Thursday, October 8, 2015

WINTER 2016 Graduate Assistantships: Admissions Readers


UWHires Requisition #125011

CLASSIFICATION:  Graduate Staff Assistant

POSITIONS: Undergraduate Admissions Review Readers, multiple positions

DATES OF EMPLOYMENT:  December 16, 2015-February 29, 2016 (five pay periods).  Must be available for daytime training in the Office of Admissions December 16-18, 30 and 31-no exceptions.  On December 16, training will run for approximately 5 hours.

HOURS:  183 hours over 5 pay periods; approximately 19 hours per week.  Undergraduate admission applications will be reviewed on-line.  Readers may work in the Office of Admissions during regular work hours, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or may choose to work off-site.  (Must have access to a reliable internet connection.)

SALARY:  Major components of tuition plus standard salary; salary is commensurate with student standing.

CREDIT LOAD:  Must be formally enrolled in the UW Graduate School in a tuition-based (state-funded) program for at least 10 credits during winter quarter 2016.  Fee-based (self-sustaining) programs not eligible for tuition waiver.


The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is seeking graduate students for graduate student service appointments during winter quarter 2016.  These positions offer a valuable, hands-on opportunity to participate with Admissions professionals in the review of undergraduate applications for autumn quarter 2016.

Readers will assess freshman applications, using a combination of personal and academic factors.  Applications are assessed by two Readers separately, and final admission decisions are made by Admissions administrators, based on Reader assessments.

Ability to do the following:  read and evaluate applications, considering both academic and personal factors; learn quickly and apply complicated assessment guidelines; apply assessment principles without personal bias; read rapidly and accurately; work independently for hours at a time.

Sensitivity to diversity/multicultural issues and educational disadvantage; familiarity with U.S. high school systems.

APPLY:  Through UWHires, requisition#125011.  Please submit a resume.  In place of a traditional cover letter, you must include a letter of 500 words or fewer in which you address the following two topics:

Topic 1:  Your assignment is to select a strong and diverse class of freshmen for the University of Washington.  What is the meaning of "strong and diverse?"  What academic and personal factors would you choose to consider in reviewing applications for the desired freshman class, and why?

Topic 2:  How will you objectively evaluate an applicant whose views conflict with yours?  Is it ever appropriate to use judgment based on personal opinion in reviewing for admission to a public university?  Please give an example to illustrate your decision.

Your application will not be considered complete, nor will it be reviewed, without the required letter addressing the questions above.


NOTIFICATION DATES:  We will notify those accepted for the positions by November 6, 2015.

CONTACT IN UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS:  Robin Hennes, Assistant Director:; 206.616.3862

The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.<> To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206.543.6450 / 206.543.6452 (tty) or