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Institute for Southern Studies: GAship for Congaree Historic Resource Study

The Institute for Southern Studies seeks a full-time Graduate Assistant (20 hours per week) for the 2017-18 academic year to work on the interdisciplinary Historic Resource Study (HRS) for Congaree National Park.  Assisting primary investigators (PIs) Professors Jessica Elfenbein and Tom Lekan, the GA will have lead responsibility for producing draft chapters within a larger report on the human history of this internationally significant National Park located in Lower Richland County.  The goal of the HRS is to evaluate the park’s many cultural resources and historic sites—ranging from Native American artifacts to cattle mounds to remnants of an abandoned town—within historical contexts that will guide future interpretation and meaningful visitor engagement as well as identify possible new sites for historical register nomination.  Working on deadline, the student will synthesize existing research, incorporating a wide variety of primary and secondary resources (including student projects and materials available at the park, the Richland Public Library, the University of South Carolina, and other local repositories). The GA will also assist the PIs in supporting work with a range of USC faculty, Historic Columbia, the Congaree National Park staff, and other community partners on behalf of the Congaree HRS.   

The ideal candidate, an excellent researcher and writer, must be a self-starter who takes direction well. We seek a candidate with outstanding time management skills and documented experience working independently.  Previous involvement with collaborative projects and/or GIS and spatial humanities techniques is preferred. Access to transportation to Congaree is required. Flexibility and good humor will be needed. Advanced doctoral students are especially welcome to apply as are those with interest and knowledge of public or environmental history.  This position offers a GA stipend and tuition abatement.

To apply please submit a one page cover letter explaining your interest and fit for the project, CV, short and punchy writing sample (3-5 pages), and list of 2 references to: Mr. Bob Ellis, Assistant Director, Institute for Southern Studies, at by Monday, July 10.  

Virginia Tech Future Faculty Development Program Call for Applications

Virginia Tech is now accepting applications for their annual Future Faculty Development Program, an intensive two-day program for doctoral candidates and post-doctoral scholars traditionally underrepresented in their fields who are interested in entering academic careers in the next year.

In January of 2018, they plan to bring a cohort of approximately 15 to their main campus in Blacksburg, VA for this all-expense paid workshop that includes interaction with host departments, workshops such as negotiating job offers and adjusting to life as a new faculty member, and plenty of opportunities to network with faculty in research areas of interest to participants.

You can visit their website at:

The deadline for applications for the January 2018 program is October 1, 2017

Graduate Assistant Position, Leadership and Service Center

The Leadership and Service Center is seeking candidates for the position of Graduate Assistantship for the 2017-2018 academic year. The graduate assistant’s responsibilities will include program planning and development, the facilitation of leadership training sessions, budget management, and one-one-one coaching with students. A full position description describing possible duties in more detail can be found here.

Graduate Assistants are essential staff members of the Leadership and Service Center and play a critical role in helping advance the center’s vision of all students being engaged, lifelong learners committed to positive change in the world.


Compensation includes a stipend and granted in-state tuition rate, with a preference for a 2-year commitment to the position. 

Application Timeline

6/12: Application Deadline

6/14: Individual Interviews (via phone)

6/16: 2017-2018 GA Decisions/Notifications


To further discuss job components or ask questions, please contact Ryan Patterson, Leadership Coach, at 803-777-7130 or

Graduate Assistant for Employer Relations--Career Center

The Graduate Intern for Employer Relations is an important member of the Career Center's Employer Relations Team.  This person helps to manage special projects in order to ensure that the team has meaningful connections with employers.  The Career Center is a full-service center that helps students to prepare for their internship and job search.  The Employer Relations team is responsible for maintaining meaningful relationships with recruiters and employers to assist students in securing employment. Learn more about the position details on Handshake

Gamecock Toastmasters Club

Communication skills can distinguish you in the workplace.  Employers know that you can do research; they want employees that can communicate. 

Everyone can work to become a better speaker. The Gamecock Toastmasters club can help.

Members meet over lunch on Tuesdays, 11:30-12:30. Some members will prepare short talks, and some time is dedicated to allowing any present to voluntarily stand and talk for 1-2 minutes on various topics (like typical interview questions).

If you complete the first ten 5-7 minute projects you receive the "Competent Communicator" award. Many employers will recognize this certification on your resume.

Advisors have noticed improvements in graduate students participating in Toastmasters.

Our next meeting is Tuesday at 11:30 in the Swearingen Faculty Lounge, 1A03.  Sometimes we meet in 3C02 if the lounge is booked. 

Contact: Ed Gatzke

Still looking for an apartment?

Graduate students can find available housing around USC at (The Daily Gamecock is the editorially independent student newspaper at the University of South Carolina.) With hundreds of housing listings, it makes finding a great place easy! 

Off-campus housing services for USC students

New and current students (as well as USC faculty and staff) looking for housing options in Columbia can take advantage of an up-to-date database of rental properties near the university. Contact Off-Campus Student Services for details: Russell House Suite 115, Columbia, SC 29208; Phone: (803) 777-3366; email:

USC Postdoctoral Association

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to announce a networking and professional development group, the USC Postdoctoral Association, which supports postdocs at the University of South Carolina. Their mission is to support and improve the postdoctoral training experience at USC by providing opportunities and resources for networking, professional development, social interaction, research, and teaching. Learn more

OFSP's database for national fellowships and awards

With the INFO (Investigate National Fellowship Opportunities) tool, the Office of Fellowship and Scholar Programs online searchable database for national fellowships and awards allows students to use broad or specific search criteria to locate national fellowships based on interests or academic and career goals. The database features graduate and dissertation fellowships, funding for study abroad, and postdocs. 

On-Campus Produce Delivery

Healthy Carolina offers healthy eating options for USC faculty, staff, and students with On-Campus Produce Delivery. Partnering with two, locally owned produce delivery companies, Pinckney’s Produce and AFRESH!, On-campus Produce Delivery will bring fresh produce right to USC’s Columbia campus. It’s a convenient way for the USC community to purchase locally grown food and to eat healthier!