IU Media School Approval

The IU Board of Trustees recently approved the creation of the new Media School, merging the School of Journalism and departments of communication and culture and telecommunications.

Read the IDS article, quoting GPSO President Brady Harman.

This institutional change will have a profound impact on both undergraduates and graduates pursuing degrees related to journalism, communication, and telecommunication.  GPSO has an informational site compiling all of the information available to us, and we are encouraging as much student feedback as possible.

The University will be forming a Student Advisory Committee, and we will share information about involvement as soon as we can.

What does this mean to you as an IU graduate student?

What questions or concerns do you have?


To share your views:

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SAA Available: GPSO Programming Coordinator


The Graduate and Professional Student Organization serves over 9,500 graduate and professional students at IU Bloomington through providing academic support, advocacy, community-building and resources. The GPSO seeks applicants for the position of Programming Coordinator for the remainder of the 2013-2014 academic year.

The GPSO Programming Coordinator is a paid SAA 10-12 month position. This position organizes and executes social and academic events throughout the year. Events include Orientation Week, the annual Grad Appreciation Week (culminating in the Grad Bash), and monthly social networking hours, special family-friendly and cultural events. The Operations Coordinator also plans and implements academic, professional development and community building activities, in frequent partnership with university departments, student groups, and community organizations.

The Programming Coordinator works with the GPSO Communications Coordinator to market events to the graduate community. The Programming Coordinator also purchases materials for GPSO events in accordance with IU purchasing policies, manages the procurement card and works with the GPSO Treasurer to document these purchases and submit financial statements in a timely manner.

The Programming Coordinator serves on and assists the GPSO Executive Committee, and serves as chair of the GPSO Programming Committee in efforts to create and execute successful and relevant events. On occasion, the Programming Coordinator publicly represents the organization.

The position requires knowledge of common office applications, including Microsoft Word and Excel, as well as social networking applications, including Facebook. Successful applicants should have excellent verbal and written communication skills, be self-motivated, and work well in a close team environment. The ideal candidate will have experience collaborating with university organizations and community groups, and working with volunteers. Familiarity with Indiana University operations and the Bloomington community preferred. Vibrant, outgoing, and creative students with event planning and administrative experience are encouraged to apply.

Candidates must be enrolled full time as an IUB graduate or professional student and must be a U.S. citizen or a non-citizen authorized to work in the United States for the period of the appointment. NOTE: The Programming Coordinator may not concurrently hold positions as Associate Instructors, Graduate/Research Assistants, or be committed to other full-time or half-time work on conjunction with this position.

The Programming Coordinator is a 20-hour per week (50% FTE) position. Compensation includes tuition remission for 9 credits of tuition remission in the fall 2013; and 12 credits in spring 2014 semester excluding non-remittable fees; subsidized Student Academic Appointee Mandatory Health Insurance and a $10,000 stipend for the year. This position also includes mandatory summer work compensated at $12.50/hour. The assistantship is considered taxable income. Candidate must be available immediately to begin training.

Interested parties should submit the following application materials by 5pm on Thursday, September 26 to both GPSO at gpso@indiana.edu and Dean Yolanda Trevino at ytrevino@indiana.edu. Please submit all materials electronically via email in ONE combined PDF file. Due to time restraints, we will not consider incomplete applications.

  1. Cover letter and résumé
  2. One current letter of recommendation from a source who can speak to the required skills
  3. Contact information for 2 additional references
  4. 300 word essay explaining your vision for increasing the relevance of the GPSO in the wider IU and Bloomington Community during the 2013-2014 academic year.
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Professional Development: Job Search, Application, and Interview

GPSO is excited to present a three-part professional development series in conjunction with the IU Career Development Center!

  • Wednesday, September 18
    • Researching Careers and Effective Job Search Strategies
  • Wednesday, November 20
    • Preparing a Resume, CV, Cover Letter and Reference List
  • Wednesday, January 22
    • Preparing for the Job Interview: The Importance of Strong Interpersonal Skills

This series is led by Jan Van Dyke, Senior Assistant Director, Specialized Career Advising.

For 11 years, Jan served as a director for career services at liberal arts colleges and a community college. Prior to his work in higher education, he held various positions in the non-profit sector. He was director of a non-profit organization as well as a volunteer for VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America). Jan was also a member of the U.S. Senate staff and held various positions in political campaigns, including serving as campaign manager for a U.S. congressional candidate.


Keep an eye on our e-newsletter and Facebook page to register for these events!

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Orientation Week Events

Events Card

Welcome back to Bloomington!

As part of graduate orientation week, GPSO offers several events to help keep you informed, comfortable, and connected in your new home.

Events Card

Thursday, August 22 – 2-4pm

Get Oriented @ IU Information Fair

Wells Library Main Lobby

Friday, August 23 – 2pm, 3pm

Insurance Q&A

Wells Library E174

Friday, August 23 – 7-9pm

Orientation Week Social Hour

Root Cellar, FARM Bloomington

Free appetizers!

Sunday, August 25 – 2-4pm

New Grad Student Picnic

Campus View Picnic Shelter

Free food and drink!

 The fun starts Thursday – we hope to see you at these events!

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IU Sustainability Fund: Don’t forget to check the box!

“The Sustainability Fund is a student-driven and student-run fund created to facilitate positive, sustainable change on IU Bloomington’s campus.  Our projects aim to further the three pillars of sustainability: economic, social, and environmental, while creating a direct, measurable, and lasting impact on the students and the campus community.

Each semester when you register for classes, you can make these projects reality by checking the box for the Sustainability Fund and donating $5.  Don’t worry, even if you didn’t check it when registering, it’s not too late!  Go to Onestart > Student Self-Service > Financial > View/edit Optional Services.”

- Adapted from the IU Student Sustainability Council website

The GPSO was instrumental in the development of both the Student Sustainability Fund and the Student Sustainability Council (SSC).  To date, we hold two active seats on the SSC while also maintaining our own a standing committee to continually address relevant issues facing graduate students and the university.

For more information, please contact our Sustainability Officer at gpsosus@indiana.edu.

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Assistantship Available: Center of Excellence for Women in Technology

This graduate assistant position will support the Center of Excellence for Women in Technology (CEWiT), an organization that supports faculty, staff, and student women in technology on the Indiana University Bloomington campus. The organization is made up of core support personnel, a Director, a Program Manager, a volunteer Faculty Alliance, a volunteer Staff Alliance, and a volunteer Student Alliance. The organization reports to the Office of the Provost and receives guidance from the CEWiT Advisory Council. The CEWiT graduate assistant will report to the Program Manager and work closely with the Director and faculty, staff, and student alliances.

Duties of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Creates and researches content for the CEWiT website and social media channels, including relevant news and resources for faculty, staff, and student women in technology, and works closely with student interns responsible for managing the center’s social media presence.
  • Assists with recruiting and marketing for CEWiT and creating marketing and promotional materials for the center.
  • Supports CEWiT staff and volunteers in the planning of events and programs for CEWiT and the faculty, staff, and student affiliate groups.
  • Assists with the coordination of the CEWiT Aspirations in Computing awards competition process and works closely with student scholarship winners who will serve as ambassadors for the center.
  • Represents CEWiT at campus events and programs in order to share information about the center to prospective affiliates.

Remuneration includes a $13,525 stipend for 10 months, tuition remission, and health insurance. This position is 50% FTE and is listed as a 20 hour per week commitment. This position will require occasional evening and weekend hours.

Qualifications: Must be a current graduate student at IU Bloomington. Strong oral and written communication skills, strong analytical skills, demonstrated evidence of initiative and the ability to plan and execute programs and events. Graphic design skills preferred. Resume and cover letter required.

Applications are being accepted immediately until the position is filled. Please submit all application materials and direct any questions to Julianne Martin, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President, at juljumar@indiana.edu or 812-855-3565.

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Part Time Work Available: Wells Library Alternate Media Editor

Hey, students! Are you looking for a part time hourly position with flexible hours (about 10-15 hours a week; more hours at the start of a semester and tapers off once your academic workload goes up)? Please consider applying to this position. It’s on campus in the Herman B Wells Library!

Job title: Alternate Media Editor
Department: UITS Adaptive Technology and Accessibility Center (located on the main floor of the Wells Library, just inside of the West tower)
Contact Person: Brian Richwine
Email: iuadapts@indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 856-2757

Evening / Weekend hours required: No
Hours / week: 10 – 15
Pay Rate: $8.25 / Hour
Work Study: No
How to Apply: Send resume to Brian Richwine at the above email address. In your email, please use the subject line “Alternate Media Editor Application”.

Job description: The successful candidate would assist the Adaptive Technology and Accessibility Center (ATAC) in their role of supporting students, faculty, and staff with disabilities to be successful at Indiana University. We work to make sure books, e-texts, and other media and course materials are accessible and usable for people with disabilities. Successful candidate will learn about issues that determine a document’s accessibility, how to produce accessible documents, and how to convert inaccessible documents to an accessible format while supporting students in a higher education environment.

Job responsibilities:

  • Learn and master accessible Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Adobe PDF file creation
  • Edit materials according to the ATAC’s accessible document creation standards
  • Must be able to describe images, charts, and tables for the visually impaired according to Science, Technology and Math (STEM) guidelines: (http://ncam.wgbh.org/experience_learn/educational_media/stemdx)
  • Track work, report metrics, and organize tasks in an Excel spreadsheet and via email
  • Scan and digitize materials


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Efficient and detail oriented
  • Working knowledge of MS Office applications, particularly Word, PowerPoint and Excel
  • Personable and have excellent customer service skills
  • Able to work effectively and efficiently with a minimum of supervision
  • Available to work a minimum of two daytime shifts within the work week
  • Proficiency in foreign languages and/or mathematics is preferred, but not required
  • Skilled at working with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop is preferred, but not required
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Graduate Assistantship: Fall 2013


The Center for the Study of the Middle East, African Studies Center, Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Studies, East Asian Studies Center, and Russian and East European Institute welcome applications for a Graduate Assistantship in the Fall Semester of the 2013-14 academic year. The position is open to ABD students enrolled in G901 only.

The GA appointment will require an effort of 20 hours/week throughout the Fall Semester. The GA will assist with all administrative, financial, organizational, and pedagogical aspects pertaining to a series of workshops for middle and high school teachers on the teaching of world history/geography.

Duties include:

  • Scheduling and attending to logistical arrangements for two workshops to be held in two different regions of Indiana
  • Composing and disseminating announcements of upcoming workshops to middle and high school teachers who serve at schools of the regions in question
  • Coordinating the work of IU doctoral students and other presenters at the workshops
  • Developing and disseminating classroom activities based on workshop presentations for use at middle and high school level
  • Processing financial transactions that include supply orders, payments for substitute teachers, travel reimbursements
  • Assembling and organizing materials from current and previous workshops in preparation for launch of a webpage devoted to the project

Desired Skills/Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with middle/high school social studies curricula
  • Coursework and/or work experience in lesson plan development for middle/high school
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to learn IU financial systems
  • Good computer skills

Eligibility & Stipend:

Graduate Students enrolled in G901 are eligible to apply.  The GA will receive a stipend of $7,875, paid out in five installments from mid-September through mid-December, and health insurance.

Application deadline is August 7. Please submit the following to Mark Trotter, Associate Director/Russian and East European Institute, at martrott@indiana.edu:

  • letter of application addressing preferred skills and qualifications;
  • CV or resume;
  • two letters of recommendation from work supervisors and/or graduate faculty.
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Workshop: NSF Grant Proposals

Indiana University NSF Grant Proposal Workshop

This one-day comprehensive workshop is geared for those who wish to submit winning research proposals to the National Science Foundation (NSF). It is taught by experienced faculty who have received various NSF grants and serve as evaluators on NSF review panels.

Participants will understand how to navigate the FastLane, focus on the key sections of successful proposals and demonstrate that their projects merit the excellence and innovation that bring them to the top of other submissions. All sessions engage the attendees in interactive exercises, writing, lectures and discussions so that all participants will leave the class understanding how to research, write and develop their specific project.

Areas to be covered include the:

1. Overall strategic plan of grant-writing
2. Types of awards and NSF funding, including what to look for in a grant application
3. Proposal preparation process and submission mechanisms
4. Characteristics, content and function of the various pieces of the proposal, including: hypothesis, methods, outcomes, broader implications, evaluation, timelines and budgets
5. Secret to organizing and writing “Merit Review Criteria”

Participants will learn how to:

1. Compose the pieces of an NSF Research Grant Proposal
2. Understand the inner workings of NSF’s Peer Review System and the rating scores
3. Develop and write the approach and “Broader Impacts” section
4. Package superior proposal submissions
5. Avoid the fatal flaws of a grant
6. Effectively write and approach resubmissions

*Space is limited, and since this class fills-up quickly, it is on a first-come, first-serve basis.*
Workshop Fee: $375.00 (including tuition, materials, certificate of completion, and continental breakfast)
To Enroll:
We are finalizing the attendee list as we speak, if interested please visit our website or contact us at 1.866.704.7268 if you have not already done so. To register/ reserve seating.

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Fellowship: CITL Graduate Service-Learning

The Service-Learning Program at the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CITL) invites graduate students from all schools and departments at IUB to apply to become Service-Learning Graduate Fellows for the 2013-14 academic year. SL Graduate Fellows are part of a learning community that explores issues related to service-learning and serve as a resource for other graduate students considering adopting a service-learning pedagogy.

•    Six graduate students on the Bloomington campus will be chosen as SL Graduate Fellows for the 2013-2014 academic year.

•    SL Graduate Fellows can either be new to service-learning or have already taught a service-learning course.

•    SL Graduate Fellows will be part of a seminar to discuss common readings, local issues and curriculum development. Meetings will take place three times during the fall semester and three during the spring semester—the first meeting will be in early September (date to be determined on availability of selected SL Graduate Fellows).  Meeting locations will vary; some may be held at local non-profit agencies. A variety of topics relevant to service-learning will be explored.

•    Each fellow will receive a $500 award at the completion of the fellowship year.


Application Guidelines

Applications should be submitted electronically or in print and should follow these guidelines:

•    Name

•    School/Department

•    In no more than two pages, please describe:

1. Your interest and experience with service-learning;

2. How you anticipate this fellowship will have an impact on your teaching; and

3. How you intend to raise the visibility of service-learning with other graduate students in your department as a result of this fellowship.


Application deadline: Monday, August 5, 2013 (application details are below).  If you have any questions, please contact: Nicole Schönemann, CITL Service-Learning Program Director at (812) 855-7849, nschonem@indiana.edu.

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GPSO HQ has moved!
We are now located in Kirkwood Hall, Suite 103.

The GPSO Office includes a small space with couches which is available for group meetings, work space, and two large offices.

Office Hours:
All officers available by appointment to gpso@indiana.edu.

Meeting Space:
The GPSO office may be reserved for campus group meetings by emailing gpso@indiana.edu

Contact Us


Kirkwood Hall, Suite 103
Bloomington, IN 47405