, either locally or throughout the world, and helping them succeed in their education. The Marcy Migdal Scholarship provides two cash awards of $1,000 each per academic year.

Marcy Migdal was known throughout Washington State as a leading educator in the field of multicultural education and for her passionate commitment to social justice and advocacy for the most vulnerable members of our community. It is the intent of this endowment that Marcy’s selfless dedication and activist spirit live on in this award. Scholarships will be awarded based on the adherence of the proposed activities to the priorities of the Marcy Migdal Fund.

All undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Washington (Seattle, Bothell, Tacoma) are eligible to apply. Applicants must: be current UW students in good academic standing; complete the application process prior to the published deadline; and at the completion of the project write a short report on their project and how the funds were used. Recipients must be enrolled at UW during the quarter the award is received.

For complete information about this opportunity, see:

UCLA Labor Center Dream Summer Program

Application deadline:   March 4, 2016

The Dream Summer program has provided over 500 fellowship opportunities to immigrant youth and allies throughout the nation. Dream Summer participants have engaged in social justice work and movement building by addressing the intersections of immigrant rights issues with queer and transgender communities, the Asian Pacific Islander community, mass incarceration and deportations perpetuated by the criminalization of people of color, and health care access for all.

Participants are placed in social justice organizations for 10 weeks. Dream Summer fellows work closely with their host organization to incorporate and strengthen the inclusion of undocumented immigrant issues onto the organization’s social justice work.

Dream Summer participants receive a $5,000 award for their completion and participation in the program.

Dream Summer generally admits youth applicants from the ages of 18-28, though there are exceptions based on applicant circumstances. Dream Summer is open to undocumented immigrant youth and allies. College or university enrollment is not required. See the program FAQ for more details.

For complete information about this opportunity, see:


Spring 2016 GSA Position in the College of Education

Application deadline:   February 22, 2016

Notification deadline:  March 11, 2016
Start date:  March 16, 2016

Under the supervision of the Student Services Specialist for Graduate Programs, this 50% FTE position is responsible for improving the recruitment and retention of  underrepresented and marginalized populations (i.e. students of color, international students, 1st generation students, LGBTQ students and allies, etc.) by fostering a supportive learning environment and promoting a multicultural perspective
throughout the College of Education.

The Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion (OSDI) is a dynamic and inclusive office that supports students in their graduate school application process and academic and personal experiences here at the College of Education. The OSDI works with prospective students from underrepresented and marginalized populations in learning more about program offerings, application options, and funding opportunities. Additionally, the OSDI supports current students by providing community building events and activities, cross-cultural learning and engagement, and opportunities for students’ intellectual and personal growth. This position works closely with other offices and entities in the College and elsewhere on campus to ensure that students may avail themselves of all existing services. The position has responsibility for cultivating contacts with on- and off-campus groups and building upon College and University relationships with these groups for the purpose of recruiting and retaining ethnically diverse, international, and other historically marginalized student populations.

This position will function as a member of a three-person Graduate Staff Assistant team that has collective responsibility for several functions, including outreach, recruitment, retention, event planning, and office coordination. Each team member will assume lead responsibility for one or more functions; however, any team member may be called up on to perform or assist with any of the following characteristic duties & responsibilities of staff in the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion:

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Establish and maintain connections to other campus offices (i.e. GO-MAP, OMAD, ECC, FIUTS) to facilitate outreach activities.
  • Provide support, assistance, and referrals to resources on campus and within the community.
  • Initiate and maintain contact with prospective students who are referred from College of Education recruiters; serve as an additional resource for diverse prospective students.
  • Attend college and information fairs at the UW and in the Seattle metropolitan area; make visits to local community colleges.
  • Make deliberate contacts with diverse prospective students once offers of admission have been made by the College’s academic programs.
  • Advertise and promote available scholarships, internship programs, and other financial assistance available to students.
  • Build effective and collaborative working relationships within and across diverse populations, including students (undergraduate, graduate, and professional), faculty and staff.
  • Plan and implement social, community-building, and professional development opportunities for ethnically diverse, international and other marginalized student populations; promote campus and community events and resources of interest.
  • Assist in the implementation of long-range student recruitment and retention programs and strategies; suggest improvements to those strategies.
  • Assist in the development of year-long plan with strategic goals and expected outcomes.
  • Assess on a regular basis the concerns and issues of diverse student populations; design and implement programming to anticipate and/or respond to those concerns and issues.
  • Hold meetings and interface with the OSDI Advisory Board regarding the concerns of diverse student populations.
  • Maintain and update OSDI web presence on the College of Education website and social media accounts.
  • Seek ways to promote understanding and awareness of cultural and academic expectations for diverse student populations.
  • Serve as a liaison between OSDI and at least one College of Education standing committee (i.e. Student Support & Advancement Committee) or student organization (i.e. ASCE, IECE, TERI, and QEC)
  • Contribute as a member of the Office of Student Services team, including attending staff meetings, assisting with front desk coverage, and participating in the planning and execution of college-wide events such as orientation, Prospective Student Days, Education Day in the Quad, and the College of Education Graduation.
  • Plan for following year and prepare transition for successors.

Candidates must be registered for a minimum of 10 credit hours per quarter. A demonstrated awareness and understanding of concerns and issues experienced by underrepresented and marginalized populations (i.e. students of color, international students, 1st generation students, LGBTQ students and allies, etc.). Prior experience in advising, recruitment, and/or research with ethnically diverse, international and other marginalized student populations is strongly preferred.

Desirable qualifications:
Admitted to a College of Education graduate program. Possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and aptitude to navigate sensitive situations. Ability to work with and relate to prospective and current students, staff, and faculty.

How to apply:
Please send a cover letter and resume via email to:
Questions can be directed to: Norah Fisher (norahf at or Martin Howell (mthowell at
Review of applications will begin upon receipt. Late applications will not be reviewed.

Laura W. Bush/UNESCO Travelling Fellowship

Application deadline:   February 22, 2016   (for summer travel)

The Laura W. Bush/UNESCO Travelling Fellowship will help fund a proposal designed by the applicant to conduct brief work in a foreign country related to the mandate of UNESCO – using education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, and/or communication and information to build strong ties among nations.

The fellowship is intended for American college/university students who express an interest in international collaboration but as of yet had not been afforded many opportunities to travel abroad.

The length of time for the travel is expected to be between 4 and 6 weeks and should include interaction with individuals from other nations. During his/her travel, the recipient should be willing to participate in public diplomacy events arranged with the pertinent U.S. State Department Consulate, Mission, and/or Embassy.

Following the travel, the recipient agrees to submit a report describing experiences and analyzing objectives achieved; share his/her experiences with others; and be available to make a presentation to the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO.

In order to apply for the Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship, applicants:

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen eligible for foreign travel
  • Must be at least 18 years old and not older than 25 at the time of application
  • Must be currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. college or university in the United States

Only complete applications received by the application deadline will be considered. A subcommittee of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, which shall include a personal representative of Mrs. Laura W. Bush, will conduct an initial review of the applications, conduct phone interviews as needed, and provide recommendations to the entire Commission about which candidates are the most qualified to receive the Fellowship. The number of recipients and exact amount of money awarded will depend on the quality of applications and the funds available. The average fellowship award amount is $2,500.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Originality and feasibility of proposal
  • Quality of essay
  • Apparent dedication to bridging nations, enlarging freedoms, and promoting democracy through one or more of UNESCO’s fields of competence
  • Performance during interview, if applicable

A application round will be held in the fall for winter/spring travel, with applications due in September 2016.

For complete information about this opportunity, including application materials, see:

Winter-Spring 2016 RA Position in the Center for the Study of Teaching and Policy

Application deadline:   December 16, 2015
Notification deadline:   December 23, 2015

The College of Education 
Center for the Study of Teaching and Policy is seeking a Graduate Research Assistant
 (RA position @ 50% FTE) for Winter and Spring Quarters 2016.

General Information:

The Center for the Study of Teaching and Policy (CTP) investigates efforts to improve the quality of teaching and learning, the teacher workforce, and the systems of support for teachers’ and principals’ work, in various contexts and at multiple levels of the K-12 educational system. To that end, Center researchers identify ways that policy actions, leadership, and reform efforts guide, direct, and support teaching and learning, thereby informing and enhancing the quality of learning opportunities for students.

The Center has a two-quarter RA position open (winter and spring 2016) to support an ongoing study of Washington’s teacher and principal evaluation system (the appointment has the potential to be extended beyond this academic year). This position would support the analysis of interview data, collection of quantitative data regarding the educator evaluation system, and analysis of policy documents related to the use of professional development resources to support the teacher evaluation.

Basic Function:

Assist as a member of a research team investigating the implementation of Washington’s revised teacher and principal evaluation system (TPEP). We are seeking a graduate student with strong mixed-methods training and experience (both qualitative and quantitative skills) to help with qualitative interviews and statistical analyses of data from a variety of sources.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist with compilation of data from large datasets
  • Analyze data from various sources (both qualitative and quantitative)
  • Assist in the preparation of written reports and literature reviews
  • Collaborate as a member of the research team

General Qualifications:

  • Training in both qualitative and quantitative methods
  • Aptitude and interest in working on a mixed-methods study
  • Competency in the use of SPSS, Access, SAS or STATA, or other similar data analysis software, 
and familiarity with Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint
  • Organizational skills in managing large amounts of data, particularly electronic files
  • Facility in literature search and preparation of documents
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written
  • Ability to manage time, balance multiple project activities and meet deadlines, as well as 
flexibility to coordinate with other team members and engage in collaborative work
  • An interest in K-12 education policies
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Must be a UW graduate student enrolled in 10 credits per quarter of employment.

In general preference will be given to applicants who exhibit these qualifications, as evidenced in their letter of application, transcripts of past coursework and prior work experiences.


Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with academic standing, qualifications, and experience.

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: 

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter detailing past work experiences, vita, and writing sample to: Dr. Ana Elfers at aelfers @

Review of applications will begin immediately. Application inquiries may be made to Dr. Elfers.

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)