Types of Assistantships
There are different types of assistantships at the University; teaching assistants and research assistants. A student may only hold one graduate assistantship at a time.
Teaching Assistant (TA)
Graduate teaching assistants aid faculty members in course instruction. Duties can include grading holding office hours, or other roles that involve direct contact with students in supporting either undergraduate or graduate teaching. In some departments TAs oversee lab sections and in some cases may be the course instructors of record.
Research Assistants are involved in Research activities under the direct supervision of faculty members. Most research assistant positions are funded through external grants to faculty who appoint the RAs.
Students must have full-time status in order to hold an assistantship. In general that means they must be enrolled for a minimum of 9 quarter/semester hours of coursework in that academic term. Students must perform assigned duties in a consistently satisfactory manner and must work in accordance with the regulations stipulated by the appropriate employing administrator/professor or the program that issues the award.
Most assistantships are annual and each is backed by a letter of appointment. However the assistantship can be terminated before the end of the appointment period should the student fails to maintain satisfactory academic progress, does not perform duties satisfactorily, or does not work within the regulations stipulated by the appropriate employing administrator/professor or the program that issues the award.
Reappointments are not automatic. Reappointments are base on how well the student has met the requirements, availability of sufficient funds, needs of the unit making the award, and other factors.
Tuition Waiver & Stipend
Generally graduate assistantships carry a tuition waiver of up to 9 credit hours per quarter/semester. In addition graduate assistants may receive a stipend. While the amount varies by college and by program but it is generally enough to cover the cost of education and living expenses.