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SIS Assistantships

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The School of Information Sciences has graduate teaching assistantships (GTAs) available to be awarded on a competitive bases to qualified students (campus and distance) who are fully admitted as potential degree candidates. An assistantship is a financial award to a graduate student for part-time work while pursuing an advanced degree. Appointments are normally on a one-fourth to one-half time basis, usually requiring 10 – 20 hours of service per week. Positions include a waiver of tuition and maintenance fees for the period of the appointment in accordance with university policy.

Assistantship positions may be 9-month appointments or 12-month appointments. Nine-month appointments serve for two consecutive semesters beginning in the fall semester of an academic year (Fall, Spring). Twleve-month appointments serve for three consecutive semesters beginning in the fall semester of an academic year (Fall, Spring, and Summer)

Full-time enrollment (minimum of 9 hours) and a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 are required during the appointment. Applicants who begin the program prior to the appointment must have a minimum of 18 semester hours remaining to complete the degree at the effective date of the appointment.

Graduate teaching assistants are appointed primarily to perform various types of duties associated with faculty preparation for instrruction and other responsibilities as necessary. Other duties may be assigned upon approval/direction of the Director and/or Director of Graduate Studies. The annual stipend is approximately $625.00 per month with payments occurring on the last working day of each month for the duration of the appointment. In addition to the stipend, the graduate teaching assistantship provides a waiver of in-state or out-of-state maintenance/tuition fees for three semesters (Fall, Spring, Summer) and health insurance benefits. (There are no assigned duties during the summer semester for 9-month appointments.) The assistantship does not cover the in-state or out-of-state charges for the programs/services fee, the health fee, the library fee, the facilities fee, the technology fee, or the transportation fee, the cost of books and materials needed for courses, housing, or graduation fees. The student is responsible for these costs.

Application Instructions for new students:
Indicate your interest in an assistantship on the admissions application. No additional form is needed.

Applications instructions for continuing students:
Information will be emailed to current students in the program.

Application Deadline

Students are encouraged to apply early before each upcoming academic year. Applications for assistantship positions beginning in the fall must be submitted by February 15