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.  

2019-2020 Graduate Assistants

Position Status
Office of the Student Experience - Graduate Assistant for Leadership Programs Cynthia Torres
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 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 Karalee Hinz
Student Engagement and Success - Graduate Assistant for Assessment and Strategic Initiatives Vacant
The Department of Student Involvement - Graduate Assistant for Programs and Events Bryan Gammon
Women and LGBT Center - Graduate Assistant 
Rachel Mumaw

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. Beginning March 1, 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.

You may submit your application online for open positions.

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 the Office of the Student Experience at experience@smu.edu.