Graduate Assistantship Program 2013-2014
The graduate assistant program in the full-time UST MBA is designed to give 2nd year students a chance to learn and practice in their field of interest as well as to assist core and other faculty members with UST MBA and other professional projects. The students selected as graduate assistants will be in good academic standing (cumulative GPA above 3.0), show a strong commitment to the full-time UST MBA program, and be able to serve as role models for incoming first year students.
Advantages for students include:
- experience developing peers by acting as a teaching assistant in the MBA core course (in the case of first year courses); this may involve grading, tutoring, and holding help sessions among other activities
- experience working on consulting and research projects in the field of interest
- a closer work relationship with a faculty member
- potential mentoring by the faculty member
Ten assistantships are available for 2013-2014, and are valued at $4800 per academic year for a commitment of 10 hours per week. In addition, there are additional positions with non-core faculty. Specific details for those positions are outlined below.
Email the application which was sent to you in my email on March 7, your resume, and for each GA position in which you are interested, a separate short (1 page or less) statement of interest to Kay Wimer (firstname.lastname@example.org) by April 5, 2013. No late applications will be considered. Please feel free to discuss positions with faculty. Also, to optimize your chance of becoming a Graduate Assistant, you are encouraged to apply for more than one position.
List of Positions:
Core Course Graduate Assistantships:
Applied Business Research Professor Sailors
Applied Business Research Professor Sailors
Financial Accounting Professor Matson
Managerial Accounting Professor Terence Pitre
Economics Professor Combs
Finance Professor Beckmann
Marketing Professor Malshe
Organizational Behavior Professor Rothausen-Vange
Operations Management Professor Mallick
Statistics Professor Sanders
Center for Ethical Business Cultures David Rodbourne
Center for Nonprofit Management Ann Johnson
Health Policy and Politics Senator David Durenberger
Finance Department Professor Michael Sullivan
Norris Institute Michael Moore
Veritas Institute Naomi Sack
Requirements and Expectations:
Core Course Graduate Assistants:
Graduate assistants are expected to act as positive role models for incoming full-time UST MBA first year students. As such, a graduate assistant is expected to be a strong UST MBA community member, committed to the vision and mission of the full-time UST MBA.
- Graduate assistantships are funded for the entire academic year at ten hours per week. Some weeks you may work more than ten hours, some weeks you may not work at all. Your schedule will be flexible depending upon faculty needs and your other academic commitments.
- Graduate assistant duties are as follows:
- Assist faculty with class preparation, classroom management, class materials, and other course-related responsibilities as assigned
- Act as course tutor and hold regular weekly tutoring hours during course semester
- Act as proctor for course make-up exams
- May assist faculty members with research in areas of special interest and other duties as agreed upon
A Core Class GA’s first and most important priority is to serve the needs, and the students, of the core course to which they are assigned. Graduate Assistants in core courses that are heavily quantitative should expect to spend a significant amount of time tutoring first year students.
Additional Position Descriptions:
- Center for Ethical Business Cultures – Mr. David Rodbourne
Founded in 1978, the Center for Ethical Business Cultures (CEBC) is an independent nonprofit 501(c)3 organization within the University of St. Thomas’ Opus College of Business. Serving at the intersection between thought and practice leadership, the Center provides public programs; engages in research; builds and delivers governance and leadership development programs and services; and brings together leading academic and business practitioners in the field of ethics.
CEBC is currently seeking candidates for an graduate assistant position that reports to the Center’s Vice President. The graduate assistant will be responsible for producing brief written profiles of how recipients of the Minnesota Business Ethics Awards (MBEA) create and sustain an ethical business culture. The MBEA annually recognizes a large, medium and small business for its achievements in creating an ethical culture. Profiles will be based both on written materials submitted to the Awards but more importantly on interviews to be conducted by the graduate assistant with the business leaders from each firm. At the discretion of CEBC, other firms might be selected for profiles.
The qualified candidate will have: excellent communication skills; strong research, writing, and analytical skills; the ability to work independently to meet deadlines and goals; and, strong organizational and project management skills.
This position is for 10 hours per week, $15/hour. Current GA: Joseph Grodahl Biever.
- Center for Nonprofit Management – Ann Johnson
- Combine your skills in research, analysis and entrepreneurship to work with the Center Director and Senior Fellow in a highly spirited, purposeful and dynamic Center environment. Work is comprised of specific case study and survey development focused in the burgeoning field of social entrepreneurship and intrapraneurship.
- Through the assistantship during fall and winter semesters, you will have opportunity to engage with and learn from faculty and field changemakers about the business and evolution of social change models in Minnesota and throughout the country.
The Center acts as a catalyst and connector to support students, practitioners, and faculty to research, innovate and deliver academic and nonacademic programs and resources.
10 hours per week, $15 hour
Current GA: Yue Feng
- Health, Policy and Politics Research Associate – Senator David Durenberger
Dave Durenberger served three terms in the United States Senate and earned a reputation as a national health policy reform expert. Since his retirement in 1995 he has been a Senior Health Policy Fellow teaching at the Opus College of Business and created its National Institute of Health Policy. He is involved in national policy committees and commissions, is a sought after speaker on the subject, and publishes a popular national commentary on public policy, politics, and health care.
He seeks to add dimension to his education and communications efforts at the University by securing the part-time assistance of a graduate level student with an interest in public policy with experience or interest in health care and its related businesses.
An assistant is required to do basic and interview research on topics which Durenberger is developing, and provide analysis and recommendations for articulated positions. The assistant must have good writing skills so as to communicate complex ideas, language and concepts in understandable and persuasive style.
The successful candidate for this position will be expected to work up to ten hours per week, and will be paid $15.00 per hour during the 2013-14 school year. Current GA: Kevin Griffith.
- Finance Department – Dr. Michael Sullivan
Graduate assistant to assist with research. 15 hours per week for fall 2013 and spring 2014, $15/hr. Must be skilled at Microsoft Office and have strong written and verbal communication skills. Must have the ability to do online research in academic journals.
Start date September 3, 2013.
GAs for 2012-13: Lissette Prendes Moreno and Kirk Williams.
- William C. Norris Institute, Opus College of Business – Mr. Mike Moore
Interested in learning how new technologies are developed and commercialized?
The Norris Institute, a seed capital technology investment program of the Opus College of Business, is seeking a second-year (as of September 2013) Graduate Assistant to assist the director in reviewing investment opportunities and conducting due diligence on the best prospects. The GA also will serve as the liaison between the Norris Institute director and the leaders of the New Ventures Club, whose members hear presentations from investors and technology entrepreneurs and have the opportunity to participate in due diligence projects if interested.
The applicant should be a second-year full-time MBA candidate with an interest in new technologies, private equity finance, and/or entrepreneurship. The successful applicant will work under the supervision of the Norris Institute director, Mike Moore, under a flexible schedule requiring approximately 10 hours per week at $15 per hour, during the 2013-14 academic year.
For more information, contact: Mike Moore, 651-962-4346. Current GA: Jay Rajaratnam
- Veritas Institute MBA Graduate Assistant – Naomi Slack
Who: The Veritas Institute will hire one full-time MBA student per semester to serve as a Graduate Assistant for the department.
What: A graduate assistantship with the Veritas Institute that will allow a student to apply his/her analysis/research skills, marketing/development skills, or a combination of the two, to real-world scenarios.
When: Beginning at the start of the fall 2013 semester
Why: An opportunity for MBA students to gain experience developing client deliverables and related marketing projects. The Veritas Institute’s clients include: Ascension Health, St. Marys Mayo, Trinity Health, Alexian Brothers Health System, Avera Health, and other organizations.
Time commitment: 10-15 hours/week
Duration: One semester to two semesters, based upon mutual agreement. (To begin at the start of the fall 2013 semester)
Recurrent position?: Yes, this is recurrent on an annual/biannual basis.
To assist with analysis/research functions, including, but not limited to:
- Analyze data from client engagements and support the development of reports and presentations to clients
- Create a BEAM bibliography of supporting articles; contribute updates to a CIM bibliography of supporting articles
- Conduct research on ISO 26000 applications
- Conduct research for product line development: children’s hospitals, long-term care facilities, physician networks, Catholic business schools
- Produce training manuals for CIM facilitators and support people, respectively
To assist with marketing/development activities, including, but not limited to:
- Draft copy for newsletters and annual reports
- Assist with event publicity work
- Design the promotional display for the Veritas Institute’s panel board, to be used at external events, as well as select internal events
- Assist with video production (for example, a CIM orientation video)
- Conduct website development work
Current GA: Dan Kolar