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Update on Graduate Assistant Applications

Thank you for your interest in a graduate assistant position for the Division of Student Development at the University of Dayton. Due to uncertain times as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not accepting any new applications for graduate assistant positions. 

For written offers of assistantships made to incoming graduate students earlier in the year, and where students have accepted the offers in writing, those agreements will be honored.

Candidates who applied for a graduate assistantship will receive a response from the chairs of the GA Recruitment and Selection Committee regarding their status in the recruitment and selection process.

Conditions for Eligibility

Academic Standing

Candidates must be enrolled as full-time students in a degree-seeking program to be employed as a graduate assistant. Please note that graduate students in any academic program (communication, engineering, etc.) may apply for a Student Development assistantship.

Graduate assistants are expected to balance their academic workload with the requirements of the assistantship. Failure to remain in good academic standing will result in employment termination. 

Candidates may apply for an assistantship even if they have not been accepted into an academic program at the time of application. The application process outlined here is NOT linked with the application process and/or academic entry to graduate/professional education at the University of Dayton. Please submit any needed application materials to the academic program(s) of your choice, according to those separate guidelines, while pursuing the graduate assistantship. An official offer of a graduate assistantship for 2020-2021 is contingent upon the candidate’s acceptance into an academic program.

Additional Qualifications

Each assistantship is twenty (20) hours of work per week with some additional evenings and weekend hours required. Candidates must be in good disciplinary standing in order to be employed as a graduate assistant. Additionally, candidates must possess excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills in order to be considered for an assistantship.

Financial Aid

Being employed as a graduate assistant may affect a candidate’s financial aid status. Candidates are responsible for inquiring with financial aid to determine the degree to which the compensation package will impact their financial situation before acceptance of the assistantship.

Commitment to Inclusive Excellence

As a Catholic and Marianist institution, the University of Dayton embraces diversity as a gift of God’s creation and is committed to honoring the intrinsic value and dignity of all people, including an individual's race, religion, socio-economic status, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin, (dis)ability, ideology, and other expressions of human difference. We commit ourselves to eliminate discriminatory or hateful words and actions, pursuing equity, and becoming known as a fully inclusive and welcoming environment for learning, discovery, and community engagement.  

Selection Timeline

1. Complete the Application

Complete the online graduate assistant application by February 10, 2020. Don't forget to submit your resume, cover letter and Essay answers (prompt is included in the application). 

It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure all materials are submitted by the deadline for a thorough review. Late or incomplete submissions may not be considered.

2. Interviews

Upon review of the applications, selected candidates will be notified of an invitation to attend the Student Development Interview Weekend, February 16-17, 2020, at the University of Dayton.

The Candidate Meet and Greet provides an opportunity for candidates to meet members of the Student Development staff and other campus partners and to become acquainted with other candidates participating in the selection process. Attendance at the Meet and Greet is not required; however, it is strongly encouraged that candidates attend.

On the Campus Interview Day, candidates interview with Student Development staff and campus partners, learn more information about assistantships offered and tour the University of Dayton campus. Candidates are responsible for their own lodging and transportation for this experience, yet breakfast and lunch will be provided on the Campus Interview Day. Participation in this event is not mandatory to receive a graduate assistantship offer.

3. Offers

Offer letters for employment and alternates will be emailed early March 2020. Additional information about alternate status will be shared with candidates who advance to the campus interview stage. Candidates must accept or deny an offer of employment/alternate status by April 15, 2020.


Get in touch with the Graduate Assistant recruitment and selection chairs by emailing


Vice President of Student Development

Gosiger Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0951