Doctoral Fellows and Graduate Assistants

The Lesley H. and William L. Collins College of Professional Studies provides assistantships/doctoral fellowships to graduate students currently enrolled in a graduate degree program.

Currently CCPS has Academic Graduate Assistants and a two Doctoral Fellowships. The current students are specifically selected because of their academic achievement and the expectation that they will act as creative scholars.
Their primary job responsibility will be to:

  • Assist faculty and academic administrator’s members with scholarly research.
  • Collaborate in the presentation and publication of research results
  • Assist with events conducted by faculty and the College

To request a GA for academic/marketing support please fill out the following form, click here. Responses will be within 24-48 hrs.

Meet the Team


Integrated Advertising Communications, M.S.

Office Schedule
Monday - Thursday: 10:00am - 3:00pm

Lucy Aquaro is a first year graduate student pursuing a Master’s degree in Integrated Advertising Communications. Lucy graduated from St. John’s University in May of 2021, majoring in Public Relations with minors in International Studies and Business Administration. She had the opportunity to intern for Yale University Properties as a marketing intern during the summer of 2018 and The Bradford Group as a public relations intern during the summer of 2020. While at St. John’s, Lucy studied abroad in Rome, Italy for the Fall semester of 2019. She also worked as a student worker in the Academic Support Center for Student Athletes at St. Johns during her undergraduate years. Lucy has held multiple different public relations positions during her college years within our campus Panhellenic community. To see her work, please visit her website. 

Devin Morgan

Sport Management, MS 

Office Schedule: 
Thursday & Friday: 9am – 2pm (St. Augustine Hall, 2nd floor) 

Remote Schedule:
Monday & Tuesday: 9am – 2pm

  • Support faculty on research assignments for Sport Management 
  • Assist Dean’s Office 
  • Contribute to the production of the Sport Management Newsletter 

Devin Morgan is a second-year graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in Sport Management. He graduated from Cornell University in 2015 with a degree in communications. He played three years of professional soccer in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Sweden, and Iceland. During his time as a graduate student at St. John’s, he has served as a research GA for the Division of Sport Management and is currently a communications and operations intern with the East Coast Conference. He will graduate in May and hopes to begin a career as an advocate for professional athletes.

Gohar Aznauryan

Multi-Sector Communication, Ph.D. 

Office Schedule: 
Monday: 10:00-5:00
Wednesday: 10:00-5:00
Thursday: 10:00-4:00

  • Support doctoral research for all faculty in the Collins College of Professional Studies 
  • Assist Faculty and Dean's Office. 

Gohar Aznauryan is a Ph.D. student in the Ph.D. in Multi-Sector Communication program. Gohar is currently assisting with research in various areas in the college, with special attention in the areas of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. 

She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the American University of Armenia with a major in English and Communications and a minor in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. She has also earned her Master of Science in International Communication from St. John's. Gohar has an experience of working as a Research and Communications assistant for the National SDG Innovation Lab that was owned and operated by the United Nations office in Armenia and the Government of Armenia. She has previously volunteered and worked for Aurora Prize (Armenia), Luys Foundation (Armenia) and UN Armenia's Resident Coordination office (Armenia). She is experienced in research and digital communications.  

Julia Varvaro

Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Leadership, DPS

Remote Schedule:  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday – 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

  • Support Faculty on research assignments for Criminal Justice & Homeland Security
  • Assist with simulations in the Homeland Labs

Julia Varvaro is a Doctoral student in her second year of the DPS for Homeland Security program. She completed her undergraduate degree at St. John’s majoring in Business and minored in Arabic, and then stayed at SJU for her Master’s in Homeland Security and Criminal Justice. During this time, she worked as a Graduate Assistant by supporting faculty on research and assisted with simulations in the Homeland Lab. She then became a Doctoral Fellow for the last 2 years and has co-authored research papers alongside CCPS professors. Outside of SJU, Julia is a Corporate Security Analyst for First Republic Bank where she responds to security operations and investigates physical threats.   

For more information on the Graduate Assistantship Program:

Kevin James
The Lesley H. and William L. Collins College of Professional Studies
St. Augustine Hall, Second Floor
(718) 990-1531
[email protected]