Graduate Assistant - Healthcare Systems and Innovation

Department: Healthcare Systems and Innovation

Term: Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters

Hours/Week:  10 hours/week for each position

Position Summary

The department of Healthcare Systems and Innovation is seeking two organized, responsible, and student-focused graduate students to provide support to faculty and to Healthcare Studies majors. Preference will be given to students whose area of study is related to healthcare.

Healthcare Systems and Innovation is the home of the undergraduate Healthcare Studies major, which has over 500 majors. The HSI department is on the 3rd floor of the new Health and Human Services building, in HHS 341.

The Graduate Assistants will be based in HHS 341 and each will have a regular in-person schedule of 10 hours/week during business hours during the fall and spring semesters (with no hours during winter break).


Both Graduate Assistants will be responsible for the following:

Office management:

  • Welcome and provide assistance to walk-in students with questions
  • Manage the email account
  • Respond to phone calls and messages

Additionally, each Graduate Assistant will take lead responsibility for some of the following:

Program support and research:

Assist the department in the following areas:

  • Conduct research on student opportunities, including but not limited to:

    • Job opportunities and employment requirements in healthcare
    • Graduate and professional programs in healthcare
    • Fellowship and internship opportunities in healthcare
    • Community engagement partners, particularly in area of aging services
  • Organize and structure information to provide as resource to students
  • Provide support to faculty on curriculum development and research projects
  • Help design and create informational and promotional materials for students


Instructional and student support:

HLS 200/HSC 200, Introduction to Healthcare Professions and Medical Terminology, is an entry-level course taken by Healthcare Studies and Health Science majors. There are approximately 150 students enrolled across seven sections. All of the sections meet individually, but have a common online (Zoom) meeting on Fridays 12:10 -1:00, which feature weekly guest speakers representing different healthcare professions and are hosted by an HSI professor. These meetings are recorded and provided to the course instructors and students.

The lecture components of HLS 200 vary by the four instructors, but all incorporate interactive Medical Terminology software in the course assignments.


Guest speaker series

  • Co-hosting the guest presentations with the professor; monitoring chat for student questions, asking questions 
  • Advance coordination with each guest speaker to review technology needs
  • Posting recorded presentations to Blackboard
  • Providing attendance reports to section instructors
  • Posting Blackboard reminders to students about upcoming guest speakers
  • Researching and compiling information about featured profession, and making available to students


Instructor/student support

  • Providing Blackboard assistance to section instructors: posting student announcements, reminders, and assignments, and related non-grading functions
  • Providing course tutoring support to students
  • Providing technical support to students for medical terminology software


  • Must be a matriculated graduate student at Southern Connecticut State University. Full-time status (at least 9.0 credits) preferred but not required.
  • Must have or maintain 3.0 GPA for continued employment
  • Must not have another university-supported paid position
  • Home degree program must be in a related area of study to healthcare
  • Must have availability for a regular 10 hour/week schedule on campus during the fall and spring semesters
  • Must have strong computer, organizational, and written and verbal communication skills, and an interest in working with students.

Application Instructions

Please submit:

  • Cover letter, including a description of which role(s) you are interested in (Program research and support; Instructional and student support)
  • Resume
  • Your schedule and work availability

Please email your materials to Dr. Larry Brancazio, Chair of Healthcare Systems and Innovation, at Priority will be given to applications received by Monday, Aug 29.