Opening for Graduate Assistantship Positions

Graduate students that meet the minimum requirements and are interested in applying for a graduate assistantship should follow the proper steps to completing an application:

  1. Contact your academic department for any openings
  2. View published openings of graduate assistantships listed below and contact the office directly if interested

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Courtney Noland, Coordinator of Domestic Graduate Recruitment at 270-809-5304.

Current Openings

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Career Services

Career Services Graduate Assistant

Murray State University Career Services promotes the career and professional development of current students and alumni through career counseling, presentations, workshops and web‐based resources. Career Services also facilitates connections between campus units, employers and students through recruiting events, on‐campus interviews and job boards to support internship, part‐time and full‐time job attainment.

The Career Services Graduate Assistant plays a key role in helping the Career Services staff accomplish our mission. Once trained, the GA will collaborate with the Employer Relations Coordinator to plan recruiting events, manage the career management system (Racer Tracks) and communicate with potential and current employers through calls, emails and site visits. The GA will also provide individual and on‐line career coaching and outreach presentations to students on a variety of topics including resume/cover letter writing, interview skills, and job search and networking strategies.

The GA will be supervised by the Employer Relations Coordinator, but will collaborate with the entire staff. In‐person and e‐mail contact is expected on a regular and frequent basis, and the GA is expected to hold regular office hours and check e‐mail frequently. This position is a 20 hour appointment that includes a monthly salary over the contract period and will be determined based on experience and qualifications.

Job Responsibilities:
Employer Relations

  • Assist with the planning, marketing and implementation of all recruiting events and workshops:
    • Communicate with potential, past and current organizations via phone, email and in person
    • Follow‐up with employers who attended events and encourage future participation
    • Organize confirmation and event packets
    • STEM Career Fair, All Majors Career Fair and Teacher Fair (at this time)
  • Manage job and internship submissions to Racer Tracks (online career management system)

Career Coaching

  • Provide individual career coaching through walk‐ins and appointments to students in all majors
  • Coordinate and conduct mock interviews with students in all majors
  • Design and present workshops to residence halls and student groups on various career related topics
  • Review resumes submitted via email
  • Contribute to social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, LinkedIn etc) announcements
  • Other duties relevant to Career Services
  • Attend weekly planning meetings

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and enrolled in/progressing successfully through a graduate program at Murray State
  • High level of self motivation, professionalism and ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to work effectively individually and in a group
  • Customer service oriented, comfortable working with diverse audience
  • Excellent verbal (one‐on‐one and presentations) and written (professional) communication skills
  • Mastery of the English language (speaking, grammar and business writing)
  • High organization skills and attention to detail, able to move effectively from one task to another
  • Computer skills including proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint as well as social media
  • Innovative and creative planning skills

The successful candidate will bring his/her willingness to learn and contribute to our team, should possess a sense of humor and a sincere desire to serve our students and the surrounding community. The successful candidate should demonstrate flexibility and energy and be able to think quickly on his/her feet. 

To apply, email your resume, cover letter and list of references to Katie Mantooth at Feel free to email any questions to Katie as well. Please familiarize yourself with our services and resources:

Kentucky Academy of Technology Education

Kentucky Academy of Technology Education
College of Education and Human Services
Murray State University

Date: Beginning August 2015

Project Summary: Work with the Kentucky Academy of Technology Education (KATE) to promote technology in education and the services KATE provides through blog, newsletter, website, and other mediums. Assist in the development of marketing materials and organization of social media sites that help KATE reach educators in Kentucky schools.

Preferred Knowledge/Skill-set: Student should have strong written communication skills. Familiarity with technology tools and trends in education is preferred. Be prepared to share writing samples. Applicants must meet the requirements outlined in the Graduate Assistantship Guidelines.

Contact: Please send resumes or letters of interest to Ginny Kelley at

Position: Maker Movement in Education/Robotics

Date: Beginning Fall 2015

Project Summary: Work with the Kentucky Academy of Technology Education to promote the Maker Movement in education to Kentucky PK-12 schools; Research innovative Making in schools and assess best practices; Develop guides and projects to help teachers bring Maker ideas into their schools; Research education technology grants.

Preferred Knowledge/Skill-set:

  • > Strong background/interest in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)
  • > Interest in arts/crafts/design
  • > Experience with computer programming
  • > Experience with electronics/robotics
  • > Passion for building/making/designing/problem-solving
  • > Creativity

Contact: Please send resumes or letters of interest to Ginny Kelley at

Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE)

Reports to: OIE Administrative Assistant (Other supervisor may be assigned at time of hire)

Job summary

Students employed in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness will be responsible for assisting with the operations in the unit areas of institutional assessment, effectiveness, and research. Primary responsibilities include data entry, assisting with the organization of office files and documents, preparation of workshop and training materials, and support in the collection or analysis of data for university-wide projects. Clerical and other duties may assigned as necessary. Students may also work as part of a graduate assistantship (GA) during spring, summer, or fall semesters.


Office Workers must:

  • possess memory for verbal and written directions,
  • show strong attention to detail,
  • be able to work independently and accurately,
  • have knowledge of word processing and spreadsheets (Microsoft Office software),
  • have experience typing and using computers in an office environment,
  • display excellent communication and interpersonal skills,
  • be able to multi-task and quickly adjust to changing environments,

Coursework in research methods, experience in data analysis, and knowledge of Microsoft Access preferred.

Abilities required

Normal for office environment
Lifting or moving items may be occasionally required


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.


If interested in applying for a graduate assistantship, please email an application letter addressing the above qualifications and skills, along with a copy of your vita and resume to

University Libraries - Special Collections

Work Location: Pogue Library and Wrather Museum

Job Descriptions: The Special Collections Graduate Assistant will participate in the operation of the unit, this will include providing reference service to the Murray State University community and visitors to our campus. It could also include organizing collections for access, planning and creating exhibits, and other tasks as required.

Work Load: The Graduate Assistant works 20 hours per week, during times Pogue Library and Wrather Museum are open. The work schedule is based on the Graduate Assistant’s schedule and on the scheduling needs of the unit. On rare occasions, this work schedule may include evening or weekend hours.

Supervision: The Graduate Assistant works under the general supervision of the Special Collections and Exhibits Librarian and the Library Assistant III. The Library Assistant III writes the schedule and manages the day to day functions of the building, while the Special Collections and Exhibits Librarian assigns work and special projects.

Potential Candidates: While these positions have typically been filled from students in the departments of history, education, journalism, and English, students from all disciplines will be considered.

Qualifications: Students must meet the qualifications in the Graduate Assistantship Guidelines (para. 3) set forth by Murray State University.

To Apply: Interested applicants should email a resume, a one page statement (outlining their qualifications, area of study, and suitability for the position) and a letter of recommendation from a professor in their program (the letter can be emailed directly to me from your advisor) as attachments to Rebecca Richardson, Interim Director of Pogue Library, at Applications are due by Friday, June 19, 2015.

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