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23-24 Monthly Graduate Assistant (GA) - Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership

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Work type: Teaching Associate
Location: Fresno
Categories: Unit 11 - UAW - California Alliance of Academic Student Workers, Temporary, Part Time

Graduate Research Assistant for the Doctoral Program of Educational Leadership Research Center

Kremen School of Education and Human Development

Department of Educational Leadership

The Department of Educational Leadership prepares candidates to effectively lead in educational organizations in the Central Valley of California and beyond. Our graduates serve in leadership roles in diverse educational settings such as public and private schools, colleges, universities, and other related educational agencies. We have three graduate programs: Master of Arts in Educational Leadership Administration, Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration and Leadership (HEAL) and the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership. Program graduates are continuously recognized as scholar-practitioners, instructional leaders, and agents of change in P-12 schools and in higher education.

Position Overview:

The Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership Research Center invites applicants for a Graduate Research Assistant. This is a 20 hours a week, 12-month, in-person position beginning in Summer 2023. Candidates must have been accepted to the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership and enroll beginning Fall 2023. The ideal candidate is a first or second year doctoral student interested in developing and enhancing their research skills via supporting KSOEHD community members in their research and inquiry needs.

Anticipated Appointment Dates: This position is opened until filled. If you have applied and no other positions are available, you will be notified.  

Summer 2023: May 22, 2023 – August 11, 2023

Fall 2023: August 17, 2023 - December 22, 2023

Spring 2024: January 16, 2024 - May 18, 2024

Hours/Units per week: The Graduate Research Assistant can work up to 20-hours per week;

  • 1-unit is equivalent to 2.66 hrs per week (40hrs x 1-unit/15-unit)
  • No more than 6-units, (or not to exceed 7.50 total wtus in one semester, which equates to 20-hours per week)

Job Duties may include the following but will be dependent upon the specific needs of the Research Center and the Research Center Director

  • Supports the Research Center Director in the daily activities of the center, including attending Center and Doctoral Program meetings, taking notes, and maintaining a system for the organization of activities;
  • Staff the Research Center;
  • Develop marketing and promotional materials for the Center;
  • Provide consultation (feedback, resources, support) to KSOEHD community members on research topics and ideas;
  • Plan workshop sessions on topics related to research and inquiry;
  • Co-lead biweekly communities of practice on research design, methodologies, and topics related to conducting research;
  • Collaborate with the Ed.D. Program Advisor and Graduate Assistant as necessary; and
  • Liaise with various college, campus, and community partners to support research partnership opportunities.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Flexibility in their schedule to include possible business and evening hours depending on Center needs;
  • Some familiarity and experience with research is helpful but not required; however, the candidate should indicate their interest in developing their research skills and understanding of research paradigms and methodologies; and,
  • Deep interest in social justice, equity, and inclusion as a key facet of their interest in developing as a researcher and leader;


  • Must have earned a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree;
  • Enrolled (or admitted and will enroll) full time in the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at Fresno State;
  • Ability to maintain good academic standing (a minimum GPA 3.0)
  • Experience developing surveys using Google Forms or Qualtrics;
  • Understanding of social justice and equity issues in higher education; and,
  • Demonstrated commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff and students from diverse ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic background.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with qualitative and/or quantitative research methods.
  • Experience with qualitative data analysis software (e.g., NVIVO, Dedoose) and/or quantitative data analysis software (e.g., SPSS, Stata, R)

Application Procedures: The review of applications will begin immediately and may continue for next semester. The following documents are required to upload:

    1. Curriculum Vita, or résumé.  Your Curriculum Vita, or CV, is the academic equivalent of a résumé.  It should contain your contact information, your employment and educational history, skills such as computer programming, familiarity with commonly used computer programs, as well as internships, awards, volunteer service, training and any other experience you have that is relevant to education.
    2. Cover Letter addressing qualifications and experience.
    3. Current unofficial transcripts from your undergraduate and graduate education.  If you have attended more than one institution, please copy and combine these transcripts into one document. How to submit your unofficial transcripts
      1. If you are a Fresno State student:  Sign into  Access your Unofficial Transcript.  Highlight all text throughout the document, copy it and paste it into a word processor document, and save the document with your name somewhere in the file name. 
      2. If you are not yet a Fresno State student:  Most U.S. universities allow students to access their academic records online, in a way similar to the way described above for Fresno State students.  Contact your institution’s registrar to find out how to access your unofficial transcript and follow the process described above.  If you have transcripts from more than one institution, please copy them all and paste them into one document, as PageUp only allows one document to be uploaded into the link for transcripts.  Make certain that each institution is clearly indicated within this document.
    4. References: You will be asked to provide names and contact information for three professional references. The committee will request letters (do not upload letters).

Finalists may be asked for an interview.

Inquiries: Please contact Dr. Varaxy Yi Borromeo, Search Committee Chair,

The California State University Graduate Assistant Classification and Standards

  • Evaluations: GA's may be evaluated per CBA, Unit 11, Article 8 
  • Salary: Each department has different salary scales. Please check with your department for your Base Salary. The monthly salary is calculated based on the Weighted Teaching Units assigned.
  • Salary Schedule: The CSU salary schedule can be found here (Class Code = 2325 for Graduate Assistants).
  • Assignments: Assignments are made by Department Chair or Program Coordinator after consultation with the teaching associate.
  • Duties Form: Per the Collective Bargaining Agreement for Unit 11, a Duties Form (see Appendix E of the CBA) will be completed between the Department and Academic Student Employee. This form substantiates the jobs included for the department teaching associate position.
  • The Graduate Assistant is a student position for those actively enrolled in a graduate program at Fresno State. 
  • Students are limited to 20-hours of part-time work on campus.

About the Campus

California State University, Fresno, is a forward-looking and diverse institution located in California’s Central Valley, known for its agriculture, reasonable housing costs, cultural diversity, and proximity to Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Nevada.

The Fresno State campus sits in the midst of the San Joaquin Valley, a valley rich in the traditions and representation of Native American peoples and cultures. We are grateful to be in the traditional homelands of the Yokuts and Mono peoples, whose diverse tribal communities share stewardship over this land.

The campus is ranked 36th in the nation by Washington Monthly’s 2022 National University Rankings, and ranked 25th in the nation in MONEY Magazines 50 Best Public Colleges. The campus is classified as an R2 “Doctoral Universities – High research activities” university per Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

Fresno State’s Principles of Community

These Principles were developed collaboratively by faculty, staff, and administrators. They exemplify what we aspire to be.  Find out more about our Principles of Community here.

We all play a role in fostering an inclusive work and learning environment of respect, kindness, collaboration, and accountability where every member of the student body, faculty, staff, and administration can thrive. Our Principles of Community reflect our core values of Discovery, Diversity, and Distinction as well as our deep commitment to our mission "to boldly educate and empower students for success."

California State University, Fresno is an engaged University. We focus on broadening students' intellectual horizons, fostering lifelong learning skills, developing the leaders of tomorrow, promoting community involvement, and instilling an appreciation of world cultures. We nurture cultural competence by celebrating the rich diversity of the campus community and welcoming the participation of all. Members of the University community are expected to work effectively with faculty, staff and students from diverse ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Our Students

California State University, Fresno is committed to serving our students with a focus on inclusion. Fresno State has been recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI); an Asian American/Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI); and has been designated to the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Other Campus Information

In compliance with the Annual Security Report & Fire Safety Report of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, California State University, Fresno has made crime-reporting statistics available to applicants, students, and employees online at Print copies are available by request from the Campus Police Department.

The person holding this position is considered a "limited reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment.

California State University, Fresno is a tobacco-free, smoke-free, and vapor-free campus. For more information, please click

California State University, Fresno is committed to maintaining and implementing employment policies and procedures in compliance with applicable state and federal equal employment opportunity laws and regulations. Executive Orders 1096 and 1097 prohibit discrimination, harassment, and retaliation on the basis of a protected status: race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex (including gender identity), sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition and covered veteran status. Fresno State's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring, and retention. We are proud to be an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.

The California State University requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at Accordingly, you may be required to show proof of vaccination by your start date. You can find more information here.

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