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Summer Research Opportunities Program Coordinator


The Graduate College Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


Teaching Assistantship



Description, Responsibilities, and Qualifications

The Graduate College office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is advertising for one 67% Assistantship for 2020 Summer Session for the Summer Research Opportunities Program Coordinator Position.


The Summer Research Opportunities Program Coordinator (SROP Coordinator) is responsible for coordinating ten graduate student Research Team Leader (RTL) staff and approximately one-hundred undergraduate student participants, as well as meeting other academic and program needs. In addition to helping with the planning of the summer events and schedule, the SROP Coordinator will provide support to the Graduate College Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Office through close interactions with each SROP RTL, their respective SROP participants, DEI staff, and others involved with the program. In addition to leading weekly staff meetings, the SROP Coordinator will assist with planning, executing, and representing the Graduate College at all summer activities including professional development workshops, research writing seminars and research team meetings, student social activities, and the annual Illinois Summer Research Symposium (ISRS).


The SROP Coordinator reports to the Research Programs Coordinator, who reports to the Director of Recruitment and Retention for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI). This appointment will begin on May 16, 2020, as a 67% assistantship and will end on August 15, 2020. Exceptional candidates who are not eligible for an assistantship may be considered for hourly appointments during the summer session. Each position requires that the individual be available to spend approximately 26.8 hours per week planning, teaching, and executing student activities and workshops. The SROP Coordinator will be expected to frequently interact with Research Programs Coordinator, the Director of Recruitment and Retention for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI), Research Team Leaders, SROP.  In preparation for the summer appointment, individuals will be invited to start working with our program in February 2020 as a graduate hourly for up to 10 hours a week.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Serve as the academic leader throughout the summer program, providing academic support to SROP graduate student research team leaders and SROP participants.
  • Assist with the planning of the summer program throughout the spring semester, including coordinating potential speakers, arranging the schedule, and other related tasks.
  • Help to establish a collaborative, interactive relationship among participants, Faculty advisors, and DEI Staff.
  • Assist with the planning of each of the academic seminars, oral presentation practices, and the Illinois Summer Research Symposium (ISRS), and serve in a leadership capacity for each, providing instruction and guidance.
  • Attend all SROP activities, including, workshops, social activities, orientations, luncheons, ISRS, and the culminating awards luncheon.
  • Assist and support the Research Programs Coordinator for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) with the administration of the summer program by collecting and providing feedback on assignments.
  • Respond to research, academic, social, and other issues affecting the SROP RTLs and SROP participants.
  • Monitor the participation of SROP participants in the workshops, seminars, and other scheduled activities throughout the program.
  • Ensure that all assignments, forms, surveys, and necessary university documents are completed and submitted as required.
  • Assist with social media / instructional media / documentation of the program.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Must be a graduate student in good academic standing, enrolled in a graduate program leading to a Ph.D. Exceptional candidate who will receive a Ph.D. in May of 2020 may also be considered.
  • Ability to organize and understand written and oral research and other technical writing. Proficiency in designing, conducting, and presenting research, both orally and in written form.
  • Familiarity with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus and the surrounding community.
  • Must have significant and proven experience working with individuals from Native American, African American, Latinx, and other U.S. populations underrepresented in graduate study at the University of Illinois.
  • Knowledge of University of Illinois graduate programs and graduate culture.
  • Knowledge of the Code of Policies and Regulations Applying to All Students. Competency with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and other commonly used programs.
  • Previous classroom teaching experience is preferred, as well as a comprehensive knowledge of graduate study and the possible challenges for students from populations underrepresented on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus.
  • Initiative, sound judgment, and the ability to receive and follow instructions are crucial. Previous experience working with SROP, SPI, McNair, or other programs that support the progression to the doctorate of students from underrepresented populations is preferred.
  • The position calls for contact with diverse groups of people, including students, faculty, staff, and administrators on this and sometimes other campuses. Excellent interpersonal skills are required.
  • The SROP Coordinator should be flexible, energetic and adaptable to a dynamic and rigorous program, in addition to maintaining a positive attitude toward the importance of the work that is to be carried out by the program.



Salary will be based on rates established by the campus. The rate of pay will be subject to the Graduate Employment Organization contract for a 67% appointment over a nine-month period. Those selected for the positions will be expected to work hours and meet responsibilities commensurate with those outlined by the Graduate College and the University’s agreement with the GEO ( There is the possibility of renewal each summer for those who demonstrate outstanding performance.

Application Procedure

Submit Application via

1. A brief letter of application detailing interest and qualifications for the assistantship.

2. A current CV detailing your teaching, research, and service activities.

3. A writing sample, no more than 30 pages in length

4. A list of three references (name, mailing address, phone number, email address).


Application Deadline

Sunday, January 27th, 2020
Contact Info

Contact Name

Gabriela Vargas

Contact Email

Start Date

Thursday, May 16, 2019