The MALS Advising Fellow Program aims to provide vital academic support to students in the MA in Liberal Studies (MALS) program while they study at the Graduate Center. The Advising Fellows will provide individualized academic support to the master’s students, guiding them in choosing courses, managing their work loads and meeting academic challenges, and enlisting faculty mentors to supervise their theses. The Fellows will be advanced doctoral students who have already successfully navigated their own Graduate Center course requirements and who will be able to share their wisdom and experience with the master’s students. Carefully chosen for their interpersonal skills and judgment, the Fellows will be accessible and open to students while also providing academic guidance.
Each advising fellow will be responsible for advising approximately 200 students (whose area of study and research will be related to that of the advising fellow if possible) on their program of study, course selection, thesis/capstone planning, and other academic affairs. Advising fellows will host late afternoon and evening office hours to meet with their MA advisees and will also meet with students by appointment. In addition, Advising Fellows will be take on responsibilities to support the development of the master’s student community by developing programing for master’s students about academics, careers, networking, and writing as requested on a semester by semester basis.
MALS is looking to appoint two advising fellows for the academic year 2021-2022. The position is funded in part through a graduate assistant appointment. The official appointment dates of the graduate assistant appointment is from the first day of the Fall 2021 semester through the day before the first day of the Fall 2022 semester but that the service is performed during the academic year. The Advising Fellows will work 150-180 hours during each 15-week semester (300-360 hours for the academic year; 10-12 hours per week). The compensation is dependent on the excellence fees budget, but it is a minimum of $22,000.
CUNY doctoral students who are appointed as Graduate Assistants are eligible to enroll in NYSHIP health insurance, the deferred compensation benefits plans and the commuter benefits program. They are also eligible to receive an in-state CUNY tuition remission award if they are within the first 10 registered semesters of study. The 2017-2023 PSC-CUNY Contract provides for additional in-state tuition remission at the Level 3 tuition rate for doctoral students who are in their 11th, 12th, 13th or 14th registered semesters of study and who are employed in a title recognized under Article 1 of the collective bargaining agreement. Please contact Anne Ellis at email@example.com or 212 817-7284 if you have questions regarding tuition remission.
These appointments are one-year appointments and there is no presumption of renewal. The existence of the Advising Fellows Program for subsequent years will be subject to an annual review of the anticipated Excellence Fees funding available to fund the fellows.
Application Specifics and Requirements
To be eligible, applicants must be Level III by the start date of the appointment. Each advising fellow is expected to have deep institutional knowledge of the Graduate Center, its administrative structures that relate to students, and its academic programs and faculty. Students with interdisciplinary research interests, interdisciplinary coursework (especially those who have completed one of the interdisciplinary PhD certificates), and advising experience are encouraged to apply. Students who have completed master’s degrees before starting their PhD work are also encouraged to apply. Strong organizational and interpersonal skills are essential.
Application Instructions: To apply, please send a statement of interest (no more than 1–2 pages), noting any interdisciplinary courses or work completed and advising experience, a CV, and a letter of reference from a faculty advisor (which can be sent separately) to the Liberal Studies Program Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) with “Advising Fellows Application” in the subject line. Inquiries about the program can be sent to Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis (email@example.com), the EO of the M.A. Program in Liberal Studies. Applications must be received by 5 pm on February 19, 2021 to be considered.
Interviews for the position will be held in March 2021.