The School of Information Sciences awards several graduate teaching assistantships to qualified students who are fully admitted as potential degree candidates.
Graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) serve for two consecutive semesters beginning in the fall semester of an academic year (Fall, Spring). Full-time enrollment (minimum of 9 hours) and a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 are required during the two-semester 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.
The assistantship is a one-fourth-time academic year appointment that requires a normal workload of 10 hours per week for each week that the university is in session during the fall and spring semesters.
Graduate teaching assistants are appointed primarily to perform various types of duties associated with faculty preparation for instrruction and other responsibilities as necessary. The annual stipend is approximately $6,255.00 payable in 12 monthly installments on the last working day of each month beginning August and ending in July. 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, but there are no assigned duties during the summer semester. 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.