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GA/TS Information and Positions

Graduate Assistantships/Tuition Scholarships

Graduate Assistants (or GAs, as they are often called) can either work in teaching, research, or administrative roles depending upon the position.

Graduate assistants receive tuition assistance and a monthly stipend for 9 months.

Tuition Scholarships are available to newly admitted students in certain programs, and recipients have a service obligation of 120 per semester. You can find more information in the FAQ below or in the Graduate Assistantship/Tuition Scholarship Handbook.

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GA/TS Eligibility

In order to meet eligibility requirements student must meet the following requirements:

  • Register for at least 9 graduate credit hours in the fall and spring semesters. For summer contracts, if the contract ends June 30th the student must register for 3 hours in pre-summer or summer session I. If the contracts goes through August the student must register for 3 hours during summer session II. If the summer contract begins in May and ends in August, the student must register for 6 hours in any of the summer sessions (pre-summer, session I, and/or session II). The student may divide the 6 hours between sessions, for example; 3 credit hours in session I and 3 more in session II.
  • Not accept Tuition Scholarships if he or she is not a first year graduate student. (No TS contracts will be accepted after the Friday before classes begin).
  • Not be employed anywhere else on campus.
  • Be admitted unconditionally to the degree program. (1 semester exception)
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Human Resources and Payroll Procedures

Requirements for International Students

  • If an international student is graduating do not write contracts past the official commencement date
  • International students must take the Oral Proficiency Interview immediately upon arrival at ETSU. To schedule an interview, contact Dr. Yousif Elhindi at  or by phone at (423) 439-5992
  • International students applying for full-time graduate assistantships may not hold temporary positions
  • International students must have current Glacier paperwork on file before payroll can be processed. For more information contact Jennifer Crigger at  or by phone at (423) 439-6887.

Deadlines and Fee Payments

  • GA/TS Deadlines
  • Students are responsible for all other fees not covered by his or her GA/TS.
  • Tuition is the only fee covered by the university
  • Out-of-State Tuition will be waived after all miscellaneous fees have been paid or a deferred payment option is utilized by the student. A $50.00 fee is charged for the deferred payment option.
  • There are only a limited number of summer graduate assistantships. The department must have the accounting number entered to pay summer tuition for graduate assistantships. If your department has a summer appointment, contact Merrica "Resie" Bell in Financial Services at .
FAQ
 
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  1. What is a Graduate Assistantship?Answer
  2. What is the difference between a Graduate Assistantship and a Tuition Scholarship (eligibility and requirements)?Answer
  3. How do I find and apply for a GA or TS position?Answer
  4. Are Graduate Certificate students eligible for a GA or TS?Answer
  5. I am in an RODP graduate program. Am I eligible for a graduate assistantship or a graduate tuition scholarship?Answer
  6. Can a student who starts in the summer be eligible for a Tuition Scholarship?Answer
  7. May I move from a TS to a GA or from a GA to a TS?Answer
  8. Can a TS become a Teaching Associate?Answer
  9. What is a half GA and can a graduate student have two half GA's in separate areas?Answer
  10. I understand that students are restricted to a two year limit, but do not know what the policy is for a returning student working on a second Master's degree. May I accept another GA position?Answer
  11. What happens if I want to move from a full GA to a half GA mid-semester?Answer
  12. Are students granted deferred action status (DACA) eligible for a graduate assistant or tuition scholarship?Answer
  13. Are there any fees that a GA or TS will not cover?Answer
  14. What should I do if I add or delete classes after my GA/TS waiver has been posted?Answer
  15. I am in a regular graduate program and want to take an RODP course. Will my graduate assistantship or tuition scholarship cover the cost of that course?Answer
  16. Is the winter session tuition covered for a GA or TS? Do the graduate credit hours count toward spring required hours?Answer
  17. Are there any GA or TS positions offered at night or on the weekends for student teachers or others with those scheduling needs?Answer
  18. Are GA's eligible for medical leave of absence?Answer
  19. If I have a GA/TS position in the current semester and withdraw from the University, would I be eligible for a GA/TS position the next semester?Answer
  20. Do GA/TS's have an official start date and end date?Answer
  21. Do GA's have to work during fall or spring break?Answer
  22. How much do GA's get paid and when?Answer
  23. What are my employee rights as a GA or TS?Answer
  24. Is the Best Plus OPI test a one time test or does one have to take it every year?Answer
  25. Do non-resident alien Graduate Assistants have to fill out the International Employee/Student Tax Questionnaire every year?Answer
  26. What happens if a GA or TS is put on academic probation?Answer
  27. Are parking permits or decals for full-time GA's available for faculty parking?Answer
  28. What are the procedures for resignation from a GA/TS position?Answer

What is a Graduate Assistantship?

A Graduate Assistantship is an opportunity available to qualifying graduate students for on-campus employment. Graduate Assistants (or GAs, as they are often called) can either work in teaching, research, or administrative roles depending upon the position. Graduate assistants receive tuition assistance and a monthly stipend for 9 months for the academic year. Graduate Assistantships do not cover fees. Stipend amounts vary by programs, with doctoral student stipends typically higher than those for master’s students. For more detailed information about the types of Graduate Assistantships, refer to the GA/TS Handbook (page 5)


What is the difference between a Graduate Assistantship and a Tuition Scholarship (eligibility and requirements)?

As stated above, a Graduate Assistantship (GA) is an opportunity for qualifying graduate students to work on campus in either teaching, research, or administrative roles. Graduate assistantships receive tuition assistance and a monthly stipend; fees are not covered.

Tuition Scholarships (TS) are awarded only to newly admitted students in certain programs. Tuition Scholarship recipients have a service obligation of 120 hours per semester (or about 8 hours per week). Tuition Scholarships offer tuition assistance but no monthly stipend. Fees are not covered. Tuition Scholarships are available only to new students and once awarded can be renewed for the duration of the program as long as the student remains in good standing.

General eligibility requirements for receiving a Graduate Assistantship or Tuition Scholarship are that the recipient

  1. Must be fully admitted to a graduate program
  2. Must register for at least 9 graduate hours during the Fall and Spring semester (3 hours during the summer semester if working 5/15-6/30 and 6 hours if working 5/15-8/15). Recipients of Graduate Assistantships or Tuition Scholarships must maintain those hours through the semester. If you drop below those hours, you are ineligible and your contract will be reviewed and may be canceled.
  3. Must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  4. Cannot hold another paid position on campus without prior approval of the Dean of School of Graduate Studies.
  5. Must be a new student (for Tuition Scholarships).

How do I find and apply for a GA or TS position?

To apply for a Graduate Assistantship (GA) or Tuition Scholarship (TS) you must first check the appropriate box on your graduate school application package. Once you have submitted your application it will be forwarded to the graduate coordinator assigned to the graduate program you are applying for admission into. We strongly encourage you to contact the department in which you would want to work and express your interest in a GA or TS. If you are unable to get a position in your department you can go online to the graduate studies web site and click on Assistantships and Scholarships. You may then view current vacancies by clicking on the Current List of Available GA & TS Positions. Openings are posted at the request of a department and the list can change, so check it often. GA's and TS's are available all across campus, not just in academic departments. Once you have obtained a position with a particular department, please go to Human Resources to complete all of the appropriate paperwork. The department will complete a GA or TS online appointment that will be submitted to the Graduate Studies Office for processing. The general requirements to hold a GA or TS are as follows:

  1. Must be fully admitted to a graduate program.
  2. Must register for at least 9 graduate hours during the Fall and Spring semester (3 hours during the Summer semester if working 5/15-6/30 and 6 hours if working from 5/15-8/15). Candidate must maintain those hours throughout the semester. If you drop below hours, you are ineligible and your contract will be reviewed and may be cancelled.
  3. Must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  4. You cannot hold another paid position on campus without prior approval of the Dean, School of Graduate Studies.

Are Graduate Certificate students eligible for a GA or TS?
No, students in graduate certificate programs are not eligible for a GA or TS.

I am in an RODP graduate program. Am I eligible for a graduate assistantship or a graduate tuition scholarship?
No, students in RODP graduate programs are not eligible for graduate assistantships or tuition scholarships.

Can a student who starts in the summer be eligible for a Tuition Scholarship?
In some cases where a student obtains prior permission from the Graduate Dean, it is possible to take one summer course and remain eligible for a TS starting the next fall term. TS positions are only used for new, first time, incoming graduate students admitted to a graduate degree program.

May I move from a TS to a GA or from a GA to a TS?
A student can move from a TS to a GA but not from a GA to a TS. As specified in the GA/TS Handbook a Tuition Scholarship is awarded to graduate students entering their first period of registration, therefore graduate students with GA's would have already taken graduate courses and would not be eligible for a TS.

Can a TS become a Teaching Associate?
Yes, a TS can teach one undergraduate course to fulfill their 8 hours a week as long as they have completed 18 hours of graduate coursework in their own graduate program.

What is a half GA and can a graduate student have two half GA's in separate areas?
A half GA is the same as a regular GA except the student works half the hours (10 hours) receiving half the regular stipend per month and half tuition coverage. A student may have two half GA's under different supervisors or in different areas as long as the student works 10 hours within each area totaling 20 hours a week. A student with two half GA's would, therefore, receive a full stipend and full tuition coverage.

I understand that students are restricted to a two year limit, but do not know what the policy is for a returning student working on a second Master's degree. May I accept another GA position?
The number of terms/years of eligibility for students pursuing masters and doctoral degrees can be found in the GA/TS handbook. Students pursuing dual masters degree programs or second masters degree programs may be considered for a third year of support (one additional year); approval is considered by the Dean or Associate Dean of the School of Graduate Studies in response from a request from the students current Graduate Program Coordinator and by the GA/TS contracting unit. All other requirements of eligibility must be met.

What happens if I want to move from a full GA to a half GA mid-semester?
A student may not move from a full GA to a half GA mid-semester due to the terms of their contract. Any changes, made to a contract agreement would require new appointments subject to approval, reasonable notice, and appropriate paperwork. Changes are generally not approved midway or late in the semester.

Are students granted deferred action status (DACA) eligible for a graduate assistant or tuition scholarship?
No. In the state of Tennessee individuals granted deferred action status are not eligible to make use of public funds for the purposes of higher education, a prohibition that includes such things as in-state residency classification as well as publically funded scholarships and assistantships like graduate assistantships and tuition scholarships.

Are there any fees that a GA or TS will not cover?
Yes. A GA or TS waiver will not cover a student's program service fee or specialty course fees. Students are responsible for making arrangements to pay those charges by the Friday before classes begin. Basically, the GA/TS waiver will cover the maintenance fee (i.e. tuition) only. All other charges such as business course fees, technology fees or international insurance etc. should be handled by the student.

What should I do if I add or delete classes after my GA/TS waiver has been posted?
If you register for 9 hours then add or delete classes after your GA/TS waiver has been posted, your tuition waiver amount will not automatically adjust, leaving a balance. It is the responsibility of the student to inform the comptroller's office of those changes so they can adjust your waiver properly. If you drop a class and your total number of graduate credit hours drops below requirements to hold a GA/TS then the contract is subject to cancellation.

I am in a regular graduate program and want to take an RODP course. Will my graduate assistantship or tuition scholarship cover the cost of that course?
No, RODP course tuition cannot be covered by graduate assistantships or tuition scholarships. You may take the course, but you will need to pay the tuition.

Is the winter session tuition covered for a GA or TS? Do the graduate credit hours count toward spring required hours?
The tuition remission that comes with a GA or TS appointment does not cover tuition for winter session courses and winter session courses do not count toward the requirement to be enrolled in nine graduate hours for spring term.

Are there any GA or TS positions offered at night or on the weekends for student teachers or others with those scheduling needs?
The only night or weekend positions available are in the Library, computer labs, and coaching positions. Student teachers are strongly advised to not be employed during their student teaching experience, however GA and TS contracts can be submitted to the graduate office to be reviewed on a case by case basis.

Are GA's eligible for medical leave of absence?
No, there is no provision for a medical or any other kind of leave of absence from a Graduate Assistantship. GA contracts will be canceled as soon as a student decides to withdraw from the University and submits a resignation letter to the graduate studies office. Please refer to the handbook.

If I have a GA/TS position in the current semester and withdraw from the University, would I be eligible for a GA/TS position the next semester?
This situation would be reviewed on a case by case basis. Special consideration is given to students who have to withdraw due to medical reasons and can provide documentation.

Do GA/TS's have an official start date and end date?
The general start and end dates are as follows:
  1. Summer term I - May 15 to June 30
  2. Summer term II - July 1 to August 15
  3. Academic Year - August 15 to May 15
  4. Fall only - August 15 to December 15
  5. Spring only - January 2 - May 15
  6. Fiscal Year July 1 to June 30

Do GA's have to work during fall or spring break?
Yes, GA's work according to the campus office schedule. When offices are open, GA's are required to work their hours. When offices are closed, such as holiday's or closings due to weather. GA's are not required to work or make up those hours.

How much do GA's get paid and when?
Stipend levels vary between programs. For academic year contracts (Aug 15 - May 15), the stipend is paid in 8 equal installments on the last business day of the month from September to April.

What are my employee rights as a GA or TS?

Graduate Assistants and Tuition Scholars should have clear job assignments. Other rights, the evaluation process for GAs, and the appeals process are discussed in the GA/TS Handbook (page 11)


Is the Best Plus OPI test a one time test or does one have to take it every year?
The Best Plus Oral Proficiency Interview is a one-time test that, if passed, holds for the duration of your time here at ETSU. Students can choose to repeat the test if they wish to try and increase their scores.

Do non-resident alien Graduate Assistants have to fill out the International Employee/Student Tax Questionnaire every year?
Non-resident alien students must fill out and submit a questionnaire along with each new GA contract that is submitted to the graduate studies office to ensure the student will get taxed properly. The questionnaire can be found here.

What happens if a GA or TS is put on academic probation?
As stated in the GA/TS Handbook, GA's must maintain a 3.0 grade point average. One who fails to maintain a 3.0 may be allowed 1 semester to remedy the grade deficiency.

Are parking permits or decals for full-time GA's available for faculty parking?
No, although GA's are paid by ETSU, they are not considered faculty. Part time and adjunct faculty members do not receive access to the faculty parking areas either.

What are the procedures for resignation from a GA/TS position?
If you wish to resign from your GA/TS position you must send a resignation letter to the graduate school and to your supervisor stating your reasons and the date you will stop working. If you resign mid-semester and retain your classes you will be billed for a pro-rated portion of the tuition. If you resign and withdraw from the university, a pro-rated portion of tuition will be due.

 

Available GA/TS Positions

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Full Graduate Assistantships - Sherrod Library

 

Full Graduate Assistantships - Sherrod Library

Number of Positions:  1

Contract Dates:  08-16-2019 to 05-08-2020

Possible Renewal:  Yes

Job Description:

Sherrod Library is seeking a self-motivated and project-oriented candidate to assist with special projects and displays in the Library

Job Qualifications:

Principal Duties, Responsibilities, and Skills:
• Preferred Skills– knowledge of Adobe package – particularly Illustrator
• Excellent computer skills are preferred.
• Candidate needs be able to organize multiple display sites
• Candidate should  be available to work  Monday – Friday 8am – 4:30pm
• Candidate must be highly dependable.
• Candidate must have excellent verbal and written skills along with a strong attention to detail.
• Candidate must be a team member and be able to handle confidential information in a discreet manner.

Job Requirements:

Preferred Skills– Adobe package – particularly Illustrator

Application Instructions:Application only - no resume, no letters of reference.
Application available online at:  libraries.etsu.edu/about/Jobs/ga

Contact Information 

Jeri Paddock

Sherrod Library

Phone: (423) 439-8553
E-mail: 
PO Box: 70665

 

Full Graduate Assistantships - Alumni

 

Full Graduate Assistantships - Alumni

Number of Positions:  1

Contract Dates:  08-15-2019 to 05-15-2020

Possible Renewal:  Yes

Job Description:

East Tennessee State University National Alumni Association is seeking a qualified student to fill the position of Alumni Communications, Event and Marketing Graduate Assistant.  This GA position will require some night and weekend work. 

The graduate assistant will be responsible for, but not limited to the following: preparation of Alumni and Tradition Keeper student group communications for social media channels, email blasts and publications; planning and working Alumni or Tradition Keeper events;  event promotions; updating and maintaining ETSU National Alumni Association website; researching alumni in our banner alumni database system for inclusion in the ETSU Today magazine; written correspondence to alumni, as well as general office duties.  The applicant chosen will also handle customer service questions from alumni and archiving newspaper articles written about ETSU alumni, as well as other duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications:

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in Communications, Business, Computer Science or other related fields.  The successful candidate should have outstanding communications skills and a strong writing ability.  Applicants must have a working knowledge of computers; prefer having skills with image editing and desktop publishing software such as Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop, as well as the ability to learn content management systems for the ETSU Alumni website.  Familiarity with social media platforms is desired.  Skills in use of shooting and editing video and photographs are a plus. The applicant must be flexible in their schedules to work nights and weekends.

Job Requirements:

Application Instructions:

When applying for this position, submit a resume, cover letter and at least 3 samples of your Public Relations or Marketing promotional materials and/or a link to your online portfolio to  before July 15.

Contact Information 

Lee Ann Davis 
Director 
Alumni 

Phone: (423) 439-4218 
E-mail:  
PO Box: 70709

 

Full Graduate Assistantships - Procurement & Contract Services

 

Full Graduate Assistantships - Procurement & Contract Services

Number of Positions:  1

Contract Dates:  08-01-2019 to 05-15-2020

Possible Renewal:  Yes

Job Description:

Assist the Purchasing Director with audits of departmental procurement card records. This involves gathering records, evaluating information and generating reports regarding the appropriateness of transactions and approvals related to university guidelines and policy. Rechecks of previously audited records for corrections to deficiencies is included in the responsibilities. May include duties related to procurement and contract processes.

Job Qualifications:

Degree in accounting or related field. Basic knowledge of accounting audits. Ability to work independently. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Previous experience with auditing preferred.

Job Requirements:

20 hours per week. Schedule to be determined based upon class schedule.

Application Instructions:

Submit cover letter and resume by email to 

Contact Information 

Doris Lowe
Purchasing Director
Procurement & Contract Services

Phone: (423) 439-6889
E-mail: 
PO Box: 70729



Tuition Scholarships - Psychology

 

Tuition Scholarships - Psychology

Number of Positions:  1

Contract Dates:  08-15-2019 to 05-15-2020

Possible Renewal:  Yes

Job Description:

Student will assist the Department of Psychology Sona Research Participation System Coordinator during the fall and spring semesters of the academic year. Duties include (but are not limited to) regularly checking and responding to emails received at the Sona email address to assist participants (e.g., login issues, questions about research participation) and possibly researchers and instructors in using Sona when issues arise, grading alternative research assignments and assigning Sona credits, generating and sending Sona credit reports to instructors at the end of each semester, etc.

Job Qualifications:

Job Requirements: 

Must speak, read, and write English fluently. Must be responsible, dependable, organized, and timely in completing job assignments. Must be able to work independently. Must be able to check the Sona email account every day and to promptly respond to emails as necessary. Must be able to use (or to quickly learn to use) Sona and the REDCap survey system.

Application Instructions:

Please send a copy of your curriculum vitae or resume to Dr. Ginni Blackhart at , along with a brief explanation of your qualifications for the position as well as why you are interested in the position.

Contact Information 

Ginette Blackhart
Professor
Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: (423) 439-4613
E-mail: 
PO Box: 70649

 

Full Graduate Assistantships - Child Study Center

 

Full Graduate Assistantships - Child Study Center

Number of Positions: 1

Contract Date: 08/15/2019 - 05/15/2020 

Possible Renewal: Yes

Job Description:

Assistant to full time teachers in the infant, toddler, or preschool programs.  In addition to being an early learning laboratory environment, we operate as a full-day childcare program. 

Job Qualifications:

You will need to be fingerprinted (paid for by DHS), have a recent health exam on file, 3 references, plus additional licensing requirements for working in childcare.

Job Requirements:

It is preferable that you have some experience working with children in a group setting.  We also prefer our Graduate Assistants to have a bachelor's in early childhood development and learning or working toward a master's in early childhood.

Application Instructions:

Contact the CSC at to submit your resume and set up an interview.

Contact Information:

Barbara Wolff 

Child Study Center

Phone: 423-439-4888

Email: 

PO Box: 70434

 

Full Graduate Assistantships - Office of the Registrar

 

Full Graduate Assistantships - Office of the Registrar

Number of Positions: 1

Contract Date: 08/15/2019 - 05/15/2020 

Possible Renewal: Yes

Job Description:

Assisting the Degreeworks Technical manager and the Catalog and Curriculum Coordinator in daily tasks. This involves learning Degreeworks, Acalog, Curriculog, and Banner information systems.  

Job Qualifications:

• Preferred skills-Highly computer literate, knowledge of webpage design, Microsoft office package.
• Candidate should be able to work Monday through Friday during the hours of 8:00am-4:30pm.
• Candidate must be highly dependable and motivated.
• Candidate must be a team member and able to handle multiple projects at one time.  
• Candidate must be willing and able to assist with bi-annual graduation events, and graduation ceremony that occurs on Saturday.

Job Requirements:

20 hours per week. Schedule to be determined based upon class schedule. Must have availability at December and May graduation ceremony.

Application Instructions:

Submit cover letter and resume by email to .

Contact Information:

Dr. Evelyn Roach 

Office of the Registrar

Phone: 423-439-6744

Email: 

PO Box: 70561

 

Full Graduate Assistantships - Language and Culture Resource Center

 

Full Graduate Assistantships - Language and Culture Resource Center

Number of Positions: 1

Contract Date: 07/16/2019 - 05/11/2020 

Possible Renewal: Yes

Job Description:

The Language and Culture Resource Center's mission is to close the gap between the native English Speaking and the other language communities that live in East Tennessee. This Graduate Assistant will work directly with the director of the LCRC helping him to move towards that goal, as an office manager, who will be supervising the work of undergrads, sending emails, and organizing events.

The ideal candidate will be an organized and creative individual, who will be available to to work 5 hours a day, four days (M-TR) a week. The student must also be willing to work on events that happen on Weekends.

Fluency in another language besides English is desirable, but not mandatory.

Knowledge of Photoshop and experience organizing events is also desirable. 

Job Qualifications:

Undergraduate degree in any field of study

Job Requirements:

Knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Excel and Word

Application Instructions:

Send an email with your CV to . Make sure to list all languages that you know, as well as your proficiency level on them. I will reply to your email, and call you for an interview after reviewing applications. This position will be open until filled.

Contact Information:

Dr Felipe Fiuza 

Language and Culture Resource Center

Phone: 423-4398342

Email: 

PO Box: 70297

 

 

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