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When funds allow, the Department of Criminal Justice, Social Work and Sociology offers a limited number of Graduate Assistantships.  The selection process is competitive and based on past academic and work performance, and current Department needs.


The Graduate Assistant will provide assistance to Department faculty and staff.  Typical responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Assisting faculty with course preparation and delivery
  • Assisting faculty with research
  • Data entry
  • Teaching lower-level undergraduate courses
  • Planning events
  • Representing the department at recruitment and informational events
  • Assisting in the creation of promotional materials
  • Providing customer service
  • Corresponding with students, faculty, and alumni
  • Updating social media
  • Assisting with undergraduate advising
  • Processing paperwork
  • General office duties/management
  • Other duties as assigned
Minimum Qualifications

Applicants must have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (current graduate students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA), be fully admitted in a graduate degree program at Southeast Missouri State University, classified as a full-time degree-seeking graduate student, and meet the requirements of Graduate Studies.  The successful candidate will be articulate and have superior oral and written communication skills.  S/he is able to multi-task, possesses excellent organizational skills, is detail-oriented, has the ability to prioritize, and can work without direct supervision at times.  Teaching assistants must have successfully completed the course s/he is teaching (or equivalent).

Preferred Qualifications

Preference will be given to applicants who have successfully completed criminal justice coursework and/or have familiarity of the criminal justice system.  It is preferred that students be proficient in Microsoft Office, have experience using statistical software, experience with Moodle, and familiarity with instructional design principles.  Experience in teaching, online coursework, and working with the public are desired.


Graduate Assistants work 20 hours per week during Fall and/or Spring semesters.  A typical work schedule will be within the business hours of 8am – 5pm Monday-Friday; assistance is sometimes needed at special events that fall during evening or weekend hours.  Graduate Assistants are expected to attend all Department events.

University Graduate Assistant Policies

Policy and guideline information pertaining to Graduate Assistant employment is available online at the Graduate Studies Website.

Contact Information for Questions about Recruitment

For more information, contact Dr. Christopher Bradley, Chair of the Department at 573-339-3002 or; or Ms. Kathie Ross at 573-651-2541 or

How to Apply

Submit Graduate Assistant Application, resume, personal statement, and two recommendation letters to: 

Southeast Missouri State University
Criminal Justice, Social Work and Sociology
ATTN: Dr. Christopher Bradley, Chair of the Department
One University Plaza, Mail Stop 7950
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

Deadline for Applications

Fall Semester: March 1; Spring Semester: October 1.


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Department of Criminal Justice, Social Work and Sociology
One University Plaza, MS 7950
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701