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Graduate Assistant Opportunities
Graduate and Teaching Positions for 2014-2015
Information for Applicants
Graduate Assistantships offer many opportunities for professional development while providing a small stipend and a tuition waiver. See the individual Assistantships listings below for descriptions of each position and information on how to apply.
Who is eligible to apply?
Graduate and Teaching Assistantships are limited to accepted degree candidates (including international students in the students in the F-1 or J-1 visa categories) who will be enrolled full time in their plan of study for the 2014-2015 academic year. It is appropriate for prospective students who have submitted graduate applications, but not yet been matriculated, to apply for Assistantship positions at the same time. Awards are based on academic achievement and fit with program needs. Assistantships can be revoked if students earn grades below a B. Appointments are for one year and are subject to satisfactory job performance.
When and where are the applications due?
Applications are due by March 7 and students may apply to as many positions as they feel qualified. Information on how to apply is included in the individual postings. Please also send a copy of the application form only to Leslie Schuster, Interim Dean of Graduate Studies, Gaige 302. Each program or department has its own schedule for interviewing, but most will make their appointments by July 1.
What is the expected academic load?
Students holding appointments as graduate and teaching assistants must take a minimum of six credits each semester and may not register for more than nine credits without prior written permission from the appropriate Academic Dean. The acceptance of an assistantship assumes full-time commitment to academic activities.
What do these positions involve?
The full-time GA or TA will work 20 hours per week and the half-time GA’s will work 10 hours per week during the fall and spring semester when classes are in session. The duties and responsibilities vary according to the program or office but may include providing assistance to RIC students (Disability Services, OASIS, Veteran’s Resource Center), engaging in research and data collection or preparing for and supervising laboratory sections.
What is the stipend and tuition waiver?
Full-time Graduate Assistants receive an annual stipend of $3,000 and Teaching Assistants receive $3,500. Half-time GA positions receive $1,500. Full-time positions are accompanied by a waiver of all tuition and registration fees for the academic year and for one summer (the summer previous to or following the appointment). Half-time positions receive a waiver of half tuition and fees for the academic year and one summer.