Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships

About the Graduate Assistant Experience


The Graduate Assistant Experience within the Division of Student Affairs exists to provide practical application in the field of higher education to either directly relate to a student’s course of study or to help them develop transferable skills to other career paths. Each assistantship is designed to focus on three ACPA/NASPA competencies and contain solid learning outcomes and concrete deliverables at the end of each year of their experience. Graduate assistants serve a critical role within the division helping to support and lead programs and initiatives within various departments. We view graduate assistants as part-time para-professionals who have the same quality and contribution expectations as full-time staff with the flexibility in scheduling and workload in recognition as their student status. 

As a division, we strive to provide real-world experiences and opportunities for graduate students including creating professional development plans, supervisor one-on-one meetings, attendance at regular staff and division meetings, and some opportunities to sit on departmental, division, or university committees. Overall, we strive to help graduate assistants connect their academic coursework to their practical experiences and how those items work in tandem to further understand and work toward their professional aspirations. 

Graduate Assistant Opportunities

Position Status
Community Engagement and Leadership - Graduate Assistant for Leadership Casey Africano
Community Engagement and Leadership - Graduate Assistant for Service Darci Lambeth
Graduate Assistant for Multicultural Student Recruitment & Success Creesha Anthony Hardee
Hegi Family Career Development Center - Graduate Assistant for Career Development Mollie Rose
Hegi Family Career Development Center - Graduate Assistant for Employer Relations Chelsey Caldwell
Office of Multicultural Student Affairs - Graduate Assistant Camille Walker
Residence Life and Student Housing - Assistant Community Director for Airline Housing Courtney Alvarado
Residence Life and Student Housing - Assistant Community Director for Hillcrest Housing Krystyna Stopyra
Residence Life and Student Housing - Assistant Community Director for Mary Hey Payton Shuttles Madyson Smith
Residence Life and Student Housing - Graduate Assistant for the Assembly Casey Africano
Student Activities - Fraternity House Director Jermaine Rush
Student Activities - Fraternity House Director Joey Craddock
Student Activities - Fraternity House Director Christian Watkins
Student Activities - Fraternity House Director Parker Payton
Student Activities - Fraternity House Director Liz Prasse
Student Activities - Fraternity House Director Andrew Nelson
Student Activities - Fraternity House Director Itale Watle
Student Activities - Graduate Assistant for Events and Programs Christa Rohan
Student Activities - Graduate Assistant for Relay for Life Stephen Lashley
Student Conduct & Community Standards - Graduate Assistant Vacant
Student Transitions and Orientation - Graduate Assistant Eryn "Jordie" Douglas
Vice President for Student Affairs - Graduate Assistant for Assessment and Strategic Initiatives Karina Siu
Women & LGBT Center - Graduate Assistant Miranda Tate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Application Process

Initial preference is provided to the Simmons School of Education masters students in Education Policy and Leadership. Each February, admitted students are invited to attend Preview Day and interview for positions across the university. After March 1, vacant positions are open to graduate students across SMU and are available for application on a rolling basis. At this time, we have ONE position open. You may apply online.  We accept admissions on a rolling basis but only make offers. 
                                                                                               

Graduate Assistant Experience Committee

Graduate Assistants are an essential part of functioning as a lean division within the institution and as a school with a graduate program in higher education, it is essential to have a strong partnership. With that, this committee is charged at looking holistically at the graduate student experience within our division and how we can better prepare future student affairs educators within our various departments and programs. The goals of the committee are to streamline the assistantship request process for departments, create consistent expectations for graduate assistants and supervisors, to develop more meaningful performance and experience evaluations, and to create a professional development program for graduate assistants. This committee is in partnership with the Simmons School of Education. 

For more information on the graduate assistant experience, please contact Adam Cebulski, Director of Assessment and Strategic Initiatives at acebulski@smu.edu.