GSO Team Application

Teaching Fellowship Application Information

The Graduate Student Orientation (GSO) program seeks to employ high achieving graduate students with leadership abilities from a wide range of academic disciplines and personal backgrounds to assist with the planning and implementation of GSO. Though not required, preference is given to applicants with teaching experience. Responsibilities include facilitating breakout sessions and working on committees to plan specific aspects of the fall and spring GSO programs.

GSO Teaching Fellows (also known as GSO Leaders) are expected to serve as positive role models for graduate students. GSO team members will receive a stipend of $1,600 for their work. This position is for Summer III 2021 only. The appointment may be renewable for one more summer the following year pending available funds and if the student is in good standing in their role as a GSO Teaching Fellow as well as with their department.

Important Dates:

New graduate student GSO will be held on Thursday, August 19.
New teaching assistant GSO will be held on Friday, August 20.

GSO is being planned as an in-person program at Kent State University for Fall 2021 with virtual and livestreamed options for those who cannot attend in person. Format and details for the program are subject to change in accordance with university COVID-19 precautions.

Weekly GSO planning meetings will occur remotely twice each week for approximately two hours, beginning July 15 with expectations for independent and group work on projects during and outside of the meetings. The appointment is for Summer III, which runs from July 15 through the final day of GSO on August 20.  All fellows must be available on the days of Fall GSO (August 19-20).

The deadline for application submission is Sunday, May 16 at 11:59 p.m. No late or incomplete applications will be accepted.


  • GSO Teaching Fellows must be enrolled in graduate classes or credit hours for Summer or Fall 2021.
  • Students who are on a faculty appointment for Summer II or III, or who plan to work an hourly position on campus during the Summer III appointment are not eligible to participate.
  • Students who hold a graduate assistant (GA) position during Summer II or III may be able to apply to request for additional employment to be eligible to be a GSO teaching fellow. However, hours cannot exceed 20 in the other GA appointment.
  • Applicants must be in good standing with their academic department and be making satisfactory progress toward their degree.
  • Students who are starting their graduate program in Summer or Fall 2021 are not eligible.

Application Documents: 

Application Submission Instructions:

  1. Fill out the questions on the GSO Teaching Fellow application form.
  2. Upload résumé or CV and completed questionnaire to the form. Your application must be submitted by Sunday, May 16 at 11:59 p.m.
  3. Inform your advisor or chair of your department to send their letter of recommendation attesting to you being in good academic standing and making satisfactory progress toward your degree. Your letter must be sent to by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 16.

Please contact Kyle Reynolds with questions about the GSO Teaching Fellowship at