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Graduate Assistantship Position - Virginia Tech's PhD in Agricultural, Leadership and Community Education

12 Nov 2023 4:09 PM | Leah Georges (Administrator)

Virginia Tech is excited to seek individuals who are interested in obtaining a PhD degree in Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education with an emphasis in leadership for August 2024The graduate assistantship will work with Dr. Hannah Sunderman and her research team at the main campus in Blacksburg, VA (see Dr. Sunderman's  ResearchGate and departmental bio). Specific areas of work and research include leader identity development, team science, and leadership education. The assistantship covers tuition, provides a stipend for 20 hours a week, and provides access to health insurance. Applicants must have earned a master’s degree prior to the August 2024 start date and be admitted to the Virginia Tech Graduate School (application due December 15th, 2023 for August 2024 state date: 

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Sunderman at To apply for the graduate assistantship, please send the following to by February 1st, 2024:

1.     A copy of your CV
2.     A 500-word essay on your research interests, ideas, and experience related to one of the following topics:
  • Leader identity development
  •  Team science (i.e., effective functioning of groups and teams, particularly interdisciplinarity
  •  Leadership education (i.e., curriculum development and assessment, pedagogy)
3.     A sample of academic writing in which you were the primary author
  • Please indicate your role in the writing sample (e.g., conceptualization, data collection and/or analysis, portions you wrote)

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