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GSA for Equity and Inclusion in Pedagogy

The University Center for Teaching and Learning’s Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Curriculum is looking to hire a graduate student assistant (GSA) for Equity and Inclusion in Pedagogy for spring and summer 2023 terms, with the possibility of reappointment for the 2023-24 academic year, contingent on funding. Students should not spend more than 20 hours in any week on assistantship activities. The appointment includes a full tuition scholarship, $9,000 stipend paid in four equal payments over the each term, and individual health insurance coverage. Appointment renewal is contingent upon funding.

Anticipated Start Date:  Jan. 9, 2023
Deadline:  Open until filled

The University Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Pittsburgh exists to support faculty in their efforts to achieve teaching excellence and acts as a hub of pedagogical innovation within the University community. Professional staff who work in the Teaching Center possess skills in faculty development, instructional design, online course development and administration, learning assessment, educational technology support, media development, and learning space design.

We are looking for a Pitt master’s or doctoral student who is interested in one or more of these areas to join our team as a graduate student assistant for one or two academic years. The goal of this appointment is to support and strengthen the commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at the Teaching Center as well as in the broader field of faculty development and instructional design. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups including, but not limited to, the following are encouraged to apply individuals who identify as racial and/or ethnic minorities (as defined within the US context), lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender individuals, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Appointment Assignments

A full-time staff member will advise the GSA and activities could include assisting the Center’s staff in some or all the following ways:

  • Assisting with development and/or delivery workshops and resources on topics related to DEI in the curriculum, pedagogy and/or educational technology
  • Gathering and analyzing data related to DEI-related workshop evaluations
  • Assisting with development, review and/or updating DEI resources and web content

GSA Eligibility

The GSA must be enrolled in a master’s or PhD program at the University of Pittsburgh with at least one full academic year of studies left to complete, and in good academic standing.

The successful candidate for this position is someone who respects and strives for excellence in teaching and learning.

We are looking for a student who has the following competencies and is looking for an opportunity to build upon these:  

  • Has functional knowledge of DEI best practices
  • Has scholarly and practitioner understanding of racial justice
  • Has a background in organizing, advocacy, or social justice
  • Experience conducting and or supporting educational research

Applicants should desire to refine their communication skills and be comfortable working with faculty at all levels, as well as with other professionals both within and external to the University community. We are looking for someone who exhibits enthusiasm, and a willingness to learn.

Experience in any of the following areas is a plus:

  • Teaching at any level, either face-to-face or online
  • Instructional design and development
  • Writing, editing, and content development (of any form)
  • Data analysis (qualitative or quantitative)

Graduate Student Assistant Training Opportunities

The Graduate Assistant will gain experience in equity in the curriculum and inclusive pedagogy. The GSA will also learn about the professional development services provided in a teaching and learning center. This assistantship will allow the GSA to develop and enhance interpersonal skills, communication skills, and the collaboration skills required to succeed in any fast-paced office with recurring deadlines upon which others depend (e.g., time-management, listening, working independently, being on-time, and reading documents carefully).

How to Apply

Interested candidates may apply by sending a resume and letter of interest to Sera Mathew, PhD, Director of Equitable and Inclusive Teaching, University Center for Teaching and Learning.

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