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Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy


The Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy (JCCL) promotes comprehensive literacy of all learners by transforming literacy education through expanding pre-service and in-service teachers’ literacy knowledge and instructional expertise in professional learning communities.

Position Title:

Graduate Research Assistant

Reports to: 

Dr. Lori Norton-Meier, Director 319-273-2053 (

Terms of Employment:

  • For the Fall semester 20 hours per week, beginning August 26, 2024 and ending December 20, 2024 (dates might vary upon approval of the academic calendar).
  • For the Spring semester 20 hours per week, beginning January 21, 2025 and ending May 16, 2025 (dates might vary upon approval of the academic calendar).


  • Graduate Assistantship stipend is $3,000 for a half-time appointment (10 hours per week) and $6,000 for full-time (20 hours per week) per semester. Stipend is prorated depending on start date.
  • Graduate Assistants and their spouses may qualify for in-state tuition.
  • Graduate Assistants may receive University holidays and do not work during the interims between semesters.
  • For more information regarding Graduate Assistantship procedures review

 Primary Responsibilities:

  • Assist, design, and implement social media outreach efforts to share research, news and practice related to the work of the JCCL and literacy teaching and learning.
  • Engage in duties related to the research efforts of the JCCL possibly including:
    • Prepare or design of curriculum materials.
    • Literature review, report, conference presentation, or manuscript writing and editing.
    • Data coding, entry into spreadsheets, and analysis.
    • Transcription of videos or audiotapes of research subjects.
    • School visits related to research.
  • Maintain and communicate progress regularly with supervisor(s).
  • Other duties related to support of faculty research efforts.

General Qualifications:

  • Must be a full-time, degree-seeking student in a UNI's residential graduate program.
  • Be regularly admitted without provisions to degree status in an eligible graduate degree program.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00. First semester graduate students must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75.
  • Have an official transcript on file in the Office of Admissions and be fully declared in their graduate major.
  • Must meet UNI's HRS employment eligibility.
  • See detailed eligibility on

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Background experience in teaching.
  • Experience in the research process.

Application Process and Deadline:

To apply, submit the Assistantship application form. Attach: resume, 3 references (name, position, and contact information), and a cover letter. The contact receiving your submission is Dr. Lori Norton-Meier (

Applications received by April 5, 2024, will be given full consideration.

 UNI actively seeks to enhance diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The University encourages applications from persons of color, women, individuals living with disabilities, and protected veterans. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal and/or state law.