The College of Education and Human Development has hired you as a Graduate Assistant (GA). We are pleased to have you associated with the college. In case we get so busy that we forget to tell you, we appreciate the contributions you'll be making! This guide is an attempt to help GAs understand the formal and informal procedures of the University of Nevada, Reno and the college. We have probably left some things out, so if you think of items that should be included in this guide, please inform the Associate Dean. We will update this document periodically and your feedback will help us.
What is a Graduate Assistant?
A Graduate Assistant (GA) is a graduate student who is hired as an employee of the college. The GA may teach a course, supervise lower-level students in internships or field experiences, and/or assist faculty with their teaching and related research. GAs are assigned to their responsibilities each semester, depending on experience and faculty or college needs. GAs are required to work 20 hours per week. In return, they receive a tuition fee waiver for a maximum of 9 graduate credits as well as a monthly stipend. For more information visit the Graduate School website.
How does a graduate student become a Graduate Assistant?
Applicant can apply to the departments of their choice on the College of Education and Human Development Graduate Assistantship website. Applications consist of statements of career interests, past employment, and educational experience. GAs are asked to specify areas of interest so efforts can be made to place GAs with faculty members with similar interests. GAs are asked to fill out an application every year to be eligible for re-hire. Applications are due by February 1. If openings occur mid-year, applications for these positions are due September 1.
Eligibility for hire
To be eligible for a GA position, students must be enrolled in at least 6 graduate level credits (12 maximum), have a 3.0 current or undergraduate GPA, and be admitted to the graduate school without provisional or probationary status. Graduate special students and students on probation are not eligible for a GA position. Individuals who will be working more than 10 hours in another job (including student internships) may be deemed ineligible. Doctoral students are given first priority for GA positions.
International Students: International students serving as Teaching Assistants must meet a minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 550 (paper version), 213 (computer version) and pass the SPEAK Test with a score of 50. (To make an appointment to take the SPEAK test, please contact IELC at 784- 6075. The cost of the test is $60). If you have taken the iBT (internet based version) of the TOFEL you must score 79/80 total and have a score of 24 on the speaking section of the test. The International Language Testing System (IELTS) score of a 7 can substitute for the TOFL. (A score of 50 on the Test of Spoken English (TSE) can be substituted for the Speak Test.)
The deadline for applications is Feb 1st for positions the following fall semester. If there are openings throughout the year, September 1st is the deadline for spring semester positions. Students applying will receive notification by March 1st for the fall semester or October 1st for the spring semester. The number of applicants selected will be based on funding and the number of positions allocated to the College of Education & Human Development. Priority will be given, in order, to continuing doctoral students, doctoral applicants, master’s students with research and/or teaching experience, and first-time licensure students. Priority will also be given to applicants who are eligible to work 10-20 hours per week and who are making satisfactory progress toward degree completion. Fall GAs will continue in the spring contingent upon an acceptable performance evaluation by their supervisor and available funding.