Graduate Assistantship Appointment and Reappointment Procedures

The College of Education employs students to assist in instruction and projects and makes every effort to provide graduate assistantships that augment students’ academic preparation. The number of available assistantships varies from semester to semester as these positions are contingent upon multiple sources of funding.  Therefore, the College must take many factors into account when making decisions regarding the allocation of assistantships. More specifically, financial support in the form of graduate assistantships will be prioritized to support students who have: 

  • Full-time status (9 credits or more) 
  • Specialized knowledge and skills related to the specific assistantship duties and responsibilities 
  • Good academic progress in your program of study or demonstrated potential to make good academic progress

 Criteria for reappointment include: 

  • Good academic standing and progress 
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of the position 
  • Past performance 
  • Available funding

Departments and Principal Investigators, with Department Chair approval, will post open and available assistantships to the College website or student list-serves, outlining duties, qualifications, and application instructions for each position. Graduate students seeking assistantships should follow the instructions for applying.  Reappointments are not posted. 

Assistantships in the College of Education are generally 10-20 hours/week, unless approved otherwise by the Department Chair.

 Appointment and Reappointment 

Hiring Authorities and/or supervisors will review application materials and make recommendations for awarding assistantships to the relevant Department Chairs according to the schedule established by the Graduate Assistantship Office. Final decisions to award assistantships rest with the Department Chair.

 By December 1 or April 15 of each semester, Department Chairs or their designee will notify each graduate student holding an assistantship, in writing, their expectations regarding whether or not they will be offered assistantships the following semester.

Students with fall appointments will be notified by December 1 of each fall semester; students with spring appointments or academic year appointments will be notified by April 15 of each spring semester.