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K-16 Educational Leadership Preparation, Research, and Teaching

The Ph.D. program in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington anticipates two open graduate assistantship positions starting in the Fall 2019. Graduate Assistantships offer Ph.D. students the opportunity for full-time study while working with faculty and department administrators on research and administrative activities. Graduate assistants work together in a common office space and add to the culture of our department. The assignments are for the 9-month academic year, but graduate assistants who desire summer employment typically find summer opportunities with department faculty.

Position 1: Department Graduate Assistant

  • Works with assigned doctoral-level faculty on research projects;
  • Assists faculty with teaching and/or committee assignments, as requested by assigned faculty;
  • Assists with some department-level activities, as determined by assigned faculty member and department chair;
  • Plays a leadership role in liaison communications between students and the department;
  • Nine-month salary, with tuition waiver.
  • Contact: Dr. Mario Martinez (

Position 2: Graduate Assistantship, National Science Foundation Grant

  • Works with Dr. Yi Zhang, for a 3-year time period, as a graduate assistant on a National Science Foundation Grant, to understand community college transfer students’ STEM performance, persistence, and baccalaureate degree attainment. Will provide assistance with:
  • Literature review;
  • Qualitative and quantitative analysis
  • Grant management
  • Nine-month salary above normal funded GA positions; qualifies for in-state tuition.
  • Contact Dr. Leaf Zhang (