CFS Offers Summer GA Position!

March 9, 2018
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The Center for Folklore Studies is delighted to announce that we have funds to offer a 50% Graduate Administrative Appointment for this summer! The graduate student hired into this position will assist with the Scioto County Exhibit and Community Project being undertaken by the Ohio Field Schools initiative.


Summer hire dates are right around the corner, so we are asking that interested applicants submit their materials to by March 21, 2018.


The Center for Folklore Studies within the College of Arts and Sciences, seeks a 50% Graduate Administrative Assistant to join our team. The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college and the academic heart of the university. The College hosts 81 majors. With 38 departments, 20+ world-class research centers, and more than 2,000 faculty and staff members, students have the unique opportunity to study with the best artists, scholars, and scientists in their field.  The College values diversity and offers a supportive, open, and inclusive community.


Position Description: The CFS SU18 GAA will assist the Assistant Director to develop, plan, and execute the Ohio Field School’s Scioto County Community Exhibit. This position requires 20hrs of work per week to be carried out on site at the Folklore Archives and in Scioto County.


This position involves:


  • Development, such as attending weekly exhibit planning meetings and providing input on exhibit design.
  • Administrative duties, such as submitting eRequests and eTravel requests, maintaining the project contact list, coordinating community visits, taking minutes during meetings, developing forms and registers for the exhibit, etc.
  • Semi-regular travel to Scioto County, sometimes alone, other times with the CFS Director or Assistant Director.
  • Promoting the exhibit and our planning process on social media.
  • Relationship-building with community partners.
  • Conducting additional fieldwork in Scioto County, Ohio (this may include weekday or weekend trips, depending on community event schedules), including gathering additional interviews, photographs, and community materials for the exhibit. Taking note of additional work for the Ohio Field Schools project.
  • Collaborating with the exhibit-planning team to construct exhibit materials, such as creating text and selecting images for banners and pamphlets and assisting with the development of interactive exhibit components and programming.



  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills
  • Able to work both independently and as a team member
  • Familiarity with Excel, Word, GoogleDocs, BuckeyeBox
  • Familiarity with InDesign or Photoshop (desired, though not required)
  • Proficiency in social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Hootsuite, etc.


All qualified students who are in good standing with their departments and the Graduate School are encouraged to apply, though we will prioritize applicants who

  • are pursuing a degree in folklore studies (though any department);
  • are pursuing the GIS in folklore;
  • have not received the Folklore Fellowship; and
  • have not already been awarded time in the CFS.


Supervisor: This position will report to the Assistant Director of the Center for Folklore Studies.


To apply: Interested students should provide

  • a 1-2pg cover letter that answers the following questions:
    • Why are you interested in this position?
    • What are your qualifications for this position? What new skills would you like to learn from this position?
    • In what ways will this position further your research or professional goals?
  • Names and contact information for two professional references that can speak to your qualifications.
  • A short description of your availability during the summer semester


Send completed applications to by March 21st, 2018.