Sunday, October 10, 2010



Req #: 68615
Job Location: Seattle Campus
Job Location Detail: 211 Mary Gates Hall
Posting Date: 10/08/2010
Closing Info: Closes On 10/22/2010
Salary: Tuition plus standard salary—-salary is commensurate with student standing.
Union Position: Yes
This classification is governed by a negotiated labor contract and is subject to union shop provisions. For more information about union shop provisions, visit Union Information

The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

The University Honors Program provides a special learning context for high-achieving students looking for a rigorous, enhanced educational experience. Bringing selected faculty into close contact with dedicated students in an atmosphere of small, challenging classes allows the Honors Program to combine the intimacy of a small, interdisciplinary liberal arts college with the strengths of an excellent public research university.

The University Honors Program is seeking graduate students for graduate student service appointments during Winter Quarter 2011. These positions offer a valuable hands-on opportunity to participate with higher education professionals in the review of undergraduate applications to the Honors Program for admittance Autumn Quarter 2011. Multiple positions available!

Readers will assess freshman Honors Program applications, using a combination of personal and academic factors. Applications are assessed by two readers separately, and final admission decisions are made by Honors Program staff readers, based on holistic assessments.

DATES OF EMPLOYMENT: December 16, 2010 – March 15, 2011. Candidate must be available for one three-hour weekday training sometime during December 16-17. Please note.

HOURS: Approximately 20 hours per week, half of which must be completed in the Honors Program office, during set Honors Admission reading sessions, sometime between 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. weekdays (exact dates/time TBD). The other half may be flexible hours, to be completed remotely via an online reading system.

SALARY: Tuition plus standard salary commensurate with student standing.


NOTIFICATION/ACCEPTANCE DATES: We will notify those accepted for the positions by November 5, 2010.

Must be formally enrolled in a tuition-based program in the UW Graduate School for at least 10 credits during Winter Quarter 2011.

Students enrolled in graduate programs that are fee-based or self-sustaining are welcome to apply, but will not be eligible to receive tuition, and under no circumstance will tuition be provided.

Ability to read and evaluate applications, considering both academic and personal factors; learn quickly and apply complicated assessment guidelines; apply assessment principles without personal bias; read rapidly and accurately and work independently for hours at a time; be sensitive to diversity/multicultural issues and educational disadvantage. Must be able to read at least 100 applications per week.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

Previous participation or direct affiliation with the UW Honors Program or other undergraduate honors programs demonstrating a practical understanding of the program's mission and values.

Condition of Employment:
Apply through UWHires.

In addition to a resume, and in lieu of a traditional cover letter, applicants must submit a letter addressing the following questions in 450 words or less:

Question 1: Your assignment is to select a strong, engaged, and diverse class of freshmen for the University of Washington Honors Program. What is the meaning of “strong, engaged, and diverse?” What academic and personal factors would you choose to consider in reviewing applications and why?

Question 2: How will you objectively evaluate an applicant whose views conflict with yours? Is it ever appropriate to use judgment based on personal opinions in reviewing for admission to a public university? Regardless of your answer, whether yes or no, please give an example to illustrate your decision.

This job classification is governed by a negotiated labor contract and is subject to union shop provisions. For more information about union shop provisions, visit:
Please note that your application will not be reviewed and you will not be considered for this position until the cover letter assessment is complete.

A satisfactory outcome from a criminal background verification may be required prior to hire.

Application Process:
Part of the application process for this position includes completing a Cover Letter assessment and an on-line Employment Eligibility assessment to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. The assessment will appear on your screen for you to complete as soon as you select "Apply to this Position" on this job announcement. Once you begin the assessment, it must be completed at that time. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until the assessment is complete.

The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206.543.6450 / 206.543.6452 (tty) or