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Message from Associate Dean of Students Travis Apgar

"Cornell's Greek community is among the best in the nation. There is no better example of student organizations that work to enhance their members collegiate experience. The leadership, self-governance, integrity, and interpersonal skills that are developed, combined with the outside of the classroom educational experiences such as community service opportunities is what makes belonging so special. We will continue to strive towards becoming an example of excellence, and play our part in defining the next evolution of Greek life." 

Cornell Greek Community Graduate Fellow Position
Fall 2014- Spring 2015

Position Summary:
The Graduate Fellow(s) for the Greek Community works with the Office of Fraternities, Sororities, & Independent Living staff to create a vibrant, values-based living-learning community centered on chapter excellence and success. The primary responsibilities for the position(s) are listed below. The Graduate Fellow(s) is a member of the OFSIL staff, and will report to an Assistant Dean of Students.

Duties & Responsibilities:

*Hold regular office hours in the Office of Fraternities, Sororities, & Independent Living
*Oversee and execute the social event registration process for the entire community
*Assist with council and community programming, focusing on our ten core principles: alignment of values, academic excellence, respect for new members and initiates, commitment to service, social responsibility, promote citizenship and inclusivity, self-governance, leadership development, healthy living-learning environments, and life-long relationships and affinity
*Assist with the coordination of annual programs: A.D. White Greek Annual Summit, Homecoming, Faculty Appreciation Reception, Greek Freak Step Show, Day of Demeter

*Assist with recruitment efforts for the Tri-Council; which consists of returning to campus prior to classes
*Aid Office staff in maintaining up to date documentation on all Chapters
*Create publications and advertisements for Office events
*Coordinate evaluations and surveys for events as deemed necessary
*Serve on University wide committees and help with University events, such as Welcome Weekend and Homecoming
*Provide administrative support to the Office
*Other duties as assigned

Time Commitment & Remuneration:
The Graduate Fellow(s) will each work 20 hours per week (some nights and weekends included), at a compensation rate of $15.00 per hour; approximately $9,000 annually. Please note that there is no tuition stipend with this position.

Eligibility Requirements:

*All registered Master’s, Ph. D., or Professional Degree students in good standing with Cornell’s Graduate/Professional Schools are eligible EXCEPT those on full fellowship (i.e. tuition and stipend) and those on training grants.
*Students on partial fellowships (tuition or stipend) are eligible if they are in accordance with the Graduate School requirements regarding registration units. Please contact your Graduate Student Service representative at the Graduate School to determine further eligibility*
*International students must insure that their employment complies with DHS regulations and other relevant United States laws. Further, they must have approval from one of the Immigration Advisors in Cornell’s International Students and Scholars Office

Interested students must secure permission from the Director of Graduate Studies and the special committee chair or the students’ academic advisor; have to be a registered student to accept position if offered.

*Require basic knowledge in PC computers and related applications; additional expertise in managing database information, graphic design, and/or web design preferred
*Strong verbal and written communications required
*Fraternity or Sorority affiliation strongly preferred
*Programmatic or student organization leadership preferred

About the Community & Office:

The Cornell Greek system is comprised of over 60 chapters across three self-governing councils, known as the Tri-Council: Interfraternity Council (IFC), the Multicultural Greek Letter Council (MGLC), and the Panhellenic Council (PHC): approximately 4,500 students, (nearly one-third of the undergraduate population)

The Office encompasses fraternity and sorority life, the co-operative houses, and off-campus housing · The Office has a staff of professionals who find great joy in student success using strong models of challenge and support

To Apply:
*Submit a letter of interest (350 words or less), resume, and names/addresses/telephone numbers for three professional references to: Jason Allen
Office of Fraternities, Sororities, & Independent Living
532 Willard Straight Hall
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853

*Electronic submissions are accepted as well. Applications will be accepted through May 30th; even if your graduate admission status is undetermined, we encourage you to apply by the deadline. *Interviews will be scheduled individually. Notifications about appointments will be made by July 21st. Anticipated start date will be August 19th.
*Questions may be directed to Jason Allen, Assistant Dean of Students in the Office of Fraternities, Sororities, & Independent Living via email at
*For more information about our Office and/or Community, please visit

MEETING THE CHALLENGE - November 28, 2012

Below is a link where you can access information for meeting the challenge to “end pledging as we know it”, issued by President Skorton in August of 2011.  Many students, alumni, and other stakeholders have contributed to this work.