Ottawa University
  • Ottawa, KS, USA
  • Temporary

Stipend & Degree

Ottawa University, Kansas, seeks Graduate Assistant candidates for Gwartney Institute.

The Gwartney Institute for Freedom, Justice and Human Flourishing (GI) is seeking a graduate assistant to help with the institute in its mission to create a unique scholarly environment for the examination and study of economic freedom and social justice and their role in the advancement of human flourishing. The institute will promote clarity in the understanding of both economic freedom and social justice, communicating their contribution to more purposeful, creative, and satisfying lives.  Because of their central role in the interaction among people, social institutions along with the economic, political, religious, and cultural factors that shape them will be a central focus of the institute.

The graduate assistant (GA) will preferably have an undergraduate degree in economics.  A strong applicant would show promise to be a good teacher with public speaking and writing skills.  The GA will be located at the main campus at Ottawa University (OU) in the current business suite but will also create pathways that connect Angel Snyder School of Business to its other sites in Kansas, Arizona, Wisconsin and online.  He or she will report to the directors/faculty of the institute but all will operate in a team environment. 

The primary responsibilities for this position will be assisting the director/faculty in outreach, research and teaching.  The director/faculty will be doing speaking engagements at high schools and other venues that will serve two primary functions:  first to recruit students through exposure to the Institute and more generally OU, and secondly to promote economic education in the high school curriculum through meetings with high school teachers and administrators.  The GA will help the directors build a national profile through social and other media as the Institute becomes an expert that national news outlets will turn to for input regarding how economic freedom and/or social justice impact human flourishing.  The GA will assist the director's work with OU Advancement on future funding of Institute initiatives.

Graduate Program General Information
The selected candidates will be granted tuition waiver (18 credit hours per year) for one of Ottawa University's graduate programs, a partial meal allowance and a bi-weekly living stipend paid over 12 months. Renewals for a second year are based on the evidence of academic performance and quality execution of assigned duties.

An earned Bachelor's Degree in a related field and the ability to obtain admission into an Ottawa University graduate program is required (minimum undergraduate degree GPA of 3.0 is required, as well as other acceptance criteria).  Graduate school program information and degrees may be found at A valid driver's license and driving record which meet institutional requirements is required.    

Work assignment for Graduate Assistants will be approximately 29 hours a week, but will fluctuate with the demands of the sport and time of year.

International candidates are only eligible to pursue the on-campus MBA degree of the programs that are offered. International students must also be able to secure an F1 student visa and meet the international admissions criteria for acceptance into the Ottawa University MBA program.  


  • A valid driver's license and driving record which meets institutional requirements is required.

  • An earned Bachelor's Degree in a related field and the ability to obtain admission into an Ottawa University graduate program is required (minimum undergraduate degree GPA of 3.0 is required, as well as other acceptance criteria).

Graduate school information and degrees may be found at  

A completed employment application is required for each position you wish to apply.  Candidates should attach a cover letter, resume, and the names of three professional references as a part of this application for employment. 

Ottawa University celebrates and prizes the diversity of its students, faculty, staff and Board of Trustees. In keeping with its Mission Statement, the University is called to actively foster an environment of awareness, appreciation, and intentional inclusivity. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from members of underrepresented groups and strongly encourage them to apply.

Ottawa University is committed to equal employment opportunity and does not unlawfully discriminate in recruitment or employment on the basis of race, age, sex, color, religion, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law.


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