As graduate students are an integral part of the university, many committees require our input. Below is a listing of current open positions--both internal and external to the GSA. Feel free to e-mail us at with any questions and to find out how to join any of these committees.

Open Positions on the GSA:

Please contact us if you are interested in learning more about or filling these positions.

  • East Campus Representative Position:

    Any graduate student can run for a campus representative position. These members are voted on by the legislative assembly and serve all the duties of a departmental representative and a few extra duties, like sitting on one of our committees. To see the full list of requirements and benefits of the position and whether your campus is represented, visit our campus representatives page.

  • Department Representative Positions (listed below):

    Any graduate student can serve as a departmental representative to vote on issues that affect graduate students. To see the full list of requirements and benefits of the position and whether your department is represented, visit our department representatives page.

    • Architecture
    • Art & Art History
    • Biological Systems Engineering
    • Child, Youth and Family Studies
    • Civil and Environmental Engineering
    • Modern Languages & Literature
    • Physics & Astronomy
    • Special Education & Communication Disorders
    • Survey Research & Methodology
    • Textiles, Clothing & Design
  • Serve on one of our Standing Committees (see below for suggestions):

    Any graduate student can serve on one of our committees to find solutions to graduate student issues or plan future GSA events. This is a great networking opportunity for graduate students across both campuses. See if there are any committees you would be interested in joining. We are particularly interested in finding more members for the following committees.

    • Academic Affairs
    • Constitution
    • Diversity
    • Elections
    • Finance
    • Graduate Student Appreciation Week (GSAW)
    • Social Events

Open Positions on University Committees:

Applications may be found at the ASUN website which now has an open positions page. Application deadlines for the Spring 2011 semester are soon (Monday, January 31, 2011), but many positions are not filled or become re-vacated so please apply for or inquire after any that interest you.

  • Graduate Student and CEHS Senators (1 each):

    The ASUN Senate currently functions as the primary representative body for all UNL students, as well as the regulator for other student organizations.

    A Senator's responsibilities encompass the full range of student affairs; individual projects, research and lobbying with administrators faculty, legislators, Board of Regents and citizens. Senate meetings are every Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. A one-hour-per-week committment is also expected for office hours as well as for committee meetings (with flexible scheduling).

  • University Judicial & Appeals Board (7 students):

    This appointment is for both boards. The judicial board meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month over the lunch hour and the appeals board meets twice a semester over the lunch hour. Judicial Board hearings will occur on Tuesday or Thursday evenings. According to ASUN: "Meets an average of 5 times a semester, when the need arrises - a doodle will be sent out to determine a good time to meet."

  • Grading and Examinations Committee (1 graduate student):

    This committee shall be responsible for continued study and evaluation of the existing grading system and shall consider and evaluate proposals for change or modification to the system. This committee does not serve as a grade appeals committee.

    The Grading Committee is a committee of the Student Life Commission.***

  • Teaching Council (1 graduate student):

    The council has the major responsibility for the encouragement and support of efforts to improve instruction and learning at all levels of UNL. Funds appropriated specifically for improvement of instruction and learning and made available to the Council by the Chancellor shall be expended with the advice of the Council.

    The Teaching Council is a committee of the Student Life Commission.***

  • Commencement Committee, Convocations Committee and Honor Convocations Committee (1 upperclass or graduate student):

    One requirement of membership is to attend both the December and May commencements, as well as the Honors Convocation and Convocations programs.

    The Commencement Committee is responsible for all arrangements for university commencement exercises and as a coordinating committee for collegiate commencement activities. The committee shall prepare and recommend to the Chancellor appropriate budgetary needs.

    The Convocations Committee’s purpose is to administer a speakers program for the university community. This speakers program is specifically intended to support faculty who wish to bring to the campus individuals who can add to the academic life of the university.

    The Honors Convocation Committee shall arrange for the Honors Day convocation. It shall have full responsibility for working out all details of such convocation, including the preparation of a suitable program, the selection of the speaker and the awarding of honors. It shall authorize the preparation of the appropriate certificates of award.

  • Publications Board:

    This board selects and hires the editor and business manager for the Daily Nebraskan as well as an advisor. It acts as a publisher for the Board of Regents. It serves as a liaison between the paper and its university constituencies, paying particular attention to complaints against the paper.

  • Committee for Fee Allocations (1 graduate student, 1 student):

    This committee recommends student fee allocation levels to UPFF Fund A and Fund B users. CFA has vast impact in the allocation of over $15 million in student fees.

    The committee is responsible for forwarding Fund A fee users budgets to the ASUN Senate and then to the Chancellor for final approval. The Fund B fee users also are forwarded to ASUN with final approval with the Board of Regents. The time commitments for the committee are Thursday evenings during the fall semester and Tuesday & Thursday 6:30-9:30 during the spring semester.

  • Diversity Strategic Development Committee (Unknown number of upperclass or graduate students):

    The DSDC meets hourly each week and is charged with creating and otherwise maintaining a diversity statement and diversity plan for the student body.

    The Committee will investigate historical and current issues of diversity and their impact on the student body. The Committee will advocate the increased awareness and attention to issues affecting diversity, which have an impact on students. Members of the Committee will be responsible for continuing research both within and outside the university on trends, needs, or activities which need to be addressed by student government and the university community, and advocating for ASUN Student Government and University Administration involvement in addressing those issues.

  • Non-Traditional Student Representative (Unknown number of students):

    This advisory council shall deal with student issues concerning non-traditional students.

    The advisory representative shall have the power to create ad-hoc committees when the need arises in their respective fields, consisting of at least three voting members with the total membership to be determined by the Campus Life Committee and the Speaker of the Senate.

    Non-Traditional Student Representative Proposal - A proposal shall be a report, which will be addressed by the standing committee under which they are assigned. Upon passage by the standing committee of the proposal, it shall be considered as Senate legislation originating from the standing committee. The actual proposal shall not be considered legislation.

  • Government Liaison Committee (Unknown number of students):

    The Government Liaison Committee is a working committee of the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska—Lincoln (ASUN).

    Since its creation in October 1979, the Government Liaison Committee has worked to monitor the activities of the Nebraska Legislature, municipal governments, the Board of Regents, and the federal government in areas of concern to UNL students. Included in these duties is the coordination and communication of the student view to government officials, University administrators, and the community at large.

    GLC is non-partisan, and attempts to represent the concerns of the majority of students at UNL. It is a volunteer organization, with membership open to all interested students at UNL.

  • Campus Rec Committee (3 students by housing [1 Greek, 1 off-campus, 1 RHA]):

    The purpose of the Campus Recreation Advisory Council is to provide an opportunity for student involvement and program control.

    The Council is charged with the responsibility to (1) hear cases, judge the validity and recommend to the Director of Campus Recreation the appropriate action to be taken on all decisions appealed to it from the Campus Recreation staff; (2) advise the Campus Recreation staff as to changes in the interpretation of rules, policies and procedures governing Campus Recreation programs and services; (3) assist in developing the Campus Recreation's fiscal year budget request; (4) advise the Campus Recreation staff of needed additions/improvements to recreation facilities; (5) advise the Campus Recreation staff of appropriate methods to promote and publicize Campus Recreation programs; (6) perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Campus Recreation.

  • Parking Appeals Committee (7 students):

    It is the responsibility of the Parking Appeals Committee to hear all parking and traffic violation appeals regardless of the violators status or relationship to the University. They meet one Tuesday a month at 4:30.

    The Parking Appeals Committee is a committee of the Student Life Commission.***

***The ASUN Student Life Commission is the vehicle by which ASUN attempts to represent student interests and needs in all facets of university activity and decision-making.

Committees, which are open for membership to all interested students, keep track of issues, programs and possible changes in their areas of expertise with a view to providing input and exerting influence on behalf of students whenever appropriate.

The Student Life Commission reviews the actions of and coordinates student involvement in the many academically related committees and boards on campus (for example, the student advisory boards to the various colleges, curriculum committees, library committees.)