Graduate Studies Support Coordinator

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
06 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
04 Jul 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The Department of Communication Studies at Colorado State University currently teaches more than 700 undergraduate majors an 30 graduate students seeking. The graduate program offers a nationally recognized MA and PhD. The program offers education in three broad areas 1) media and visual culture, 2) relational and organizational communication, and 3) rhetoric and civic engagement. We employ nearly 35 faculty members and six support staff. The department houses the Colorado State University Center for Public Deliberation ( and hosts the Act Human Rights Film Festival ( The department is committed to the professional and personal growth of all of its members, offering robust support of professional development and a willingness to negotiate working conditions. The university and the department are committed to continuing to build a diverse and inclusive community and the Department of Communication Studies currently represents one of the most diverse majors on campus.

Position Summary

The Department of Communication Studies has a nationally recognized MA program and is launching a PhD in Communication Studies. The GSSC will be directly involved in recruiting and tracking graduate students and will aid the graduate faculty in assessing graduate education. Currently, there are 24 MA students. In the next four years, the program will grow a total of 31 graduate students.

Required Job Qualifications

BA in the liberal arts, excellent oral and written communication skills, good organizational skills, ability to learn and use Excel, Word, and CSU on-line systems.

Preferred Job Qualifications

MA, MFA, or Ph.D. in the liberal arts preferable in communication studies or closely related field, understanding of the process of graduate education, demonstrated ability to meet deadlines, demonstrated commitment to diversity.

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Recruitment of graduate students Duty/Responsibility

Maintain and update recruiting materials.
Organize and staff recruiting events including recruitment at regional, national, and international professional conferences.
Develop and maintain communication with applicants.
Plan and produce yearly recruiting visits to Colorado State University Fort Collins Campus.
Understand, use, and maintain Slate the online application management program

Percentage Of Time 50 Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Advising Duty/Responsibility

Advise newly admitted and enrolled graduate students.
Consult with Director of Graduate Studies, the Graduate Committee, and graduate faculty on curricular revisions.
Prepare students to meet all Graduate School and departmental curricular requirements.
Help connect graduate students with faculty mentors within the department and with university-wide resources.

Percentage Of Time 25 Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Assessment Duty/Responsibility

Gather assessment data generated within the department including tracking graduate student conference and publication submissions and acceptance, oral defenses, and other metrics.
Analyze and report assessment data on a yearly basis.
Compare departmental assessment metrics and results with peer and peer aspirational graduate programs on a yearly basis.

Percentage Of Time 25

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please upload a cover letter which addresses the minimum and preferred qualifications, a curriculum vitae, and the name and contact information for three professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License, Shift Work - recruiting and special events, Travel - recruiting and special events

Search Contact Greg Dickinson,

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.