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School of Theology and Ministry

Graduate Assistants

Graduate Assistants are an important part of the school, contributing to the overall operations of the school and the specific programs and initiatives within the school. Position openings are emailed to all current students as they become available. Graduate Assistants work between 10-20 hours per week (depending on position and class schedule) and beginning in 2016, the pay rate is $13 per hour. If you are a new, accepted student and are interested in a Grad Assistantship, please contact Jean Adler Stean, Assistant Director of Admissions & Student Services: steanj@seattleu.edu | (206) 296-5333

 

Graduate Assistant Descriptions:

Academic Programs and Student Life: This position works as part of the school’s Academics team and is considered a member of student services. Some specific work areas for this position include: make regular phone calls to inquiring prospective students; assist with the preparation for all school community events; help with all aspects of communication with students and staff, including the distribution of student mailings and bulletin board announcements; and serve as a liaison between students, faculty, and staff.

Current Academic Programs and Student Life Grad Assistant:
Mariah Ramirez,
Master of Arts in Couples and Family Therapy 


Academic Research Support: This position supports School of Theology and Ministry professors in academic research and works in collaboration with Academics and Student Life. Some specific work areas for this position include: perform interdisciplinary library and online research as directed by faculty: (borrow books and articles, search databases, synthesize and organize information gathered, etc.); and assist faculty in the use of instructional technology to organize and present research materials.

Current Academic Programs and Student Life Grad Assistant:
Steve Childress,
Master of Divinity


Contextual Education: This position assists the Director of Contextual Education, by preparing materials for those enrolled in internships and interacting with On-site Supervisors and Internship Sites. Some specific work areas for this position include:  prepare Student and On-site Supervisors Manuals for publication / printing and/or sale; maintain and update Contextual Education website, documents, manuals, and handbook; and prepare materials and coordinate orientations for students and supervisors.

Current Contextual Education Grad Assistant:
Missy Trull,
Mastery of Divinity, Chaplaincy


Couples & Family Therapy (MACFT) Research Assistant:  This position supports the research agendas of the full time faculty in the MACFT program. Some specific work areas for this position include: support research agendas related to integrating family therapy and theology; perform research work in PyschLit and other databases and prepare literature reviews; assist in preparing materials for IRB/ human research subjects board review; and assist in preparing materials for submission to agencies and foundations that fund research.

MACFT Research Grad Assistant:
Nicole Chilivis,
Doctor of Ministry


Doctor of Ministry (DMin) Support: This position will function as an administrative assistant by staffing and making arrangements for on campus and off-campus classroom needs, faculty needs in classrooms and out of classrooms, overseeing ordering of catering, ensuring catering delivery and distribution, overseeing reservation of rooms and equipment needs, making copies of assorted papers, negotiating with safety and security for parking and other administrative tasks such as list-keeping, nametag production, and study guide production.  

Current Doctor of Ministry Support Grad Assistant:
Cindy Pickreign,
Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership


Economics & Pastoral Leadership Project: This position is designed to support the Economics & Pastoral Leadership Project (EPLP) in its goal to address the economic challenges facing future pastoral leaders with a multi-layered research effort and on-campus and distance education curricula.  Some specific work areas for this position include: assist with the setup for online courses using digital learning technologies; plan and implement events and conferences for stakeholders; assist in calendaring and tracking to meet program benchmarks; and prepare mailings, email blasts and packets for meetings.

Economics & Pastoral Leadership Project Grad Assistant:
Joe Chen,
Albers School of Business


Ecumenical & Interreligious Dialogue: This position will assist the Ecumenical & Interreligious Dialogue Team in its work with the three integrated interreligious focus areas community engagement, faculty formation, and student engagement and formation. Some specific work areas for this position include: event planning and implementation, including the creation of invitations and flyers; and prepare mailings, email blasts and packets for meetings.

Ecumenical & Interreligious Dialogue Grad Assistants:
Spencer Byl,
Master of Arts in Couples & Family Therapy
Sarah Turner,
Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership


Marketing & Communications:  This position works with the Director and team to support advertising, direct marketing, promotions, student recruitment and other marketing campaigns. Some specific work areas for this position include:  facilitate the organization of marketing communications materials; tabling at events and other direct interaction with prospective students; direct mail campaign management; website management; and Social Media collaboration and content marketing.

Marketing & Communications Grad Assistants:
Tina Alvarado,
Master of Arts in Couples & Family Therapy
Nils Ringo-Pennino, Master of Arts in Couples & Family Therapy


Operations Assistant: This position supports in Search for Meaning Book Festival author-related preparations, including maintaining the Access database of authors, researching recommended authors, collating review materials for selection process, preparing communications and materials for invited / participating authors; assists in calendaring for the upcoming academic year; prepares mailings; and creates packets for meetings. 

Operations Grad Assistant:
Alissa Cowen,
Master of Arts in Couples & Family Therapy


Operations Front Desk Assistant: This position assists the operations team by working in the reception area answering calls and greeting guests at the School of Theology and Ministry front desk. Some specific work areas for this position include:  Search for Meaning Book Festival author-related preparations; assists in calendaring for the upcoming academic year; prepares mailings; and creates packets for meetings. 

Operations Grad Assistant:
Sonya Davis,
Mastery of Divinity, Chaplaincy


Public Theology: This position supports the Doctor of Ministry Program Director and will function as an administrative assistant by staffing and making arrangements for on campus and off-campus meeting and conference needs. Specific tasks may include communicating with other public theology grant recipients, pastors, public figures, faculty and staff on campus, and others who may contribute to the overall effort of public theology as a pastoral practice.

Public Theology Grad Assistant:
Edward Donalson,
 Doctor of Ministry


Worship & Liturgy: This position assists the Director of Worship in the area of preparation of liturgies and worship-related events sponsored by the School of Theology and Ministry. Some specific work areas for this position include:  responsibility for the setting up of worship-related events; establishing essential contacts with other university staff involved in the planning of liturgical activities on campus; formatting worship aids; preparing and distributing via web, email and links, the STM Daily Lectionary and Prayer Calendar; and preparing flyers advertising worship services and other events.

Worship & Liturgy Grad Assistant:
Crystal Zerfoss,
Master of Divinity