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The Opportunities Bulletin Board is the place for graduate student related events, fellowships, job postings, announcements and learning opportunities. We update this page regularly, so check back often!

Contact Emily Rendek at rendek@mailbox.sc.edu with inquiries about posting on the Opportunities Resource Bulletin.

Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships--GA Position

Job Description/Duties for GA

Advise students regarding the University’s Satisfactory Academic Progress standards.  Advise students of the appeal process. Assist with preparing appeals to be reviewed. Analyze student transcripts and other student data. Utilize office database to assist in researching, analyzing and recording data for tracking purposes.  Work closely with the Program Assistant and Program Coordinator. Performs general office duties to include filing, answering phones, data entry and perform other duties as assigned. Must have good communication skills both orally and in writing.

Resumes should be forwarded to FASAP@mailbox.sc.edu.

Graduate Assistantship Position at the Office of the Vice President for Research – Fall 2017 - Spring 2018

The Office of the Vice President for Research supports and promotes the research effort across the university system. The GA for the Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR) will work with the VPR staff to help plan, promote, and implement VPR-sponsored research programs, events, and workshops.

The primary responsibilities for this GA position include:

• Assist with all aspects of planning, promotion, and implementation of Discover USC, a major university-wide event showcasing student research. (GA must be available all day on April 20, 2018.) This event will include a prominent keynote speaker and approximately 1,000 presentations by undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, and medical scholars.

• Assist with the coordination of VPR-sponsored research events, which support programs recognizing outstanding faculty, students, and staff (such as Breakthrough Awards, AAAS Fellows Recognition, Employee Recognition Awards, and others as needed).

• Assist with the coordination of VPR-sponsored meetings and conferences (such as Annual Meeting of the VPR Office, SCRF Meeting, and others as needed).

• Assist with preparation and logistics for SPARC and Grant Basics workshops for graduate students and postdocs.

• Assist with updating routine communications and assist with the office’s social media efforts.

• Assist with the collection of data for university research metrics analysis, such as searches using Web of Science and other databases as needed.

• Help with other research programs and office duties as needed including: answering phones, taking messages, and general correspondence.

This position is a 20-hour per week assistantship and will require occasional evening hours. In this role, the GA will work in a supportive environment and will be provided with opportunities for personal and professional development.

The GA will have a work space, computer, and phone. The position is offered for the period of August 15, 2017 – May 15, 2018. Stipend: $10,000 for academic year ($5,000 Fall semester and $5,000 Spring semester). Tuition Supplement: $2,500 Fall semester and $2,500 Spring semester – will be provided by Office of the Vice President for Research.

If you would like to be considered for this position, please submit a letter of interest and a current resume to Debbie Gipson, Administrative Manager in the Office of the Vice President for Research at deb.gipson@sc.edu

Department of Athletics On Campus Student Employment - Part-Time

Join the South Carolina Athletics Hospitality Team by being a Student Ambassador! SCAH Ambassadors are the front lines of game day hospitality in the premium areas in Williams-Brice Stadium. Ambassador roles provide invaluable customer service experiences and networking opportunities. Available roles include floor captains, suite attendants, locker attendants and greeters. The fundamental responsibility of all ambassadors is to represent South Carolina Athletics Hospitality and the University of South Carolina Athletic Department. Ambassadors must be dedicated and focused on providing the best game day experience for our guests.

https://app.joinhandshake.com/jobs/387911

Students can also contact Morgan Hannell via email at mhannell@mailbox.sc.edu, call 803-777-5637, or fill out this interest form: https://goo.gl/forms/ItSZXZpNLTmxsyVp1

Center for Teaching Excellence Part-time Job Opening: Program Assistant to GTA Training Program Manager

The purpose of this position is to provide administrative and teaching support to the Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) Training Program Manager, Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE). This is a 15-20 hours per week, $15/hr. temporary-hire position for Fall 2017. No tuition assistance or benefits will be provided. Expected start date is Sept. 15, 2017.

The GTA Program Assistant will:

1. Assist in managing GRAD 701 Blackboard course, including development of GRAD 701 course online resources, grading of student assignments, and maintaining a database of graduate TA participation in events.

2. Execute a variety of administrative, clerical, technical, and service functions to assist with managing the TA Training Program.

3. Provide research assistance to GTA Program Manager on teaching pedagogy and best practices and instructional services as projects warrant.

4. Assist with development of instructional materials, videos, and resources.

5. Handle other duties as assigned by the GTA Training Program Manager or CTE Director.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or enrollment in a Master’s degree program at USC.
  • Minimum of one semester teaching or instructional assistant (TA/IA) experience or equivalency.
  • Completion of GRAD 701 Teaching Assistant Development course (or departmental equivalent).
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. Proficiency in MS Word, MS Excel, and Blackboard.
  • The ability to take direction, initiate action, and work as a team member.
  • Ability to effectively organize work activities and prioritize task completion according to schedules and goals.
  • The individual must be able to exercise excellent professional judgment and discretion. 

Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s degree, and coursework or demonstrated interest, in higher education pedagogy, instructional technology, or a related field.

To apply, please submit via email by 5 p.m. Friday, September 1st, 2017, the following information:

1. Letter of Interest

2. Résumé or Curriculum Vitae

3. Names and contact information for two references

Questions or Contact information: Dr. Michelle L. Hardee, Program Manager, Center for Teaching Excellence, University of South Carolina, (803) 777-1975 or 8322, hardeem@mailbox.sc.edu

Graduate Instructional Assistant (GIA) appointments available in College of Nursing for Non-Nursing Students

Time commitment: 10-20 hours/week, varies by faculty member.  Some individual hours are set based on the faculty member’s teaching schedule.  Rest of weekly hours are flexible based on the GIA’s schedule.  Period of employment matches the academic calendar.  GIA will need to be available through the end of each semester’s exam period.

Duties:  Assisting with Adobe Connect broadcast to distance campuses during class time, proctoring exams, editing and copying exams, grade entry, general assistance with Blackboard course set-up and maintenance, tracking of student attendance and grades.  Other administrative or academic support duties as assigned.  May occasionally provide some research support such as database searches to find needed articles, and development of annotated bibliographies.

Required Training:  Must have already attended or be able to complete the required TA/IA workshops hosted by the Center for Teaching Excellence and register for GRAD 701, a seminar course on TA development.  These are one-time required trainings for any sort of assistantship position.  http://www.sc.edu/cte/TA_Orientation_Registration_Fall.php

This position will qualify an out-of-state student for in-state tuition rates.  Appointments do not include a tuition supplement.

Interested graduate students should send a copy of their CV and some available times for interviews to: Susan Beverung, Assistant Dean at Beverung@mailbox.sc.edu

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: http://provost.vt.edu/faculty_affairs/faculty_recruitment/future_faculty.html

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

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

APPLY HERE

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

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 housing.dailygamecock.com. (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: saocss@mailbox.sc.edu

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! 

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