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Graduate Student Assistantship-Mississippi State University

09 May 2019 10:25 AM | Brittany Adams-Pope

Position Title: Graduate Assistant (PhD level preferred, but will consider a strong MS applicant) and Program Assistant, MSU Extension Undergraduate Apprenticeship Program

Reports to:
Primary - Dr. Marina Denny, Assistant Professor, Agricultural Education, Leadership, and Communications (AELC), or 662.325.1175 (office)
Secondary – Dr. Alisha Hardman, Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Science (HDFS), or 662.325.7839 (office)

Terms of Employment: 20 hours per week, beginning August 16, 2019. Assistantship is available for three (3) or four (4) academic years, depending on the student’s degree track and program of study in the School of Human Sciences (i.e. Agricultural and Extension Education (AEE) or HDFS). Annual renewal of assistantship contingent on performance.


  • Full assistantship salary is $20,000 per year.
  • Graduate Assistants may qualify for in-state tuition and fees.

Position Description:

Program/Extension Activities (for the MSU Extension Undergraduate Apprenticeship Program):

  • Collecting and analyzing information
  • Updating/maintaining website/Twitter/Instagram
  • Assisting with administrative duties, including recruiting students, coordinating student/mentor schedules, planning site visits, tracking student progress with projects and presentations, taking and posting appropriate pictures and videos, and writing reports
  • Developing Extension-related educational tools and giving presentations to a variety of lay, professional, and academic audiences

Research/Teaching Activities:

  • Helping with data collection and analysis for the MSU Extension Undergraduate Apprenticeship Program (primarily qualitative), including conducting interviews/observations/focus groups, transcribing, and coding and analyzing data via NVivo qualitative data analysis software
  • Helping with research design, data collection, and analysis for other relevant, ongoing research projects
  • Conducting literature search
  • Writing literature reviews and other parts of manuscripts
  • Presenting data (in written or oral form)
  • Assisting with writing grant applications
  • Assisting with course lectures and grading, as appropriate


  • Must be a full-time, degree-seeking student (PhD level preferred) in the MSU School of Human Sciences – either in the AEE or HDFS program
  • Must be enrolled in 9 graduate credit hours each fall and spring semester (and 6 hours each summer) of the assistantship
  • Must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. First semester PhD level graduate students must have a master’s GPA of at least 3.0. First semester master’s students must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Must have strong academic writing and oral presentation skills.
  • Strong preference given to applicants with knowledge of/prior experience with qualitative research design, methods, analysis, and software.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office, especially Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Application Process and Deadline:

  • The MSU Graduate School application (and application fee) deadline for the Fall 2019 semester is July 1, 2019 -
  • Concurrent to submitting your application to the Graduate School, e-mail your resume/CV and cover letter to Dr. Marina Denny ( by July 1, 2019.

More Information:

  • Contact either Dr. Denny or Dr. Hardman
  • Program of study description for AEE and HDFS graduate programs available here -

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