Skip to main content

Graduate Assistantships

Congratulations on your admittance to Peabody College’s Higher Education Administration master’s program. Peabody College and the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations are proud partners with the Office of the Dean of Students, which manages graduate assistantship positions in the Office of the Dean of Students and in a number of other offices at Vanderbilt. These assistantships provide compensation and allow students the opportunity to connect theory learned in the classroom with practical work experience.

*The application is now closed.


Graduate Assistant Positions in the Office of the Dean of Students:

  • Center for Student Wellbeing (2 positions)
  • Arts & Campus Events
  • Project Safe Center
  • Student Center for Social Justice and Identity
  • Student Centers
  • Office Student Accountability

Graduate Assistantships in the Office of the Provost:

  • Black Cultural Center
  • Provost Office
  • Office of LGBTQI Life
  • Office of the University Chaplain and Religious Life

Graduate Area Coordinators (Live-In Positions)

  • Office of Housing & Residential Experience (4 positions)

Graduate Student Workers (Hourly)

  • Residential Colleges (2 positions)
  • Housing and Residential Experience Graduate Program Coordinator
  • Next Steps at Vanderbilt (4 positions)

Please email with questions.


Graduate Assistants

The compensation for this assistantship includes an annual stipend of $11,300 paid over the 9-month period and a 66% tuition scholarship, (33% paid by the Office of the Dean of Students/Office of the Provost and 33% paid by Peabody College) paid directly to your student account. The tuition benefit is for the total minimum number of hours needed to complete your academic program.

NOTE: It is required that you apply for financial aid and request that any available work-study funding be used towards these positions.

*The tuition award is tied to your academic year, rising 2nd and 3rd-year students’ tuition scholarship differs.

Graduate Area Coordinators
Compensation includes campus-housing accommodations and an annual stipend of $11,300 paid over the 9-month period.

Graduate Student Workers
Hourly compensation and weekly time commitment specific to each role.

Please email with questions.


If you are interested in applying for an assistantship, please visit the hiring site at Here, you will create an account and select the job posting “2020-2021 Vanderbilt Graduate Assistants” to submit your application. You will be required to upload a resume, provide written responses to a series of prompts about your interest and undergraduate or professional work experience, select which offices you wish to be considered for, and enter reference contact information.

The priority deadline for applying is Friday, February 14, but applications will be considered after this date and until all available positions are filled.


All interviews will be held virtually on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 via Skype/Zoom or phone. Interviews will be conducted from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CT.

If you are extended an offer to interview and are unable to participate in an interview on February 26, please email the primary contact listed for the position directly to schedule your phone interview or Skype/Zoom interview on another date.

Matching Process

Candidates will be selected based on a matching process. Following interview day on February 26, applicants will be asked to rank order the positions for which they interviewed. Supervisors will do the same for the candidates for which they interviewed. Rankings are due to by Friday, February 28, 2020.

Candidates will be notified whether they have been matched or not by Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Candidates who have been matched will have until April 15, 2020 to formally accept or decline the position offer. Additional rolling matches may be made after the March 11 date as candidates notify us of their decision to accept or decline the offer.


How many positions should I apply to?
We encourage applicants to cast a wide net. Some positions will receive between 50 – 60 applications for one available GA position and thus can be more competitive. While some students will want to be considered for every available position, we encourage you to select positions you would seriously consider.

Are references required as part of the GA application process?
Yes. During the application process in eRezLife, you will be asked to provide the contact information for two references. References will have until March 9, 2020 to complete a reference feedback form on your behalf. References will be reviewed before extending an offer.

I was admitted to another program besides Higher Education Administration (HEA). Am I still eligible to apply?
Yes. While applicants in the HEA program will receive preference, the positions are open to all Peabody admitted students.

Where can I find information about graduate assistant opportunities for my Peabody program?
Different departments share their opportunities at different times. We recommend contacting someone from your department and checking the Peabody Job Board.

What if I am unable to interview on February 26.
You are still eligible to apply for positions. If you are unable to participate on February 26, please email the primary contact listed for the position directly to schedule your Skype/Zoom or phone interview one a different date.

How many interviews should I expect to have on GA Interview Day?
This depends on how many positions you applied for. On average, applicants can expect between 1 to 4 interviews. Again, we encourage you to cast a wide net but only apply for the positions for which you would seriously consider.

How long are interviews expected to last?
Interviews are scheduled from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM CT. Each interview will last approximately 25 minutes.

Is there are an opportunity to interview or meet with supervisors in-person?
Yes and no. All interviews will be conducted over the phone or via Skype or Zoom. However, on Friday, March 27, during Peabody Welcome Weekend, we will host an informal reception for admitted students to meet with supervisors from across Dean of Students and the Provost Offices. Light refreshments and snacks will be served and all applicants are encouraged to attend. Additional details will be made available at a later date.

I received a scholarship from Peabody College. Can I stack my scholarship with a GA position?
Typically, the GA position is more advantageous and of greater value than the Peabody scholarships. Since the Graduate Student Workers (GSW) and Graduate Area Coordinator (GAC) positions are not tuition-based in compensation, you can combine your package with your Peabody scholarship. For any further questions about your scholarship, please email

I’m interested in a specific position and wasn’t offered an interview? How can I express my interest?
Plan to attend the GA Reception. Offices who are still in the search process might be willing to set up an additional interview time with you over the weekend or via phone or Skype.

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS regarding Dean of Students graduate assistantships and related assistantship opportunities should be directed to A member of the Dean of Students team will be in touch to assist you.


The Dean of Students and Provost Office graduate assistantships are not the only graduate assistantship positions available at Vanderbilt for students. Offices across Vanderbilt will have additional work opportunities for graduate students. We encourage you to visit the Peabody Job Board for additional positions that become available throughout the year and to check your email for positions sent out directly by the Peabody College program offices. Please note, these positions are not part of the graduate assistantship program and the responsibilities, time requirements, and levels of compensation vary. To apply, send materials to the appropriate contact listed in the job description.