The EPIC Program is now accepting graduate student researcher (GSR) applications for the Fall 2017 quarter with the possibility of an extension for the Winter and Spring 2018 quarters. This position offers opportunities for a graduate student from the Humanities, History Department or the Department of Education to help launch programs and activities aimed at innovating humanities pedagogy for the 21st century.


This position provides a Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) appointment at 50% during Fall 2017 with a possibility for renewal for Winter and Spring 2018 quarters. Eligible applicants must:

  • be from a Humanities Division department, History Department or Education Department
  • have good standing and be enrolled in a minimum of 12 units per quarter during the academic year
  • maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above throughout the duration of the appointment
  • commit to 20 hours of work per week

Interest and/or demonstrated evidence of commitment to TA training, humanities pedagogy, and inclusive classroom and responsive teaching pedagogies preferred.


Under the supervision of the EPIC Program Director and EPIC Program Coordinator, the GSR will:

  • Research approaches to teaching relevant to the humanities
  • Spearhead outreach initiatives, including:
    • Develop social media strategy
    • Assist in website management
  • Assist in major EPIC events when needed
  • Assist in planning, overseeing and executing the EPIC Inaugural Conference
  • Develop and implement plans that will aid the conference goals
  • Lead and prepare agendas for conference planning meetings
  • Write and prepare conference documents, including but not limited to calls for submissions, publicity materials, manuals, etc.
  • Support EPIC Program Director and EPIC Program Coordinator in daily activities
  • Registered UCLA graduate student in 2017-2018 academic year
  • Must be from a Humanities Division department, History Department or Education Department
  • Ability to work independently and prioritize tasks with minimal supervision
  • Advanced organizational skills to keep track of multiple projects at different stages of completion, including:
    • Demonstrated ability to set and meet deadlines and priorities
    • Ability to organize and present information effectively and concisely
    • Ability to set and maintain a reliable work schedule
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to work as a part of a team supporting the EPIC Program Director and EPIC Program Coordinator and maintain cooperative working relationships with faculty, staff, administrators, students, and vendors
  • Experience organizing or participating in conferences
  • Experience in event planning
  • Demonstrated ability to lead networking and outreach initiatives
  • Experience in website management (WordPress/HTML)
  • Experience in creating and implementing social media strategies

The following materials are required when submitting your application:

  • Cover Letter (1-2 pages) that outlines how you would you leverage your training as a PhD student in support of advancing humanities pedagogy. Please include a statement on your commitment to and/or experience with teaching, especially as it relates to inclusivity and diversity
  • CV
  • Unofficial UCLA Transcript
  • Letter of recommendation sent directly to EPIC which speaks to your experiences relevant to the EPIC GSR position

Application materials must be received by 11:59pm PST on Friday, September 1, 2017. Email application documents (cover letter, CV, transcript) to Nina Friman Devolder at

Letter of recommendation must be received by 11:59pm PST on Friday, September 1, 2017. Please instruct recommender to send letters directly to Nina Friman Devolder at