Graduate Teaching Assistantships
Graduate Teaching Assistantships require an appropriate number of classroom contact hours and other duties (such as grading or study hall) during each of the Fall and Spring semesters. A typical first-year student might lead two one-hour calculus recitations and do six hours of grading per week. In later years, teaching duties may involve teaching your own section of a precalculus or calculus course. The stipend for the 2015-2016 academic year ranges between $17,076-$18,144 depending upon the seniority and academic degree held by the student. In addition, Teaching Assistants pay a nominal amount of $25 each semester for tuition. All students have to pay $1129 per semester to cover the use of the health center, sports facilities, campus transportation, and student activities.
Teaching duties are assigned with the expectation that the graduate teaching assistant will be a successful teacher. New graduate teaching assistants are assigned faculty mentors to help them develop their teaching skills. There are also courses and seminars which new graduate students take to learn more about teaching. Each year, several graduate teaching assistants are recognized by the University for their excellent teaching skills. Our highest award for excellence in teaching by graduate students is the David Galewski Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award. Additional awards our graduate students have received are the B.J. Ball Scholarship Award and the William Armor Wills Memorial Scholarship Award.
Students on assistantships are required to register for a minimum of 12 credit hours during Fall and Spring semesters and 9 credit hours during the summer semester.