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Knight School Graduate Assistantship

09/04/12 -  

Graduate Student Assistantship

Effective Date:            September 2012

Division:                     Knight School of Communication

Status:                         Part-time


Summary: The graduate student assistant will be a critical member of the Knight School's Journal of Community Engagement through Digital and Media Literacy online publication team. As our primary copy editor, this position gives a qualified graduate student the chance to demonstrate academic and professional skills including researching, writing, editing, and online publishing. The graduate assistant is supervised by the journal editor and reports to the dean. This is a flexible, part-time position (20 hours/week).


Essential Duties and Responsibilities include:

·         Copy editing, including but not limited to being responsible for grammar and appropriate academic standards for the structure and format of each article

·         Assisting the journal editor in managing the academic publication process (This includes:

o   identifying and soliciting manuscripts and digital projects from scholars

o   identifying appropriate reviewers

o   reading manuscripts and suggesting appropriate reviewers

o   identifying resources for the book and digital tool reviews

·         Researching, collecting, creating, organizing, and uploading relevant content for the journal website

·         Promoting the Journal and current articles through online discussion boards and listservs

·         Updating the Journal website with new content and comments

·         Special projects may be assigned to meet department and university goals that may include building relationships across the Queens campus, identifying community-based opportunities, reporting on national media/digital literacy initiatives, and other duties


Experience, Knowledge and Skills Required

·         Demonstrated familiarity and competence with academic formatting standards, especially the Chicago style (16th Ed.)

·         Demonstrated excellence in university-level research, writing, and editing

·         Ability to work independently, with a core team, and across disciplines

·         Demonstrated ability to work quickly, collaboratively, efficiently, and multi-task on various projects

·         Basic technological proficiency

·         Desire to learn new technologies and to pursue knowledge in media/digital literacy and community engagement

·         Self-motivation and time management skills are essential

·         High level of energy, personal integrity and professionalism


Salary $3500/semester


Physical Requirements (with or without reasonable accommodation)

Eye-Hand Coordination: Requires hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity sufficient to operate a computer keyboard, copier, calculator and other office equipment.

Talking: Especially where one must frequently convey detailed or important instructions or ideas accurately, loudly, or quickly.

Repetitive Motion: Movements frequently and regularly required using the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.

Hearing: Able to hear average or normal conversations and receive ordinary information.

Visual Abilities: Average, ordinary, visual acuity necessary including close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Physical Strength: Will regularly be required to sit, use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools and controls reach with hands and arms. Must be able to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, or crouch. Must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.


Any applicant for employment who needs any reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the Director of Human Resources (704-337-2297 or


Only candidates who best match the job requirements will be contacted. Due to limited staff resources, phone calls cannot be accepted or returned.


Application Process

Qualified candidates should submit via email to all of the following in (.doc) or (.pdf) format

1. a letter of interest

2. current resume or curriculum vitae,

3. contact information on three professional references.


Be sure to include "REF: JCEDMLGRAD" and YOUR NAME in your email Subject Line.

(Example: REF: JCEDMLGRAD, Shawn Mullin)


Applications must be received by 5:00 P.M. on October 1, 2012 to be considered for this position.

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