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Graduate Assistant Job Description

Meet the current OPWL Graduate Assistants

 Graduate Assistantship
General DutiesWorking virtually, both independently and collaboratively, to support an OPWL faculty member with teaching, research, and service activities.
ExpectationsEnroll in a minimum of 5 credits each semester

Work 10 hours per week for the Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning (OPWL) department

Maintain at least a 3.00 GPA

CompensationFee waiver covering the cost of 5 credits for each fall and spring semesters

$16.00 per hour for approximately 10 hours per week (~ 32 weeks for a total of about $5,120 per academic year)

Health insurance
RequirementsMust be fully admitted to the Masters of Science in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning program.
LocationThis is a virtual position, the OPWL Graduate Assistant is not required to relocate to Boise to fulfill the duties of the position.
TimeframeFall 2019 through Spring 2020, specific dates will be outlined the employment contract and through discussion with the specific faculty supervisor(s).


The following are typical work responsibilities for Graduate Assistants in the OPWL program; this is not an all-encompassing list of work, as individual faculty supervisor(s) and the GA will discuss specific job expectations, roles, and responsibilities.

  • Teaching:
    • Update blackboard and course materials on an as needed basis
    • Grade weekly participation / assignments based on the course rubrics
    • Update and review course syllabus
  • Research:
    • Search literature, organize and synthesize literature and readings, assist with writing paper(s)
    • Collect, analyze and synthesize data
    • Proofread and edit manuscripts, assess quality in terms of structure, grammar, spelling, formatting according to APA style guidelines
  • Service:
    • Create content that can be used for departmental marketing efforts and social media postings
    • Assist OPWL Department on various projects or special tasks as needed


At a minimum, you should have:

  • Fully admitted to the MS-OPWL degree program at Boise State University
  • The ability to manage your time and work independently under minimal supervision
  • The ability to take direction and meet expectations
  • The ability to teach yourself how to use new software tools
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience with common office productivity software, including the Google Suite and MS-Office
  • Familiarity with video conferencing tools such as Zoom or Skype
  • As this is a virtual position, the GA must have a computer, internet access, webcam, and microphone

The preferred candidate will have:

  • Prior experience in editing/proofreading
  • Prior experience working in virtual teams
  • Prior experience in research
  • Involvement in professional communities and organizations


***Now Accepting Applications***

Step 1:Complete the Graduate / Research Assistant Application
Step 2:Attach your resume

If you have any issues attaching your resume, place send an email to Kelly Weak ( with “2019-2020 Graduate Assistant Application” as the email subject line.
Step 3:Email Writing Sample

**This is only for students who have not yet taken any OPWL courses**

Write a paper that is no longer than 5 double-spaced pages (approximately 1500 words) in which you (a) specify one or more themes that are common to the three articles and (b) develop each theme by explaining how it shows up in each article and ties the three articles together. For the writing sample, read the following three articles:

• Mager, R.F. & Pipe, P. (1976). You really oughta wanna or how not to motivate people. Nursing, 6(8), 65-69

• Rosenberg, M. J., Coscarelli, W. C., & Hutchinson, C. S. (1999). The origins of the field. In H. D. Stolovitch & E. J. Keeps (Eds.). Handbook of Human

• Performance Technology (second edition) (pp. 24-36), San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Stolovitch, H. (1982). Performance technology: An introduction. NSPI Journal, 21(3), 16-19

Send email to Kelly Weak ( with “2019/2020 Graduate Assistant Application” as the email subject line and attach your writing sample.

Current OPWL Graduate Assistants

Photo Valerie Gardin Valerie Gardin is an Enterprise Engagement Coordinator at Spelman College, and has been employed in the information technology field for over 25 years. She is responsible for collaborating with divisional leaders to identify new innovations and enhancements, drive successful technology integrations, and align solutions to key business objectives. She is also responsible for training and development for faculty and staff. Valerie received her MS degree in Organizational and Performance Workplace Learning (OPWL) in 2018 and a graduate certificate in Workplace eLearning and Performance Support (WELPS) in 2015 from Boise State University. As part of her graduate experiences, she co-published an eLearning article with Dr. Seung Youn (Yonnie) Chyung, and co-presented at the AECT 2016 conference with Dr. Quincy Conley. She holds a BA in English Literature from Georgia State University.

Valerie was born in Baltimore, Maryland and lives in Atlanta, Georgia. She looks forward to supporting and mentoring Boise State students and assisting faculty in her role as teaching assistant for Dr. Steve Villachica and Dr. Bud Benscoter.

Photo Megan Kennedy Megan Kennedy began the OPWL program in the spring of 2016, working towards the Masters in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning. Megan has a passion for using the skills and knowledge gained from the OPWL program in social services to support higher levels of performance to those with lower levels of resources. This year is anticipated to be the last year of the program for Megan, and her second year as a Graduate Assistant for Dr. Chyung. During her graduate assistantship last year, Megan participated with Dr. Chyung and OPWL Alumni in publishing an article in Dr. Chyungs WORC series ‘Evidence-Based Survey Design.’ Members of Dr. Chyungs WORC team presented contents from this series at the past ISPI conference in Seattle, WA. Megan also used the content of the article to participate in the Graduate Showcase. This year Megan is working to complete her thesis on Building Evaluation Capacity in Nonprofit Organizations and hopes to participate in publications and presentations as a result of her research. During this year’s graduate assistantship, Megan anticipates supporting Dr. Chyung establish evidence-based practices for a local nonprofit and working to establish a newsletter to increase interconnectivity and engagement between OPWL faculty, alumni, and students.
Photo Sharon Lee Sharon Lee currently lives in Guanajuato Capital, Guanajuato, Mexico. She will be continuing to assist Dr. Marker and Dr. Winiecki this year. Among her accomplishments as graduate assistant last year, Sharon organized an “Unconference” for academic attendees of the ISPI 2018 conference, where she also received the 2018 LEAP award for her efforts. Sharon received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics, Mandarin Chinese, and French from San Diego State University. She studied abroad in Taipei, Taiwan from 2010-2011. From 2012-2016, Sharon taught preschool and was “Miss Sharon” to young children aged 2 to 5. She currently teaches English virtually to children aged 4 to 12 located throughout China and uses her knowledge of linguistics, Mandarin Chinese, child development, and blended learning to be a highly valued teacher. Continuing into her second year of the OPWL MS program, she hopes to explore the role of the HPT practitioner and instructional design for the benefit of non-profit efforts, particularly for disadvantaged communities. In her spare time, Sharon enjoys the novel adventures that living in Mexico offers and daydreaming about where to live next.

Sharon is excited to serve and engage with our virtual student body community at a higher level. She highly enjoys practicing yoga, making connections, and exploring foreign languages.

Photo D'Jeane Peters D’Jeane Peters was admitted to the OPWL program in the fall of 2017 to pursue a Masters in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning, and a certificate in Instructional Design. She looks forward to making contributions to the OPWL field as a graduate assistant for Dr. Lisa Giacumo. A Montana native, D’Jeane holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management and Policy from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana. As an undergraduate, she co-authored an article researching stakeholder viewpoints on wildlife management, which was published in the Wildlife Society Bulletin in 2017. D’Jeane first became interested in instructional design while working as a ESL teacher trainer in Thailand. She now lives in Atlanta, Georgia and works at Georgia Institute of Technology in the Global Internships Program Office. She is excited to combine her passion for teaching with her love of research to further her knowledge and experience in the field. She enjoys travel, storytelling, and the outdoors.
Photo Emily Poitevin Emily Poitevin began her Master’s of Organizational Performance and Workforce Learning in the Spring of 2015. She earned her Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Boise State in 2002 and continues to live in Boise, ID today, where she has worked in retail management for the last 16 years. She is particularly interested in employee engagement and motivation, along with new and exciting forms of training for industries that change at a rapid pace. She is excited to work with Dr. Han this semester. In her free time, Emily enjoys reading, yoga, stormy weather, and Boise State football.