STUDENT ASSISTANTSHIP POSITIONS + OPPORTUNITIES


OVERVIEW

The UVA School of Architecture provides its students with opportunities to apply for paid assistantships at the school within specific categories. 

 

There are three types of positions available: course assistance, research assistance, and staff assistance positions available for undergraduate, graduate, and PhD students:

— STUDENT INSTRUCTOR ASSISTANTSHIPS (SIAs) for undergraduate, graduate, and PhD* students

— STUDENT RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIPS (SRAs) for undergraduate, graduate, and PhD* students

— STUDENT STAFF ASSISTANTSHIPS (SSAs) for undergraduate and graduate students

 

There are two types of teaching assistance and research assistance positions available for PhD students only:

— GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANTS (GTAs) for PhD students

— GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANTS (GRAs) for PhD students

* PhD students are advised not to exceed their GTA/GRA requirement; only in exceptional cases when the scope and type of work aligns with the PhD student’s research and teaching foci, PhD students may apply for additional SIA/SRA positions. Please refer to the approval process described in full in the PhD Student Handbook. After the first three years and contingent on a successful prospectus defense, PhD candidates will have greater flexibility to pursue SIA/SRA opportunities following the typical approval process. (See more on PhD GTA and GRA Positions below.)

 

This webpage provides detailed information about each position type, eligibility, scope of work, expectations of student hires and hiring managers, pay rates, and more, for both students interested in applying for these positions and faculty/staff seeking to hire student assistants. Useful forms and application materials are also shared on this page.


FOR STUDENTS: CURRENT OPENINGS 

OPEN APPLICATIONS FOR SPRING 2024 POSITIONS


FOR STUDENTS + HIRING MANAGERS: IMPORTANT POLICY DOCUMENTS, GUIDELINES, AND REQUIREMENTS

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GUIDELINES FOR MANAGERS OF FEDERAL WORK-STUDY EMPLOYEES

SIA TEACHING METHODS WORKSHOP REQUIREMENT
All SIAs who are hired in a Student Instructor Assistantship administered through the School of Architecture will be required to participate in a Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) teaching methods workshop for SIAs. 

The CTE “Teaching as a Graduate Student” (TAGS), open to undergraduate, graduate and PhD School of Architecture SIAs, is broken into 2 parts – an online, asynchronous, on-demand, self-paced set of preparatory modules, which are required and an in-person or synchronous meeting (dates on a per-semeseter basis) which is highly recommended.

Please read the full description on the TAGs website


The information below provides both students and hiring managers with important information about the School of Architecture's Student Assistantships and related processes for hiring and employment. 


The following categories reflect a range from “standard” to “advanced” types and scope of work, skill sets, expertise, knowledge, experience, and specialization:

Standard Scope of Work – SIAs

  • Administrative support (i.e. course material prep, class room organization, schedule management, etc.)

  • Orientations, workshops, tutorial instruction (i.e. presenting and leading supplement sessions prepared by the instructor, etc.)

  • Instructional activity (i.e. desk critiques, feedback on writing exercises and research projects, etc.)   

Standard Scope of Work – SRAs and SSAs

  • Administrative support (i.e. presentation material prep, file and/or data organization and management, event planning or organization, etc.)

  • Orientations, tours, workshops, presentations (i.e. presenting and leading sessions in coordination with faculty or staff manager, etc.)

  • Research-based activity (i.e. research-specific tasks monitored and led by faculty or staff manager and in coordination with research or staff team, etc.)

Advanced Scope of Work – SIAs

  • In addition to fulfilling the scope of work outlined above in “Standard Scope of Work,” this category includes the responsibility of evaluating and grading student performance and outcomes.

Advanced Scope of Work – SRAs and SSAs

  • In addition to fulfilling the scope of work outlined above in “Standard Scope of Work,” this category includes the responsibility of evaluating and assessing research outcomes individually and/or leading a research or project team (i.e. coordinating the work of others), and/or using advanced skillsets to accomplish position responsibilities.


A position's scope of work determines, in part, its associated pay range (see information about Student Assistantship Wages below).


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