Wilkes University

Graduate Assistant Positions

Criteria for Selecting Graduate Assistants 

  1. Admission to the program and full-time status.
  2. Full-time (nine credits per semester) status while holding the assistantship.
  3. Minimum 3.0 undergraduate grade point average. Current graduate students may apply for an assistantship after completion of nine semester hours of graduate credit with a cumulative average of 3.0 or higher.
  4. Two additional letters of recommendation and submission application materials.
  5. Successful interview or equivalent assessment of suitability for assistantship by department personnel.
  6. Ability and willingness to perform the duties outlined in the job posting and assigned by the Director/Department Chair of the respective program.
  7. Counselorship in an undergraduate residence hall is available each year to graduate students. Applications for these positions must be filed with the Director of Housing no later than February 1 to be considered for the academic year beginning in September. 

General Application Steps

Be sure to follow any other instructions contained in the job description.
  1. Select the job of interest below.
  2. Complete the Graduate Assistant Application.
  3. Submit an application to hiring manager.

Etruscan Press, a non-profit literary press affiliated with Wilkes University since 2006, has a Graduate Assistantship opening. This position requires six hours per week working remotely with weekly participation in a Zoom production meeting.

Duties include:
  • Updating the Etruscan website.
  • Copyediting manuscripts.
  • Proofreading galleys.
  • Submitting manuscripts to the Library of Congress for cataloguing and indexing.
  • Updating author information in distributor's metadata platform.
  • Preparing copy for promotional assets.
  • Researching literary reviewers for advance reader mailings.
  • Conducting author interviews.
  • Preparing newsletter stories.
  • Drafting study guides for Etruscan titles.

Interested applicants should email an application to Dr. David Hicks at david.hicks@wilkes.edu.

Wilkes University invites applicants for a Graduate Assistant in the School of Education. This position is available immediately. The GA is required to work 20 hours a week during each semester, and will be compensated tuition remission for graduate courses at Wilkes University plus a monthly stipend payment. Specific details to be discussed at time of interview.

The successful candidate is responsible for assist the Doctoral department chair, Dr. Karim Letwinsky and the Master degree level department chair, Dr. Charles Smargiassi. The student must maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA.

Ideal candidates should have a range of knowledge, skills, and abilities, such as:

  • Assist faculty with research.
  • Locate publications for faculty to publish manuscripts.
  • Data management/analysis.
  • Conference presentation preparation.
  • Organize and host doctoral socials.
  • Organize new cohort orientation process.
  • Provide APA support to faculty and doctoral students.
  • Dissertation management.
  • Conduct Video Conference training sessions for faculty and students.
  • Update/Revise/Create EdD handbooks.
  • Complete PDE applications for program/ course approval.
  • Support for EDLS and SBL programs.
  • Assist with student queries, student advising, registration, graduation audits.
  • Compile and maintain instructor lists.
  • Keep record of PRAXIS results
  • Update EDLS and SBL files (including cross check current files with TIMS and admissions)
  • Update department records regarding state and international requirements for online instruction.
  • Create/assemble Ed.D. Newsletters.
  • Assist with data management for Ed.D. program.
  • Ed.D. course calendar management.
  • Assist with curriculum review.
  • Assist with social media posts.

Wilkes University is an independent, comprehensive university dedicated to academic excellence in the liberal arts, sciences, and selected professional programs. The University has approximately 2,450 students at the undergraduate level and over 1,500 full time equivalent students at the graduate and first professional levels.

Its institutional focus is on developing strong mentoring relationships with each of its students and contributing vitally to economic development of Northeastern Pennsylvania. The University is located in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, a revitalized city that is located on the lovely Susquehanna River and is within two and one-half hours driving distance of New York City and Philadelphia.

To apply, visit wilkesuniversitycareers.applicantpro.com/jobs. Please be sure to include a cover letter, resume or curriculum vitae and three references.

Wilkes University is constantly seeking to become a more diverse community and to enhance its capacity to value and capitalize on the cultural richness that diversity brings. The University strongly encourages applications from persons with diverse backgrounds.

The College of Science and Engineering has multiple Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) positions available to support supplemental instruction and laboratory activities in the discipline areas of the college. If you are interested in a GTA position and are a graduate student in good standing and will be enrolling as a full-time student for this fall semester please complete the Graduate Assistant Application form (Step #2) to be considered for an assistantship.

Interested applicants should forward the Graduate Assistant Application to Dr. Prahlad Murthy, Associate Dean, The College of Science and Engineering (prahlad.murthy@wilkes.edu) by July 1, 2017 and must include a list of STEM courses that you are capable of teaching at the undergraduate level.

The Undergraduate Admissions office is in need of a graduate assistant who will support the daily recruitment activities of the Undergraduate Admissions team. Responsibilities will require the successful candidate to gain in-depth knowledge of the admissions processes and the University in order to conduct detailed phone conversations, information sessions, and tours for prospective students and families, and assist them through the enrollment process. Pre-planning assistance and attendance for open houses and other admissions-related special events are required.

The graduate assistant will also assist in managing the student ambassador and tour guide programs. The duties include, but are not limited to: scheduling, hiring and training of new ambassadors and tour guides, and providing additional coaching when necessary.

Other administrative and office-related tasks may be assigned. Hours worked are traditionally Monday-Friday, between the hours of 9am-4pm, with some evenings and weekends required for admissions-related special events and Ambassador meetings. Microsoft Office and basic computer skills are highly desired.

Interested applicants should forward the graduate assistant application, cover letter, and resume to Alec Wizar, Assistant Director, Undergraduate Admissions (alec.wizar@wilkes.edu) by March 22, 2019.

Contact Information: alec.wizar@wilkes.edu

The Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at Wilkes University invites applicants for a Graduate Assistant. This position is available immediately. The GA is required to work 15 - 20 hours a week during each semester, and will be compensated tuition remission for graduate courses at Wilkes University plus a monthly stipend payment. Specific details to be discussed at time of interview.

The Graduate Assistant provides entrepreneurial assistance to clients managed and supported by the Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship.

Specific responsibilities for the 2020-2021 academic year include:

  • Drafting fundamental business documents as clients need and as training allows, with the help of applicable business mentors.
  • Building and maintaining relationships with current and future APKC clients.
  • Implementing and maintaining a client management system and updating client records as needed.
  • Representing the Allan P. Kirby Center in a professional manner at various events that arise throughout the year.
  • Providing other support to the Allan P. Kirby Center Staff, Allan P. Kirby Assistant Director and Allan P. Kirby Center Executive Director as needed such as client meetings, planning center events and daily activities.

The incumbent of this position will continue the development or his or her leadership and management skills by working on key programs that foster the development of undergraduate students with the academic, co-curricular, and extracurricular environment. Project management and organizational skills will be enhanced through the organization and implementation of key university programs and activities.

Interested applicants should forward the graduate assistant application, cover letter, and resume to
Charles J. Pierce
Interim Executive Director - APKCFEE

Submission Deadline: June 30, 2020


Spring 2021 (potential renewal for Summer 2021 – Spring 2022)


Residence Life Coordinator, in conjunction with Director of Residence Life


An integral member of the Office of Residence Life (ORL) team, the Graduate Residence Director is a part-time, live in professional responsible for assisting with the development and management of a residential area of the Wilkes University campus. Graduate Residence Directors will work with an Area Coordinator to assist with supervision of  paraprofessional staff, oversight of residential education programming, enforcement of college policy, student

conflict management, and area facilities management. The Graduate Residence Director will be expected to uphold the mission and goals of the Office of Residence Life, the Division of Student Affairs, and Wilkes University.

Position Responsibilities

  • Assist with the training, supervision, and evaluation of up to 18 undergraduate Resident Assistants for assigned residential area.
  • Actively participate in and present at Paraprofessional Staff Training to commence before each academic semester as well as in-service trainings.
  • Attend and co-facilitate regularly scheduled staff meetings and individual meetings with RAs.
  • Address quality of life issues within the residential area, reporting repairs to University Facilities.
  • Assist Office Assistant with the assignment, distribution and collection of all residential keys and conduct core changes where appropriate.
  • Connect and engage with residents in assigned residential areas.
  • Coordinate program planning within RA staff and advise their community development efforts.
  • Work with RA staff to address all roommate conflicts in assigned area.
  • Serve as a conduct hearing officer for low-level student handbook violations.
  • Serve as a co-chair for a department committee, planning essential activities of the Office of Residence Life.
  • Serve in an On-Call duty rotation, responding to campus emergencies and students in crisis after-hours.
  • As an “essential services” employee, participate in emergency preparedness and response.
  • Maintain office presence of 16 hours per week.
  • Assist Central Office team with projects and assignments, as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Enrollment in a Wilkes University graduate degree program (full-time status not required)
  • Experience in Residence Life as an undergraduate is preferred

To Apply

Please email a cover letter, resume and three references to:

Raymond D. FeDora, III
Director of Residence Life

Position is open until filled and interviews will be granted on a rolling basis.