Do you know who your advisor is?

Do you know who your advisor is?

When you enter the graduate program, the Graduate School assigned you a default temporary advisor. For our department, that person is typically Dr. Dzikus as the KRSS Director of Graduate Studies. Most likely, however, Dr. Dzikus will not be your actual advisor. It is your responsibility to ask a faculty member in your area of concentration/specialization to serve as your advisor (aka major professor). You should identify that person as soon as possible. Your major professor is the person who will also sign off first on your coursework on the Admission to Candidacy Form.

See this passage in the KRSS Graduate Handbook :

Temporary Advisor and Major Professor

Master’s and doctoral students entering all programs in the department are assigned a temporary advisor who advises the student regarding courses. As early as possible, the student asks an eligible faculty member to serve as major professor. The major professor advises the student through his or her course study and facilitates communication within the department regarding the student.

The major professor (or temporary advisor) must approve the student’s courses each semester to ensure that adequate progress is made toward the degree.

The major professor will work with the student to identify appropriate potential committee members who are eligible to serve and can facilitate the student’s degree work. It is important that the graduate student stay in close contact with the major professor and committee throughout the duration of his or her graduate program.


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Miami University: Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Sport Analytics

Miami University

Oxford, Ohio

Department of Kinesiology and Health

Sport Leadership and Management (SLAM)

Kinesiology & Health: Tenure-track Assistant Professor to teach courses in Sport Analytics, direct the Sport Analytics Summer Academy, maintain an active research agenda, advise undergraduate and graduate students, and provide service to the institution. Position begins Summer 2020.

Required: A Ph.D. in Sport Analytics, Sport Management, Sport Administration, or closely-related field (such as Data Analytics, Economics, Statistics) required by date of appointment.

Consideration may be given to candidates with 1) evidence of high-quality instruction; 2) experience teaching sport analytics courses at the college level including, but not limited to, Sport Analytics, Database Programming, Regression Modeling, Data Visualization, and Sport Economics and Finance; 3) evidence of scholarship in sport management, analytics, or closely-related field; and 4) experience or evidence of leading academic programming.

To Apply: Submit letter of interest, curriculum vitae, statement of research plans, and teaching philosophy to Department will request letters of recommendation from references listed in application. For inquiries about posting, contact Dr. Brody Ruihley at Screening of applications will begin September 13, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

Sport Leadership and Management (SLAM) is a growing program of 600+ undergraduate students and 40+ graduate students. The mission of SLAM is to prepare students to succeed in leadership positions in the sport industry (recreational to professional, youth to adult) by providing them with knowledge and skills to critically analyze and innovatively engage in the business and culture of sport. The SLAM undergraduate major has four areas of concentration designed to prepare students for specific career opportunities in Sport Management, Coaching, Sport Journalism, and Sport Media and Communication. Students often co-major or minor in management, marketing, or entrepreneurship in the Farmer School of Business, a nationally rated top-25 undergraduate business program. Sport Analytics is a new area of SLAM, building upon Miami University’s commitment to data analytics, and funded by the Boldly Creative strategic enhancement initiative. This includes offering of sport analytics-based courses and a Sport Analytics Summer Academy.

Miami University, an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, encourages applications from minorities, women, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Miami University prohibits harassment, discrimination and retaliation on the basis of sex/gender (including sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking), race, color, religion, national origin (ancestry), disability, age (40 years or older), sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, status as a parent or foster parent, military status, or veteran status in its recruitment, selection, and employment practices. Requests for all reasonable accommodations for disabilities related to employment should be directed to or 513.529.3560.

As part of the University’s commitment to maintaining a healthy and safe living, learning, and working environment, we encourage you to read Miami University’s Annual Security & Fire Safety Report
at, which contains information about campus safety, crime statistics, and our drug and alcohol abuse and prevention program designed to prevent the unlawful possession, use, and distribution of drugs and alcohol on campus and at university

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Change in Routing for IRB Applications

Dear Students,

As of today, July 1, Dr. Scott Crouter assumes the responsibilities of Department Review Chair (DRC) for IRB applications. We thank Dr. Fisher for having served in this capacity for several years.

When you enter IRB applications for research projects into iMedris, please make sure to route the application first through Dr. Crouter, followed by Dr. Waller. For guides on routing and workflow, please see:



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Two funding opportunities

The Office of Assessment and Strategic Initiatives is seeking a graduate research assistant to provide research support, assistance with strategic planning, and generation of reports. A successful candidate must be a PhD student, and students in the following areas are particularly preferred: communication and information, data science and engineering, educational psychology and research, and higher education and administration. Get more information on this position, including how to apply.


The Office of Information Technology is seeking a graduate teaching assistant in Instructional Support & Training (Visual Design). This position, which is a twelve-month, half-time appointment, carries a stipend and a waiver of tuition and maintenance fees, including the summer session. To apply, email Rachael Stanley at rachael@utk.edua link to your online resume and portfolio and include a cover letter in the text of your email. In the email subject line, type “OIT Job Inquiry – Graduate Teaching Assistant.” Get the full position description at the OIT website.

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Two funding opportunities

1794 Scholars Program

The 1794 Scholars Program seeks to hire a graduate student to assist with program administration and event planning. This position will work closely with the program’s Assistant Director and campus partners. To be eligible, one must be a current UT graduate student in good standing, as of fall 2019, and be available for evening and weekend work. Interested students should submit a cover letter and resume to Virginia Stormer, Assistant Director, at Interviews will be scheduled in early July with a position start date of July 29th. Get the full position description, including eligibility requirements.

Tennessee Women’s Basketball

The Tennessee Women’s Basketball program is offering a graduate assistantship position for a creative graphic design student. They are looking for a graphic designer to facilitate and produce graphics to compliment the brand of the Tennessee Lady Vols. To apply, send resume and work samples to Jennifer Sullivan ( Get the full position description, including eligibility.


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Thornton Center looking for Academic Mentors

Dear Graduate Students,

before you consider the opportunity advertised below, keep in mind that if you already have an Assistantship with a one-half (50%) time appointment (i.e., 20 hours per week), the department does not support requests for additional, on-going pay. Thus you would not receive the necessary approval from the Dean of the Graduate School to take the position advertised below (see more details see the KRSS Graduate Handbook).

If you do not have an assistantship or have a one- fourth (25%) time appointment (i.e., 10 hours per week), you may consider this opportunity:

The Thornton Center is seeking graduate students or those who have already earned a Master’s degree with the following characteristics:

  • Effective communication skills
  • Strong academic background
  • Enthusiastic

What is an Academic Mentor?

  • Mentors are assigned to student-athletes during their first semester at the University of Tennessee to help them develop various skills, including organization, time management, communication, and study strategies.
  • Mentors encourage student-athletes to improve self-responsibility, self-directedness, and other necessary skills to achieve their goals both in the classroom and in life.
  • Mentors foster student-athletes’ long term academic progress by guiding them in the development of effective study and communication skills.

Interested in Becoming an Academic Mentor?

  • Check out the Thornton Center website at
  • Under ‘Interested in Becoming a Mentor’, select ‘Click here.’
  • Be prepared to submit the following application materials:
    • Cover letter, Resume, and Transcripts
    • Contact information for two professional references
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Hourly-paid positions: Teaching and Learning Innovation

Teaching and Learning Innovation has a number of employment opportunities for the summer and for the fall of 2019. These are non-fee waivered positions; they are hourly positions paid at $15.00 per hour. They are accepting applications on a rolling basis, and the first to apply that meets the desired criteria has the best chance. They hope to have someone in the summer positions by June 3. To view the details of the various positions and apply, graduate students should go to

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