GSA Directly-Elected Officers

The UAlberta GSA is led by graduate students—every year, elect five of their peers to serve as Directly-Elected Officers (or DEOs) in the following roles: GSA President, GSA Vice-President Academic, GSA Vice-President External, GSA Vice-President Labour, and GSA Vice-President Student Services. From May 1 to April 30 of the following year, these students work to develop and implement the GSA Board Strategic Work Plan, a set of priorities that guide the GSA in best representing graduate students to government and the University.

Along the way, they earn and develop a number of skills, including but not limited to:

  • Team-building,
  • Leadership,
  • Public speaking and communication,
  • Mediation,
  • Project management,
  • Negotiation and bargaining,
  • Budget and audit principles,
  • Report-writing,
  • Relationship-building,
  • Advocacy, and
  • Operating within and furthering the goals of a governance framework.

Each DEO has a set of responsibilities as outlined in the GSA Bylaw and Policy, and adjustments are occasionally made to these at the discretion of the GSA President. DEOs are paid a stipend as per GSA Bylaw and Policy and the GSA Council approved GSA operating budget, and also receive other limited benefits. 

 

Who Is…

 

The GSA President?

The President is a graduate student with interest in all issues relating to the graduate student experience at UAlberta: from academics, to services, to health and wellness, to academic employment. In addition to the GSA Board and the GSA Council, they serve on a number of governing bodies including the GSA Governance Committee, the GSA Budget and Finance Committee, the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research Council, and the Board of Governors and some associated committees. The President also engages in regular meetings with senior University administration including the President, Provost, Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, Dean of Students, as well as meetings with leaders of other UAlberta constituency groups/associations. They are able to dedicate approximately 30-40 hours a week to the position.

 

The GSA Vice-President Academic?

The Vice-President Academic is a graduate student with interest in representing the graduate student body in academic matters, for example details relating to courses, degree requirements, academic standing, and professional development. In addition to the GSA Board and the GSA Council, they serve on a number of governance bodies including the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) Council and associated committees (such as the FGSR Policy Review Committee), and General Faculties Council (GFC) and associated committees (such as the GFC Executive Committee and the GFC Academic Standards Committee). They also meet regularly with the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research. They are able to dedicate approximately 20-30 hours a week to the position.

 

The GSA Vice-President External?

The Vice-President External is a graduate student with interest in representing graduate students to the community beyond campus. In addition to the GSA Board and the GSA Council, they serve on a number of committees including the GSA Awards Selection Committee, the Alumni Council, the Residence Advisory Committee, the Council on Student Affairs, the Alberta Graduate Provincial Advocacy Council, and the Edmonton Student Alliance. They are able to dedicate approximately 20-30 hours a week to the position.

 

The GSA Vice-President Labour?

Since the GSA is the trade union for the UAlberta academically-employed graduate students, the Vice-President Labour serves as the lead negotiator on behalf of these students and represents their interests. The work of the Vice-President Labour relates directly to the Graduate Student Assistantship Collective Agreement, which results in frequent meetings with individual academically-employed graduate students. In addition to the GSA Board and the GSA Council, they serve on a number of governance bodies including the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research Council, the UAlberta Joint Worksite Health and Safety Committee, the GSA Labour Relations Committee, the GSA Governance Committee, and the GSA Budget and Finance Committee. They are able to dedicate approximately 20-30 hours a week to the position.

 

The GSA Vice-President Student Services?

The Vice-President Student Services is a graduate student with interest in representing graduate students to key players that provide UAlberta graduate students with essential services. These services include the GSA Health and Dental Plan, the U-Pass, the Graduate Student Assistance Program, and a host of other services. In addition to the GSA Board and the GSA Council, they oversee the GSA grants, awards, and bursaries and serve on a number of governance bodies including two U-Pass committees, the Campus Food Bank Board of Directors, committees associated with the Physical Activity and Wellness (PAW) Centre, and other student health and wellness committees. They also meet regularly with the Dean of Students. They are able to dedicate approximately 20-30 hours a week to the position.

 

Interested?

All current UAlberta graduate students can run for any of the above-mentioned positions. Nominations are now open and information about the GSA General Election is posted on our website and in our weekly newsletter, circulated on Fridays.

If you are interested but were unable to participate in our annual Early Call for Talent and Training program that took place in October and November (click below for more information), please contact gsa.frontdesk@ualberta.ca to learn details of each available position, and arrange for informative sessions on different aspects of the work of the GSA.