Chatham University

Graduate Assistantship Positions School of Arts, Science & Business


Cell & Tissue Biology Assistant

This position will aid Dr. Appasamy in her research on the development and evolution of the immune system. Responsibilities will include maintaining and organizing the research lab, and caring for tadpoles and frogs. Strong preference will be given to a student who has some previous research experience, particularly in the areas of molecular and cell biology, and/or immunology. (Dr. Pirette Appasamy)

Coordinator, Alumni Database for MS Biology

This position will provide valuable experience for a student who wishes to add data science emphasis to their graduate experience. The recipient will collect initial data to help develop and initiate use of an alumni database for the MS Biology Program. This database will be used for short-term and longterm analysis of the MS Biology Program via detailed record keeping for graduates of the program. The recipient will have a strong role in designing and developing the database, with the expectation that it will be serve as a valuable tool for monitoring the MS Biology Program for a long time. (Dr. Michael Collyer)

Research Assistant, Block and Dubé Laboratories

This position will involve research for the Block Laboratory, which studies the cell biology of neurotransmitter function, and the Dubé laboratory, which studies skeletal muscle and hepatic biology. This assistant will be involved in routine laboratory procedures as well as planning and execution of sophisticated experiments. (Dr. Ethan Block)

Research Assistant, Morphological Database for Desert Fishes

This position will provide valuable experience for a student who wishes to add data science emphasis to a thesis research project, associated with NSF-funded evolutionary biology research. The recipient will help build and use a high-dimensional morphological database for desert fishes, obtained from museum collections. This database will be used for various research projects involving analysis of large data sets. Under the auspices of this assistantship, and with data provided by the database, the recipient will pursue thesis research investigating the contemporary evolution of desert pupfishes in changing environments. (Dr. Michael Collyer)

Business & Entrepreneurship

Faculty Assistant, Business and Entrepreneurship

This position will focus on supporting the faculty in both research and teaching. Tasks may include data entry, data collection, data management, manuscript preparation and editing, and instructional materials building in the Moodle environment. (Dr. Rachel Chung)

Graduate Assistant, Student Accounts Office (open to Master of Accounting students)

This position will focus on supporting the Student Accounts Office. Tasks may include data entry, collection, and management. (Julie Bechtold)

Promotions & Social Media Coordinator (2 positions)

This position will work with the B&E Team for Social Media management (WordPress, Facebook, LinkedIn, weekly newsletter, Moodle, Trello, bulletin boards). The job involves developing content; interviewing and following up with students, faculty, alumni, etc.; researching, formatting, editing, posting, and tracking progress; assisting with events, including the developing flyers, planning events, inviting attendees, promoting events to classmates, and attending event. (Ginger Polozoff)

Chatham Physician Assistant Program/Allegheny Health Network Assistantship

This graduate assistant, under the direction of the Manager of Health Science Education for Allegheny Health Network, will serve as the primary point of contact for preceptors and students of Chatham's Physician Assistant program. The assistant will act as an advisor for the Physician Assistant council; assist in coordination of placements for physician assistant students; assist with the creation of professional development opportunities for physician assistant students, including educational seminars and mentorship programs; and maintain an inventory of program-wide reports and data. This graduate assistant will be selected from the pool of incoming MBA students. (Jessica Anderson, Associate Director of Clinical Education)

Communications and Professional Writing

Graduate Research Assistant, Communication

The position involves working with communication faculty on their ongoing research projects, including but not limited to: library research, interviewing and data collection, running focus groups, attending conferences and presenting academic work, and descriptive statistical analysis. While prior experience in qualitative or quantitative research is not necessary, it is certainly a plus. This assistantship is particularly suited for those students interested in pursuing doctoral studies. (Dr. Katie Cruger)

Managing Editor, Online Publication

Launched in Spring 2017, Best Practices in Strategic Communication is the online publication of Chatham University's Communication and Professional Writing Master's Programs. Publishing new content weekly, Best Practices offers tips for freelance and professional writers, advice for delivering presentations, social media strategy, and case studies in Strategic Communication. The managing editor is responsible for developing and maintaining the editorial calendar, recruiting writing staff, editing pieces before they are published, and increasing readership through promotional efforts. The position is a commitment of 10 hours per week during fall and spring semesters. This is an excellent opportunity for a student currently working as a professional writer, journalist, communication strategist, or copy editor, or for students aspiring to such a career. (Dr. Katie Cruger)

Social Marketing Director

In Fall of 2017, Chatham University's graduate and undergraduate communication students will premier the first student run strategic communication agency focused specifically on social marketing (that is, using the traditional tools and techniques of advertising, public relations, and marketing in order to work for the social good. The graduate Social Marketing Director Fellow serves as managing director of the agency during both Fall and Spring semesters. This involves coordinating the "staff" of graduate and undergraduate students, assigning tasks, assuring that the agency meets deadlines, interfacing with clients, and approving overall strategy for projects. This position is ideal for graduate students currently working or planning to work in Public Relations, Marketing, or in communication positions at a nonprofit organization. It requires excellent leadership, organization, and communication skills. (Dr. Katie Cruger)

Creative Writing

The Fourth River Fellowship

The individual selected for this position will serve as managing editor of The Fourth River literary journal. The Fourth River Fellow will manage production timelines and schedules for the online and print issues of the journal, coordinate reading schedules for the submittable queue, work closely with designers and authors, and represent Chatham's MFA program and The Fourth River at AWP, the Conversations and Connections Conference, and launch parties. (Dr. Sheryl St. Germain)

Graduate Research Assistant, Creative Writing

This position will provide support for research and creative activity of faculty or projects of the MFA program, as well as researching and assisting with grant proposals for the program or individual faculty members. Students may also be tasked to assist with coordinating the Summer Community of Writers Residency schedule and operation. (Dr. Sheryl St. Germain)

Graduate Teaching Fellowship - Creative Writing (2 positions)

The individuals awarded with these positions will assist professors with undergraduate creative writing classes, teaching in the Words Without Walls program in the Allegheny County Jail, and possible work in the writing center. Competitive applicants for these positions will have experience providing instruction, particularly of creative writing, in the classroom or workshop environment. (Dr. Sheryl St. Germain)

Margaret Lehr Whitford '07 Fellowship

The individual selected for this position will take a leadership role in the MFA student organization, representing the students at the MFA Council meetings and the MFA program at the Graduate Student Council meetings. The Whitford Fellow is responsible for coordinating the Word Circus reading series - a monthly reading series which features four MFA students followed by an open mic. Additionally, this individual will serve as a liaison between the students and faculty. (Dr. Sheryl St. Germain)

Newsletter Editor and Social Media Coordinator

This position requires attendance at all on- and off-campus MFA events in order to provide content and imagery for the monthly and annual MFA newsletter. A competitive applicant will have experience with designing newsletters or similar materials and have experience with Adobe InDesign, Microsoft Publisher or another design software. In addition, this individual will manage the MFA social media accounts and assist the MFA program director as needed. (Dr. Sheryl St. Germain)


Research Assistant, MA in Teaching

This position will include providing support for research and creative activity of faculty or projects within the Master of Arts in Teaching program, as well as researching and assisting with grant proposals for the program or individual faculty members. (Dr. Kristin Harty)

Research Assistant, Special Education

This position will include providing support for research and creative activity of faculty or projects within the Special Education program, as well as researching and assisting with grant proposals for the program or individual faculty members. (Dr. Kristin Harty)

Film & Digital Technology

Digital Video Specialist (2 positions)

The Digital Video Specialist will provide audio and video production services for the university, with the primary job responsibility being to record and edit events, lectures, and speakers on campus. The position may also take on more elaborate video productions for recruitment, publicity, or other university purposes. The production process involves not only shooting and editing, but also capturing, transferring, compressing, uploading and delivering videos to departments that make requests for such productions. The graduate assistant must also act as producer, and maintain communication with the requesting department as their client. (Dr. Kristen Shaeffer)

Interior Architecture

Graduate Teaching Fellowship (2 positions)

This position will serve in a support capacity for assisted teaching in graphic design and visual communications. The selected individual will need to have earned an Undergraduate Degree in Graphic Design/Visual Communications, sufficient writing skills and strong graphic design sensibilities to enhance student graphic communication and presentation skills. Professional work experience in graphic design is also encouraged. (Dr. Kyra Tucker)


Global Focus Project Manager

The Global Focus program designs, implements, and carries out year-long academic and social programming for the benefit of the entire Chatham community and the residents of the greater Pittsburgh area. Due to the very nature of international education, we also deal with the permanent necessity to establish partnerships and cooperation agreements with schools and other institutions throughout the region/country/world. Tasks of this position range from conducting research on the history, politics, economics, and cultures of the countries/regions of focus; to helping guarantee curricular integrity when we host high-ranking foreign dignitaries; recruiting foreign (Fulbright) scholars and coordinating their integration in local communities; researching the alternative profiles of potential speakers; developing travel itineraries; and designing and hosting major cultural events open to the public. (Dr. Jean-Jacques Sène)

Graduate Assistant, Office of International Affairs

This position will assist with the development, coordination, and promotion of activities that engage international students and domestic students in the community; coordinate short term programs for visiting student groups, including logistics and activities; and coordinate international student summer camps and enrichment programs. (Chris Musick)

Program Marketing Assistant, Center for Women's Entrepreneurship

The Center for Women's Entrepreneurship provides opportunities for women to start, develop, and significantly grow their businesses. This position will have the opportunity to work with the Executive Director and Program Coordinator to develop and implement programs for women entrepreneurs and women in business in the greater Pittsburgh area. Working in the business community, coordinating and attending events, assisting with social media marketing and newsletters, and implementing new processes and programs are all a part of this exciting position. (Rebecca Harris)