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#8 Schreyer Honors College Graduate Assistant

Job Responsibilities

The Schreyer Honors College enrolls approximately the top 5% of students at Penn State. Schreyer Scholars may be in any academic program at the university and compete in a very selective process to join the Honors College. Scholars receive academic privileges, scholarship funding and housing options. They must also meet scholar academic requirements to graduate with honors. The Schreyer Honors College is a community of scholars within Penn State and compliments the general Penn State experience. Student programs, services and career development programs are housed within the Honors College to serve Schreyer Scholars.

The Graduate Assistant in the Schreyer Honors College will be exposed to the variety of student services provided in the college.  Responsibilities may include:

  1. Supporting the Career Development Services for Scholars. This may include planning and implementing career programs, working with employers, alumni and students, and coordination with central Career Services Center
  2. Participating in new scholar orientation, a 3-day orientation for scholars prior to the beginning of each fall semester. This program includes advising over 100 current scholars who serve as mentors for new students.
  3. Participating in orientation of gateway scholars (continuing Penn State students admitted to the honors college after their first, or second years). Support programming, presentations and logistics.
  4. Support student programming within the SHC. This may include the Student Council, Student Advancement Team, Scholar Assistants and other student groups within the Honors College.
  5. Participation in the recruitment and selection of Schreyer Scholars. Coordination with the Penn State admissions office and academic colleges, as well as meeting with prospective students and their families may be included. GA may also be a part of the review team reading applications.
  6. Other related student affairs- related activities in which the SHC may be involved.

Learning Outcomes

This Graduate Assistantship will provide exposure to a variety of critical student affairs functions and services. It will provide a solid generalist experience over a two- year span, permitting insight into both the depth and breadth of higher education and student affairs management.  Specific learning outcomes will include:

  1. An understanding of the critical relationship between academic and student affairs within higher education. Daily operational examples will expose the GA to how the missions of each can complement each other to provide a comprehensive experience for the student.
  2. Exposure to the recruitment and advising of the high -achieving student and how that may differ from the general student population.
  3. An appreciation of how an honors college successfully fits into the mission of a land grant university.
  4. The process of successfully collaborating with other student affairs and academic units across a large campus.
  5. Successful management of resources to achieve student development goals within limitations of budget and human resources.
  6. Utilizing effective communication tools to achieve desired outcomes. This will include a variety of tools and technologies.

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