Graduate assistants are appointed primarily to perform duties associated with the School of Information Sciences distance education (DE). These positions assist the online class environment, providing technical support for both faculty and students. The School of Information Sciences awards graduate assistantships to qualified students who meet the following criteria:
- Must be a full-time student (9 or more credit hours)
- Must have completed at least 18 hours in the program
- Must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5
- Must have a flexible course schedule
- Must be able to come to campus to work support hours (mostly in the evening, but may also include daytime and/or Saturday hours)
Graduate assistants are appointed for three consecutive semesters. Full-time enrollment is required each semester and a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 is required during the three semester appointment. Assistantships are not renewable; however, recipients may reapply in a subsequent year.
The assistantship is a one-fourth time academic year appointment that requires a normal work time of 10 hours per week for each week that the university is in session during the tenure of the assistantship.
The stipend is paid in twelve monthly installments on the last working day of each month beginning August and ending in July. In addition to the stipend, the graduate assistantship provides a waiver of in-state or out-of-state maintenance/tuition fees for three semesters (fall, spring, summer), and health insurance benefits. The assistantship does not cover the in-state or out-of-state charges for the program/services fee, facilities fee, or technology fee, the cost of books and materials needed for courses, housing, library fee, or graduation fees. The student is responsible for these fees.