Lesley H. and William L. Collins College of Professional Studies, St. Augustine Hall, College of Professional Studies University Library

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.

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

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.  

Miriam Prever


Multi-Sector Communication, Ph.D. 

Office Schedule: 
Monday & Tuesday: 10am – 4:30pm
Thursday: 9:30am — 4:30pm  (St. Augustine Hall, 2nd floor)

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

 Miriam Prever is a Ph.D. student in the Ph.D. in Multi-Sector Communication program. Miriam is currently assisting with research in The Collins College of Professional Studies as a Graduate Assistant. 

She earned her undergraduate degree in American Studies from the University of Leicester in the U.K.. She earned her Masters’ in Election and Campaign Management and Public Media from Fordham University. Most recently, she received her Master in Professional Studies in Branding and Integrated Communications from the City College of New York. She specializes in digital strategy and social change and has worked at agencies such as BerlinRosen and Fenton. 

Alexis Thompson

Sport Management, M.P.S

Office Schedule:
Monday: 11:00-4:00
Tuesday: 9:00-2:00
Wednesday: 9:00-2:00
Thursday: 9:00-2:00

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

Alexis Thompson is a second-year graduate student pursuing a Master’s degree in Sports Management. Thompson graduated from the College of Mount Saint Vincent in May of 2021 with a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Sports Management. Alexis had the opportunity to be the Coordinator of Student-Athlete Support Services at Pace University this previous academic year. Alexis gained experience with compliance, academics, ticketing, and the overall support of an Athletic Department. During her time at the Mount, Alexis played on the Women’s Basketball team and held multiple different job positions within Athletics and the Human Resources Department. Alexis will graduate this May and hopes to continue her career within Intercollegiate Athletics.

Imran Sabur

Data Science, M.S. 

Office Schedule:
Monday: 10 am - 5pm
Tuesday: 9 am - 5pm
Wednesday: 11 am - 6:30 pm

  • Support faculty on research assignments for Data Science
  • Assist Dean’s Office 

Imran is a final year graduate student pursuing a Master’s degree in Data Science. Imran completed his undergraduate degree in Computer Science at CUNY Hunter College in December of 2020. Towards the end of his undergraduate studies, he decided that the trajectory of his professional career would be in the data and analytics space. Unfamiliar with the requirements of this field, he rightfully decided that a graduate degree and opportunities to do research under a professor would be the appropriate route to break into this field. In the summer of 2022, Imran had the pleasure of interning as a Data Engineer at Travelers, a Fortune 100 insurance company. There he had the pleasure of working in a Research team within Business Insurance, aiding in the modernization effort and helping the team deploy machine-learning models in the cloud. He will be returning to Travelers to work as a Data Engineer supporting ML solutions on AWS and providing innovative solutions to novel problems in the cloud.

Marco D'Alessandro

International Communication, M.S.

Office hours:

Monday-Thursday: 12:00PM-5:00PM

  • Support faculty on research assignments for International Communication
  • Assist Dean’s Office 

Marco D’Alessandro is a second year graduate student pursuing a Master’s degree in international communication. Marco graduated from St. John’s University in May of 2019, majoring in international management. Marco studied abroad at St. John’s Rome campus in fall of 2018, and credits this experience as being the main inspiration behind studying communications at a graduate level. In the spring of 2020, Marco took the first steps in becoming a digital content creator and since then has created a globally ranked brand, which has generated over 1 billion views across all platforms.

Linda Zhou

 Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Leadership (M.P.S)

Office Schedule: 
Wednesday: 8:00-3:30
Thursday: 8:00-3:30
Friday: 8:00-2:00

  • Support Homeland Security and Criminal Justice faculty members with scholarly research.
  • Assist Faculty and Dean's Office.

Linda Zhou is a fifth-year student completing her final year in the Criminal Justice and Homeland Security Leadership Master's Program. Linda is the current graduate assistant for the CCPS Criminal Justice/Homeland Security Department for academic research assistance. She has previous experience in scientific research and entered competitions such as the New York State Science and Engineering Fair and developed her own research in human sciences. At the same time, she is also with the United States Attorney's Office at the Southern District of New York part-time as a digital evidence technician.