Candidates must be accepted into one of the Graduate Programs here at Lander University prior to beginning the position.
Compensation: Selected candidate will receive a 50% tuition and fee waiver as well as a $3000 stipend per semester. Note that if the GA position does not relate directly to their graduate studies the student will be taxed on the stipend and tuition benefits. Graduate Assistants work approximately 20 hours per week during the school year. Graduate Assistantships may be renewed for one additional year.
The GA for New Student Orientation will assist the Office of Orientation Programs in introducing new Lander students and families to the services and programs that are essential to their academic and co-curricular success at Lander.
The GA for New Student Orientation will:
- Manage and oversee Transfer Orientation sessions at the beginning of each semester
- Assist in the development of the Orientation Leader training curriculum
- Assist in the planning, organizing and implementation of the Orientation Leader Application process
- Provide support and guidance to Orientation Leaders throughout their Orientation experience
- Serve as a Teaching Assistant for Lander’s Presidential Leadership Program courses
- Engage in the assessment efforts related to Orientation Programs
- Research best practices for orientation, transition, and persistence and propose ways to improve the Orientation programs
- Assist new families and students with questions regarding New Student Orientation
- Assist in the planning and implementation of Launch into Lander and Family Weekend
- Oversee the marketing and communication efforts for Orientation Programs
- Other duties as assigned
The GA for New Student Orientation is essential to the continued increased growth here at Lander. Orientation is a critical moment in both the incoming students and parents’ decision of whether or not Lander was the right choice for them to continue their education. The GA will assist us in providing the utmost customer service and communication to our new students and families. This year we added virtual orientation and had about 200 students who chose that option for their session. The GA will be able to assist with the online option and creating more engaging opportunities for those students who wish to participate. Due to the need for connection and engagement, we realized this year that we will move forward with the two day/one night sessions. We have increased those sessions from three to six sessions to accommodate a 150 participant limit for the 2021 Orientation season with the COVID-19 restrictions. The GA will be able to help us prepare for those sessions and assist in the management of the 27 Orientation Leaders and 1 Student Orientation Assistant. The GA co-lead the Lander President’s Leadership Program (LPLP course section) that will be restricted to Orientation Leaders. The course will include a 15-16 week training and developing their leadership skills. For the next academic year, the GA will lead the application process for Orientation Leaders. During the 2019 application process, we had about a 100 students apply for this position. The GA will oversee this six week process. The GA will assist in the planning and implementation of Bearcat Camp and Launch into Lander. Both of these events are our extended orientation events. This position will assist Lander financially in not hiring a full-time professional staff member to assist with Orientation Programs. With each new GA, they are able to provide an experience and new innovative ideas to assist in meeting our students where they are developmentally. The GA will also lead the efforts in planning Family Weekend. During the 2019 family weekend we had about 550 participants to include students, faculty/staff and families. The weekend was a two-day experience and we gained about $3000 in revenue from shirt sales. The GA will be a critical part in assisting with the operation of New Student Orientation Programs as we continue growth over the next year as well as meeting the University’s goals regarding enrollment, retention, and engagement.