College Student Affairs Administration, M.Ed.

The College Student Affairs Administration program is a multidisciplinary program composed of classes from several colleges, including several specialized core classes taught by practicing Student Affairs professionals.


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Program Description

The College Student Affairs Administration (CSAA) Program prepares graduates to serve as student affairs professionals equipped with the knowledge, skills and abilities to assist any American college student to succeed and thrive in co-curricular environments. The CSAA Program emphasizes the integration of theoretical precepts and practical experiences via its courses, graduate assistantships and internships. The program underscores the value of collaborative relationships and academic partnerships to foster student retention and success.


Graduate Assistantship

A quality academic program is enhanced by the opportunity for pre-professional work experience. A number of students in the CSAA program have the opportunity for significant and meaningful work responsibilities that will translate directly into powerful resumes.

Various student service areas of the University of West Florida offer several compensated assistantships. Please note that a condition of employment is enrollment and good standing within the College Student Affairs Administration Program or other appropriate UWF masters program.


Department Contact

Dr. Karen Haas
CSAA Coordinator, Visiting Instructor
Department of Educational Research and Administration
Building 70, Room 101
850.474.2390
khaas1@uwf.edu

Catalog Description
Department's Website

Fall 2020 Graduate Assistantship Positions

The graduate assistantship positions that are available for Fall 2020 are listed below. Please click each position to learn more information about the position, including description, eligibility, application information, compensation, and contact information.

Please visit Careers at UWF to view and apply for all of the positions listed below.

Academic Engagement and Student Affairs Marketing Graduate Assistant

This position is open for a graduate student interested in gaining experience in design and marketing within higher education.

View complete position information, including requirements, application information, compensation, and contact information in this PDF: Academic Engagement and Student Affairs Marketing Graduate Assistant 2020

Alumni Relations Graduate Assistant

The Graduate Assistant (GA) for Alumni Relations contributes to the overall mission and functioning of the Alumni Relations Department. The GA will manage the social media platforms for Alumni Relations and Annual Giving. The GA will also play an instrumental role in alumni engagement opportunities. The role serves to support Alumni Relations’ goals of engagement, advocacy and giving among UWF alumni and friends.

View complete position information, including requirements, application information, compensation, and contact information (PDF): Alumni Relations Graduate Assistant 2020

Fraternity and Sorority Life Graduate Assistant

The Graduate Assistantship for Fraternity& Sorority Life will assist in the advisement and operations of the fraternity and sorority community at the University of West Florida.

View complete position information, including requirements, application information, compensation, and contact information (PDF): Fraternity and Sorority Life Graduate Assistant 2020

Graduate Assistant for Advising and Programming

The University of West Florida’s Housing and Residence Life department works to establish an educational living and learning environment for approximately 1,300 students residing in 7 residence halls and apartment complexes.

The Graduate Assistant for Advising and Programming reports to the Residence Life Coordinator (RLC) who advises the Residence Hall Association (RHA) and National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH). This position will serve as the co-advisor for both RHA & NRHH. This position also provides support and oversight within the department for the creation, completion, and assessment of programming efforts and marketing initiatives for Housing & Residence Life.

View complete position information, including requirements, application information, compensation, and contact information (PDF): Graduate Assistant for Advising and Programming 2020

View the learning outcomes for this position (PDF): Housing and Residence Life GA Position Learning Outcomes

Graduate Hall Director

The University of West Florida’s Housing and Residence Life department works to establish an educational living and learning environment for approximately 1,300 students residing in 7 residence halls and apartment complexes.

The Hall Director reports to a Residence Life Coordinator (RLC) and collaborates with their supervisor to shape the environment and experiences of residential students by providing services and programs.

All positions within the Housing & Residence Life department begin with mandatory training in mid-July each year. This is a full-time training which runs through early August. All assistantships require some scheduled night and weekend obligations per semester. These obligations can be associated with major department events, including, but not limited to: move-in weekends and hall closing days. As with any live-in position, staff members are also responsible for handling crises as they occur. These assistantships will average 30 hours per week over the course of the academic year.

View complete position information, including requirements, application information, compensation, and contact information (PDF): Graduate Hall Director 2020

View the learning outcomes for this postion (PDF): Housing and Residence Life GA Position Learning Outcomes

 

 

Job Location and Development Graduate Assistant

The Job Location & Development (JLD) Graduate Assistant works with the Office of Career Development & Community Engagement to locate and develop off-campus experiential learning and job opportunities for UWF students and alumni.

View complete position information, including requirements, application information, compensation, and contact information in this PDF: Job Location and Development Graduate Assistant 2020

Orientation Graduate Assistant

The Orientation Graduate Assistant (GA) will partner in the facilitation of SplashDown - New Student Orientation. They will participate in the training and supervision of the Orientation Leader staff, assist in the execution of orientation programming, conduct assessments of the orientation leaders, and work with the Coordinator of Orientation to assess all programs for future improvement. The GA will be able to demonstrate an understanding and show insight for the purpose of orientation, while also possessing good communication skills and the ability to take initiative and set goals. The GA must be flexible, open to change and new opportunities, and organized. The GA must support the mission, vision, and goals of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the Division of Academic Engagement and Student Affairs at the University of West Florida. The GA must demonstrate effective leadership skills and abilities as they welcome incoming students and their guests, and work closely with the campus community to ensure a successful orientation season.

View complete position information, including requirements, application information, compensation, and contact information in this PDF: Orientation Graduate Assistant 2020

Scholars Program Graduate Assistant

The Graduate Assistant will assist the Assistant Director of Equity and Diversity with the development and coordination of diversity programs and academic support services in partnership with on campus and off campus community members. The Graduate Assistant will advise and empower student leaders, cultivate and sustain relationships with community partners, and coordinate leadership and development opportunities for the Take Stock Collegiate Scholars Program. They will research and assess the needs of low-income, academically qualified college students and help develop a strategic plan to support this specific population in, through, and out of college.

View complete position information, including requirements, application information, compensation, and contact information in this PDF: Scholars Program Graduate Assistant 2020

Student Accessibility Resources Graduate Assistant

This position is open for a graduate student interested in gaining experience with working in a student accessibility resources office within higher education and supporting students with disabilities.

View complete position information, including requirements, application information, compensation, and contact information in this PDF: Student Accessibility Resources Graduate Assistant 2020

Student Leadership and Governance Graduate Assistant

There are two Student Governance Graduate Assistant positions available. The Student Governance Graduate Assistants (GA) will help students in the transition to self-efficacy and leadership in the University of West Florida through Student Government Association involvement. The GAs will directly advise SGA leaders and student committees and will assist in all office initiatives as needed.

View complete position information, including requirements, application information, compensation, and contact information in this PDF: Student Leadership and Governance Graduate Assistant 2020

 

Tutoring and Learning Resources Graduate Assistant

This position is within the Center for Academic Success and is open for a graduate student interested in gaining experience with academic coaching within higher education. 

View complete position information, including requirements, application information, compensation, and contact information in this PDF: Tutoring and Learning Resources Graduate Assistant 2020



Internships

Each student in the program is required to take two internships, each 3 credit hours. Students are expected to identify an appropriate college or university department or program that they have an interest in learning more about through experiential learning. The student must identify an acceptable site supervisor (with the approval of the CSAA advisor or the internship faculty) in that department or program and work with that person to construct the learning outcomes they wish to acquire through the experience. Students are expected to spend up to 150 hours in that area over the semester. In addition to the site work, students also have assignments due to the internship faculty throughout the semester including journaling, other writing prompts, a portfolio of their work and a research paper which covers an aspect of the area they worked. Students are also encouraged to consider internship programs hosted by national organizations such as National Orientation Directors Association and Association of College and University Housing Officers-International.

Some on-campus internship opportunities include:

  • Housing and Residence Life
  • Student Union
  • Greek Affairs
  • Orientation
  • Recreation
  • Athletics
  • Academic Advising
  • Freshmen Seminar
  • Inclusion Programs
  • Career Services

Admission Requirements

The CSAA program offers courses on a cohort model, meaning enroll in classes with the same students throughout their time at UWF. This model enhances peer support, classroom discussions, and learning experiences tailored for students’ specific needs. Students are typically admitted to begin study in the Fall semester, but Spring admission will be considered on a case by case basis. UWF offers a “rolling” admission schedule, but applicants whose materials are submitted by June 1 will be given preference, and those who apply by January will be connected with available graduate assistantship opportunities. Applicants are considered holistically based on the following materials:

  • UWF Graduate School Application (uwf.edu/graduate)
  • Official Transcripts (3.0 GPA or better preferred)
  • GRE or MAT scores
  • Resume demonstrating the applicant’s experience related to the field
  • Statement of Intent discussing the applicant’s motivation and goals
  • Three letters of recommendation

Application Deadlines

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UWF offers a “rolling” admission schedule, but applicants whose materials are submitted by June 1 will be given preference, and those who apply by January will be connected with available graduate assistantship opportunities.


Resources

Download the CSAA Academic Learning Plan
Download the CSAA Curriculum Map


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