AAAI Graduate Assistantships, 2011-2012

Indiana University
African American Arts Institute (AAAI)
Graduate Position Announcement for 2011-2012 

Application deadline: March 1, 2011

The African American Arts Institute announces graduate assistant and associate instructor positions for academic year 2011-2012. Graduate positions provide financial aid and work experience for students pursuing masters and doctoral degrees at Indiana University – Bloomington

About the Institute

The African American Arts Institute is a performing arts program whose mission is to preserve and promote African American culture through performance, creative activity, education, research and outreach. The Institute manages three performance ensembles offered as courses in the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies. Graduate student appointees serve in instructional and managerial support of ensemble activities.


  • African American Choral Ensemble – performs spirituals, gospel, and formally-composed works by and about African Americans
  • African American Dance Company – performs dance styles of the African Diaspora
  • IU Soul Revue – performs post-World War II urban Black popular music, which includes Soul, Funk, and R&B

Positions Available

Associate Instructorships:

  • African American Dance Company Associate Instructor – assists with instruction, choreography, and management of ensemble affairs
  • African American Choral Ensemble Vocal Coach — assists with arranging and instruction
  • African American Choral Ensemble Accompanist/Vocal Coach – accompanies rehearsals andperformances; assists with vocal instruction
  • IU Soul Revue Instrumental Coach (keyboardist or guitarist) — assist with arranging and instruction
  • IU Soul Revue Vocal Coach — assist with arranging, instruction, and vocal choreography

Graduate Assistantships:

  • Writer, Editor, and Alumni Assistant – writes and edits copy for programs, promotional material, and communications; serves as the AAAI Alumni Association student representative
  • Promotion Coordinator – coordinates distribution of marketing and promotional materials; plans activities and events to promote AAAI and the three ensembles
  • Media Assistant – implements graphic design, photography, and video production
  • Road Manager – manages ensemble performance and touring activities

Terms of Appointments

All positions are for one academic year, August through May, and are renewable for up to four years. Compensation includes a monthly stipend, fee remission, and health insurance.

General Requirements for Holding Graduate Positions

  • Full-time enrollment in a graduate degree program on the Bloomington campus (new students may apply prior to acceptance to the University; however, acceptance must be confirmed before appointments are awarded.)
  • Completed FAFSA form: contact the office of Student Financial Assistance at
  • Successful completion of audition and/or interview

Selected IU Colleges, Schools, and Departments

The Institute places no stipulation on the program in which its graduate employees enroll. However, the following is a selected list of programs and departments where many of the Institute’s current and former graduate employees have chosen to study. 

African American and African Diaspora Studies (; 812.855.3875)

Anthropology (; 812.855.1027)

Folklore and Ethnomusicology (; 812.855.1027)

Arts Administration (; 812.855.0282)

Journalism (; 812.855.9247)

School of Business (; 800.994.8622)

Jacobs School of Music (; 812.855.1583)

Telecommunications (; 812.855.2017)

Application Procedures:

Send letter of application, resume, and three references to:

Charles E. Sykes, Executive Director
African American Arts Institute
275 N. Jordan Ave., Suite 310
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405-1101

Or by e-mail to:

Do not send audio or video recordings unless requested.

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