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Opportunity in Hazing Education for a Graduate Student–University of Maine

University of Maine

Graduate Research Assistant Position

National Collaborative for Hazing Research and Prevention

Start date: August 29, 2011


The graduate assistant (GA) for the National Collaborative for Hazing Research and Prevention (The Collaborative) will join an energetic and committed team working to help students achieve their full potential by promoting safer school and campus environments and co-curricular experiences. This research assistant will serve a vital role in research and prevention initiatives pertaining to hazing and bullying.


The role of the GA will focus on supporting research and programmatic initiatives of The Collaborative. This will entail (though not limited to):

* Assisting with both quantitative and qualitative research tasks
* Assisting the Directors and Collaborative staff as necessary.
* Making presentations and/or conducting workshops related to the research and projects of the Collaborative.
* Actively participating in campus and community wide committees as needed.
* Coordinating and facilitating local, regional, and/or national groups as needed.
* Designing and maintaining online resources and print publications.
* Designing program announcements both electronically and for paper distribution.
* Updating and maintaining print brochures and information library.
* Actively participating in the grant writing process.
* Assist in identifying external funding sources.
* Representing the Directors at meetings and other functions as needed.
* Professionally and effectively communicating with students and colleagues both orally and in writing.


Master’s degree required. Must be matriculated or admitted into a University of Maine graduate program by time of hire. Experience in prevention of hazing and/or bullying or other violence is preferred. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of research design and will possess basic research analysis skills including experience and/or willingness to learn SPSS, Excel, and NVivo. Familiarity with public health framework of prevention is desired. Graduate assistantships begin August 29, 2011 and run through May 31, 2012 with possible renewal for subsequent years.


This position carries a stipend of $13,120 payable in nine monthly installments of $1421.11 on the last day of each month beginning September 30, 2011. Tuition will be waived beginning with the Fall 2011 and extend through the Summer Session 2012. Recently approved graduate policy limits graduate assistants to a registration of no more than nine credit hours per semester; six hours during May Term/Summer Session. Additional hours may be taken at the expense of the graduate assistant. A minimum registration of 6 credit hours is required in both fall and spring semesters. The student is responsible for the payment of any required fees and insurances.


Applicants for the GA position must be admitted to a University of Maine doctoral program or be in the process of applying and able to demonstrate evidence of qualifications needed to satisfy admission requirements. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume detailing relevant academic and professional experiences. More information about University of Maine doctoral studies in higher education can be found here:

Send application materials to:

Dr. Elizabeth Allan

Professor of Higher Education

118 Merrill Hall

University of Maine

Orono, ME 04469


Review of applications will begin May 31, 2011 and will continue until the position is filled.

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer, former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird, finished a stint as managing editor of the Celina Daily Standard to accept a new position as managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily--

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