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POSITION:  Academic Research Writing Associate

DEPARTMENT:  School of Education – Leadership & Organizational Development

REPORTS TO:  Chair, School of Education - Leadership & Organizational Development

SCHEDULE:   This position is eligible for a hybrid work schedule upon the successful completion of the 90 day introductory period.

PRIMARY FUNCTION:  This role will work closely with students pursuing a doctoral degree in coordination with the dissertation chair, providing guidance and support in the development and refinement of their dissertations. 


  • Master’s or Ph.D. degree in a relevant field
  • Strong background in academic writing and research
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Familiarity with APA7
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and usage, including formatting operations
  • Previous experience in dissertation advising or academic support is a plus



  1. Consultation and Guidance:
    • Provide one-on-one consultations with students to discuss their dissertation topics and writing strategies.
    • Offer constructive feedback on writing style, structure, clarity, and argumentation to enhance the overall quality of dissertations.
  2. Research Support
    • Guides students to improve writing or content in proposals (Chapters 1-3) according to the scholarly expectations of the dissertations chair.
    • Offer guidance on literature review construction, helping students identify relevant sources and develop a comprehensive understanding of existing scholarship in their field.
  3. Writing Workshops
    • Facilitates small group and classroom workshops covering various writing strategies and concerns, including but not limited to the writing process, academic dissertation writing, and citation style.
    • Facilitate group discussions to create a collaborative learning environment among students.
  4. Editing and Proofreading
    • Review and edit dissertation drafts for grammatical accuracy, adherence to academic conventions, and overall coherence.
    • Ensure guidelines for academic writing are met, including accurate and error-free presentation of data based on evidence and adherence to publication requirements.
    • Provide guidance on citation styles and formatting requirements according to the dissertation style guide expectations.
  5. Time Management and Productivity
    • Assist students in developing effective time management strategies to meet dissertation milestones and deadlines.
    • Offer support in overcoming writer’s block and maintaining productivity throughout the dissertation writing process.
  6. Stay Current on Academic Writing Trends
    • Stay informed about current trends and best practices in academic writing, dissertation formatting, and scholarly communication.

Qualified applicants should forward a cover letter and resume via email to (preferred) or mail to:  
Point Park University
Human Resources Office
201 Wood Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

When responding via email please reference - ACADEMIC RESEARCH WRITING ASSOCIATE  - in the subject line.

Please submit documents in Rich Text (.txt) Word document (.doc) or Adobe Portable Document Format (.pdf).

All emails submitted will receive an automatic confirmation email.  Due to some junk mail filters, the confirmation email may not reach you.  To ensure receipt of the confirmation email, utilize the return receipt option built into your email program when sending your information. 

  Due to the high volume of resumes received, Point Park University will not be able to respond to inquiries regarding the status of your resume. If we determine that your skills and experience match the position requirements, we will contact you to discuss the opportunity further. If you do not hear from us, we encourage you to revisit our website at for the status of the position and future opportunities. 


Point Park University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.