of the Associate Dean for Faculty and Graduate Studies is responsible
for the graduate assistantship budget and the allocation of teaching
assistantships to graduate programs. The admissions committee of
each graduate program recommends applicants to receive graduate
assistantships. Individual graduate programs are also responsible
for the graduate assistants' assignments. Graduate assistants assigned
teaching duties are expected to aid in the undergraduate teaching
mission of their departments. Graduate Assistantships (GAs) in the
College of Arts & Sciences are offered on a competitive basis.
Departments nominate students to receive assistantships through
the Office of the Dean of the College. Stipends vary depending on
the nature and level of programs.
Period of Assistance. Social
Sciences, Humanities, and Arts graduate programs offer assistantships
for the academic year (Fall and Spring terms). Science doctoral
programs (including Biology, Chemistry, Geology, and Physics) may
offer assistantships for the full year, including summer, provided
the departments commit to supporting at least 25% of the students
in the summer from faculty grants.
Components of Assistantships. Graduate
Assistants will receive:
- matriculation fee waivers and non-resident
tuition waivers (for up to 9* graduate hours during the Fall and
Spring semesters, respectively, for all GAs, up to 6 graduate
hours in the Summer semester for GAs in Biology, Chemistry, Geology,
and Physics, and up to 3 graduate hours for GAs in the Social
Science and Humanities).
- GAs must be full-time students.
- Full-time residence during the academic year
for all programs means 9 graduate hours in the Fall and in the
Spring terms. During the summer, graduate students in the Social
Sciences, Humanities, the Arts must register for 3 graduate hours,
while students in the Sciences must take 6 graduate hours.
- GAs must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better in
Functions and Obligations.
- Graduate Assistantships (GAs) are normally
considered half-time appointments, and fall under two categories:
Teaching Assistants (TAs) and Research Assistants (RAs). In all
cases, eligibility requirements are the same. Contracts normally
stipulate that the maximum allowable weekly assignment is 20 hours.
Assignments of less than 20 hours will carry a proportionately
lower total salary. Departments need advanced approval to offer
- Research assistantships (RAs) are awarded through
funds generated by faculty grants.
- Teaching Assistantships (TAs) are normally
allocated to the departments in expectation that they will support
and enhance undergraduate education. Normally, TAs may be assigned
to full responsibility for teaching a course only after accumulating
at least 18 graduate credit hours in the discipline of instruction.
- In accepting teaching assistantships, students
are obligated to register for 9 graduate hours* in Fall and Spring
terms, and in the Summer, for either 3 graduate hours (Social
Sciences, Humanities, and the Arts), or 6 graduate hours (Sciences).
* The tenth hour consists of the mandatory, one-time pedagogy
course required of all TAs during the first year.
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