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Who is Eligible for Graduate Assistantships?

Acceptance into the Masters in Leadership Development program provides eligibility for a graduate assistantship in student affairs. Graduate students who have experience in student affairs and/or are interested in pursuing a career in the field will be considered top candidates.

Why you Should Consider a Graduate Assistantship

Graduate assistantships offer a year of opportunities to combine the theories and principles of leadership learned through academic coursework with supervised experience in the administrative and developmental functions of student affairs units. In doing so, graduate assistantships provide students pursuing the higher education emphasis a unique window of opportunity to acquire knowledge, skills, dispositions, and values that are fundamental to the student affairs profession. They are also essential to supporting undergraduate college students’ development during a time in their lives that is characterized by self-exploration, identity development, and self-authorship.

The Benefits of a Graduate Assistantship

Graduate assistants receive ongoing professional development support and career preparation guidance, in addition to membership in a professional association and the opportunity to receive financial assistance to attend local/regional student affairs conferences.

+ - Assistantship Information

Graduate Assistants work with the following facilities and units within Student Affairs (specific job descriptions are provided in the application):

  • Academic Student Organizations
  • Argyros Forum Student Union
  • Civic Engagement Initiatives
  • Civic Engagement Student Organizations
  • Cross-Cultural Center
  • Diversity/Cultural Student Organizations
  • Greek Life
  • Julianne Argyros Fitness Center
  • Recreation and Leisure Student Organizations
  • Religious/Spiritual Student Organizations
  • Residence Life & First-Year Experience
  • Student Conduct
  • University Program Board

+ - Frequently Asked Questions

What days and hours do Graduate Assistants work?
As the responsibilities of each assistantship differs, work schedules are determined based on student availability and the needs of the position/department. Graduate Assistants should expect to work at least some evening and weekend hours as needed to oversee departmental programming, services, and facilities.

What are the general day-to-day responsibilities of a Graduate Assistant?
Graduate Assistants work directly with undergraduate student staff as advisors and supervisors, ensuring support of University policy and procedures in executing the functions of their role. Many play a leadership role in developing goals for and implementing educational programming, directing the operations of various facilities, assessing the impact of student affairs services, and/or supporting students engagement with and responsibility to the Chapman community.  

May I apply to more than one position?
Yes, you may apply to multiple assistantships, but can only hold one position at a time. Graduate Assistants are hired on one-year terms, with the opportunity to reapply to any position within the division.

What do Graduate Assistants get paid?
The pay for each assistantship varies and is specified in the job description included in the Graduate Assistant application.

+ - What Students Are Saying

“The Graduate Assistant role helps to connect students in the Masters in Leadership Development program to graduate and undergraduate students on a deeper level as well as the bigger picture of what Chapman University has to offer.”
- Nick Irwin ‘18

“My role as a Graduate Assistant has been meaningful because it has given me the opportunity to take the lessons I have learned throughout my time in Masters in Leadership Development program and apply them to real-world experiences.  From supervising undergraduate students and helping them navigate through their college experiences to assisting with the implementation of programs for the campus community, I have become more confident in my professional and leadership experiences.  My role has given me mentorship and advising opportunities that I may not have found elsewhere, which has helped me facilitate leadership development relevant to students' needs and overall goals during their time at the university.  It has been an extension of the educational experience that allows me to put theory into practice. It has also connected me to a strong community of students and professionals and and a pathway to success toward my desired career.”
- Negeen Lotfi ‘18

+ - Graduate Assistant Bios

Sam Delude

Sam Delude

Sam Delude is the Graduate Assistant for Greek Life. He completed his bachelor's degree at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, where he was a Mentor/Tutor for first generation and non traditional students. He is also currently enrolled as a student in the Masters in Leadership Development Program at Chapman and is scheduled to graduate in May 2019. Sam's role at Chapman is to advise Greek Life chapters as well as the Inter-Fraternity Council.

Andrea Varon

Andrea Varon

Andrea Varon is a graduate student in the Donna Ford Attallah College of Education Studies getting her Masters in Leadership Development with an emphasis in Higher Education. She graduated from University of California, Irvine in Spring 2016 with her B.A. in English and Minor in Education, and is expected to graduate in 2019 with her M.A.

Marvin Poquiz

Marvin Poquiz

Marvin is the Graduate Assistant for the Cross-Cultural Center. He is currently pursuing two graduate degrees. At Chapman, he is in the Masters in Leadership Development program. The other program is online, and it is a Masters in Sports Industry Management at Georgetown. Other than work and school, he likes to dance, be with his family and dog, and eat a whole bunch of food. 

Sam Schlernitzauer

Sam Schlernitzauer

Sam Schlernitzauer is a graduate student in the Donna Ford Attallah College of Education Studies getting her Masters in Leadership Development with an emphasis in Higher Education. She graduated from Chapman University in Spring 2017 with her B.A. in Theatre Studies, and is expected to graduate in 2019 with her M.A. 

Chandra Jenkins

Chandra Jenkins

Chandra Jenkins is a PhD student in Education in the Attallah College of Education Studies who should be graduating Dec. 2018. She works with Civic Student Organizations in Student Engagement and never has enough coffee. 

KP Williams

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Kyle (KP) Williams, M.A., is a doctoral candidate in the Donna Ford Attallah College of Educational Studies at Chapman University. KP also currently serves as a Graduate Assistant for Civic Engagement Initiatives at Chapman University and is an instructor in UC Irvine’s new Anteater Leadership Academy. Since 2010, KP has developed expertise in academic community engagement through civic engagement, leadership development, and service learning programs. KP previously served in roles including AmeriCorps*VISTA Member and Leader at Campus Compact in South Carolina and Kentucky, Visiting Service-Learning Tutor at Lingnan University in Hong Kong, and Senior Program Coordinator at Tulane University’s Center for Public Service. KP also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Community Development Society.

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Application Process

Step One:
Submit application to the Master of Arts in Leadership Development program by April 1, 2018.

Step Two:
Submit application for a Graduate Assistantship by April 1, 2018.

Step Three:
Participate in Interview Day with invitation.

Step Four:
Hiring decisions announced to applicants within two weeks of Interview Day.