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Graduate Teaching Assistant: Writing Coach

The Graduate College is hiring two Graduate Teaching Assistants (GAs) to support the student success programs available through the Graduate Student Success Center (GSSC). The GSSC is a unique, innovative and student-driven program designed to provide graduate students with the skills, tools, and support they need to be successful, including help with writing, research, presentations, and overall health and well-being. The Graduate College Graduate Assistants will work in conjunction with the Graduate Student Success Coordinator to staff and maintain existing programs and assist in developing new initiatives and programs to serve Boise State’s graduate students.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Participate in Bronco Finish Line by providing coaching sessions to individual students, assist in improving writing skills/techniques, help students to understand the writing process, and to develop language and concepts
  • Develop and deliver workshops for the GSSC’s GradWrite program and breakout sessions, as well as requested workshops tailored to individual departments or programs
  • Administer and moderate weekly online help sessions as part of the GSSC’s GradWrite With Me online programs through Canvas
    Develop and produce weekly correspondence within the GSSC programs. These include writing tips, articles, and blog posts for the GSSC website and Canvas, focusing on specific university groups and programs
  • Develop and deliver original workshops as part of the GSSC’s GradSkills/GradPrep program and work with faculty to facilitate workshops for graduate coursework as needed
  • Administer and moderate writing groups through the GSSC’s programs, providing outreach/recruitment efforts, facilitating group sessions, and providing student feedback
  • Provide customer service and specialized information regarding policies and procedure and form requirements
  • Provide general information regarding GSSC programs to students via phone, e-mail, and face to face, including by appointment and drop-in
  • Perform other assigned duties

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Strong writing skills and experience writing at the graduate level
  • Strong interpersonal communications skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Experience with research, research writing, and the use of a variety of sources
  • Experience with different writing and reference styles
  • Entering and retrieving data using a computerized records system

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with teaching/tutoring and working with students individually and in groups
  • Knowledge of composition/writing theories and best learning practices
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to manage a changing workload based on peak service times
  • Experience reviewing documents for accuracy and completeness
  • Experience with Microsoft Word and LATEX


  • Full position (20 hours per week) – Salary of $15,000 paid bi-weekly starting August 16th, 2021 and ending May 6, 2022, payment of Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 standard tuition (including a waiver of non-resident tuition if applicable, does not include payment of alternative fees) and full coverage on the GA Group health insurance plan.

To Apply:

Electronically submit cover letter and resume by to: Wayne Cochrane, Graduate Student Success Coordinator at Students can also submit application and materials through Handshake.

To be eligible for a graduate teaching assistant position, students must be admitted to a graduate degree program and enrolled in a minimum of 5 credits per semester. Tuition benefit does not apply to alternative fee or self support programs.

For further information about the position, contact Wayne Cochrane via email at or by phone at (208) 426-3604.