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AAC Graduate Students

Are you a graduate student at the University of Florida looking for an exciting Graduate Assistantship where you can really make a difference in the lives of students? If so, consider applying for one of our positions. We employ and train graduate assistants for both academic year positions as well as summer orientation advising positions. If interested, please contact our Graduate Student Assistantship Coordinator, Nigel Richardson (nigelrayrich@advising.ufl.edu).

AAC Year-Round Graduate Assistants

The Academic Advising Center provides advising services for students in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (CLAS); we also assist exploratory students, pre-health and pre-law students, and any students interested in CLAS academic pursuits. General responsibilities for a Graduate Assistant in the AAC include advising students regarding registration, choosing and changing majors, campus resources to enhance academic success, and many other advising services. Graduate Assistants have the opportunity to get involved in different committees within our office which are focused on serving PROMISE scholars, exploratory students, and students facing academic difficulty. Graduate Assistants may also have the opportunity to work with the CLAS ambassadors, College Petitions Committee, Assessment committee, Communications committee and Transfer student outreach.

In addition to being admitted to the UF Graduate School, you must be able to work both Fall and Spring semesters in order to fulfill the 0.5 FTE (20 hour/week), nine-month appointment. Traditionally, we search for graduate students who can provide a two year commitment to this role. This position includes a tuition fee waiver for nine (9) credit hours/semester during the Fall and Spring semesters.

Preview Internships

The Academic Advising Center is responsible for coordinating all orientation advising for incoming students. The UF Preview orientation program gives an overview of registration, campus resources and all aspects of the university. This program is in collaboration with the Academic Advising Center, New Student & Family Programs, and Preview advisors.

Primary responsibilities include presenting sessions for Exploratory (undecided) students to assist them with exploring majors and campus resources, presenting sessions to provide an overview of UF’s academic requirements, and advising students on an individual basis with course selection and registration. Occasional outside exploratory projects may also come up throughout the summer. A successful candidate will possess a strong understanding of the importance of major and career exploration, professional communication skills, and the ability to work in an ever-changing orientation environment. This position would also require approximately 30 hours of training from mid-March through early May; actual Orientation dates will span from Mid-May to the end of July.

AAC Shadowing Opportunity

Are you a graduate student interested in learning more about academic advising? If you are interested in spending a day at the Academic Advising Center learning about the profession and shadowing professional advisors, contact our Graduate Student Professional Development Coordinator, Glenn Kepic (gkepic@advising.ufl.edu). Your day will include:

  • Introductory meeting where you will learn about the history and profession of Academic Advising, confidentiality and FERPA
  • Shadow several different professional advisors to observe different advising styles
  • Review your day by processing what you observed and discussing what you learned

Learn More about the profession of academic advising at the NACADA homepage.

Current Graduate Student Assistants

Meet Some of Our Former Graduate Assistants

Richard Blake

2011 - 2013
Assistant Director, Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program at UF

Emily Greer

2015 - 2018
Bowling Green State University College Credit Plus Academic Advisor

Ashley Jacobs

2012 - 2015
HR Manager Strategic Talent Group, UF Human Resources

Shannon Kelly

2016 - 2018
Academic Advisor, UF Academic Advising Center

Kristopher Klann

2007 - 2009
Assistant Dean of Student/Director of New Student & Family Programs

Chelsea Matson

2016 - 2018
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA) in private practice

Kelly J. Medley

2009 - 2011
External Scholarship & Fellowship Coordinator for the University of Florida

Cheryl Walther

2011 - 2013
Learning Specialist, Auburn University