Graduate Assistant @ The Purpose Project (Immediate Hire)

The Purpose Project at Duke is seeking a graduate student to grade student reflections and track student attendance for the What Now? program through the end of the fall 2021 semester (December 15). The What Now? program offers a cluster of first-year seminars that engage students in questions of purpose, meaning, and what it means to lead a good life. In addition to participating in a seminar taught by a Duke faculty member, students also take the What Now? Common Experience course, which offers them the opportunity to engage with faculty and fellow students in informal conversations and participate in a variety of activities that support their well-being. Students write brief weekly reflections (250-300 words) on their Common Experience activity.

The responsibilities of the Graduate Assistant are to

  • Grade approximately 100 reflections each week, evaluating primarily for completion
  • Flag any reflections for further follow up by Purpose Project staff
  • Input grades and attendance into Sakai
  • Inform supervisor of weekly progress
  • All work can be done remotely

Time commitment: Approximately 7.5 hours per week, starting immediately, ending December 15

Compensation: $750

Application deadline: Position open until filled

To apply, please send your CV/resume as well as a brief cover letter (in the body of the email) to Katherine Jo at

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