Graduate Assistantships

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Graduate Assistantships

About the Student Affairs Graduate Assistant Experience

The Student Affairs Graduate Assistant Experience 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 contain solid learning outcomes and concrete deliverables at the end of each year of the 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 paraprofessionals who have the same quality and contribution expectations as full-time staff with flexibility in scheduling and workload in recognition of 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 discover how those items work in tandem to further their professional aspirations.

2019-2020 Graduate Assistants

Position Graduate Assistant

Office of the Student Experience - Graduate Assistant for Leadership Programs

-CLOSED-

Office of the Student Experience- Graduate Assistant for Orientation Programs

Faith Lawrence

Office of Social Change and Intercultural Engagement - Graduate Assistant for Advising and Programming

N'dea Fleming

Office of Social Change and Intercultural Engagement - Graduate Assistant for Multicultural Student Recruitment and Success

Armanii Glaspie

Office of Social Change and Intercultural Engagement - Graduate Assistant for Community Engagement

Fernanda Reyes

Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports - Graduate Assistant for Sport Clubs

Hannah Curtis

Department of Student Support, Advocacy, and Accountability - Graduate Assistant for Student Conduct & Community Standards

Emily Brown

Department of Student Support, Advocacy, and Accountability - Graduate Assistant for the Office of Student Support

Mariana Caldera

Office of Community Health Promotion - Wellness Champion Coordinator

Lana Farra

Office of Community Health Promotion - Community Outreach Coordinator

Petra Imouokhoe

Office of Research and Graduate Studies - Graduate Assistant for Graduate Student Life

Jeremy Jackman

Hegi Family Career Development Center - Graduate Assistant for Employer Relations

Caroline Rydquist

Hegi Family Career Development Center - Graduate Assistant for Career Development

Danielle Myers

Residence Life & Student Housing - Assistant Residential Community Director, MHPS

Brittany Wright

Residence Life & Student Housing - Assistant Residential Community Director, Hillcrest Houses

Cody Dumas

Residence Life & Student Housing - Assistant Residential Community Director, Airline Houses

Deangelo Garner

Residence Life & Student Housing - Graduate Assistant for the Housing Unification Board (HUB)

Mark Cordero

Student Engagement and Success - Graduate Assistant for Assessment and Strategic Initiatives

Brett Baker

Student Engagement and Success - Graduate Assistant for Assessment and Strategic Initiatives

Mo Zhao

The Department of Student Involvement - Graduate Assistant for Programs and Events

Vacant

Women and LGBT Center - Graduate Assistant 

Rachel Mumaw

Women and LGBT Center - Graduate Assistant 

Emily Roberts

2020-2021 Graduate Assistants

Click here for the position descriptions of assistantships accepting applications. 

 Position  Graduate Assistant/Status

 Student Affairs Administration- Graduate Assistant for Research, Assessment, and Strategic Initiatives

 Emily Rasch

 Student Affairs Administration- Graduate Assistant for Research, Assessment, and Strategic Initiatives

 Accepting Applications

 Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports - Graduate Assistant for Sport Clubs

 Hannah Curtis

 Department of Student Support, Advocacy, and Accountability - Graduate Assistant for Student Conduct & Community Standards

 Offer Pending

 Department of Student Support, Advocacy, and Accountability - Graduate Assistant for the Office of Student Support

 Accepting Applications

 Hegi Family Career Development Center - Graduate Assistant for Employer Relations

 Accepting Applications

 Hegi Family Career Development Center - Graduate Assistant for Career Development

 Danielle Myers

 Office of Community Health Promotion - Graduate Assistant - Student Wellness Champion Coordinator

 Accepting Applications

 Office of Community Health Promotion - Graduate Assistant - Community Health Promotion Outreach Coordinator

 Accepting Applications

 Office of Research and Graduate Studies - Graduate Assistant for Graduate Student Life

 Offer Pending

Office of Social Change and Intercultural Engagement - Graduate Assistant for Community Engagement

 Fernanda Reyes

 Office of Social Change and Intercultural Engagement - Graduate Assistant for Intercultural Engagement

 Offer Pending

 Office of the Student Experience - Graduate Assistant for Orientation Programs

 Offer Pending

 Office of the Student Experience - Graduate Assistant for Leadership Programs

 Accepting Applications

 Residence Life & Student Housing - Assistant Residential Community Director, Hillcrest Houses

 Cody Dumas

 Residence Life & Student Housing - Assistant Residential Community Director, Airline Houses

 Kayley Carter

 Residence Life & Student Housing - Graduate Assistant for the Housing Unification Board (HUB)

 Mark Cordero

 Residence Life & Student Housing - Assistant Residential Community Director, MHPS

 Jessica Borne

 Department of Student Involvement - Graduate Assistant for Programs and Events

 Offer Pending

 Women and LGBT Center - Graduate Assistant for Women and LGBT Center

 Accepting Applications

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. At the beginning of March, vacant positions are open to graduate students across SMU and are available for application on a rolling basis. We will post the online application at that time.

Click here to submit your application online for open positions.

Supervisors will reach out to you directly to coordinate interviews.

Graduate Assistant Experience Committee

Graduate Assistants are an essential part of functioning as a lean division within the institution and as a university with a graduate program in higher education, it is essential to have a strong partnership. With that, this committee is charged with looking holistically at the graduate student experience within our division to prepare future student affairs educators within our various departments and programs. The goals of the committee are to streamline the assistantship hiring process for departments, support onboarding of new graduate assistants, create consistent expectations for graduate assistants and supervisors, develop more meaningful performance and experience evaluations, and create enrichment opportunities for all Student Affairs graduate assistants. This committee works in partnership with the Simmons School of Education.  For more information on the graduate assistant experience, please contact the Office of the Student Experience at experience@smu.edu.