Office of Student Life

Grad Pad

Student Life GAA Supervisors Resources

Welcome Supervisors!

In our pursuit of the Extraordinary Student Experience for Graduate Students who work in Student Life, we are excited to offer resources and support for the supervisors of our GAAs. On this page, you'll find resources and tools to help develop your supervision skills as well as ways to foster professional development in the graduate students with whom you work. We hope you find these beneficial to the amazing work that you are doing with graduate assistants. Additionally, if you have ideas or suggestions for further supervisor or graduate student development, we'd love to hear your ideas at



December 1, 2019-- As the year ends, I wanted to connect with each of you regarding the Office of Student Life GAA Process for 2020-2021. In tandem with our HR processes, and partnership with the HESA and Student Personnel Assistantship Program (SPA) program, we are asking for your assistance as we collect the data needed to prepare for the 2020-2021 GAA cohort.

Please fill out whatever information you are able to share at this time. If your graduate assistant is returning, please indicate that on this survey. Please submit GAA information by Friday, January 10, 2020. You can access the form online. (

 Please upload a current electronic copy of the position description and any other information that describes the responsibilities, requirements, and/or benefits of assistantships (new or recurring) that you hope to interview for SPA Days or through another recruitment process. If you do not have a description that is able to be shared, please be sure to submit a new or updated description to by Friday, January 10.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Grad Pad at

***If you are interested in hosting an graduate practicum/intern for the 2020-2021 school year, let me know.

Thank you,

Chase Moore & the Grad Pad Team




North Residential District, The Ohio State University | Friday, October 18, 2019

9 am – 4 pm

Supervisors, we invite you to register for the 2019 GP3 Summit & Awards!

This free one-day summit is open to all The Ohio State University staff, graduate, and undergraduate students interested in student affairs. Please join us for a day of professional development and celebration!

This year’s theme is “Preparing for Tomorrow, Today!” During the Summit, we will also host the inaugural GP3 Awards celebration, honoring emerging leaders in the OSU higher education and student affairs community, student affairs mentors, and outstanding students and staff.

Join us for a thought-provoking, challenging, exciting, and energizing experience including dynamic program sessions, a keynote luncheon, awards and premiere panel discussion: “Trends in Student Affairs: Are You Prepared for Tomorrow?”

Register Now!

(Registration is FREE with lunch for those who register before October 7th)

Get Involved:

  • Call for Programs: We are still looking for programs that highlight some of the great work and research on our campus that aligns with this year’s theme. Submit your session today! The deadline is 11:59pm, Sunday, September 22, 2019.
  • Nominate for an award: If you would like to nominate someone befitting the criteria of the awards, please submit the name of your nominee along with a brief statement of nomination of 500 or fewer words to by October 6, 2019.
  • If you would like to volunteer for the event, please email by October 4, 2019.

If you have any question, email or GP3 Summit Committee Chair, Chase


Past GAA Supervisor Development Events

GAA Supervisor Training - Autumn 2019 Series 

As we welcome a new cohort of incoming GAAs to the Office of Student Life, we are excited to take some time to review the graduate administrative appointment documents that govern their employment with us and answer any other questions that you may have about their role within the Office of Student Life. We will soon host our mandatory supervisor training to review GAAs’ terms of employment, to engage with our HESA and SPA partners and to go over the expectations for use of the Performance Planning, Coaching and Evaluation process for this academic year. 

We will be hosting three sessions for the autumn series:

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 | 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM, Ohio Union – Suzanne M. Scharer Room  

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM, Ohio Union – Tanya Rutner Hartman Room  

Thursday, August 29, 2019 | 10:00 - 11:30 AM, Ohio Union – Senate Chamber   

Please register for one of these training dates by noon on Wednesday, July 31, 2019. If you have any questions, please email Chase


How College Affects Students - Spring 2019

Karlsberger Scholarly Colloquium presented by The Ohio State University’s Department of Educational Studies, Higher Education & Student Affairs Program, and Higher Education Student Personnel Association

Wednesday, April 11, 2018- 9:15 AM - 12:00 PM – Cartoon Room, Ohio Union

Facilitator: Dr. Matthew Mayhew, Ph.D., Department of Educational Studies

Join us as we bring together higher education and student affairs scholars and leaders to discuss research findings and best practice implications for promoting student success in college. Featuring authors Drs. Matt Mayhew, Tricia Seifert, and Greg Wolniak, with panelists:

  • Dr. Michael Alexander | President, Lasell College
  • Dr. Paul Benson | Provost, The University of Dayton
  • Dr. Sonia DeLuca Fernández | Assistant Vice Provost for Educational Equity, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Dr. D’Andra Mull | Assistant Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students, The Ohio State University
  • Moderated by Dr. Alina Wong, Associate Dean for Student Life at Barnard College

This event is free, but space is limited. Please visit to register. Thirty people who register and attend will have the chance to win a free copy of the book.

For more information or to submit suggestions, please contact Chase Moore at