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Graduate Assistant: Research Methods

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The Center for International Student Access (CISA) in the Office of the Provost has an opening for a part-time Graduate Teaching Assistant (0 credit recitations) to teach PROV 106: Introduction to Research Methods for International Students (Spring 2014 semester only). Candidates will be selected based upon their qualifications and teaching experience.

Course Description: Academic research is the fundamental element of university-level education. Despite the variations in research disciplines, they all share basic concepts of academic inquiry. PROV 106 is designed to teach the methods, norms and procedures of undergraduate research in the humanities and social sciences. It should equip international students with the essential skills needed to successfully produce a quality academic paper.

This learner-centered, critical thinking-framed course is specifically designed for English language learners enrolled at Mason through the ACCESS Program offered by CISA.

• Recitation leaders attend lectures and co-plan with lecturers; they also lead recitations that directly support lecture content.
• Recitation leaders will be matched into teaching teams and are expected to participate in training sessions/team meetings throughout the term to facilitate course consistency.

Graduate level coursework in (a) related field(s) and experience teaching in academic settings are required. Experience working with English language learners is preferred. Current Mason doctoral students are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility requirements, as outlined in the George Mason University, Office of the Provost publication, “Guidelines for Appointing Graduate Research and Teaching Assistants.” George Mason University Graduate Research and Teaching Assistants are:

– Admitted to graduate study at Mason. Once admitted, remain in good academic standing, with at least a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) and no recent unsatisfactory grades;
– Enrolled in at least six hours for a full-time assistantship or three hours for a part-time assistantship (exceptions may be considered for students who need fewer than six hours to complete degree and graduate);
– Achieved a score of at least 100 on the Internet-based TOEFL exam, if native language is not English (copy of test results required if hired); and
– Achieved a score of at least 50/60 on the SPEAK test, if native language is not English. Information about the SPEAK test at the Mason English Language Institute can be found online at:

The position requires 13-14 hours per week. Employment begins January 10, 2014 (non-negotiable). Two individual pre-employment information sessions to be scheduled in December and January.

Non-negotiable salary/benefit package for Master’s degree holders: $3,759.66 (equivalent to approximately $17/hr) with 4 credits of In-state Tuition (value: $1,973.00) for a total compensation package value of $5,732.66 for the semester. This position is not eligible for insurance benefits. NOTE: Individuals without a conferred master’s degree will receive a reduced salary commensurate with education and experience, same tuition benefit applies.

The positions will be supervised by the American Cultures/Research Methods Course Coordinator.

How to Apply: 
Online applications are currently being accepted online at: Job Number: 88250. Questions should be directed only through the application process.

In addition to your resume, it is required that you save, upload, and submit the On-Campus Job Availability Form to be considered for this position.