St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers students the opportunity to gain professional experience in their chosen field of study through assistantships and fellowships.

A number of Graduate Assistantships and University Fellowships are granted to various academic departments within each school and college of the University. Graduate Assistantships are also available in administrative departments.

Graduate Assistantship and Doctoral Fellowship descriptions


  • Report to the Director of the Institute of Asian Studies.
  • Assist the Director and the Associate Director in recruiting students, and in preparing academic programs and projects.
  • Coordinate meetings, conferences, seminars, symposia, and other related events.
  • Interact with related academic and professional institutions concerning Asian Studies.
  • Draft and produce correspondence, agendas, timelines and other related materials for the needs of the Institute. 


  • Ability to use Microsoft Word, Excel and other necessary software.
  • Ability to proficiently speak and write in English and native or near native Chinese, Japanese, or Korean language. Proficiency in Spanish, Italian or French will be a plus. 
  • Excellent communication skills (oral, written and listening) with ability to motivate and work effectively with widely diverse groups and individuals.

Doctoral Fellows (DF): Currently, doctoral fellows are required to teach in the undergraduate course laboratories each week during the spring and fall semesters. DFs also spend several hours per week on lab setup (meetings with faculty and/or senior staff to go over the upcoming labs; lab setup assistance), designing lab quizzes, exam proctoring, and office hours/tutoring. 

Graduate Assistants (GA): Currently, GAs teach laboratory sections each week, generally teamed with a DF if possible. GAs also spend  additional hours per week in preparation/setup for the undergraduate labs they will be teaching and in quiz/preparation.

The primary responsibility of the Graduate Assistants in the Department of Chemistry is to serve as instructors in our undergraduate chemistry laboratory courses.  The Graduate Assistants work directly with one of the department laboratory supervisors or a faculty member to prepare the classes, and oversee students working in the laboratory.  Therefore, this instruction includes not only serving as instructor in the scheduled time period of the course, but also includes outside preparation time. In addition, all Graduate Assistants also serve as tutors in our in-house tutoring center. All teaching assistants can also be asked to proctor undergraduate exams.

The benefits for the graduate students working as Graduate Assistants are two-fold.  The first is the benefit for the student: by acting as the instructor, the students develop a better foundation in chemistry.  The second benefit for the department is that students are comfortable being taught by graduate assistants who are closer to them in age and are more willing to go to them for help.  Having Graduate Assistants teach in our laboratories directly improves our student engagement.

Overall Responsibilities
Each Graduate Assistant (GA) in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders will engage in the various duties pertinent to the planning, implementation, and data collection and analysis of a particular research study conducted by a departmental faculty member. An example of the current studies in the Department in which GAs may participate include: dysphagia treatment outcome assessment, evaluation of service delivery in minority adults in neurorehabilitation, identification of early predictors of language impairment in bilingual children, selection of suitable hearing amplification devices for individuals with dementia, perceptions and outcomes in clinical supervision, auditory processing disorders, and others.  

Each GA will assist the faculty researcher to whom she/he is assigned in a combination of the following main activities, based on the stage of completion of the study:

  • Collection and review of the relevant literature
  • Summarizing assigned readings relevant to the study
  • Planning and creating methodological aspects of the study
  • Implementation of methodological steps of the study
  • Collection, entry, and analysis of the data
  • Clerical duties: maintaining files, making telephone calls, monitoring budget and its expenses, etc.


Qualifying CriteriaApplications for GA positions will be assessed on a competitive basis considering GPA, faculty recommendations, statement of interest in research involvement, and human research participant certification.


English Doctoral Fellows work in several capacities within the department’s intellectual community. They teach courses in the English core and serve as research assistants for English faculty.  They organize our annual Graduate Student Conference, run and modify our English Department Blog, and help maintain numerous departmental publications, events, and intellectual projects.  

Duties may include:

  • Teaching ENG 1100C
  • Individual research with faculty members
  • Preparing information items for the English Department blog or web pages (in consultation with a faculty member).
  • Creation and maintenance of an alumni data base for the department.
  • Additional projects in consultation with faculty members or the Director of Graduate Studies

English Graduate Assistants work in several capacities within the department’s intellectual community. They work as peer tutors in the Writing Center and in other administrative capacities in the Institute for Writing Studies, and serve as research assistants for English faculty. They help organize our annual Graduate Student conference, run and modify our English department blog, and help maintain numerous departmental publications, events, and intellectual projects.  

Duties may include:

  • Individual research with faculty members
  • Preparing information items for the English Department blog or web pages (in consultation with a faculty member).
  • Creation and maintenance of an alumni data base for the department.
  • Additional projects in consultation with faculty members or the DGS

Students assist faculty in research tasks, which enables increased faculty production and facilitates the connection between faculty research and classroom instruction. Graduate assistants perform such vital tasks as bibliographic support, database maintenance and analysis, fact checking, and the production of literature reviews.

The Assistants also serve as liaisons and as a support system for the rest of our graduate students and as a support system for our undergraduate students. In addition to providing the faculty with much needed support, the assistantships introduce our Master’s students to the methods and reviews of advanced scholarly work.  

The  Assistant’s responsibilities include:

  • Assisting faculty with research, including web searches, literary reviews, and book retrievals
  • Ongoing assistance to faculty with research as requested
  • Assist faculty with photocopying, printing and collection of requested research materials
  • Assist at University events and Department events
  • Assist faculty with classroom support, such as proctoring of exams
  • Collect and scan course data for faculty for entry into St. John’s Central
  • Completion of all research assignments by given deadlines
  • Attendance at class and completion of all coursework on time
  • Assisting undergraduates with writing and research

Doctoral Fellows and Graduate Assistants will also be supervised by the Graduate Directors of the History and Public History program, who will assign them to support faculty in the areas of research, instruction, and undergraduate tutoring as well as to the Department Chair to support departmental operations and initiatives. Each Doctoral Fellow and Graduate Assistant will work 18 hours per work during the Fall and Spring semesters. Doctoral Fellows are given the responsibilities of teaching assistants.  Each is assigned to a specific course taught by a full-time faculty member. Doctoral Fellows attend classes, respond to students' work, and give at least one lecture in the course to which they are assigned. They work closely together with their mentors who in turn report on the Doctoral Fellow’s performance back to the Graduate Director.  

Other specific duties for both Doctoral Fellows and Graduate Assistants will include but are not confined to the following:    

  • Individual research with faculty members (compiling bibliographies, document translations for those who speak another language).  
  • Compiling of primary sources for use in survey classes such as HIS 1000.           
  • Mentoring and tutoring undergraduate students.        
  • Preparing text and information items for the History Department web pages (under supervision of a faculty member).  Students will receive training as needed in web-related matters. 
  • Creation and maintenance of an alumni data base for the department; answering the phones and dealing with routine office matters when the departmental secretary is away.         
  • Help in coordinating internship placements under the direction of the Graduate Directors and faculty.    

Division of Library and Information Science Graduate Assistants assist the Director, faculty members or other professional staff members with the design, execution, analysis and evaluation of research and professional projects. The Division is committed to providing graduate assistants with educational and professional experience, significant responsibility that expands with experience, and a congenial team atmosphere. DLIS graduate assistants work throughout the academic year; summer employment is sometimes available. 

This position reports to the faculty, Director or Assistant Director.


Required abilities and dispositions:

  • Part-time or full-time matriculation in the MLS program (i.e., enrolled in a minimum of 6 graduate credits in the MLS program at St. John’s).
  • Must have a GPA of at least 3.4 in the most recent degree program.
  • Proficiency with technology including the MS Office suite and general Internet, social networking and electronic communications.
  • High personal motivation, self-management, and detail-orientation; ability to take responsibility in meeting deadlines and making progress without direct supervision.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Capacity and will to learn new software, research methods, and work routines quickly, under the mentorship faculty and staff; flexibility in responding to task assignments as they arise.
  • Astute attention to confidentiality.
  • Sign an assistantship contract and complete all required employment paperwork. 

Preferred additional qualities:

  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills. 


  • Assist faculty and staff in the design, execution and evaluation of research projects, including literature reviews, surveys, focus groups, data integration and analysis.
  • Produce written, tabular and visual materials for research reports and presentations.
  • Handle and protect confidential and sensitive data with integrity.
  • Assist in design and maintenance of online surveys.
  • Prepare print documents, web pages, and other graphics using Word, Dreamweaver, and other software as needed.

The Graduate Assistant provides one-on-one and small group tutoring to students in the Learning Center or in Math courses within the department. They may also, at times, cover classes in the absence of the professor.

Doctoral Fellows – Research
Assist faculty members with scholarly works and research. Such tasks would include any to all of the following activities:

  • Conduct literature searches on appropriate library databases and search engines e.g., PsycInfo, Medline, PubMed, ERIC, etc.
  • Read and abstract journal articles.
  •  Help in the design or conceptualization of data collection strategies, develop and test research protocols.
  • Develop and implement procedures to insure participants’ safety.
  • Collect data, run participants though experiments.
  • Data entry into Excel, SPSS, SYSTAT or other programs.
  • Perform basic statistical analyses.
  • Perform advanced statistical analyses. This often involves learning the syntax for MPlus, AMOS or other programs.
  • Make charts and tables from data analyses.

Doctoral Fellow-Software Manager
Assist the department chair in the use of SONA and SPSS software.

  • Operate the SONA software for the Psychology Subject Pool.
  • Coordinate the SONA software with the psychology instructors who want to use it in their undergrad courses.
  • Interact with undergrad students who have trouble using SONA.
  • Operate the SPSS Survey software.
  • Teach faculty and students to use the software to collect their data.
  • Interact with IT concerning the software.

Doctoral Fellows –Undergraduate teaching
Assigned to the instructor of PSY 2040.

The duties include:

  • Teach the lab sections of PSY 2040.
  • Attend the lectures for PSY 2040 and help plan lecture material and assignments.
  • Read writing assignments.
  • Meet with students to review material and to support students who have difficulty in the lab sections. This involves diagnosis of the learning problems and the development of supportive intervention strategies to improve performance.
  • Plan new and innovative teaching activities and collaborate on the development of changes to the curriculum each semester.
  • Train incoming lab instructors.
  • Develop teaching materials for the course.
  • Research new teaching methods and evaluate any innovations we use.

Doctoral Fellows – Graduate Teaching Statistics
Assist the Instructors for PSY 603, 608, 614, & 659

  • Teach the Lab sections of these courses 603L, 508L & 614L. This involves teaching first-year graduate students to use the statistical software to run basic and advanced statistical analyses on sample data sets.

Doctoral Fellows – Center for Psych Services
Assigned to CPS

  • They are the first voice of the Center for new client call; receive all telephone calls of new referrals, take information and help decide the appropriate disposition of the case.
  • Assist in research and program evaluation and data entry; supervise undergrad student research and undergrads that enter data.
  • Develop procedures and workflow documents for determining fee structure, intake forms, referral information, and resource of Center referrals.
  • Develop Public Information resources for mental health issues.
  • Manage all psychological test software.
  • Develop procedure manuals.
  • Instruct undergrad students who work at reception desk.

 Doctoral Teaching Fellows

  • When needed and no adjunct can be found, Doctoral Fellows have taught undergraduate sections of PSY1000C, 3270, 3280 under the supervision of a professor with competence in the area of the course and who has taught the course.

Graduate Assistants in Psychological Assessment Courses(Sometimes doctoral fellows will do this for PSY 660)

  • Assist the Instructors of PSY 660, 661, 661B, 662, 662B, 671 in teaching first year graduate students.
  • Maintain and organize the department’s psychological test library.
  • Order new tests, hand scoring protocols, and computer scoring protocols from publishers.
  • Sign out and collect the psychological tests that students need for class assignments.
  • Help students use the psychological scoring software.
  • Individually administer competency examination to students.

Graduate Assistants – Program Administration
Assist Graduate Program Directors in administering their respective programs by doing the following:

  • Administer St. John’s Central groups and communicate information with students.
  • Collect relevant information for the program director.
  • Write, edit, or review student handbooks for the program.

The St. John's University Debate Society in Queens, NY, has a graduate assistant position available to people interested in graduate study and teaching the art of World Style Debating.

Candidates for this position must demonstrate a record of success in either the worlds format or some equivalent debating format on the national or international level, and must apply and be accepted to one of St. John's University's many graduate study programs. Candidates will also be interviewed via phone/Skype.

The assistantship provides 12 credits of graduate-level coursework per semester and a stipend per academic year.  

Interested persons should examine the University's offerings of masters and doctoral programs. This assistantship will cover all academic programs that matriculate toward a Master's degree or Doctoral degree in any University department, but preference is given to those candidates who wish to study in St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Applicants should contact the program of interest to determine application requirements and deadlines. After applying, candidates should email the Director of Debate, Steve Llano, Ph.D. ([email protected]) and let him know what program you have applied for, and for further requirements.

The St. John's University Debate Society was founded in 2007 and competes nationally and internationally in Worlds/British Parliamentary debating. The campus is located in Jamaica, Queens, New York City and is easily accessible via mass transit from Manhattan. The Debate Society, an academic program housed in the Department of Rhetoric, Communication and Theater at the University, is an open club where pedagogy in argumentation is prioritized.

Graduate Assistants will be responsible for the following:

  • Attend all STJ Debate Society meetings (2 per week)
  • Schedule appointments with debaters to work on tutorials in speaking, research, or other subjects of interest.
  • Schedule and judge practice debates weekly.
  • Travel with the team to tournaments on some weekends - we usually have a travel schedule of up to 15 competitions per year.
  • Assist with planning, paperwork, and other bureaucratic aspects of the STJ Debate society, including discussions of long term planning.
  • Assist students as needed with community outreach work such as public debates and school workshops, as well as development events.

The assistantship is an 18-20 hour per week commitment, and candidates could find other employment if they wish to supplement the assistantship.

The Graduate Assistant is assigned to one or more faculty members. The student is expected to assist faculty in their on-going research. Each individual faculty member is responsible for determining assignments according to their research needs. Examples of such assignments include but aren’t limited to: library research, data collection and coding, article summaries and annotated bibliographies. 

An assistant may also be asked to provide tutorial assistance. Assistants are required to be on campus on the days when the faculty members teach unless otherwise determined by the faculty. Faculty members are responsible for immediate supervision of the graduate assistant.

Graduate Assistants:

  • Attend the class.
  • Conduct group and one-on-one tutoring sessions.
  • Hold SPSS (statistical software) sessions.

Graduate Assistants in the Department of Theology:

(1) Assist full-time Theology faculty in varied research tasks leading to scholarly publication in the form of presentations at professional meetings, as well as production of written articles and books.
(2) Support Theology professors on a case-by-case basis in their efforts to develop more effective classroom presentation materials and strategies. 

(3) Collaborate with faculty on in-house Theology Department scholarly activities.  These include: the management of Theta Alpha Kappa (The National Honor Society for Religious Studies and Theology), supporting preparation of public academic presentations on timely theological issues such as the “Three-Things Talk Series" now underway, and similar activities that promote the visibility and academic reputation of the department.

(4) Assist faculty and the department chairperson with program assessment and curriculum development. These tasks include review and analysis of course outlines, collecting, compiling, and presenting data for assessment and program review purposes, etc. 

Each year, GA Theology candidates are recruited based on their:

  • Solid record of prior academic performance. 
  • Linguistic as well as word-processing skills,
    with special attention to multilingual ability. Previous life and work experience that lends itself to a professional academic setting.
  • Ability to work with others as part of our G.A.
    team in serving the academic needs of a large
    faculty with diverse interests, wide-ranging
    specializations, and varying research needs.

Periodically GAs meet informally with the Program Director to discuss any issues that arise, along with graduate assistants’ concerns.  A follow-up meeting at the end of each semester helps identify areas in which service provided by our GA team may be improved.