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The University Libraries seeks two graduate students interested in supporting students and faculty research statistical needs.   The University Libraries would like to offer support to researchers for exploratory data analysis and statistical methods and software including SAS, SPSS and NVivo. 

This is a unique opportunity to connect with potential new research collaborators, learn about the diversity of scholarship on campus, gain new or hone existing skills, and reflect on your own work. 

Duties include: 
  • Staffing in-person office hours in Thomas Cooper Library to provide one-on-one consultations with members of the USC community (approximately 3 hours weekly) 
  •  Developing hybrid workshops or online training modules (approximately 1 hour weekly; may be completed remotely) 
  •  Attending regular meetings with fellow mentors and Libraries colleagues (approximately 1 hour weekly; may be held in Teams) 
  •  Attending an in-person half-day kick-off meeting on August 17, 2023 (lunch will be provided) 

Demonstrated intermediate to advanced knowledge of statistics and statistical software such as SPSS and SAS are required. 

Selected graduate students will report to Stacy Winchester, Research Data Librarian, and work with a supportive network in the Libraries, including fellow faculty mentors, Amie Freeman (Scholarly Communications Librarian), Glenn Bunton (Data Visualization Librarian), and Kate Boyd (Director of Digital Research Services).

Time Commitment

5 hours per week during the year


$5000.00 a year stipend

Application Instructions

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Stacy Winchester,, by June 15th. 

-Posted May 23, 2023

The Office of Academic Affairs within the College of Nursing  is seeking an organized, motivated, and outgoing Graduate Staff Assistant to join their team. 

  • Collaborate as needed with administrative and academic departments to assist them in providing programs and services for the undergraduate and graduate student communities
  •  Responsible for large volume of filing to student record 
  •  Maintains appropriate forms in student records
  • Uses various student databases for specific data entry or retrieval
  • Provides backup receptionist role, answering incoming calls to the Office of Academic Affairs using professional telephone etiquette, and referring calls to appropriate staff
  • Receive, greet, and assist visitors
  • Copies and collates materials for student recruitment and various orientations
  • Provides runner and messenger services as requested
  • Assist in the planning, coordination, and implementation of OAA ceremonies
  • Assist with composing and disseminating OAA ceremonies’ communication
  • Always upholds confidentiality agreement
  • Other duties as assigned in support of undergraduate and graduate student affairs

The requirements listed below include the equipment and knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. (e.g., Computer skills) 

1. Education/Experience: 

  • Education or job experience in an office environment is a plus but not required. 
  • Education or job experience in fundraising, event planning, hospitality, journalism, communications, organizational development, marketing and/or public relations is a plus but not required. 

2. Knowledge, Skills, Abilities required: 

  • Ability to communicate clearly, effectively, and congenially in spoken and written English. 
  • Ability to speak and write in a second language is a plus but not required. 
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision. 
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize tasks to meet deadlines. 
  • Intermediate or advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office Professional suite. 
  • Novice or intermediate proficiency in social media platforms is a plus. 
  • Detail-oriented and diligent to follow-up and complete tasks for assigned projects. 
  • A positive, pleasant attitude with good problem-solving skills. 
  • Neat and well-groomed to represent the Office of Academic Affairs according to calendar of events. 
  • Professional attire may be required for donor events on occasion. 
  • Ability to lift and transport exhibit, recruitment ceremonial events materials e physical abilities required to complete essential duties. 
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 
Time Commitment

This position is 15-20 hours/week, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., and  very flexible to accommodate the student’s class schedule each semester.

Application Instructions

Please send your resume to:
Cheryl Nelson
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs 

-Posted April 24, 2023

The USC  Center for Teaching Excellence in partnership with other university offices offers a selection of certificates of completion for faculty, instructors and teaching graduate students. Visit the certificates of completion initiative online to learn more.


Certificates of Completion Programs

Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence Certificate
The Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence certificate program is designed to provide an opportunity for faculty, instructors and teaching graduate students to strengthen their diversity leadership capacities both within and outside their classroom and to support USC’s commitment to inclusive excellence. 

Fostering Proactive Learning Environments Certificate
The Fostering Proactive Learning Environments certificate program is designed to assist faculty, instructors and teaching graduate students to understand today’s student and how to structure your class to foster a sense of belonging, develop proactive and reactive strategies for handling academic misconduct and practice how to avoid and address classroom conflicts.

Integrative and Experiential Learning Certificate
The Integrative and Experiential Learning certificate program is designed to bring together faculty, instructors, and graduate students interested in exploring ways to help students connect what they do within and beyond their curriculum, embrace multiple perspectives, and transfer their knowledge to new, complex situations. 

Entering Mentoring Certificate of Completion
The Entering Mentoring training series takes an interactive approach to becoming an effective mentor and is part of the USC CTE certificate of completion initiative.  The training is designed to help participants develop the skills for engaging in productive, culturally responsive mentoring relationships that optimize success for the mentor and the mentee. 

Intercultural Inclusion and Diversity Learning Series
Offered in partnership with the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the USC sponsored TRIO Program, the goals of the Intercultural Inclusion and Diversity Learning Series are to assist faculty and GTA/IAs to become communicators and facilitators that interlock inclusion and diversity in the experiential process of classroom pedagogy. 

Mental Health and Well-being Competency Program for Faculty
 The Mental Health and Well-being Competency Certificate program is an initiative from University Health Services with the goal of the helping faculty members feel better equipped to respond to the growing mental health needs of students.

- Posted January 12, 2023 -

The SHARPGrads workshop series provides free training in digital scholarship, computing, and library research concepts for students enrolled in graduate-level courses at the Columbia campus. Students completing the program receive a certificate of completion and digital badge. The series is sponsored by University Libraries  in collaboration with the Graduate School and Research Computing.

Visit the SHARPGrads web page for more information about the program.


The Department of Psychology is recruiting USC undergraduate and graduate students, ages 18 to 29, who are safely able to engage in physical exercise, to participate in a research study. The purpose of the study is to examine the short-term benefits of physical exercise on cognition and mood among college students with and without ADHD. 

Students will complete electronic surveys and attend three lab appointments, during which they will:

  •  Answer questions about their physical and mental health
  • Participate in physical health assessments
  •  Engage in moderate physical exercise by riding a stationary bike
  •  Complete computer tasks

Time Commitment
The time commitment is about 4-6 hours in total.

Complete an eligibility questionnaire to ensure you can safely participate in exercise research. Shortly after you complete the survey, a researcher will contact you to confirm your eligibility. *Students who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant are not eligible.

Participants who meet eligibility criteria, complete all surveys, and attend all three appointments will receive up to $50. 

Participation Instructions
For more information or to sign up, please contact:
Yvette Rother
Text or call (803) 602-4924


The research assistant will join a project that investigates whether online retailers treat consumers fairly. Within this role, you will develop, document, and maintain advanced software for automatic data collection (web-crawling). You will also learn how retailers collect consumer data and gain understanding of algorithm decision making in online retailing. Schedule to be coordinated with supervisor and to work around class schedule. Must be willing to work a flexible schedule to achieve project goals.

  • meeting with the principal investigator to define functional specifications
  • Learning about business practices in online retailing
  • Learning about technology and programming tools
  • designing algorithms and flowcharts
  • developing and optimizing code
  • testing and deploying programs
  • troubleshooting, debugging, maintaining programs
  • developing technical documentation


The successful candidate must:

  • be currently enrolled as a student at USC
  • have good communication skills
  •  be professional, reliable, and of high personal integrity
  •  be able to work independently or as part of a team
  •  maintain confidentiality and respect intellectual property
  •  be able and willing to learn independently and quickly
  •  be proficient in Python and HTML
  •  understand computer networking / internet protocols
  •  understand client-server architectures

Other preferred but not required qualifications:

  • familiarity with java / javascript and linux / unix
  • understanding of computer architecture
  •  experience with academic research
  •  interesting in learning from academic research
  •  experience with formal software development processes
Time Commitment and Compensation

Hours per week: 10 hours
Salary: 15.00/Hour to 20.00/Hour
Job Close Date: Open until filled

Application Instructions

This position is open until filled.  Should review of your qualifications result in a decision to pursue your candidacy, you will be contacted by phone or email.

Required Documents

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • List of References and Contact Information

Optional Documents

  • Letter of Recommendation 1
  •  Letter of Recommendation 2
  •  Other supporting documents that demonstrate the candidate’s abilities

When writing your cover letter, please answer the following questions.

  • What is your current student status? (e.g., senior, masters of science/arts).
  •  What is (are) your major(s)?
  •  If any, what is (are) your minor(s)?
  •  What is your expected graduation date:
  •  Why are you interested in this position?
  •  Have you worked on-campus before? If so, list the department and supervisor.
  •  What is your current cumulative GPA?
  •  What coursework relevant to this project have you taken and what was your GPA in each course?
  •  What applications have you coded in Python (if any)?
  •  What applications have you coded in computer languages other than Python (if any)?

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Post Updated April 27, 2023

University 101 is accepting applications for new instructors for fall 2023. Prospective instructors should submit the new instructor application, along with a cover letter and resume. 

  • master's degree or higher from an accredited institution (official transcript required)
  • status as a full-time university employee, retiree of USC Columbia, or Ph.D. student
  • completion of the Teaching Experience Workshop
  • approval by the instructor's supervisor or department chair
  • approval by the director of University 101 Programs
  • participate in regular professional development opportunities offered by University 101 Programs
Application Process

  Visit the University 101 Programs web page for full application instructions.


The Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) program is a nationally recognized professional development program that provides assistance to graduate students and post-docs who want to become faculty members at the college level. The goals of PFF are to help better prepare participants for all aspects of their faculty careers including teaching, scholarly research, and service, and provide a mechanism and credential recognizing their initiative and gained experience in the areas of faculty roles and teaching. 

More information, including application, requirements, and other details, is provided on the Preparing Future Faculty program page located on the  USC Center for Teaching Excellence website. 


Individuals can now register to take the TOEFL iBT ®  and the GRE® General Test at home.  ETS  will answer questions about at home testing virtually,  and on demand. Learn more here.


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