Graduate Assistantships

A graduate assistantship is an opportunity to work in a research or business capacity in order to gain valuable work experience and earn a tuition waiver and stipend.

Please visit the "Other WCU Opportunities" below for additional positions.

Graduate and Undergraduate Social Work Departments - The positions were available for the Fall 2022 through Spring 2023 semesters and are currently filled. For questions specific to these MSW/BSW program positions, please contact Beth Shearn or the respective faculty member.

Please check back later - positions for the 2023-2024 academic year should be available in March or April of 2023.

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Other WCU Opportunities - Assistantships are also available outside the MSW/BSW departments, throughout the university. For general graduate assistantship questions, please visit this Graduate School page. Available positions are now being posted for current students (those with WCU login credentials) on the Twardowski Career Development Center’s Handshake job posting platform.  You must log in to view available positions and submit applications through Handshake. Newly admitted students (those without WCU login credentials), can view available GA positions here. You must email your application materials to the contact person listed for the position.
PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REGISTER FOR HANDSHAKE UNTIL YOU HAVE WCU LOGIN CREDENTIALS.

 

POSITIONS for 2022-2023 Academic Year

The following positions are filled and remain as an example for future positions. Students may apply to any/all Graduate and Undergraduate Social Work Department positions regardless of campus affiliation.

MSW/BSW Philadelphia Field Office

Job Description

This position will be for a 9 credit hour tuition waiver per semester to work 15 hours per week - the position may be split between two students. This position will be hybrid (in person and remote).

1. Identify potential new field sites. Contact agencies, inquire about their interest in working
with students and answer questions about our field program.
2. Request from new Field Instructors: Field Instructor application and resume. Upload the
documents onto OneDrive.
3. Assist Field Directors with creating Field Instructor and Student orientations, including:
     a. gather and sort handouts, collating into folders,
     b. verify that information on handouts and PowerPoint presentations are current and update accordingly,
     c. Support the online program.
4. Review for accuracy, thoroughness and professionalism the descriptions of field
experience that students write. Upload the documents to D2L for other students to access.
5. Assist with planning the on-line and in-person Seminar in Field Instructor course,
including:
     a. gather and sort handouts, collating into folders,
     b. verify that information on handouts and PowerPoint presentations are current and update accordingly,
     c. Support the online course.
6. Assist with creating, planning and implementing the pre-field workshops.
7. Update tip sheets and handouts for students as needed.
8. Update field site data as needed.
9. Review student descriptions of their field placements and post on D2L.
10. Create fillable Word documents as needed.
11. Create newsletters for students and field instructors.
12. Additional activities that support the field offices.

Visit the Graduate Field Education and Undergraduate Field Education sites.

EPIC

Job Description

This position will be for a 3 credit hour tuition waiver per semester to work 5 hours per week.

• Provide support for the completion of research projects focused on Motivational Interviewing, Observed Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), Role of Sexuality and Intimacy in Mental Health Recovery, HIV primary and secondary prevention. 
• Assist with reviews of literature, data entry, data compilation, and data management.
• Assist with preparation of presentations at international, national, and local conferences. 
• Assist with the development of manuscripts to research journals.
• Assist with the electronic or mail submission of research articles. 
• Assist with component parts of grant proposals.
• Engage in planning, implementation, and/or evaluation of program activities.

Visit the EPIC website for more information about the program.

 

MSW Department

Dr. Wan-Yi Chen

GA Job Description for Dr. Wan-Yi Chen, MSW, MPhil, PhD

This will be a 3 credit hour tuition waiver per semester to work 5 hours per week.

  • Provide assistance for the completion of a manuscript, including literature search, literature review, manuscript formatting.
  • Assist with the preparation of abstract submissions for national and local conferences
  • Assist with the development of manuscripts suitable for submission to research journals
  • Assist with the electronic or mail submission of research articles
  • Assist with research development activities, for example, IRB application. 
  • Engage in planning, implementation and/or evaluation of program activities

Outcomes expected for student:

  • Enhance knowledge in library data bases
  • Demonstrate an improvement in critical thinking and literature search skills
  • Enhance topic-focused knowledge 
  • Develop ability to prepare manuscript format per journal requirements 
  • Develop ability to prepare a conference (abstract) proposal
  • Demonstrate growth in time management and organization skills

 

Dr. Kerrie Ocasio

GA Job Description for Dr. Kerrie Ocasio,PhD, MSW

This position will be for a 3 credit hour tuition waiver per semester to work 5 hours per week.

Dr. Kerrie Ocasio studies the experiences of children, biological parents, foster/kinship providers, and child welfare staff with foster care services in order to develop attachment-focused, racially just and culturally sensitive responses to child protection that promote child well-being. Currently, Dr. Ocasio is preparing articles for publication from the following research studies:

1) An intervention that reconnected foster youth with relatives and other adults that were important to them and had been lost to them through the foster care placement process. This studies draws on the concept of relational permanency and issues of ambiguous loss.

2) An intervention that provided pre-permanency services to children in foster care and their pre-adoptive caregivers. This study builds on our knowledge about this transitional stage and what formed families need to support emotional attachment and sense of belonging.

A graduate assistant working with Dr. Ocasio needs to have strong writing skills, an ability to work independently, and an interest in learning more about foster care. The primary tasks will involve literature reviews, however, it is possible that data collection, data input, and data analysis tasks may also occur if new research projects are undertaken. Currently, Dr. Ocasio is developing a study of kinship post-permanency and hopes that public health improvements will allow this study to launch in late 2021.

 Other details:

· To apply, please provide a cover letter and resume. In the cover letter, please discuss your experience and interest in child welfare, as well as one or two areas of child welfare practice that you are interested in learning more about and why.

· Most work will be completed remotely, however, if an opportunity to collect data becomes available, the student might need to be available for occasional onsite work either on campus or in the Philadelphia area in order to take advantage of that opportunity. Please indicate whether you would be available for some in-person work on campus or in the field and whether that availability would be weekday, evenings, or possibly both.

· An interview will be conducted of strong candidates.

Dr. Nia Johnson

GA Job Description for Dr. Nia Johnson, PhD, LMSW

This position may be a remote or hybrid position for a 3 credit hour tuition waiver per semester to work 5 hours per week.

Job Description: Please include all duties this graduate assistant will complete

The GA will assist with the following:

1. Conduct literature searches and reviews on topics including social work mentorship and professional identity; workplace trauma, experiences of Black, Indigenous, & POC social workers; and interdisciplinary approaches to social work education and practice.

2. Conceptualize research projects.

3. Conceptualize creative methods of research dissemination. 

4. Research, review, and edit faculty presentations.    

5. Create and maintain a record of grant opportunities and calls for journal manuscripts.

 

Outcomes Expected 

1. Grant proposal writing experience.

2. IRB submission for a new project. 

3. Opportunity to collaborate with other universities.

4. Enhanced writing, editing, and research skills.

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Organized
  • Creative
  • Detail oriented
  • Self-motivated
  • Good writing skills
  • Knowledgeable of different technologies

 

To apply, please provide a cover letter and resume. In the cover letter, please discuss the following:

Your strengths and areas of growth.
Any prior research experience or interests.
Your focus for your MSW, including future career goals.
 

*Interviews will be conducted with strong candidates.

Dr. Tina Chiarelli-Helminiak

GA Job Description for Dr. Tina Chiarelli-Helminiak, MSW, PhD

This may be a remote or hybrid position and will be for a 3-credit hour tuition waiver per semester to work 5 hours per week. Students from both campuses welcome to apply.

Dr. Tina Chiarelli-Helminiak is seeking one or two Graduate Assistants to assist with several ongoing research studies.  Dr. Tina believes the realization of human rights is necessary to achieve social justice and utilizes such a frame to guide her research, especially within the context of social work and higher education. During Academic Year 2022-23, anticipated research projects include:

·       Social work education leadership

·       Social work educators’ experiences during the pandemic

·       Social work and public health professionals’ experiences in times of public crisis

All projects include opportunity to conduct literature reviews, qualitative and quantitative data analysis, and contribute to manuscripts and presentations with author credit.

Interested students should have the ability to work independently and as part of research teams with scholars outside of WCU.  Previous research experience is preferred, but not required.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume. In the cover letter, please discuss your interest in the anticipated research projects listed above and how the research experience connects with your career goals.

 

BSW Department

Dr. Brie Radis

GA Job Description for Dr. Brie Radis, DSW, MSS,MLSP,LCSW


This position will be for a 3 credit hour tuition waiver per semester to work 5 hours per week.

Dr. Radis studies multiple areas including mental health, harm reduction and youth, housing and homelessness, food insecurity, LGBTQIA+ practice and theory, antiracism and social work education pedagogy including trauma informed educational practices. 
 
Seeking the following skills and values: 
A graduate assistant working with Dr. Radis needs to have strong writing skills and editing skills, an ability to work independently and be a problem solver/self-starter. It is helpful for applicants be able to multi-task, be organized, and be successful with following through with deadlines They must also be flexible and a strong communicator. It is vital that this GA be committed to cultural humility, to improving antiracism in social work, and LGBTQIA+ rights.  
 
GA tasks: 
The primary tasks for this GA role will be creating surveys via Qualtrics working on IRB applications, working on literature reviews, transcribing interviews, and analyzing data. Other tasks may be including publication tasks editing a manuscript for APA 7, proofreading and strengthening a PPT presentation or a manuscript draft, or a poster presentation, and curriculum research. There may also be some mentoring of undergraduate social work students engaged in research or to present at a conference. The student will be involved in the ARWG (Antiracism Working Group) by assisting with operating tasks.  
 
Other details: 

To apply, please provide a cover letter and resume. In the cover letter, please discuss your writing experience, any prior research experience and interests, plus your focus for your MSW (and post-graduation).
Most work will be completed remotely, however, if an opportunity to collect data becomes available, the student might need to be available for occasional onsite work.
For more information about Dr. Radis: https://www.wcupa.edu/education-socialWork/socialWork/bRadis.aspx

Dr. Pablo Arriaza

GA Job Description for Dr. Pablo Arriaza, MSW, PhD, LCSW

The Department of Undergraduate Social Work seeks an MSW student for a 5hr/week graduate assistantship at the Philadelphia campus to support programming and faculty research. In exchange for 5 hours/week of work, GA will receive 3 credits of tuition reimbursement for the semester + a $1,125 stipend. The position is for the Fall 2022 semester with the potential to continue for Spring 2023. Student must have and maintain a GPA of 3.0 in their graduate program.

Job Description
  • Coordinating spring semester events
  • Curriculum review and updates
  • Research including literature reviews and summaries
Qualifications
  • High attention to detail
  • Self‐motivated
  • Comfortable with various technologies
  • Must be able to perform some weekly duties at the Philadelphia campus

Dr. Susan Wysor-Nguema

GA Job Description for Dr. Susan Wysor-Nguema, MSW, MS, PhD

This is a research position for a 5hr/week graduate assistantship in exchange for 3 credits of tuition waiver. More details on this position are forthcoming.

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