Each year the College of Education provides teaching and research assistantships in the academic departments of the College as well as in other support areas. The Office of Graduate Education facilitates the recruitment and with the Department Chairs, selection of graduate assistants. The purpose of the graduate assistantship is to support doctoral programs in the College of Education. The number of assistantships awarded depends upon specific needs in the College and budget considerations. Graduate assistants may be involved in teaching, supervision of student teachers, or research support. A graduate assistant classified as .50 will be involved in 20 hours of work per week, and a .25 assistant must work 10 hours per week. A graduate assistant is appointed for the academic year (9 months). Opportunities for research assistantships during the first and second summer terms will be determined on the basis of funding availability and faculty research needs.
Pursuant to the assignment recommendations from the Department Chairs, the Dean of the College of Education has final authority in the selection, appointment, and assignment of all research assistants in the college. Graduate students employed as research assistants in the College of Education are subject to assignment college-wide without regard to their particular program or major advisor. Should a research assistantship become vacated during the academic year, the Dean of the College of Education will determine whether the vacancy should be filled. If the vacancy is filled, there is no assurance that the research assistant will be assigned to the same program or faculty for which the initial assignment had been made. The same selection process will be used to fill a vacancy that was used for the initial appointment.
Reappointment of Graduate Research Assistants
1. Each year prior to consideration of the reappointment of research assistants in the College of Education, the Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Research shall send to the supervisor(s) of each research assistant a memorandum requesting a performance assessment and the following information:
a. Did the research assistant assigned to you fulfill your expectations for the support of your research? Please provide a brief response.
b. Would you recommend the reappointment of the research assistant for another year? Please provide a brief response.
2. The applicant for the reappointment of a research assistant in the College of Education shall include a brief statement from the chair of the student's doctoral advisory committee or the student's advisor (in the case of a master's student) as to student's progress in his or her program of study.
Information on assistantships can be obtained from the department offices or the Office of the Graduate Education, ED110AA.