Qualifying Titles for Graduate Assistants and Fellows
- 4717 Graduate Teaching Assistant
- 4715 Graduate Research Assistant
- 4685 Graduate Instructor
- 4690 Graduate Library Assistant
- 4680 Graduate Fellow
Departments' expectations for their graduate students vary. Generally, a student who holds any of the above qualifying titles should expect to complete a particular task, such as teaching a class or running an experiment, to gain relevant career experience and to develop a relationship with a mentor for the overall pursuit of their academic degree.
A quarter-time appointment requires an average of 10 hours per week. A half-time appointment requires an average of 20 hours per week. Enrollment requirements are determined by individual departments.
Examples of teaching assistant tasks:
- Teach one to two 3-hour classes
- Teach one to two 5-hour language classes
- Lead one to five discussion or laboratory sections of a course
- Proctor and grade large lecture exams
- Prepare and grade lab exams
Examples of research assistant tasks:
- Assist faculty with research activities that vary from providing assistance with proposal development through participating in preparation of research reports for refereed journals
- Help students and faculty use microscopes, computers and other lab equipment
- Help solve assigned research and class problems
- Possibly teach one class or some lab sections
Examples of library assistant tasks:
- Keep library open and staffed to assist users
- Catalog new acquisitions
- Check out assigned readings
Responsibilities are determined by departments and are based on specific arrangements made on an individual basis. Required enrollment is generally six to 12 hours per semester. Post-comp doctoral students are required to maintain continuous enrollment.
This title is reserved for post-comp doctoral students who are making satisfactory progress toward the completion of their dissertations. Required enrollment is two hours of Research each fall and spring semester and 1 hour of Research each summer session.
This title is reserved for post-comp doctoral students who are making satisfactory progress toward the completion of their dissertations and teaching at least one course. Required enrollment is two hours of Research each fall and spring semester and 1 hour of Research each summer session.