Objective:  To provide a broad exposure to disability in higher education and specific knowledge of the provision of services to students with disabilities.  

Responsibilities:         

  • Assist with the writing and editing of Disability Services’ semi-annual newsletter and coordinate the printing of the newsletter.           
  • Conduct pre-admission contacts with students, parents, and high school personnel inquiring about support services for students with disabilities.           
  • Meet with current students to discuss accommodations, services, and campus resources.
  • Represent the office at Admissions events and other classroom and campus presentations.
  • Assist with the planning, implementation, and evaluation of programs aimed at increasing disability awareness, including awareness month programming in March.           
  • Assist with the coordination of support services for students with disabilities, i.e. readers, notetakers, and sign language interpreters.          
  • Assist with the Disability Services orientation sessions for various disability groups.         
  • Advise Alliance for Disability Awareness (ADA) and other specific committees as determined by the Director.          
  • Assist in the maintenance of the office’s website.           
  • Assist office staff in maintaining records.          
  • Assist with general office operations.          
  • Perform other duties as assigned.  

Work Load: Twenty hours per week.  Regular office hours are to be posted and maintained.  

Selection:  Initial selections are made from students enrolled in the Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education (SAAHE) program.  The Director of the SAAHE program coordinates assignment of assistantships.  If an assignment is not made through the SAAHE program, the position may be filled by other applicants.  

Supervision:  The Director of Disability Services provides on-going supervision.  

Evaluation/Renewal/Termination: Performance appraisals will be held at the end of each semester. Appointments are normally for only one year but may be extended with the approval of the Director of the SAAHE program.  The appointment may be terminated for failure to perform responsibilities and/or failure to take corrective actions as determined by the Director of Disability Services.  

Stipend/Fee Remission: Graduate assistants receive a tuition waiver and a yearly stipend, paid over 10 months. The amount of the stipend may change from year to year.   Graduate students also receive a remission of the contingent portion of the general fee, remission of the graduate course fee, and an out-of-state fee waiver. Summer assistantships may be available. The stipend for summer assistantships is 15% of base salary (stipend) per summer session.