Lynnette Randall, of West Orange, received the Dean’s Service Award from the NJIT Newark College of Engineering (NCE) at the 12th Annual Salute to Engineering Excellence on March 25, 2010 at NJIT.
Randall has worked at NJIT since 1990. During that time, she’s held jobs in various departments and colleges, including the NJIT Division of Continuing and Professional Education, the Counseling Center, the College of Science and Liberal Arts and the Office of Graduate Studies. She works now as an administrative assistant for student financial aid services. She’s in charge of allocating awards given to graduate students who work as teaching assistants. She does that for all six NJIT colleges.
Most teaching assistants are doctoral students, but some are master’s students. She also processes graduate awards given to some research and graduate assistants.
It’s not an easy job, since NJIT uses about 300 teacher assistants, all of whom must be nominated by their colleges and departments. She checks the students’ eligibility for aid and keeps track of all their financial data in a computer database. She also monitors the overall budget for these awards. To do her job well, she needs to work with many offices throughout the university such as the NJIT Provost Office, the budget office, graduate studies and student employment.
She advises students about the status and eligibility of their graduate award applications. She also acts as the liaison to college deans, keeping them apprised of the status of their teaching assistants. For her exemplary service, Randall received the award.