Master of Public Administration


Graduate Assistants

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) has several graduate teaching assistantships (GTAs) that are awarded on a competitive basis. For the 2014 - 2015 Academic Year, the MPA program awarded 14 assistantships with a stipend of $10,500 each and 1 additional assistantship at $5,250. Students are required to work an average of 20 hours per week,10 hours for a half-time GTA. Most GTAs are required to work at least 5 hours a week in a teaching lab that provides students with help in their writing and course assignments. The GTAs also provide classroom support for faculty in the Department of Public and International Affairs (PIA). This involves grading, covering classes in the case of illness, copying, preparing course materials, help with website development, and other related duties. Each student is also assigned to research/service cluster for a balance of their time with their assignment designed to further the teaching, research, and service missions for the MPA program. Some of the anticipated service and research clusters are:

  • Nonprofit Research: This team is actively engaged in conducting research on the nonprofit sector.
  • Regional Engagement & Outreach/Research: This team will provide support for various regional engagement initiatives and develop strategies to engage the MPA alumni.
  • PIA Service: This team provides support for various initiatives undertaken by the Department of Public and International Affairs.
  • Coastal/Environmental Service/Research: This team is actively engaged in conducting research on coastal and environmental problems in Southeastern NC and beyond.
  • NVSQ and Distinguished Professor Assistants: This team is actively engaged in conducting research and assisting with the NVSQ journal alongside our Cameron Distinguished Professor, Jeffrey Brudney.

In addition, all GTAs will provide support to PIA and the MPA program during special events that allow GTAs with an opportunity to network with public and nonprofit administrators.

Graduate Assistants Application Process

When there are openings, a request for applications will be sent out on the MPA list serve. If you are interested in applying for one of our GTA openings, at that time, please send a current resume and a cover letter as email attachments, In your cover letter be sure to indicate any knowledge, skills, and abilities that will enable you to make a contribution as a GTA. You should also indicate your preferences with respect to the research clusters with which you are interested in working. These materials should be submitted electronically via email to the MPA Director. 

Current Graduate Assistants 2016-2017

Our graduate assistants are available Monday-Thursday from 9:00am-6:00pm in the PIA GTA Lab, 256 Leutze Hall. They are available to assist political science and public administration students with assignments, projects and research. They are also available to PIA departmental faculty and staff

Travis Henley

Genevieve Wirth

Kaitlyn Christian

Matt Ledford

Justin Brantley

Elizabeth Scire

Jasmine Zavala

Gideon Smith

Genevieve Guerry

Heather Simons