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Graduate Assistantships

Ball State’s Greek community is a community on the move. Our Greek Strategic Plan calls for a more vibrant and stronger community that provides members an unmatched social, academic, and leadership experience. When you choose to complete your assistantship in Greek life, you directly advise students and organizations thereby impacting the future of this community. You receive guidance and support from student affairs professionals committed to providing a positive graduate assistantship experience.

There are two types of graduate assistants: Greek Council Graduate Advisor and Live-In graduate advisor. Both provide opportunities to gain applicable professional skills and defray tuition costs.

Greek Council Graduate Advisor

Greek Council advisors directly advise and oversee the operations and activities of the Interfraternity Council (IFC), Multicultural Greek Council (MGC), National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) or Panhellenic Council (PHC). The part time, 10-month position begins with a week of training prior to the first day of classes in the fall semester and concludes with the last day of finals in the spring semester.

Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for advising one Greek council (Panhellenic, Multicultural, Interfraternity or National Pan-Hellenic) along with flexibility to assist with other aspects of the Greek community.
  • Hold and conduct consistent office hours in the Office of Student Life.
  • Serve on call 2-3 weeks throughout the semester.
  • Assist with the development and implementation of Greek programs and initiatives.
  • Assist with general Office of Student Life duties and responsibilities.
  • Educate members on and ensure adherence to all National, local and university policies.
  • Serve as a liaison between the university, Greek council and fraternity and sorority members.

The specific responsibilities vary each year but you are guaranteed to work on a variety of projects with many different students and staff members.

Live-in Graduate Advisor

One live-in graduate advisor oversees and advises the operations and activities of a fraternity chapter at Ball State University. This graduate assistant is required to live in the Theta Chi facility and work closely with the chapter leadership and alumni. The part time, 10-month position begins with a week of training prior to the first day of classes in the fall semester and concludes with the last day of finals in the spring semester.

 Responsibilities

  • Responsible for one aspect of Greek Affairs (i.e. leadership development, scholarship) along with flexibility to assist with other aspects of the Greek community.
  • Live in the chapter facility.
  • Serve on call 2-3 weeks throughout the semester.
  • Over see facilities management.
  • Hold and conduct consistent office hours in the Office of Student Life and at chapter house.
  • Assist with implementation of encumbrance policy when necessary.
  • Assist with educational programming.
  • Assist chapter leadership with internal chapter operations.
  • Communicate regularly with the housing corporation and chapter alumni/alumnae
  • Educate members on and ensure adherence to all National, local and university policies.
  • Serve as a liaison between the university, advisory board, Housing Corporation, local chapter and national organization.

The specific responsibilities vary each year but you are guaranteed to work on a variety of projects with many different students and staff members.

What are the qualifications for a Greek life assistantship?

Minimum Requirements:

  • Demonstrated involvement in a student or volunteer organization
  • Strong interest in mentoring, developing, and supervising students
  • Strong ability to work as part of a team and autonomously
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to build relationships
  • Willingness to work evening and weekend hours
  • Excellent decision-making and time management skills
  • Strong confrontation skills
  • Demonstrated leadership experience within a student organization
  • Demonstrated facilitation or event planning experience
  • Demonstrated understanding of and effectively working with fraternities and sororities

Preferred Requirements:

  • Experience with chapter and/or council leadership positions
  • Knowledge of NIC, NPHC, NPC and MGC umbrella organizations and FIPG

Compensation Package

As a Greek life graduate assistant you work approximately 20 hours per week. You are expected to fulfill all responsibilities on a weekly basis so some weeks may require more hours to fulfill duties.

In exchange, graduate assistants enjoy many perks including tuition remission worth up to $7508 for in state students and $20,960 for out of state students (these figures are based on estimates for 2011-2012 tuition costs). Graduate assistants are expected to pay dedicated fees.

The graduate assistant receives a stipend worth $6,472 (this figure is based on the 2009-2010 stipend), a 10% discount on books and 20% discount on other purchases from the Ball State Bookstore and a discounted rate on a two bedroom apartment in Scheidler apartment complex.

Live-in graduate advisors are also provided an apartment or private room in the chapter facility with utilities paid worth $5,500.

That’s a total package for Greek Council Graduate Advisors worth $13,980 for in state students and $27,432 for out of state students. The package for Live-in advisors is worth $19,480 for in state students and $32,932 for out of state students.

How to Apply

Greek graduate assistantships are open to students in all masters and doctoral programs although preference is given to students in the Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education program. Students applying for admission into the student affairs program can interview for these positions on Interview/Visit day. Interviews for students not in this program will be arranged on an individual basis. Up to 6 Graduate Assistant positions are available each year.

Interested students need to apply to the Graduate School and their specific academic department first. Next, send a resume, cover letter and the names and contact information for three references to Greek Life or mail them to Ball State University, Student Center Room 133, Muncie, IN 47306.

Interested? Apply Today!