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Graduate Assistant - Health and Human Performance 2024-2025

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Work type: Graduate Assistant
Location: St. Louis, MO
Categories: Exercise Science

Posting Details

Job Summary/Basic Function

Maryville University’s Exercise Science program is seeking a graduate assistant to provide support to our faculty, staff, and students in the Human Performance Laboratory.

The Human Performance Laboratory at Maryville University is a facility designated to teach, conduct research, and provide service to faculty, staff, students, and individuals in the community.  Among the physiological and fitness parameters measured in the laboratory are: cardiorespiratory endurance (maximal oxygen uptake, V̇O2 Max), anaerobic power, muscular fitness (strength and endurance), muscular flexibility, body composition, agility, balance, coordination, power, reaction time, and speed.

The lab is equipped with research quality equipment and is set up to be an active learning environment for students in related fields.  Some of the equipment available in the lab includes: Woodway treadmills, WattBike Bicycle ergometers, Seca BIA devices, isometric strength dynamometers, force plates, VBT sensors, timing gates, as well as many others.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Health and Human Performance GA assists the Human Performance Lab (HPL) Director & Coordinator in the management of the HPL, performance testing, and conduct of related research in the laboratory and field.

Areas of Direct Coordination:

1. Service: Conducts human performance testing and follow-on data analysis.   

The Maryville University EXSC HPL offers performance and wellness testing to students, athletes, faculty, staff, and the community. 

2. Research: Assists HPL Director/Coordinator and other Exercise Science faculty in the management and conduct of human performance research in the laboratory and field. 

  • Assist in concept and protocol development. 

  • Assist in data collection. 

  • Assist in data analysis. 

  • Assist in manuscript preparation and publication. 


3. Teaching (assists): 

  • Classroom and laboratory: Assist the HPL Director in teaching and supervising laboratory courses 

  • Communication and administration. 

  • Identifies, communicates, and rectifies laboratory maintenance concerns. 

  • To include, but not limited to: 

  • Equipment maintenance, repair, and replacement 

  • Facilities maintenance and repair 

  • Maintains open and frequent communication with HPL Director/Coordinator and other Exercise Science faculty regarding HPL updates, equipment, policies, procedures, and announcements. 

  • Identifies, monitors, and addresses problematic issues within the HPL. Works in consultation with the HPL Director/Coordinator on course/program hours, length of program, policies, etc. 


Learning Outcomes

    1. Enhance collaboration skills as a member of a high performance team; work with EXSC performance staff and Athletics team staff to enhance student-athlete outcomes
    2. Engage with Maryville faculty/staff through health promotion and wellness programs
    3. Develop communication and accountability skills while working in either/both health promotion & wellness and human performance capacities
    4. Develop and enhance leadership skills through mentoring undergraduate students in a wide array of Exercise Science programs


  • Stipend for the academic year: $3000 

  • Tuition award for the academic year: 6 credits/ up to a maximum of $5532  (depending upon the program of the selected GA). 

The award is based on 15-20 hours per week for 15 weeks each semester. It is expected that students earn their credit hours in the fall and spring semesters by being enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours each semester. Credits must be earned by May 31 each year. Tuition waiver does not cover fees, private music lessons, books, or OneCard charges. Students will receive ½ of their annual stipend during the Fall semester and ½ of their annual stipend during the Spring semester. Each semester, the stipend will be divided into 8 payments. Fall stipends are paid on or about September 15-December 31. Spring stipends are paid on or about January 31-May 15

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelors Degree

Admittance into one of the following Maryville University Graduate Programs:

Masters in Business Administration, Masters in Education,  Masters in Data Science,  Physical Therapy

Preferred Qualifications


Physical Demands


Open Until Filled


Special Instructions to Applicants

An offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background screening.


Maryville University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, disability, gender, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race/color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other status protected by law. This extends to all aspects of the employment relationship, including recruiting, hiring, training, on-the-job treatment, promotion, layoff, and termination.

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