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Graduate Assistantships

​Graduate Assistant Positions for MA Students in Department of Women’s and Gender Studies

DePaul University 2020-2021


Below are Three Graduate Assistant (GA) positions currently available for students in the MA Program in Women’s and Gender Studies for the academic year 2020-21. Please note that there is a possibility that other GA positions may become available later in Spring 2020. It is also possible that the stipends for GA positions may increase.

You are welcome to apply for more than one position. You must submit separate application letters for each position but your resume and reflective essay can be submitted once for multiple positions.

For priority consideration for these GA Positions, applicants must submit materials by February 15, 2020, which is also the priority deadline for admission into our graduate program. Please submit the GA applications along with your other required admission documents.

Application Process

  1. In order to be considered for the GA positions please submit the following documents:
    • A letter of application that answers the following questions: Why are you interested in this position? What are the skills, background knowledge, and experience that you would bring to the position? How is this position related to your broader goals within the MA Program?
    • If you are a current DePaul student, an unofficial transcript from DePaul Fall Quarter.
    • A resume that includes the names, email addresses, and phone numbers of 2 individuals who could speak to your skills and abilities applicable to this position. If you intend for the same referees who are writing your letters of recommendation for admission into our MA program to be referees for the GA position please advise them to address your qualifications for this position in their admission letter.
    • A short essay response to the following questions: (a) What have been your experiences working in service and/or activist or educational groups? What are some of the challenges and triumphs you have experienced? (b) In your experience of groups or organizations, what are the best ways to build a group that is inclusive and affirming of different perspectives, ideas and identities? (c) In your experience, how have you approached disagreements and/or conflicts within a group, and what have you learned in the process? Give an example.
  2. Applications are due by February 15, 2020.
  3. Review of applications will begin after the February 15th deadline with decisions made by March 15, 2020.
  4. Applicants who are offered the GA positions along with admission are requested to let us know as soon as possible but latest by April 5, 2020 if you are going to accept the position.

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Sanjukta Mukherjee, Director of Graduate Program in Women’s and Gender Studies at smukher8@depaul.edu.

Graduate Assistantship Opportunities

This position will fund 12 hours of academic credit (one course per quarter for three quarters) for the 2020-21 academic year, and will provide an annual stipend of $2,500.

Position Description: We are seeking a graduate assistant (GA) who will act as an “operations manager” for the Beck Research Initiative for Women, Gender, and Community (BRI). The BRI promotes community-based research and programs that inform the prevention of, and intervention in, gender-related oppressions. DePaul University faculty and students work with community members to effect social change through social policy, advocacy, and community development (see www.beckresearch.org).

The graduate assistant (GA) will assist with management of day-to day administrative and programmatic activities. Primary responsibilities will include increasing awareness and visibility of the BRI through effective communication on the website and through social media, and coordinating the WGS Service Learning and Internship Program (SLIP), which provides internship and service learning internship placements for WGS graduate and undergraduate students.

Position Hours & Duration: This graduate assistant position will require a commitment of 10-12 hours per week during the academic year. It is important to note that the assistant must be available to work – often in the Women’s and Gender Studies offices – during the day.

The position will fund 12 hours of academic credit (one course per quarter for three quarters) for the 2020-21 academic year, and will provide an annual stipend of $2,500.

The Research Training Internship (RTI) was created to generate new knowledge about the lives and experiences of Jewish teen girls and to develop the capacity of teen girls to engage critically with social issues that impact their lives through an explicitly feminist lens. The RTI Chicago is a pilot partnership between Ma’yan, a feminist educational organization in New York City working with teen girls, parents, and educators; the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Chicago; and the Beck Research Initiative for Women, Gender, and Community, housed in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies. Grounded in the philosophy of critical participatory action research (CPAR), the RTI program is committed to highlighting the knowledge and expertise of teen girls about their own lives and the issues that impact them. More specifically, this 10-month RTI program will bring together approximately 12 teens from the Chicago area to meet bi-monthly to create a participatory action research project on a topic of their choosing. After conducting their research, the teens will present their findings to the community; they will think through how to disseminate the information to the community in a way that has the most significant impact.

Three DePaul University faculty members are collaborating on this project: Dr. Amira Proweller (Education); Dr. Sonya Crabtree-Nelson (Social Work); and Dr. Beth Catlett (Women’s and Gender Studies). The graduate assistant (GA) hired for this position will work closely with all three faculty members, and also will work in full partnership with Rebecca Birger (Senior Associate of Youth Initiatives at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago) on program development and oversight.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to co-facilitating bi-monthly meetings with the teen girls; creating a reading list and curricular materials (substantial curricular materials already exist – the graduate assistant and the Chicago team will be extending upon those materials) that will guide RTI sessions; teaching CPAR methods to the teens; attending weekly planning and de-briefing meetings; providing administrative management of the program including reserving rooms, ordering food, copying materials, etc; acting as a research assistant for DePaul faculty who will be conducting a research project examining the experiences of the teens who are participating in this RTI program.

Position Hours & Duration: This graduate assistant (GA) position will require a commitment of approximately 10-12 hours per week during the academic year. This will include some evening and weekend hours since the RTI group will meet in the evening and/or on Sunday afternoons. It is also important to note that the graduate assistant (GA) must be available to work – often in the Women’s and Gender Studies offices – during the day.

The position will fund 24 hours of academic credit (two courses per quarter for three quarters) for the 2020-21 academic year, and will provide an annual stipend of $8,000.

 

The Building Communities, Ending Violence (BCEV) project is a community-building justice project grounded in community accountability and transformative justice.  The project offers spaces for community members (i.e., students, faculty, staff, and members of the broader Chicago community) to learn about and practice everyday collective & community-based responses to oppression and violence that do not rely on police or other external authorities.  The project creates and facilitates activities geared toward reflection, dialogue and skill building for healing, intervention, accountability, and transformation.

 

The graduate assistant will work with Dr. Ann Russo to create activities and spaces for the practice of healing, intervention, accountability and transformation in response to oppression and violence at DePaul and beyond.  The assistant will take leadership by initiating, creating, organizing, and facilitating strategy workshops on building skills for intervening in oppression and violence, peace circles (e.g., support, reflection, conflict, and/or community-building circles), reflection and skill building exercises around racism and white privilege (Dismantling White Privilege and Racism Group), healing arts and performance events (Dandelions in the Concrete), and Chicago community-wide skill sharing in transformative justice.  In addition, the assistant will work to maintain and build upon the BCEV Blog and Twitter social media to expand critical consciousness around transformative justice.

 

The following strengths are required for this position:  (a) experience with social justice, anti-oppression frameworks that address interlocking systems of oppression and privilege, (b) experience with restorative and/or transformative justice practices; (c) self awareness, reflexivity, and willingness to engage in difficult conversations; (d) strong interpersonal communication skills, (e) strong writing skills for emails, publicity, and outreach materials; (f) demonstrated organizational skills needed for coordinating meetings, communicating with participants, taking care of logistics, and overall keeping track of multiple events and activities;

 

Position Hours and Duration: This graduate assistant position will require a commitment of approximately 15-20 hours per week during the academic year.  The assistant must be available to work sometimes in the evenings and sometimes on weekends.