Graduate Assistant

University Park Campus
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Date Closing:
open until filled
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Office of the President
Penn State Learning


Penn State Learning (PSL), offers a collaborative learning program (Guided Study Groups - GSG) designed to support students who are enrolled in challenging large lecture classes like CHEM 110 and 210, MATH 110 and 140, PHYS 211, and STAT 200. Student leaders, who have previously taken and met success in one of these courses, are trained to host two or three study sessions each week throughout the semester. PSL is seeking applicants for a half-time assistantship (tuition, plus stipend) with a two-semester appointment beginning August 2017 and ending in May 2018 with possible extension for the following academic year. Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to the following: provide on-site supervision to study group leaders and offer constructive feedback and guidance to assist leaders in creating a collaborative learning environment; create and develop (independently and jointly with PSL staff) resources that pertain to collaborative learning, student engagement, study skills, problem-solving and other pedagogical and practical tools for the staff (leaders and supervisors) to help students make good use of their out-of-class study time; review, help update or redesign existing training and facilitation materials and resources; work with the Center for Excellence in Science Education to help develop collaborations between guided study group leaders and the learning assistants; assist the Scholar-in-Residence with collection, synthesis and write-up of data; support the Scholar-in-Residence with other duties as needed or assigned to support group learning; attend and participate in Penn State Learning staff meetings. Qualifications: Enrolled in a College of Education doctoral degree program (ABD candidates with a science emphasis preferred); knowledge of and experience working with undergraduate students; understanding of the teaching and learning process, especially in a collaborative learning context; possess supervisory experience; demonstrate effective communication, interpersonal and organizational skills, able to work independently, yet in a team-oriented environment; must be willing to work three or more evenings a week (Sundays through Thursdays). Please submit a letter of interest, resume, and a list of three references. For more information about Penn State Learning, please visit

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,104 $23,748 $31,392
B $17,712 $26,124 $34,524
C $19,152 $28,728 $38,304
D $21,072 $31,620 $42,156
E $23,604 $35,400 $47,196
F $26,436 $39,660 $52,872
G $29,136 $44,412 $59,712
H $33,192 $50,616 $68,040
I $37,848 $57,696 $77,580
J $42,444 $65,772 $89,136
K $49,236 $76,308 $103,392
L $57,120 $88,524 $119,928
M $66,240 $102,672 $139,116
N $78,168 $121,152 $164,148
O $90,768 $142,968 $195,168
P $107,124 $168,696 $230,280
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088