Graduate Student Liaison Network

The Graduate Student Liaison Network brings together selected Graduate Student Liaisons from departments across Northeastern to share ideas, needs, and resources for graduate students.

Graduate Student Liaisons serve a crucial role in supporting their peers as educators—both by sharing information with their peers about CATLR opportunities and resources, and by sharing information with CATLR about their peers’ needs and interests. In addition to the Graduate Student Liaison Network, CATLR has a Faculty Liaison Network.

What do Graduate Student Liaisons do?

Graduate Student Liaisons’ responsibilities are not time-intensive, but they are crucial to supporting graduate students at Northeastern. These responsibilities include:

  • Attending a networking lunch each semester. During these lunches, Graduate Student Liaisons connect with each other, share ideas for and give feedback on new CATLR initiatives for supporting graduate students, and strategize about ways to connect with their departmental peers.
  • Communicating with departmental peers. Graduate Student Liaisons communicate with their departmental peers in two ways: (1) sharing information about CATLR opportunities and resources and (2) collecting information about their peers’ needs and interests related to teaching.

We welcome ideas for further opportunities for Graduate Student Liaisons to connect with each and with graduate students across campus.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Apply


The application period for the 2019-20 Graduate Student Liaison cohort is now closed.

If you are interested in becoming a future Graduate Student Liaison, please contact CATLR-grad with any questions.

In order to be eligible to apply, graduate students must be:

  • in residence for the fall and spring semesters of the coming academic year; and
  • available to attend a lunch meeting in each semester.

At any given time, each department is represented by one or two Graduate Student Liaisons. If you are in a department that offers both master’s and doctoral programs, we hope to have representation by one master’s student and one doctoral student.

To become a Graduate Student Liaison, you must submit an application. The annual call for applications is typically announced in early summer. Please note that prior interaction with CATLR is welcome, but not required.

If you have any questions, please contact CATLR-grad@northeastern.edu.

Serving as a Graduate Student Liaison offers a variety of benefits, including:

  • Connecting with peers in and beyond your own department
  • Staying up-to-date on CATLR programs and services
  • Developing professional skills in leadership and communication
  • Gaining service experience in academia
  • Learning more about the inner workings of a university
  • Supporting excellent graduate student teaching at Northeastern

Although serving as a Graduate Student Liaison is not a paid position, it offers a unique opportunity to enhance professional and academic skills while networking with an interdisciplinary cohort of peers.

Graduate Student Liaisons serve for at least one academic year (fall and spring semesters). Upon completing each year of service, Graduate Student Liaisons may be asked if they have the interest in and availability for continuing in their role for another year. Ideally, each Graduate Student Liaison will serve for two years.