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.
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.
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. Duties
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:
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:
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.
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:
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:
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.
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONSRequired abilities and dispositions:
Preferred additional qualities:
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:
Doctoral Fellow-Software Manager
Assist the department chair in the use of SONA and SPSS software.
Doctoral Fellows –Undergraduate teaching
Assigned to the instructor of PSY 2040.
The duties include:
Doctoral Fellows – Graduate Teaching Statistics
Assist the Instructors for PSY 603, 608, 614, & 659
Doctoral Fellows – Center for Psych Services
Assigned to CPS
Doctoral Teaching Fellows
Graduate Assistants in Psychological Assessment Courses(Sometimes doctoral fellows will do this for PSY 660)
Graduate Assistants – Program Administration
Assist Graduate Program Directors in administering their respective programs by doing the following:
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:
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 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:
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.