Library Research Advisor


Fellowship Opportunity
The European Studies Center (ESC) seeks a qualified graduate student from the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences to be a teaching fellow whose primary duties will be to advise undergraduate students in West European Studies and European Union Studies. The position is for the 2014-2015 academic year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year.  The TF must be able to work 20 hours every week during the fall and spring semesters. The position will cover full tuition and most fees (except the student activity fee) and includes a monthly stipend for 8 months. (Stipend will be based upon standard University rates which have not yet been announced for the 2014-2015 academic year, but are $8,685/term during the 2013-14 academic year.)  The ideal candidate will have a strong general background in Europe and European politics, the EU, its institutions and main policy areas.  For more information and to apply, please reference the Graduate Student Assistant posting.


The Library Research Advisor works with undergraduates to familiarize them with documents on the European Union and help them write papers on Europe.  If you are a Pitt student who wants to write a paper on a topic related to Western Europe and/or the European Union, the advisor can help you with the following: Assess the feasibility of your research paper. The advisor can help you determine whether there is enough research material at Pitt or online that will allow you to start and complete your research paper. Locate secondary literature, that is, articles and books, which will allow you to have a better understanding of your topic.  Find primary documents, such as speeches, declarations, official reports, etc., which you can use as evidence to support the argument that you make in the paper. Most students who ask for the advisor's help write papers that are required for courses. However, the advisor will be happy to help you with any projects, even if they are not course related, provided that they are of an academic nature. For example, any student is encouraged to seek the advisor's assistance when prepapring a paper for a student conference, such as Undergraduate Research Symposium or the Graduate Student Conference on the European Union.


Who is the Library Research Advisor? Shane Killian is the Library Research Advisor. If you would like to speak with Shane, please do so through Stephen Lund at, or 412-648-7422.  To meet with him, please schedule an appointment in advance.  The advisor's desk is located within UCIS, on the fourth floor of Posvar Hall, room 4200.  Ask the front receptionist if you need further assistance.