Sawyer Seminar Graduate Assistantship

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
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Work Unit:
General and Academic Officers - College of the Liberal Arts
African American Studies


The Department of African American Studies at The Pennsylvania State University welcomes applications for a Graduate Assistantship for the Fall 2018-Spring 2019 academic year. Supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the individual chosen will contribute operational and logistical support for the department’s Sawyer Seminar Series on the theme of “Racial Disposability and Cultures of Resistance.” Through workshops, public lectures, and films, this seminar will explore the multiple ways that marginalized racial subjects creatively, politically, and intellectually disrupt the logic of racial disposability with the practices of organized resistance and an everyday politics of refusal. The seminar will also produce a digital humanities project. Under the supervision of the Principal Investigator, the graduate assistant will manage the logistics of the Sawyer seminar, develop a publicity strategy, facilitate community outreach, and conduct research. Experience with digital humanities projects would be a bonus. Candidates must be enrolled at Penn State as a full time graduate student and available to work 20 hours per week. Preference will be given to candidates whose research interests align with the Seminar’s subject matter. This assistantship will provide full tuition and fees as well as a monthly stipend. To apply for this position, applicants must submit a CV, a letter detailing the candidate’s qualifications, areas of interest and suitability for the assistantship, and a writing sample. References should be available upon request. Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled.

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