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GRA Position in the Office of the Chancellor

The Office of the Chancellor is seeking applicants to fill a 12-month graduate research assistantship position. The appointment will provide a doctoral student with unique insight into the work of senior academic administration and institutional research. This is an ideal position for a graduate student interested in topics of governance, leadership, and policy. The position also offers invaluable experience for a career in administration or institutional research in higher education.

The assistantship has a 12-month appointment at 20 hours per week (50% time). The assistantship includes a tuition waiver, health insurance, and a monthly stipend of $2,500. Get more information on the policies for the administration of graduate assistantships.

Duties & Responsibilities

The GRA in the Office of the Chancellor will work under the direction of Matthew Scoggins, Chief of Staff. Duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • conducting research on governance, policy, initiatives, and best practices to support of the work of the Office of the Chancellor related to relating to the strategic vision for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; establishing an agenda for such work for the Office of Chancellor in collaboration with the Chancellor’s cabinet;
  • developing, organizing, analyzing, and managing data for benchmarking, research projects, and reports for the Office of the Chancellor;
  • reviewing and summarizing online or published materials, conducting simple descriptive analysis, and preparing figures/tables for presentation;
  • assisting with the preparation of materials for internal and external meetings and speaking engagements;
  • project management; and
  • other assignments as needed.


A successful candidate must:

  • be a doctoral student;
  • be enrolled in a graduate degree program at the University of Tennessee, taking at least 6 hours of graduate credit per semester (9 hours to be considered full-time for federal financial aid purposes), and in good academic standing;
  • have excellent analytical skills and strong attention to detail; excellent written communication skills; ability to prioritize, plan and organize tasks
  • recognize that confidentiality is critical in this position; and
  • have proficiency with Microsoft Office, Teams, Outlook, Zoom, and Share Point (preferred).

Application Process

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 2-3 references to Matthew Scoggins, Chief of Staff for the Chancellor, at with the subject line “GRA Application.” Preferred start date is August 1, 2024, but can be flexible.

Visit the Graduate School for more available assistantship positions.