Students in Caldwell University graduate programs are invited to apply for a graduate assistantship position for the academic year 2018-2019. Graduate Assistantships offer opportunities for graduate students to engage in research, teaching, or work in academic or administrative offices on the University campus as determined by the Office of Graduate Studies and the individual departments. A limited number of assistantships is available for the 2018-2019 academic year. Graduate Assistants are expected to work up to fifteen (15) hours per week. Compensation for the work will be in the form of tuition remission for up to six (6) graduate credits in both the Fall and Spring semesters (i.e. up to 12 graduate credits per academic year). Fees that are specific to courses or to individual students (e.g., parking, health insurance, art studio supplies, etc.) are not included in the remission. Responsibilities will be determined by the School/Department and faculty to whom the Assistant is assigned. Previous experience is preferred but not required. Graduate Assistantships are awarded annually. At the end of the academic year in which the Assistantship is awarded, the Assistant is expected to submit a final report detailing the learning experiences throughout the year.
Graduate Assistantships are open to all new or continuing graduate students (Master’s and Doctorate level) who are fully admitted into a University program, are in good academic standing, and are enrolled as matriculated students in the semesters in which the Assistantship is awarded. In the event of multiple applicants, preference may be given to continuing students who have established a strong academic record.
Assistantships are NOT available to students:
- Seeking any type of certificate or certification only
- Maintaining a non-degree status
- With a conditional admission/matriculation
- Who are on Academic Probation
Term of the Assistantship
Graduate Assistantships are made on a semester-by-semester basis. A student may hold an Assistantship for one full academic year, beginning September 1 and ending May 30. Reappointment, at the end of the first semester, depends on the student maintaining a 3.0 cumulative GPA, successful performance of the duties assigned during the semester and approval of the Director of Graduate Studies. Graduate Research Assistantships may be terminated at any time if there is evidence of non-compliance with assistantship requirements.
To be considered for the Graduate Assistantship students must submit
- A completed application filed with the Office of Graduate Studies
- Two letters of reference, one of which could be from a Caldwell University faculty member familiar with the applicant’s work on campus
- A personal statement of approximately 1000 words discussing the student’s academic and professional goals and a brief explanation of how (s)he anticipates being an asset to a faculty, program, or Department
Graduate assistants must:
- Be fully matriculated in a minimum of 6 (six) credits of a Master’s or Doctoral program
- Maintain at least a 3.00 GPA during each semester of the assistantship
- Fulfill fifteen hours per week. If the hours cannot be fulfilled through the department where the assistantship is held, the hours are to be completed in the Office of Graduate Studies assisting with general office work.
Tuition Obligation When Students Leave Assistantship
GAs shall terminate if the student fails to maintain the prescribed level of enrollment, fails to maintain good academic standing, is dismissed from a program, or otherwise gives cause as determined by the Director of Graduate Studies. If a GA is terminated during an academic term, the student should expect some liability for tuition for that term.
This table is based upon the college refund policy and will be used in calculating tuition obligations for students who leave the assistantship appointment before the end of the semester.
|SEMESTER DAYS||STUDENT OBLIGATION*|
|DAY ONE THROUGH TWENTY||80% – tuition only|
|TWENTY-ONE THROUGH SIXTY||40% – tuition only|
|SIXTY-ONE THROUGH NINETY||25% – tuition only|
|AFTER DAY NINETY ONE||0%|
Performance Criteria and Assessment of a Graduate Assistant may include:
- Be involved in data-based research concepts, methodologies and materials to be utilized in instructional planning presentations, lessons and scholarly publications with a professor.
- Collaborative lesson preparation and team teaching with a professor, if applicable.
- Ongoing diversified interaction with graduate students in courses the professor teaches.
- Periodically attend Division/Department Faculty Meetings and sub-committee meetings relevant to curriculum and graduate program.
- Participate with Graduate Program Coordinator in general office administration.
- Complete a reflection log and portfolio to be turned in at end of assistantship
- Other selected assignments and responsibilities agreed to by professor and department.
Application deadline is April 15th.