Professor Seeks Research Assistant

An Assistant Professor from the Department of Social Work at the College of Staten Island-CUNY is seeking a Research Assistant/Reader.  She is a faculty member with a visual impairment and is looking to hire an assistant to help with research, editing, and teaching preparation/course management.  Her work lies in the areas of disability rights, neoliberal governance and social justice struggles in the context of South Asia.

The position is ideal for doctoral students and those who want to develop their research and writing skills.  Individuals with an interest in international development, social justice and disability/diversity studies are strongly encouraged to apply.

The position is for 15 hours/week at a rate of approximately $18/hour, with health insurance and other CUNY benefits after three months.

Responsibilities include assistance with the following:

  1. Academic research and writing–i.e., accessing interdisciplinary research resources, conducting literature reviews, and editing
  2. Grant-writing–i.e., searching grant databases and grant proposal editing
  3. Course preparation and teaching–i.e., providing informational access for teaching and research materials, operating classroom technology, assisting with curriculum development and management of student records
  4. Other administrative duties as needed–i.e., document conversion/scanning, visual formatting, copyediting, etc.


  1. Strong writing and communication skills
  2. Strong organizational and time management skills and an ability to work independently
  3. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and other online platforms used to streamline work (especially Blackboard)
  4. Background in the social sciences or humanities (graduate students are strongly encouraged to apply)
  5. Interest in human rights, international development, and disability/diversity issues strongly preferred

Please email Dr. Vandana Chaudhry with your Resume/CV at For additional details, call (312) 451-3884 or (718) 982-3975.

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