Graduate Assistantships

The Department of Educational Administration offers a number of graduate assistantships to full-time graduate students. The assistantship experience deepens students’ learning by providing opportunities to collaborate closely with faculty members on research, course planning/delivery, special projects, and other initiatives.

The Department of Educational Administration anticipates openings for Graduate Assistants (GA) for the 2021-22 academic year. Assistantships require 19.6 hours of work per week. Graduate assistants receive a stipend, tuition remission for 12 credit hours in the fall and spring semesters and 6 credit hours in summer sessions, and the university provides 79% of single health care. Please see the information below if you are interested in applying for an assistantship.

The Graduate Assistant (GA) will work under the supervision of one or more faculty members in the Department of Educational Administration on a variety of research, teaching, and/or administrative tasks. Research tasks and activities relevant to the research process- may include but are not limited to research design (e.g. providing feedback on research ideas, preparation and management of institutional review board applications, etc.), data collection (e.g. administering a survey, conducting interviews, etc.), data analysis (e.g. qualitative transcription and coding, statistical analysis of student survey findings, etc.), and reporting findings in written and/or oral format (e.g. preparing ppt. presentation). Teaching tasks make include managing online discussions, assisting with preparing course materials, grading support and/or communicating with students. Administrative duties to be performed may include assisting with file, data, or office management activities and/or serving as a representative of the department for prospective students and other stakeholders (e.g. speaking to prospective students).

A Graduate Assistant (GA) appointment may be awarded to a student in good standing in a graduate degree program at UNL. The benefits of working as a GA are many as it is an opportunity for students to strengthen their research skills and work hands-on with a variety of projects they might not otherwise be exposed to. In working closely with a faculty member on research, teaching, and/or other administrative activities, GA s often have the opportunity to gain valuable research and professional experience, present at conferences, and/or publish research findings. GAs are awarded on a competitive basis to qualified students.

In addition to the professional development benefits afforded to GAs, additional benefits include tuition remission of up to 12 hours per semester, monthly stipend, and individual student health insurance at a reduced cost to the student.

  • Must be admitted to a graduate program at UNL
  • Must live within commuting distance to campus
  • Available to meet regularly with supervisor on campus
  • Able to work 19.6 hours per week
  • Must be enrolled for credit (during time of appointment) in a graduate program at UNL for fall and spring semesters
  • Strong interpersonal skills to effectively communicate and work with diverse individuals, including students, faculty, staff, and community members.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with minimal supervision and complete work in a timely manner in the face of fluctuating workloads and competing priorities.
  • Responsive to work requests and available for correspondence via phone, e-mail, and in-person meetings.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively organize and manage documents and files in both online and paper forms.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in using Microsoft Office Suite (i.e., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
  • Demonstrated analytic and critical thinking skills.
  • Providing instructional/teaching support in online, in-person, and/or hybrid classroom settings.
  • Supporting complex research projects with different administrative and research elements.
  • Elements of qualitative and/or quantitative research design
  • Developing capacity for conducting qualitative and/or quantitative research.
  • Critically reviewing academic literature and report on its relevance and applicability for developing research design.
  • Statistical computing software (e.g. SPSS) and/or qualitative coding software (e.g. NVIVO) preferred.
Submission Instructions:

Application materials should include the following:

  • Cover letter addressing how a GA position will contribute to your academic and professional interests, career goals, and describe your qualifications for this position (no more than two pages)
  • CV or resume
  • Names and contact information for two references

Please submit your application materials no later than 5pm Central Time, January 15, 2021 to Ms. Cindy DeRyke, Graduate Secretary for EDAD, at cderyke1@unl.edu.



Student Fellowships

Fellowships are awards designed to assist students in paying for graduate study. Our students benefit from generous support provided by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the Office of Graduate Studies, and a number of donors. These competitive awards include:

Graduate Studies Fellowships

The UNL Office of Graduate Studies offers fellowships to any UNL graduate student. Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis in recognition of a student's demonstrated scholarship, scholastic and creative promise, and/or financial need. There is no service or work requirement associated with fellowship awards. A student holding a fellowship or a traineeship must be a full-time student during the period of appointment.

For New Students

Students newly admitted to UNL graduate degree programs may be eligible for these fellowships.

Students are automatically considered for these fellowships, which utilize the regular program application to determine eligibility.

Othmer Fellowships

Newly admitted students may be eligible for an Othmer Fellowship, which are awarded to exceptional scholars who are seeking a terminal degree (i.e. Ph.D, Ed.D., etc.)

EDAD Fellowships

Prospective, newly admitted, or currently enrolled graduate students are encouraged to apply for competitive fellowship awards provided by generous contributions from friends, family, and alumni of the Department of Educational Administration. Each fellowship lists the eligibility requirements and focus of the award. Submission deadline is April 20, 2021. Awards will be announced via US Mail no sooner than May 15, 2021. The following requirements apply:

Criteria: Available to students working on some aspect of school management for a student scholarship.

About the Donor: David W. Hutcheson is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) for Associated Anesthesiologists, PC. David is a native of Lincoln, Nebraska. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in May of 2009 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. He completed his anesthetist training at the Bryan College of Health Sciences School of Nurse Anesthesia in May of 2019 and has been with Associated Anesthesiologists, P.C. since June 2019.

Criteria: One or more scholarships or fellowships to regularly enrolled EDAD undergraduate or graduate students.

Criteria: One or more fellowships for regularly enrolled full or part-time graduate students in EDAD , 3.0 or above GPA, desire to pursue a career in EDAD following graduation, preference to candidates who are currently employed or have expressed the desire to become principals or public K-12 administrators.

Criteria: One or more fellowships to regularly enrolled EDAD graduate students, 3.0 or above GPA, pursuing any graduate degree in EDAD.

Requirements: One or more graduate fellowships to regularly enrolled graduate students in CEHS in education-related area - preference to EDAD, 3.0 or above GPA, financial need preferred.

About the Donor: Born in 1922 in Ericson, NE, George Ivan Slone attended Nebraska Wesleyan and, at age 20, left Wesleyan and enlisted in the Army. He was assigned to the 66th Infantry Division, serving in France and received two Combat Infantry medals and the Bronze Star. Following WW II, he returned to Lincoln, completing a Bachelors and Master's Degree in Education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. After graduation, he taught and coached at several High Schools before becoming a public-school superintendent for the remainder of his career at schools around Nebraska. He loved his Huskers

Criteria: One or more fellowships to regularly enrolled EDAD graduate students.

Criteria: One or more fellowships to regularly enrolled EDAD graduate students, preference to those employed by Millard Public Schools in Omaha, NE.

About the Donor: John was a lifelong learner and teacher who began his career in education in the Crete Public Schools following graduation from Doane College in 1963. He began his career in Millard in 1967 as assistant principal at the then-Millard Junior-Senior High School and two years later, he became principal. He earned his EdD in Educational Administration from the University of Nebraska in 1974. By 1980, the district had two high schools; a new one had been built and the two buildings were named Millard North and Millard South. Lammel retired from the district in 1993 and moved to Washington, D.C., to work with the National Association of Secondary Principals. He was the director of high school services until 2000. After leaving the Washington job and returning to Omaha, John Lammel was a senior lecturer in educational administration at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Criteria: One or more fellowships to full- or part-time EDAD graduate students.

Criteria: One of more fellowships to full- or part-time EDAD graduate students, including summer sessions. Preference to current educators in the School Leadership program. Alternates annually with TLTE.

Criteria: One or more fellowships to full- or part-time EDAD graduate students. Prefence to candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to innovation in education.

About the Donor: Born in Omaha, Kris dedicated her whole life to education in both the classroom and as an administrator. Her main priority in education was to put children first. She worked at the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency for over a decade.

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