Graduate Assistants

Robert D. McCormick Center for Child Advocacy and Policy Graduate Assistants and Teaching Assistant:


 ‌ Mariah Emering (Graduate Assistant)
Telephone: 973-655-4188

Biographical Sketch‌:  Mariah Emering attended Montclair State University, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology a minor in Studio Art, along with a certificate in Child Advocacy and Policy. As an undergraduate, Mariah interned at COPE Center in Montclair NJ, where she assisted in running an after school program for at risk girls in the West Orange School District. This summer Mariah was appointed to the Adolescent Program Coordinator for COPE and now runs the after school program. On campus Mariah was heavily involved in the Greek community as well as student leader at the Campus Recreation Center where she worked as a lifeguard for 4 years. Mariah is now a graduate assistant in the center for child advocacy where she is pursuing her masters in Child Advocacy and Policy with a concentration in Public Child Welfare. She hopes to pursue a job as a child life specialist in a hospital where she can assist children as well as their families. Mariah’s hobbies include cooking, reading, exercising, watching netflix, football, and spending time with family.

Fall Hours:
T: 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
W: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
R: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm


Sarra Gock  (Teaching Assistant)
Telephone: 973-655-4188

Biographical Sketch‌:  Sarra Gock attended Montclair State University for her undergraduate studies. Here, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a certificate in Child Advocacy and Policy.  During her undergrad at Montclair Sarra worked at the Ben Samuels Children’s Center and was involved with an AmeriCorps program, Jumpstart. Throughout her two years as a team leader with Jumpstart she was able to affect the lives of preschoolers in Newark, NJ by teaching them supplementary literacy lessons alongside their standard curriculum. Sarra fell in love with helping children but wanted to do more than just teach them.  Jumpstart inspired her to apply for the Child Advocacy and Policy Master’s program concentrated in Child Welfare. Sarra is currently a Teaching Assistant for the Robert J. McCormick Center for Child Advocacy. Her future plans involve community outreach to help connect children and families with appropriate services. In her spare time, Sarra enjoys spending time with her family, cheerleading, reading, and watching Law and Order.

Fall Hours:
M: 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
T: 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
W: 9 am - 5 pm


Ashlee Walsh (Graduate Assistant)
Telephone: 973-655-4188

Biographical Sketch: Ashlee Walsh attended Montclair State University, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, along with a Paralegal Certificate from an ABA Accredited Program. As an undergraduate, Ashlee was heavy involved in community service and looking for way to help better the lives of children in our community. She volunteered for a non-profit organization called SAY. SAY allows children who stutter to find their voice threw the preforming arts.  In addition, she was the president of Golden Key International Honor Society and Alpha Lambda Delta. Her love of working with children and the law, led her to the Master’s Program for Child Advocacy and Policy with a concentration in Public Child Welfare. After being accepted into the program she was appointed as a Graduate Assistant for the center. Ashlee looks forwarding to conducting research about child human trafficking and child labor. She also looks forward to working with the faculty and conducting research for the center.

Fall Hours:
M: 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
W: 11:30 am - 4:30 pm
R: 11:30 am - 4:30 pm
F: 10:30 am - 3:30 pm





Graduate Assistants:

  • are considered full-time students and must be enrolled for 9 credits per semester
  • must fully matriculate in a master's degree program at Montclair State
  • must maintain at least a 3.00 GPA during each semester of the assistantship
  • fulfill twenty (20) hours per week
  • receive a tuition and University-wide fee remission and a stipend
    • Fees that are specific to courses or individual students are not included in the remission (e.g. Art studio fees, supplies, parking and/or Health Insurance, books, graduation fee etc.).
  • may not be hired as adjuncts. Graduate assistants may not be hired as adjuncts or in any other employment status at the University while they are graduate assistants.
  • Term of the Assistantship: One full academic year, beginning September 1 and ending June 30.
Assistantships are NOT available to students:

1. seeking any type of certificate or certification only,
2. who are teaching or completing their in-service supervised training as an M.A.T. student,
3. maintaining a non-degree status, or
4. with a conditional matriculation

How Students Apply:
There is no separate application form for the graduate assistantship.

Graduate Assistantships will be considered as part of the admission process to a graduate degree program. Most of our graduate degree programs have rolling admission, so the earlier a student completes the application for admission, the greater chance the student has to be considered for open graduate assistantship positions.

Recommendation for Graduate Assistantship Appointment

Departments will send their recommendation for graduate assistantship appointments to The Graduate School. The official offer of an assistantship, and final appointment into a position, is conducted through The Graduate School. The official offer of appointment will be sent, via regular mail, to the student from The Graduate School. NO appointment is official or finalized unless it is approved by The Graduate School.

* Students should not begin work until they have signed and accepted the offer and terms of the assistantship with The Graduate School. Employment papers (I-9 Eligibility of Employment and W-4 tax forms) must be completed at The Graduate School before beginning the graduate assistantship position.

Returning Graduate Assistants

Graduate students may be reappointed to a second year into the same graduate assistantship position. Any individual assistantship may not exceed a total of four semesters (two academic years), regardless of the department in which the student serves.

General Guidelines for Graduate Assistantships

Ensuring that our graduate students are having challenging, productive and rewarding assistantship experiences is always important. Each graduate assistant should be involved with activities/projects that relate to faculty research, clinical/field work assignments and/or instructional responsibilities in the student's master's degree program. In addition, each graduate assistant should be assigned to a faculty mentor in their program of study to help ensure that the assistantship is directly related to the student’s program of study.