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Institute on Disabilities at Temple University


Graduate Student Assistantship Program

Available Positions

Extern: 20 hours/week - This position is not in Temple's campus. Located at Vision for Equality (VFE) near 8th & Arch in Center City. Vision for Equality monitors the quality of services that people with intellectual disabilities receives from the state as well as people who are transitioning from a nursing home back into the community.

Responsibilities: Assist IM4Q/MFP Program Manager with data collection, coding, filing and report development associated with IM4Q and MFP Programs using survey instruments created by Temple University's Institute on Disabilities. May be asked to go on interviews and co-administer. Quality of Life Surveys to individuals with intellectual disabilities accompanied by staff from VFE. Will perform various additional clerical duties associated with VFE monitoring programs in a timely manner and of acceptable quality on an as needed basis.

Graduate Research Assistant: 9 hours/week
Project Area of Work: Money Follows the Person (MFP)


  • Obtain technical assistance from Computer Services to set up database
  • Compile and send (via email) MFP Survey Information/Referrals to Regional Surveyors
  • Process MFP surveys upon receipt
  • Input surveys into database
  • Maintain office MFP survey files and other MFP-related correspondence
  • Develop quarterly MFP report in Excel chart from data input for submission to DPW
  • Maintain database for pre-transition, first follow-up, and second follow-up surveys
  • Other general duties relating to MFP as needed, e.g., telephone communication and written correspondence to surveyors
  • Participates with the IOD inter-disciplinary weekly seminar for one of the two semesters (fall or spring)

20-hour work week including combined practical and academic learning experiences

- Eighteen hours per week are spent fulfilling job responsibilities.

- Each student is required to register and attend a one-credit seminar in Disability Studies each semester during the academic year. Two hours per week are spent in academic course work/class preparation in Disability Studies (one hour in the Disability Studies classroom and one hour in class preparation). Half-time positions will attend the seminar one of the two semesters per year. They will not complete a research proposal.

Individually designed work assignments are available

Individually designed work assignments are available; each is associated with an Institute grant-funded project including community/government agencies that provides the stipend through a contract with the Institute.

Opportunities include hands-on learning in the following areas

- Policy
- Research and evaluation
- Program development
- Project coordination

Graduate students at the Institute on Disabilities are hired as Research Assistants (RA), Externs, or a combination in accordance with the TUGSA agreement, Policies on Graduate Student Support issued by Temple University's Office of the Provost and Graduate School, and position responsibilities as outlined in each job description. Contracts are written for one academic year, often with the possibility of renewal. Students receive a stipend and tuition scholarship at the level corresponding to the RA or Extern appointment, school of academic enrollment, length of commitment, and availability of funding resources.

Qualifications: All applicants must be enrolled and maintain good standing in a full-time matriculated graduate degree program at Temple University. The Graduate Student Assistantship Program actively recruits students pursuing terminal degrees (generally Doctoral [Ph.D.] candidates) from a wide variety of academic departments and with a broad range of skills and experiences. We will consider applications from students pursuing non-terminal master's degrees, although preference is given to doctoral students. 20 hours/week is considered full-time for graduate students. You cannot combine a 20 hour position with another position on campus. If you have a 10 hour or 20 hour position already, please do not apply.

For more information, please contact:
Shana Hornstein, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Assistant Professor
Special Education
1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
Ritter Hall 359
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Voice: 215-204-8424

Institute on Disabilities
Student Center Room 411S
1755 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122